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Posted 3/8/2012 10:01pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday March 10th

All the farm stands will be open this week, with similar offerings as last week.  The general fruit and vegetable offerings are listed below, plus an update on a new vendor.


We will have a new vendor at the market which I would like to highlight.....

Good L'Oven Bakery

These baked goods are made by Deanna Soost.  I have known Deanna for years since she was a manager at my favorite watering hole the Sharp Edge.  You may know Deanna from the outdoor summer East Liberty Farmers Market.  We are so happy to have her join us at the Coop.

She will bringing  4-6 varieties of biscotti, and 8 kinds of cookies such as chocolate chip, gingersnaps, peanut butter, and sugar etc.  She also makes delicious granola bars.   She uses all natural and wholesome ingredients in her baked goods.

She will be set up in the first booth to the right of the front door. Please stop by and say hello to Deanna and try some of her goodies.

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ITEMS AVAILABLE THIS SATURDAY

J. L. Kennedy Meat Stand...  As always, locally grown meat from the Kennedy's. 

Kistaco Farm... continues to have locally raised apples.  Apple varieties this week include
 Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Empire Cameo and Idared.  Fresh pressed cider will also be available.  On the veggie side, snow peas, brussels sprouts, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, spinach and leaf lettuce.

Zang's Greenhouse... will have fresh cut dafodils.

 

A summary of fruits and vegetables available throughout the market from Zang's, Greenawalt and Kistaco stands is summarized below.  If you are interested in locally grown, please feel free to ask the farmers which items are local.

Veggies

  • Potatoes (still locally grown at Greenawalt's)
  • Mushrooms
  • Squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots and other root vegetables
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Shallots
  • Peppers- sweet and hot
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Turnips (locally grown at Greenawalts)
  • Broccoli
Fruit
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Florida Citrus such as lemons, oranges and tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Other fruit such as berries

Other vendors in the market will also be open.  These includes many locally made offerings such as hummus from the Greek Gourmet, fresh baked items from Rebecca Plum, and fresh made donuts from Better-Made Donuts.  Also, pasta from Fontana Pasta, and bread from Wood Street Bakery.  Local eggs as well as many Amish made prepared items are available at Greenawalts.  Kistaco sells dried soup mixes which are easy to make and great during the cold weather months.

Kew Park Coffee Bar

We will have Kew Park beans roasted by 19 Coffee Roasters. 

PA Made Cheese

We have new shipments of cheese from God's Country (Swiss and Havarti), Common Folk Organics (Blue) and Arsenal Cheese (Curds).

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

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The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.


Posted 3/7/2012 5:25pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L.KENNEDY MEAT STAND special items for this Saturday, March 10 th...


CHIPPED SIRLOIN...thinly shaved sirloin tip that is versatile for flash pan frying in steak hoagies or for any type of sauce...oriental...italian- style...light gravy...order by the pound


CHICKEN THIGHS

** please order your pickled corned beef for St. Patrick' s Day pick up next week...in approximately 3# or 5# pieces.

*** yes, EASTER is less than a month away...please order your smoked ham...roasting chickens...boneless prime rib...LAMB... rabbits....ASAP

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am .  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!


J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


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The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.
 
Posted 2/29/2012 2:48pm by Miranda Combs.

Special items for J.L.Kennedy Meat Stand this Saturday, March 3 rd...

**BEEF ROUND STEAKS...PERFECT CUT FOR LONGER COOKING OR BAKING...SO MANY OPTIONS LIKE WITH GRAVY OR GOULASH RED SAUCE OR MANY VEGETABLES OR SWEET AND SOUR.  

**BONELESS PORK LOIN ROASTS OR CHOPS BY THE PIECE OR POUND

**NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR ST. PATRICK 'S DAY PICKLED CORNED BEEF... this is top round with many. pickling spices and is a raw product that you cook yourself ...sold by the pound...for pick up on Saturday, March 17 th...ST. PATTY, S DAY!!!. p.s. it will sell out so please order soon...

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand
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As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am .  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!


J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


*********************************************************
The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.
 
Posted 2/23/2012 9:07pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday February 25th

All of the farm stands and other vendors will be open at the market.   Here is a summary of what will be available:

  • J. L. Kennedy Meat Stand- As always, locally grown meat from the Kennedy's.  I got a late update that they will also have HICKORY SMOKED DOG BONES-aAt $3 each...from local certified beef cattle!!!
  • Kistaco Farm continues to have locally raised apples.  Apple varieties this week include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Empire Cameo and Idared.  Fresh pressed cider will also be available.  On the veggie side, snow peas, brussels sprouts, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, spinach and leaf lettuce.
  • Zang's will have many fresh fruits and vegetables.  Special items for this week include popcorn sprouts, micro arugala (both local), mini cukes, and asparagus.

A summary of fruits and vegetables available throughout the market from Zang's, Greenawalt and Kistaco stands is summarized below.  If you are interested in locally grown, please feel free to ask the farmers which items are local.

Veggies

  • Potatoes (still locally grown at Greenawalt's)
  • Mushrooms
  • Squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots and other root vegetables
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Shallots
  • Peppers- sweet and hot
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Turnips (locally grown at Greenawalts)
  • Broccoli
Fruit
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Florida Citrus such as lemons, oranges and tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Other fruit such as berries

Other vendors in the market will also be open.  These includes many locally made offerings such as hummus from the Greek Gourmet, fresh baked items from Rebecca Plum, and fresh made donuts from Better-Made Donuts.  Also, pasta from Fontana Pasta, and bread from Wood Street Bakery.  Local eggs as well as many Amish made prepared items are available at Greenawalts.  Kistaco sells dried soup mixes which are easy to make and great during the cold weather months.

Kew Park Coffee Bar

Last week David D'Orio from 19 Coffee Roasters visited the market and brought along the Kew Park beans that he test roasted for us.  David did a medium roast and a dark/medium roast.  I thought both roasts were excellent.  We will be brewing them again this Saturday so please stop by and let us know what you think.  

PA Made Cheese

We have a fresh batch of goat milk chevre and feta from Riverview Dairy.  Sam Byler says this batch is "extra creamy."  We also have fresh curds from Arsenal Cheese.  Finally, we got a shipment of Blue Cheese from Common Folk Organics.

California Olive Oil Connection

As I mentioned in last weeks update, I was in California, and visited Figueroa Farm in Sant Ynez.  I wrote up my notes from the visit and have attached them below, as well as uploaded the file to the web site.  Give them a read if you are interested.  I will bring the pictures of the farm to the market again this Saturday.

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/files

Raisins and Almonds

The raisins and almonds from Marian Farms in Fresno are in.  They are grown using biodynamic methods which is an even more intensive method than organic.  The almonds were just harvested a few weeks, flash pasturized and sent to us.  They are as fresh as it gets.

Since the almonds are raw (unroasted) they can be used to make things like fresh almond milk.  We will be serviing fresh made almond milk at the juice bar. We will also have a recipe and demonstrate how to make it.

To learn more about Marian Farms and biodynamic agriculture, please click on the link.

http://www.marianfarmsbiodynamic.com/

**********************************************************************************************Thanks again for your support!


David

*********************************************************Figueroa Farm Visit- Santa Ynes, California

February, 13 2012

I have been buying Olive Oil from Figueroa Farm since I started selling Olive Oil at the market a year ago.  Shawn and Antoinette Addison, who are pioneers in the California Olive Oil industry, own the farm.

To get to the farm, I Traveled from LA on 101 to Santa Barbara.  At Santa Barbara, I then headed up Route 154 up in the Canyon towards Santa Ynez, California.

There was dramatic scenery from Santa Barbara on, as you travel up the San Marcos Pass, you enter the Los Padres National Forest.  The highlight is when you pass through the Lake Cachuma region.

I had to get top-secret directions for the final leg.  Most of the property in the area is medium size farms and most are fenced in, with lots of security gates.  I go the sense that the gates are both to control the movement of people and animals.  The farms varied, but most had horses, followed by grapes for wine and then olive orchards.

Upon entering the Figueroa Farm, the scenery is very dramatic as the farm is situated at the base of Figueroa Mountain just as it starts to slope up.

I met with the staff members Jose, Bianca, and John.  Jose manages the farm and the oil press, Bianca works in the office, and John manages the oil.  Owners Shawn and Antoinette were on vacation.  This is the slowest time of year for an olive farmer and operator of a press.  The pressing season has just ended and it is a very intense and exhausting process.

One of the reasons why I wanted to visit Figueroa, is because they own and operate an olive press (or mill as its called in the industry) that serves their farm as well as many others in the community.  The press is a Pieralisi from Italy- the best press in the world by my understanding.  It is a very expensive and complex piece of equipment.  Any one who owns and operates an olive press is an impressive and committed individual indeed!

Jose took me for a tour of the mill operation and the olive farm.  The farm is about 20 acres with 5,800 trees.  The trees were planted about 10 years ago.  They are now about 8 feet high.  They are very healthy looking.  They are meticulously cared for.  The biggest need is pruning, and some irrigation.  The orchard generally needs to be kept very clean to prevent insects and diseases from taking hold.  So all prunings must be removed, and weeds are wacked down with a weed wacker.  No chemicals are used as they run the farm organically.  The irrigation uses a very efficient drip system.

There are 7 varieties of olives on the farm, and they are all harvested at different times.  Shawn makes the final call on when a particular variety is ready to harvest and mill.  Timing is everything in choosing just the right time to harvest.  The mill must be ready, as the olives need to be processed very rapidly.  At the peak of harvest, the mill can be running 16 hours a day.

Harvest requires a crew of about 30 to 40 people to pick the fruit.  It’s a very intense and nerve wracking time since the folks at Figueroa need to worry about their own harvest and the scheduling of milling for other farmers.

In addition to running the farm organically, they employ a number of sustainable practices.  They have a well on the property to run the irrigation system.  They dug a hole and installed a 30,000 gallon cistern at the highest elevation point on the farm.  Then they run plastic tubing on the ground so the water directly penetrates the roots.  Once the water is in the cistern, it disperses by gravity, without the help of pumps.  They also have solar panels to generate electricity.  They use the pumice byproduct from oil making as a fertilizer and weed control on the orchard.

The farm was very beautiful.  It is situated a slope of Figueroa Mountain, but also across from a very large and high mountain range on the other side.  The houses and buildings on the property were very attractive, as were the buildings on other nearby farms.  It has a bit of a Tuscany look and feel.

I also toured the milling operation.  It is a very large machine with several distinct components to it.  It is kind of like a small assembly line as it starts with raw olives and at the other end, pure olive oil, and a pumice waste product, come out.  It takes about 1 hour for the entire process, start to finish.  Jose seemed very proud showing me the machine and talking about how it works.  Of course it would be better to visit during the milling season to see it in action.  Milling usually occurs in December and January, but some years goes on a little longer.

Well the bad news is, and I heard this from everyone I met, is that the 201112 harvest was terrible in terms of the yield.  I heard different theories, most weather related, but apparently olive yields can vary dramatically from year to year based on factors that are not well understood.  But everyone felt that 201213 was going to be a bumper crop.

The good news is (and this was a surprise to me), low yields do not mean that the quality of the oil is poor.  To the contrary, Jose thinks they pressed some excellent oil this season.  I could not get anyone to give me a reason as to why 2012 would be a good, year, especially since there is not even fruit on the trees yet.  They won’t flower for another few months.  I guess it just comes from the optimism that you must need to stay in this business.

I went to the mixing and storage room and John joined in to the conversation.  He manages the oils once they are pressed.  He was working on doing some blending and infusing some flavored oils.  John gave me 5 samples to take home and taste so I could prepare my order.  They all look beautiful in color, slightly cloudy due to their recent pressing.

I can’t wait to get them home and taste them, but I certainly expect to be ordering some of each.

David 

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

*********************************************************

The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.


Posted 2/22/2012 6:49pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L.Kennedy Meat Stand special items for this Saturday, February 25 th...

WHOLE RABBITS FROM 4-6#

*** please call ASAP to order as this is an item we need to plan for in advance
***last offering until April

PORK TENDERLOINS


 J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand
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As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am .  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!


J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

*********************************************************

Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


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The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.
 
Posted 2/17/2012 11:03am by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday February 18th


Hello Everyone:

I was in California this week and did not get back until late last night.  So I was not able to connect with the farmers.  I do expect that all farm stands and other stands will be open.  I expect the items offered to be similar to last week, so I have included last week's update below for your information.


I do have a few coffee and olive oil updates for you.


Olive Oil
When I was in California I visited Figueroa Farm in Sant Ynez.  I met with the farm staff and got a tour of the farm and the olive press.  They just finished the pressing season so they had lots of fresh pressed oil.  I got a bunch of samples to taste and expect that new oils will be arriving at the market over the next few weeks.  I do have some avacodo oil that they make on the farm.  This is real oil made from fresh avacados, not flavored oil.  They make it by putting fresh avacados in a machine that removes the skin and seed. Then they feed the pulp into the olive press.  I will have it at the market this Saturday.

I took some photos of the farm that I will bring them to the market.  It is really beautiful.


Coffee

We continue to meet and work with various local coffee roasters in our quest to find a local roaster for the Kew Park Estate Coffee beans.  One of the roasters we have been talking to is 19 Coffee Company.  They are a new "micor" roaster.  One of the owners of 19 Coffee will be visiting the market this Saturday.  His name is David DiOrio.  He will be bringing some freshly roasted Kew Park beans and we will be serving the coffee.  He should arrive about 9 am.  So please stop by to meet David and taste the coffee.  He is an all-around great guy and knows a lot about coffee.  Check out their web site.


http://19coffee.com/


See you at the market.


David Lagnese

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All of the farm stands and other vendors will be open at the market.   Here is a summary of what will be available:

  • J. L. Kennedy Meat Stand- Locally grown meat from the Kennedy's.  Get to the market early before they sell out!
  • Kistaco Farm continues to have locally raised apples.  Apple varieties this week include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Cameo, Empire, Idared, and Rome.  Of course, fresh pressed cider will be available.
  • Zang's will have many fresh fruits and vegetables.  Two special items will be red swiss chard, and locally grown micro arugala.


There will be a variety of fruits and vegetables available throughout the market from Zang's, Greenawalt and Kistaco stands.  Some are still locally grown items and some are "imported."  If you are interested in locally grown, please feel free to ask the farmers which items are local.

Veggies

  • Potatoes (still locally grown at Greenawalt's)
  • Mushrooms
  • Squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots and other root vegetables
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Shallots
  • Peppers- sweet and hot
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Turnips (locally grown at Greenawalts)
  • Broccoli
Fruit
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Florida Citrus such as lemons, oranges and tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Other fruit such as berries

 

Other vendors in the market will also be open.  So keep in mind that this includes many locally made offerings such as hummus from the Greek Gourmet, fresh baked items from Rebecca Plum, and fresh made donuts from Better-Made Donuts.  Also, pasta from Fontana Pasta, and bread from Wood Street Bakery.  Local eggs as well as many Amish made prepared items are available at Greenawalts.  Kistaco sells dried soup mixes which are easy to make and great during the cold weather months.

Kew Park Coffee Bar

This week we will contiue to offer a dark/medium bean roasted by LaPrima, and a medium bean roasted by Commonplace Roasters.

Florida citrus is in its prime so we have beautiful oranges, nectarines and grapfruits for making fresh squeezed juice.

Since the weather has turned cold, we will have hot chocolate- back by popular demand!

PA Made Cheese

We have a fresh batch of goat milk chevre and feta from Riverview Dairy.  Also, fresh curds from Arsenal Cheese.

California Olive Oil Connection

Olive Oil update-  I am heading out to California on Sunday and will be visiting 2 farms in Santa Ynez- Figueroa and Olinda Ridge.  I have been carrying these oils consistently for the last 2 years, so it will great to meet the folks who grow the olives and produce these oils.  I hope to do a lot of tasting and then get some of my favorite oils shipped to Pittsburgh to sell at the market.

Raisins and Almonds

We have been carrying organically grown dried fruits from Van Dyke Organics in Gilroy, CA for a while now.  These are great items for the winter months- apricots, pears, nectarines and persimmons.

We are about to get raisins and almonds from Marian Farms in Fresno.  They are grown using biodynamic methods which is an even more intensive method than organic.  The almonds were just harvested last week, flash pasturized and sent to us.  They are in transit now so I am not sure if they will be here for Saturday or for next week. 

I am really exicted about the almonds.  Since they are raw (unroasted) they can be used to make things like fresh almond milk.  We will be serviing fresh made almond milk at the juice bar. We will also have a recipe and demonstrate how to make it.

To learn more about Marian Farms and biodynamic agriculture, please click on the link.

http://www.marianfarmsbiodynamic.com/

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Thanks again for your support!


David

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

*********************************************************

The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.


Posted 2/15/2012 8:54pm by Miranda Combs.
SPECIAL ITEM FOR THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 18TH...

EXTRA LEAN GROUND TURKEY

 


**REMEMBER...ANY ROAST OR SPECIAL ITEM YOU NEED CAN BE CUT TO ORDER IF CALLED IN BY THURSDAY EVE.

Val Kennedy

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As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am .  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!

Val Kennedy 


*********************************************************

Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


*********************************************************
The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.
 
Posted 2/9/2012 9:14pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday February 11th


Valentines Day is upon us, so stop by the market to get some goodies for your Valentines Day dinner. 


All of the farm stands and other vendors will be open at the market.   Here is a summary of what will be available:

  • J. L. Kennedy Meat Stand- Locally grown meat from the Kennedy's.  Get to the market early before they sell out!
  • Kistaco Farm continues to have locally raised apples.  Apple varieties this week include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Cameo, Empire, Idared, and Rome.  Of course, fresh pressed cider will be available.
  • Zang's will have many fresh fruits and vegetables.  Two special items will be red swiss chard, and locally grown micro arugala.


There will be a variety of fruits and vegetables available throughout the market from Zang's, Greenawalt and Kistaco stands.  Some are still locally grown items and some are "imported."  If you are interested in locally grown, please feel free to ask the farmers which items are local.

Veggies

  • Potatoes (still locally grown at Greenawalt's)
  • Mushrooms
  • Squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots and other root vegetables
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Shallots
  • Peppers- sweet and hot
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Turnips (locally grown at Greenawalts)
  • Broccoli
Fruit
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Florida Citrus such as lemons, oranges and tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Other fruit such as berries

 

Other vendors in the market will also be open.  So keep in mind that this includes many locally made offerings such as hummus from the Greek Gourmet, fresh baked items from Rebecca Plum, and fresh made donuts from Better-Made Donuts.  Also, pasta from Fontana Pasta, and bread from Wood Street Bakery.  Local eggs as well as many Amish made prepared items are available at Greenawalts.  Kistaco sells dried soup mixes which are easy to make and great during the cold weather months.

Kew Park Coffee Bar

This week we will contiue to offer a dark/medium bean roasted by LaPrima, and a medium bean roasted by Commonplace Roasters.

Florida citrus is in its prime so we have beautiful oranges, nectarines and grapfruits for making fresh squeezed juice.

Since the weather has turned cold, we will have hot chocolate- back by popular demand!

PA Made Cheese

We have a fresh batch of goat milk chevre and feta from Riverview Dairy.  Also, fresh curds from Arsenal Cheese.

California Olive Oil Connection

Olive Oil update-  I am heading out to California on Sunday and will be visiting 2 farms in Santa Ynez- Figueroa and Olinda Ridge.  I have been carrying these oils consistently for the last 2 years, so it will great to meet the folks who grow the olives and produce these oils.  I hope to do a lot of tasting and then get some of my favorite oils shipped to Pittsburgh to sell at the market.

Raisins and Almonds

We have been carrying organically grown dried fruits from Van Dyke Organics in Gilroy, CA for a while now.  These are great items for the winter months- apricots, pears, nectarines and persimmons.

We are about to get raisins and almonds from Marian Farms in Fresno.  They are grown using biodynamic methods which is an even more intensive method than organic.  The almonds were just harvested last week, flash pasturized and sent to us.  They are in transit now so I am not sure if they will be here for Saturday or for next week. 

I am really exicted about the almonds.  Since they are raw (unroasted) they can be used to make things like fresh almond milk.  We will be serviing fresh made almond milk at the juice bar. We will also have a recipe and demonstrate how to make it.

To learn more about Marian Farms and biodynamic agriculture, please click on the link.

http://www.marianfarmsbiodynamic.com/

********************************************************************************************

Thanks again for your support!


David

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

*********************************************************

The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.


Posted 2/8/2012 3:50pm by Miranda Combs.
 Special items for J.L.Kennedy Meat Stand for this Saturday, February 11 th...VALENTINE' S DAY WEEKEND!!!

** How much more affordable and convenient will your Valentine dinner turn out when you have hand- cut boneless PRIME-RIB STEAKS ?!

**Please call by Thursday evening to order any special cut STEAKS you need, and how thick, like

Fillet Mignon
Bone- in or boneless Prime Rib
New York Strip
T-Bone
Portehouse
Sirloin

Val Kennedy

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As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am .  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!

Val Kennedy 


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The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.
 
Posted 2/2/2012 9:31pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday February 4th

It's Super Bowl weekend so please stop by the market this Saturday to pick up some items for you Super Bowl event.  All four of the farmer stands will be open and fully stocked- Kistaco Farm, J.L Kennedy Meat Stand, Zang's and Greenawalts.  Here is a summary of what will be available, along with a few notes  and suggestions from me: 

  • J. L. Kennedy Meat Stand- Locally grown meat from the Kennedy's.  Get their early before they sell out!
  • Kistaco Farm continues to have locally raised apples and apple cider.  Fall apples in February- where else can you find that!

There will be a variety of fruits and vegetables available throughout the market from Zang's, Greenawalt and Kistaco stands.  Some are still locally grown items and some are "imported."  If you are interested in locally grown, please feel free to ask the farmers which items are local.

Veggies

  • Potatoes (still locally grown at Greenawalt's)
  • Mushrooms
  • Squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots and other root vegetables
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Shallots
  • Peppers- sweet and hot
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Turnips (locally grown at Greenawalts)
  • Broccoli
Fruit
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Florida Citrus such as lemons, oranges and tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Other fruit such as berries

 

Other vendors in the market will also be open.  So keep in mind that this includes many locally made offerings such as hummus from the Greek Gourmet, fresh baked items from Rebecca Plum, and fresh made donuts from Better-Made Donuts.  Also, pasta from Fontana Pasta, and bread from Wood Street Bakery.  Many Amish made prepared items are available at Greenawalts.  Kistaco sells dried soup mixes which are easy to make and great during the cold weather months.

Kew Park Coffee Bar

This week we will contiue to offer a dark/medium bean roasted by LaPrima, and a medium bean roasted by Commonplace Roasters.

Florida citrus is in its prime so we have beautiful oranges, nectarines and grapfruits for making fresh squeezed juice.

Since the weather has turned cold, we will have hot chocolate- back by popular demand!

PA Made Cheese

Recent arrivals include:

Luddington Lace Swiss from God's Country in Potter County

Fresh curds from Arsenal Cheese

Blue cheese from Clover Creek

California Olive Oil Connection

We have six different extra virgin olive oils this week.  We also have 4 different organically grown dried fruits from Van Dyke Organics in Gilroy, CA.  These are great items for the winter months.

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Thanks again for your support!


David

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

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The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.