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Posted 3/3/2011 10:18pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

The market will be open this Saturday as usual.  We should have a full compliment of farmers and other vendors on Saturday.  

The Fire- Full Circle

One thing you will notice when you visit the market is that we have successfully demolished the temporary building in the parking lot.  This is a seminal event for the market as the building was not very attractive and took up a large part of the parking lot.  

Many of you may remember that the temporary building was erected when a fire gutted the market in February of 2007.  This is a remarkable story because the fire was on a Monday night, and the farmers quickly pulled together and worked to get the temporary building up in 5 days.  The market opened on Saturday as usual. The market did not miss a single Saturday of business!

Check out some newspaper coverage from back then.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_494151.html

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_494612.html

In addition to opening up the lot for more parking, tearing down the temporary building reveals a really nice mural is was painted on the side of the building.

So please come to the market this Saturday and support your local farmers.

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Also, please see information below on a really cool upcoming food event- The Local Food Showcase- March 10th at Chatham University.  Please check it out.

See you at the market.  David Lagnese

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The Local Food Showcase

When: Thursday March 10, 2011

Where: Chatham University

1 Woodland Road, Shadyside

 Time: 1-4 pm

This event showcases the finest, freshest local food western PA has to offer. Farmers and food purchasers will interact to find new business connections for the upcoming growing season and beyond. Come join other producers at the premier grower/buyer networking event in the SW Pennsylvania region.

Find customers for your farm products by registering as a vendor!

 

Schedule of Events

Morning Workshop: 10:00-11:30 am - $15

"Pricing Techniques and Marketing Strategies to Increase Sales."

Learn about different pricing techniques adopted by the food industry. A lecture and discussion of marketing strategies used to increase sales via direct and indirect channels rounds out this workshop.

Includes light continental breakfast

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Purchase optional brown bag -$9 (vegetarian option available), or on your own

Local Food Showcase:

A Grower/Buyer Event 1:00-4:00 pm

This networking event is the heart of the program. Register to represent your farm or food business at a table. Information and samples of your products will show buyers looking to do business what is available to showcase in restaurants, stores, farmers markets, etc. Over 300 buyers attended in 2010.

 Vendor Table Registration:

Early Bird Deadline February 1, 2011, $40

Regular Deadline: February 27, 2011, $55

(Scholarships are available)

 

For registration, make check payable to:

Mail to:

Penn State Extension of Allegheny County

Heather Mikulas

Penn State Extension of Allegheny County

400 N. Lexington Street - 3rd Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15208

 e mail Heather Mikulas  hem12@psu.edu

 

Why Buy Local?

Purchasing locally produced food keeps dollars circulating in our region,

 benefitting more of our neighbors and their businesses.

Consumers are making purchases based on concerns about food safety, nutrition, environmental sustainability and local economies. Additional benefits include a reduction in the amount of miles food travels, thereby reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Demand for locally grown food in Western Pennsylvania has been

growing steadily over the past decade. 

 

 

 Sponsored by:

 Penn State University

 

In Partnership with:

Chatham University

PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture

Parkhurst Dining Services



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Please visit our website.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.  Please forward to friends who may be interested in the market.
 


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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 3/2/2011 9:22pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

For those of you who missed it, please check out the New York Times article from last weekend that discussed the growing local food movement in Pittsburgh.  Although it did not mention our market, it highlighted locally grown offerings at several of my favorite restaurants- Salt of the Earth, Legume, Habitat and Elements.

Trevett Hooper, chef and owner of Legume, is a regular customer at the Farmers Market Coop of East Liberty and buys his chickens from the J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand! So please follow Trevett's example and buy your meat from the Kennedy's.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/travel/27headsup-pittsburgh.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

David Lagnese
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J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand Update

The special items for this Saturday, March 5th, are as follows:
  • Lean ground turkey
  • Frozen grass-fed ground beef (in 2# pkgs)
  • Roasting chickens

Special note to our customers-  please remember to pick up all orders by 10:30 am on Saturday!  We have kept that rule now for 10 years, and it allows us to have the meat out of our cases and coolers in order for proper clean-up.  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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Chickens, beef and pork are available every week, but it does not hurt to call orders in advance, especially if you can not make it to the market early on Saturday.


Orders can be made via phone.  Please call in all orders to the farm at 724-898-2316.  The Kennedy's take orders 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Fridays. 

The Saturday stand number is 412-661-1875

Kennedy Farm Family Meat Stand is located at the Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty
 
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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 3/2/2011 9:11pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

For those of you who missed it, please check out the New York Times article from last weekend that discussed the growing local food movement in Pittsburgh.  Although it did not mention our market, it highlighted locally grown offerings at several of my favorite restaurants- Salt of the Earth, Legume, Habitat and Elements.

Trevett Hooper, chef and owner of Legume, is a regular customer at the Farmers Market Coop of East Liberty and buys his chickens from the J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand! So please follow Trevett's example and buy your meat from the Kennedy's.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/travel/27headsup-pittsburgh.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

David Lagnese
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J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand Update

The special items for this Saturday, March 5th, are as follows:
  • Lean ground turkey
  • Frozen grass-fed ground beef (in 2# pkgs)
  • Roasting chickens

Special note to our customers-  please remember to pick up all orders by 10:30 am on Saturday!  We have kept that rule now for 10 years, and it allows us to have the meat out of our cases and coolers in order for proper clean-up.  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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Chickens, beef and pork are available every week, but it does not hurt to call orders in advance, especially if you can not make it to the market early on Saturday.


Orders can be made via phone.  Please call in all orders to the farm at 724-898-2316.  The Kennedy's take orders 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Fridays. 

The Saturday stand number is 412-661-1875

Kennedy Farm Family Meat Stand is located at the Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty
 
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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 2/24/2011 7:27pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

The market will be open this Saturday as usual.  We should have a full compliment of farmers and other vendors on Saturday.  I got an update this week from Judith Odili who makes the Earthen Springs Naturals products.  I would like to share the information on her products which are available exclusively at the market.

Also, please see information at the bottom of this message on a really cool upcoming food event- The Local Food Showcase- March 10th at Chatham University.  Please check it out.

See you at the market.  David Lagnese

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Earthen Springs Naturals

Beautiful skin and hair can be achieved using products made without the help of scientists.  Earthen Springs products are a luxurious blend of the finest butters and essential oils in the world, whipped to perfection to ensure easy applicability. 

All the products are 100% natural, and homemade - no artificial preservatives or fragrances are used.  Many of the ingredients are imported from small manufacturers in West Africa, and the most of the oils used are organic.

Some of the most popular products include:

Shea Cocoa Lip Balm:  This is an all natural lip balm comprised entirely of rich oils and butters. It is an all natural way to heal and protect your lips from the weather, sunburn and other conditions. Best if all, it only costs $1.

Ingredients: Organic Beeswax,  Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oils of Peppermint,  and Sweet Orange.

 

Hair and body butter: Why buy two products for your hair and skin when you can buy one? Shea, Cocoa, Mango and Cupuacu butters have been used for centuries in Africa and South America to protect and moisturize the skin. You will feel truly pampered each time you use this butter and we can guarantee that you’ll fall head over heels in love with your skin.  

Ingredients: Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil,  Cupuacu butter, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, , Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oils of Sweet Orange, and Tea Tree.

 

Repairing Hair Oil: This Repairing Hair Oil protects your hair from heat damages, weather changes and environmental issues, and keeps your hair soft and shiny. Can be used on the skin as well.  

Ingredients: Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oils of Neroli, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Texas Cedarwood. 

 

Liquid and Soft Black Soap: The leaves and bark of the various plants and trees are shredded and put into a metal vat or cooking kettle and burned until all that is left is ash. The ash is then mixed with water and is mixed with oils or butters to create the soap. Many people use it as a skin enhancing cleanser because it is reported to reduce cracked skin, acne, wrinkles and fine lines. Overall, black soap is a deep pore all natural cleansing soap crafted using a process developed centuries ago in ancient Africa. 

Ingredients: Raw Black Soap, Distilled Water

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The Local Food Showcase

When: Thursday March 10, 2011

Where: Chatham University

1 Woodland Road, Shadyside

 Time: 1-4 pm

This event showcases the finest, freshest local food western PA has to offer. Farmers and food purchasers will interact to find new business connections for the upcoming growing season and beyond. Come join other producers at the premier grower/buyer networking event in the SW Pennsylvania region.

Find customers for your farm products by registering as a vendor!

 

Schedule of Events

Morning Workshop: 10:00-11:30 am - $15

"Pricing Techniques and Marketing Strategies to Increase Sales."

Learn about different pricing techniques adopted by the food industry. A lecture and discussion of marketing strategies used to increase sales via direct and indirect channels rounds out this workshop.

Includes light continental breakfast

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Purchase optional brown bag -$9 (vegetarian option available), or on your own

Local Food Showcase:

A Grower/Buyer Event 1:00-4:00 pm

This networking event is the heart of the program. Register to represent your farm or food business at a table. Information and samples of your products will show buyers looking to do business what is available to showcase in restaurants, stores, farmers markets, etc. Over 300 buyers attended in 2010.

 Vendor Table Registration:

Early Bird Deadline February 1, 2011, $40

Regular Deadline: February 27, 2011, $55

(Scholarships are available)

 

For registration, make check payable to:

Mail to:

Penn State Extension of Allegheny County

Heather Mikulas

Penn State Extension of Allegheny County

400 N. Lexington Street - 3rd Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15208

 e mail Heather Mikulas  hem12@psu.edu

 

Why Buy Local?

Purchasing locally produced food keeps dollars circulating in our region,

 benefitting more of our neighbors and their businesses.

Consumers are making purchases based on concerns about food safety, nutrition, environmental sustainability and local economies. Additional benefits include a reduction in the amount of miles food travels, thereby reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Demand for locally grown food in Western Pennsylvania has been

growing steadily over the past decade. 

 

 

 Sponsored by:

 Penn State University

 

In Partnership with:

Chatham University

PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture

Parkhurst Dining Services



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Please visit our website.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.  Please forward to friends who may be interested in the market.
 


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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 2/23/2011 8:08pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

 
Kennedy Farm Family Meat Stand is located at the Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty

The special items for this Saturday, February 26, are as follows:
  • Pork slab- spare ribs
  • Roasting chickens
  • Chipped sirloin beef- sliced paper thin
Chickens, beef and pork are available every week, but it does not hurt to call orders in advance, especially if you can not make it to the market early on Saturday.

Orders can be made via phone.  Please call in all orders to the farm at 724-898-2316.  The Kennedy's take orders 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Fridays. 

The Saturday stand number is 412-661-1875

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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 2/16/2011 10:00pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

 
Kennedy Farm Family Meat Stand

The special items for this Saturday, February 19 th, are as follows:
  • Canadian Bacon (thanks for your patience with our limited availability of this great local product!  The more we know you want it, the more we will know how much to prepare!)
  • Pork slab/spare ribs
  • Roasting chickens
  • Honey and bee pollen
Chickens, beef and pork are available every week, but it does not hurt to call orders in advance, especially if you can not make it to the market early on Saturday.

Orders can be made via phone.  Please call in all orders to the farm at 724-898-2316.  The Kennedy's take orders 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Fridays. 

The Saturday stand number is 412-661-1875

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Please visit our website.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


David Lagnese

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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 2/10/2011 9:00pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

The market will be open this Saturday as usual.  Please check out the nice article in the Post-Gazette that Food Writer Miriam Rubin wrote about eating vegetables in the winter.  I love the title- "Snow's no excuse for not eating your veggies."  I certainly agree!

She mentions the market and highlights some of the locally grown products that are still available.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11041/1124163-34.stm  

Check out the artwork which was painted by her husband David Lesako.

Please stop by the market this Saturday.

David Lagnese

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Please visit our website.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.  Please forward to friends who may be interested in the market.
 


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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 2/9/2011 10:08pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

Now that the market has a functioning website, we are merging the email distribution lists of the Kennedy Farm Family Meat Stand with the overall list for the market.  In general, we plan to send out 2 emails each week.  One on Wednesday evening to highlight the meat specials for the week.  This will give people some time (Thursday and Friday) to call in orders to ensure that they get the items they would like on Saturday.  We also will send out a message on Thursday evening to highlight some of the special events and items offered by the other farmers and vendors.  We hope these updates are helpful to you.  We are always open to suggestions that our customers have, so please let us know.  You can post comments to the blog on the website or just send us an email.
 
Kennedy Farm Family Meat Stand

The specials for this week include:
  • Fresh local lamb- this is an incredible product, and is available only periodically.  A variety of cuts are still available.
  • Canadian bacon- this is the real thing, locally raised and smoked
  • Boneless Prime Rib- these are hand cut.  Remember Valentines day is coming and these are perfect cuts for a special dinner
Chickens, beef and pork are available every week, but it does not hurt to call orders in advance, especially if you can not make it to the market early on Saturday.

Orders can be made via phone.  Please call in all orders to the farm at 724-898-2316.  The Kennedy's take orders 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Fridays. 

The Saturday stand number is 412-661-1875

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Please visit our website.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


David Lagnese

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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 1/27/2011 10:08pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

Update for Saturday January 29th

Some people have been asking me recently whether there really are locally grown items still available at the market.  The answer is yes.  So last week I polled all the farmers and vendors to come up with a list of specific items.  I provide a summary below.

Greenawalt Farm
Of course their specialty is locally grown eggs, which are still available.  They also have locally grown squashes, 5 different varieties including spaghetti cooking pumpkins, and acorn.  These have been stored from the fall and will only be available for a few more weeks.

Kennedy Farm Family Meat Stand
Their meat is locally grown in Butler County.  It is fabulous stuff.  Chickens, beef and pork are weekly staples.  This week their specials are:
  • Local lean ground turkey from Butler County
  • Boneless pork loin
  • Beef pot roasts, like rolled rump, sirloin tip, top/bottom round, arm/shoulder roasts and chuck roasts Local honey and bee pollen from Butler County

Please order via phone only*  Please call all orders in to the farm #724-898-2316, from 9am—9pm on Mon-Fri.

The Saturday stand # is 412-661-1875.

They have a lamb day and a veal day coming up.  Both are exceptional probucts.  
 
Kistaco Farm
They will have 6 to 8 varieties of fresh locally grown apples (from their farm in Armstrong County).  Saturday they had Macintosh, Matso\Crispin, Empire, Jonagold, Red and Golden Delicious and Fuji.  They also have fresh pressed cider that is made with a variety of apples.  This is the best cider available in Pittsburgh, in my humble opinion.  Tim Hileman, the owner of Kistaco said the apples and cider will be available for many weeks to come.

Tim also makes homemade all natural peanut butters.  He will be providing free samples this Saturday.
 
Zang's Greenhouse
Rick loves to bring in locally grown items from his place as well as other Butler County farmer.  Here is what he will offer:
  • Pennsylvania mushrooms, several varieties- crimimi, shitake, yellow oyster, portabello and of course white button.  Although these same varieties may be available at some grocery stores, these are guaranteed to be very fresh, which is important for mushrooms.  They are also offered at very reasonable prices.
  • Micro greens- grown by a farmer in Butler County
  • Popcorn shoots- quite interesting tasting
  • Red and white potatoes, grown in Butler County
  • Shallots, one that Rick personally grows and boy are they good.  I only discovered shallots a few years ago and they have really expanded my cooking.
  • Rick still has root veggies, but they will only last about 3 weeks more- beets, parsnips, turnips and carrots
  • Celeriac- very interesting looking veggie, I am seeing on the menus of more and more fancy restaurants.
  • Rick also grow potted flowers in his greenhouse, and he brings those in throughout the winter.  They can certainly brighten up a dreary winter day.

Riverview Dairy
The goat cheese that Sam and Susie Byler make up in Clarion County is excellent.  We have several kinds of fresh chevre and a very good goat milk feta.  Many people who sign up for CSAs get it in there boxes throughout the summer, but we are one of the only locations to sell it through the winter.

We also have many other vendors that offer locally made food and prepared items.  Please click on the web site for more details.

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Please don't let the cold weather stop you from coming to market. We will be there until 12 noon on Saturday. Hot chocolate and hot coffee will be available.

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Please visit our website.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


David Lagnese

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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 1/13/2011 9:42pm by Miranda Combs.
Hello Friends and Neighbors,

The Olio Nuovo is in!
 
We have been "importing" Extra Virgin Olive Oil from California since last July, and selling it at the "California Olive Oil Connection" at the Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty.

It has been a lot of fun so far and we (along with our customers) have learned a lot about the different oils.  We regularly have 5 different oils on tap at the market.  We fill reusable bottles that we sell, and people also bring their own bottles.  We now have a loyal following that come in regularly to fill their empty bottles.  We provide free samples so people can taste the oils before they buy- and people seem to really like that.

Well this is the time of year when the olives are harvested and milled into oil. "Olio Nuovo" is made when the oil is first pressed, before it is filtered. It is pungent and full of sediment, very rich in color.  It is as much a food product as it is an oil. 

Over the past few months I have been bugging my farmer friends in California to send me some.  I am glad to report that Art Kishiyama has agreed.  Art is a great farmer and a master oil producer located in Paso Robles, California.  The trick to this oil is that it must be milled, blended and shipped immediately.  The oil must also be consumed rapidly- first to capture the fresh taste, and second because the suspended vegetable matter tends to promote spoilage.  This oil was milled 2 weeks ago.

More information on Art and his farm at:
www.olionuevo.com

We will be providing free samples of the oil served with goat feta cheese from Riverview Dairy. 

To our knowledge, this is the only oil of this type available in Pittsburgh!

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There will be a full complement of farmers and other vendors at the market this Saturday.  So a wide range of vegetables, fruits, eggs, cider and many others will be available.

Kennedy Farm special items for this week include beef stew meat, and a variety of pot roasts (arm roasts, chuck roasts, rolled rump roasts, and sirloin tip roast). Pork slab and spare ribs will also be available.  Please call in orders ahead if you can. Please do not call past 6:00 on Friday. The farm number is 724-898-2316. 

Please visit our website.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 

Don't let the cold weather make you hibernate. Come out to the market, visit with your neighbors and get some great food to take home.

David Lagnese

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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.