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Posted 10/13/2011 11:00pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday October 15th

We had a great market last saturday with tons of locally grown fruit and vegetables.  I expect more of the same this Saturday.  The update is kind of long this week because there is so much going on.  But please read through it.

Kudo's to the PG Food Writers

I have always thought we have a great group of food writers at the Post-Gazette.  Thats why I often include links to articles and recipes that appear in the Thursday Food & Flavor section.  They do such a great job covering the farmers market scene, new restaurants and all things related to food.  Well they were recently recognized by winning an award from the Association of Food Journalists.  They won first place for Best Newspaper Food Coverage.  Check out the article:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11286/1181470-34.stm

So congratulations to Bob Batz, Miriam Rubin, Grethcen McKay and the whole gang at the PG!

SAVE THE QUINCE UPDATE

We still had some quince available at the market last week, but I am not sure about this Saturday.  With the bushel that I purchased, I gave half of it to Kevin Sousa at Salt of the Earth restaurant.  I am not sure what he did with it, but am sure he will put it to good use.  A trip to Salt for dinner or snack is always worth the trip-  so stop by and see what Kevin did with his quince.  

I used mine to make a big batch of Membrillo (quince paste).  It turned out well.  It has a deep red color and a sweet and tart taste.  I want to share it with folks, so we decided to give away a 1 oz. piece with each half pound purchase of any goat cheese product from Riverview Dairy.  Quince goes really well with goat cheese.  So please stop by the PA Made Cheese stand.

Speaking of PA Made Cheese, we also have some new cheeses from God's Country Creamery in Potter County.  We got a new wheel of Havarti, but also a wheel of Gruyere.  It looks just beautiful.  We will be giving out free samples on Saturday.  So dust off the fondue pot and get ready to make some fondue.  Here is a fondue recipe from the God's Country website.  http://godscountrycreamery.com/family-fun-page/recipes-and-serving-ideas

 
I also made some fresh pickles using Miriam Rubin's (Grandma Rubin) recipe for Kosher Dills.  We plan to give a free pickle away for each 8 oz. purchase of any aged cows milk cheese.  Please see the recipe pasted at the bottom of this message.
 
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Kew Park Coffee Bar

Of course we will have hot Kew Park Coffee and whole beans to go.  At the juice bar, we will have fresh made Concord grape juice, made from Erie County grapes.  This will be the last week for Concord grapes.

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I spoke with Zang's,  Kistaco and Greenawalt farms to get an update.   Here are a few highlights….

Greenawalt Farm

Brian Greenawalt spends time on Thursday and Friday driving around Somerset County visiting various farms to get items for the market.  Many of them are Amish farmers.  This week he pulled in brussel sprouts, zucchini, and peppers.  Fruit wise he will have apples and pears.   The big news for this week is that Brian will have several flats of fresh strawberries.  These are locally grown, not imported from California. 

Lots of fall squash as well, varieties include- 
Blue Hubbard, Kabocha (Green and Orange), Delicata, Spaghetti, Butternut, Butter Cup and Acorn.

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Kistaco Farm

Kistaco will have a wide variety of apples, with a few new varieties this week. Varieties available this week include: 

McIntosh, Cortland, Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Empire, Gala, Macoun, Northern Spy

And don’t forget the cider.  It seems to get better each week.  Kistaco will also have Peppers, eggplant, and maybe some greens if it doesn't rain all day Friday.

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Zang's Greenhouse

I spoke with Rick Zang from Zang's Greenhouse.   Rick will have a wide variety of local vegetables, including potatoes, beets, beans, greens, leeks, poblano peppers, onions and shallots.  Concord grapes from Erie County will be available, but Rick said this will probably be the last week.  Fresh cut gladiola flowers will be available.

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Fruits and vegetables are also available at the Kennedy Farm stand.

Just walking around last week I noticed lots of items such as Pumpkins, Gourds, Indian Corn and other fall items.  They are available at all of the farm stands. 

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Grandma Rubin’s Kosher Dills

If there’s no dill in your garden, substitute a tablespoon of dill seed.

  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds small pickling cucumbers, well scrubbed
  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pickling spice (Grandma always removed the excess allspice and cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, peeled, brown ends trimmed
  • 2 small fresh or dried chiles, plus more for jars
  • 6 to 8 heads dill

Place cucumbers in large bowl. Cover with ice water and refrigerate 1 hour until icy-cold and crisp. Drain.

In 2-quart measuring cup, measure water. Add vinegar, salt, pickling spice and peppercorns. Stir to dissolve salt.

Put cucumbers in pickling crock or deep glass or ceramic bowl. Add garlic and 2 chiles. Pour in brine and stir to mix. Place dill on top, pressing into brine.

Place a clean, unchipped small plate on top.  Press down gently to submerge cucumbers. Cover with a clean towel. Let stand at cool room temperature 2 days for new dills, 3 to 4 days for old dills.

Pack pickles into 4 or 5 clean pint jars. Add a garlic clove from brine and a chile to each. Ladle brine into jars, covering pickles. Discard dill and remaining brine. Cover jars and refrigerate. Pickles are ready now but will keep 2 to 3 months. Brine may become cloudy; that’s okay.

Makes 4 or 5 pints

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Please visit the market on Saturday!

David Lagnese

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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 10/12/2011 5:30pm by Miranda Combs.
J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand Update

Special item for this Saturday, October 15th

SMOKED PORK CHOPS

1EXTRA FROZEN RABBIT(last time for Fall)


NEW YORK STRIP STEAKS cut to order...so please call to order...


***please get fresh  turkey and capon orders called in soon or stop by stand to place order...


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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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 10/6/2011 10:58pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday October 8th

The market is open for business this Saturday.  I spoke with several of the farmers and expect a wide variety of items available this Saturday.  One thing to look out for is the Pumpkins, Gourds, Indian Corn and other fall items that are now available throughout the market.  Here are a few highlights….

Greenawalt Farm

One thing I’ve noticed the last few weeks is the wide variety of fall squash that Brian Greenawalt has available.  We are going to have to start calling Brian the “Squash King.”  I am familiar with the acorn and butternut, but have not even heard of some of the others.  There are tons of recipes on the web, so don’t be afraid to take home an unfamiliar variety and try it.  Here is a list of the varieties for this week:

Blue Hubbard

Kabocha (Green and Orange)

Delicata

Spaghetti

Butternut

Butter Cup

Acorn


I was intrigued by the Kabocha squash so I picked up a few last week.  I found this recipe which looks simple and delicious.

http://www.dailyunadventuresincooking.com/recipe/balsamic-roasted-kabocha-squash-recipe/

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Kistaco Farm

Kistaco will have a similar variety of apples as last week, with a few additional varieties:

McIntosh

Cortland

Jonathan

Golden Delicious

Red Delicious

Empire

Gala

Macoun

Northern Spy

 

And don’t forget the cider.  They will also have Peppers, Tomatoes & Eggplant.

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Zang's Greenhouse

I spoke with Rick Zang from Zang's Greenhouse.   Rick will have a wide variety of local vegetables, including potatoes, beets, beans, greens, leeks, onions and shallots.  Rick will also have beautiful Poblano peppers and escarole.  Concord grapes from Erie County will be available.  Rick will also have fresh cut gladiola flowers.

 

Fruits and vegetables are also available at the Kennedy Farm stand.

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SAVE THE QUINCE UPDATE!

My call to action on the quince really got people going last week.  Many people came in searching for quince.  Brian Greenawalt sold all that he had.  He may have more this Saturday, but is not 100% sure.  Hopefully people had fun preparing it.

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Kew Park Coffee Bar

We got a shipment of fresh roasted coffee from Jamaica this week.  Come and get it!   At the juice bar, we will have fresh made Concord grape juice, made from Erie County grapes.

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PA Made Cheese

 
We got a whole lot of cheese in this week.  Fresh curds from Arsenal Cheese will be available. 

I also received four styles of aged cow milk cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy.

Buttercup

Temptation

Gouda Gold

Allegheny

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Pickles

If you were at the Big Pour this year you may have tried some food made by a new restaurant called Meat and Potatoes.  It is located on Penn Avenue in the Cultural District.  Chef Richard Deshantz made this incredible beef brisket, which was served on a soft tortilla with cole slaw and bread and butter pickles.  All the flavors came together really well, but I was struck by the bread and butter pickles.  So last week I picked up a half bushel of pickle cucumbers and made a batch of bread and butters.  I asked the folks at Meat and Potatoes if they would share the recipe.  Here it is below.  I am not 100% sure that there will be pickles available at the market this Saturday, but if they are, give this recipe a try.  And please do yourself a favor and get down to try some food (and drinks) at Meat and Potatoes as soon as possible.

http://meatandpotatoespgh.com/about.html

The PG has done a few articles on Meat and Potatoes, check it out at:  http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11230/1167928-242.stm

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Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs pickling cucumbers
  • 1 pound white or yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pickling salt
  • 1 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 6 allspice berries plus a pinch of ground allspice
  • 6 whole cloves plus a pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

 

Directions


1 Carefully rinse the cucumbers, scrubbing away any dirt that may have stuck to the ribs. Slice off 1/8-inch from the ends and discard. Slice the cucumbers in 1/4-inch thick slices, place in a large bowl. Add the sliced onions and pickling salt. Stir in so that the salt is well distributed among the cucumber slices. Cover with a clean tea towel (thin towel, not terry cloth). Cover with a couple of inches of ice. Put in the refrigerator and let chill for 4 hours. Discard ice. Rinse the cucumber and onion slices thoroughly, drain. Rinse and drain again.

2 If you are planning to store your pickles outside of the refrigerator for any length of time, you will need to sterilize your jars before canning, and heat the filled jars in a hot water bath after canning.

3 In a 4 qt or 6 qt pot, place the vinegar, sugar, and all of the spices. Bring to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the sliced cucumbers and onions. Bring to a boil again. As soon as the sugar vinegar solution begins boiling again, use a slotted spoon to start packing the hot jars with the cucumbers. First pack a jar to an inch from the rim with the vegetables. Then pour hot vinegar sugar syrup over the vegetables to a half inch from the rim. Wipe the rim clean with a paper towel. Place a sterilized lid on the jar.

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Please visit the market on Saturday!

 

David Lagnese

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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 10/5/2011 4:55pm by Miranda Combs.
J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand Update

Special item for this Saturday, October 8th

Whole rabbits, ranging from 4-6 pounds each (sold as whole only, none cut)... last time for this Fall so please call to order ASAP...

***Now taking orders for holiday fresh turkeys and roasting capons for pick up on either date you choose of Saturday, Nov 19th or Wednesday, Nov 23rd.  If you need smaller sizes we need to know ASAP because they will be the first to sell out.



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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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 9/29/2011 7:43pm by Miranda Combs.
Update for Saturday October 1st,

The market is open for business this Saturday.  I spoke with several of the farmers and expect a wide variety of items available this Saturday.  

In the apple department, we are in prime time.  I spoke to Tim Hileman from Kistaco Farm.  They will have McIntosh, Jonathan, Empire, Red Delicious, Jonathan Honeycrisp, Gala and Cortlands.

And if you have not tried Kistaco Farm cider yet this season, you owe it to yourself to pick up a gallon or half gallon.  It has excellent balance between sweet and tart flavor.  

Prices on apples are excellent, especially when you buy in quantity.

Kistaco will also have a variety of vegetables including Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Eggplants and Tomatoes.

I spoke with Rick Zang from Zang's Greenhouse.  Rick will have a wide variety of local vegetables, including potatoes, beets, beans, greens, leeks, onions and shallots.  Rick always has a selection of Pennsylvania mushrooms.  Concord grapes from Erie County will be available.

Fruits and vegetables are also be available at the Kennedy and Greenawalt stands.

SAVE THE QUINCE!

And this brings me to the topic of Quince.  Quince is an unusual fruit.
Years ago, backyard quince trees were common. People would cultivate them to harvest the fruit for cooking in pies or preserves. Inedible in raw form, and looking like a cross between a pear and a golden apple, quince cooks up sweet, with a vibrant rose color and a floral aroma and flavor.  

Unfortunately, many people do not realize how delicious quince products are.  I was speaking to the farmers a few weeks ago trying to see if somone can get me some.  Brian Greenawalt told me that he know a few Amish farmers that have quince trees on their property.  But he said that the farmers have begun cutting them down because they did not know what to do with the fruit.  

I aksed him to tell the farmers NOT to cut down the trees, and instead send some of the fruit to the market.  Half jokingly, I asked Brian to get a bushel for me.  Sure enough, last Saturday when I saw him at the market, he told me he had my bushel of quince.

So I had to get busy figuring out what to do with it.  I found some very simple recipes to make either quince paste or quince jam.  The quince paste is great to serve with certain kinds of cheese, particularly goat and sheep milk cheeses.  I tried it with some of the Riverview Dairy goat cheeses that are available at the PA Made Cheese stand. I found they work really well together.

So please check out these really easy recipes below.  Stop by the Greenawalt stand to pick up some quince.  Please, help save the quince!

Quince Paste Recipe

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/membrillo_quince_paste/

Quince Jam Recipe

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quince_jam/

Other quince recipes are available if you click here: quince 

Check out the whole baked quince.

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Please visit the market on Saturday!

David Lagnese

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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 9/28/2011 6:15pm by Miranda Combs.
J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand Update

Special items for this Saturday, October 1st

USDA certified goat meat, it will be already cut and frozen in cryovac bags. Available cuts are boneless leg, loin chops, shoulder blade chops, stew meat, ground, and meaty stock/soup bones.

**don't forget we are now taking orders for your fresh holiday turkeys.

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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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 9/23/2011 11:59am by Miranda Combs.
Update for Saturday September 24th

The market is open for business this Saturday.  I did not speak with the farmers this week, so I don't have a specific update for you.   I do think that the items available will be very similar to last week.  So in other words, lots of great locally grown fruits and vegetables at great prices.

Last week I was impressed by what I saw at the market.  I picked up a basket of pickle cucumbers to make some pickles with.  The variety of apples available is increasing.  It was also great to get the first batch of fresh cider from Kistaco Farm.

Please check out the PA Made Cheese counter as we received quite a lot of cheese this week- Fresh curds from Arsenal Cheese, goat cheese products from Riverview Dairy, and aged cheeses from Clover Creek Cheese Cellar.

Please visit the market tomorrow!

David Lagnese

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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 9/20/2011 9:14pm by Miranda Combs.
J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand Update

Special items for this Saturday, September 24th

PASTURE-RAISED roasting chickens

Please call in order only ... The availability changes every minute!

**We will start taking your fresh turkey orders for Thanksgiving starting October 1 st

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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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 9/15/2011 10:09pm by Miranda Combs.
Update for Saturday September 17th

This is a great time of year to visit the market because we still have lots of typical summer fruits and vegetables, as well as the arrival of some of the fall varieties.

So you will still be able to find peppers, corn, beans, tomatoes and mellons- just to name a few.  Last week for peaches!

But new arrivals will inlcude a variety of squash like butternut and acorn, leeks, and fruits like apples and concord grapes.

Apple varieties from Kistaco Farm will include Honeycrisp, Gala, and McIntosh.  And yes, Kistaco Farm will also have fresh Cider!  Come and get it.

Please stop by the market this Saturday to get some of these great locally grown varieties.  Remember that prices are excellent this time of year, especially when you buy baskets and bushels.

We just received a batch of fresh roasted coffee from Jamaica, so please stop by the Kew Park Coffee Bar for a fresh brewed cup or a pound of beans.  

See you this Saturday.

David Lagnese
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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 9/13/2011 9:41pm by Miranda Combs.
J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand Update

Special items for this Saturday, September 17th

Last chance for GRASS-FED BEEF until next Spring!!!

Please call to order...almost all cuts still left..many types of roasts and stew meat for the colder weather ahead...plus all steaks, etc.

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.
 


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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.