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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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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. 

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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.
 
Posted 1/6/2011 8:37pm by David Lagnese.

 

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

Now that the holidays are over, we are back to our normal schedule- being open every Saturday, 5 am until 12 noon.  So we will be open this Saturday, January 8th.  People still ask me if we are open in the winter and yes, we are open year round!

I expect all the farmers and other vendors will be open for business this Saturday.

Val from Kennedy Farm let me know the special items for this week are fresh sauerkraut, chicken thighs, and whole stewing chickens. Please call in orders ahead if you can.  Please do not call past 6:00 on Friday. The farm number is 724-898-2316. 

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Thank you for supporting local farmers and the Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty.  Please stop by the market this Saturday.

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 12/23/2010 12:17pm by David Lagnese.
Since Christmas falls on a Saturday this year, we will be closed on the 25th.  But will be open on Friday December 24th- Christmas Eve.  We open from 5 am  until 11 am.  So please stop by for all your Christmas needs.
As I mentioned in my message last week, the market as a great source for holiday gifts for friends and family members.  We have lots of locally grown and made items that make great gifts.  These days people like to get things that are locally grown and locally made.  Here are a few ideas of items that you can use for gifts:
  • California Connection- a bottle of EV olive oil, or bag of organic apricots
  • Earthen Springs Naturals- a bottle of natural soap or moisturizer
  • Greenawalt Farm- a dozed eggs, or a jar of locally made mustard
  • Kennedy Family Meat Stand- smoked pheasants (which are shrink wrapped)
  • Kew Park Coffee Bar- a pound of roasted beans
  • Kistaco Farm- A half gallon of cider, a jar of local honey or maple syrup
  • Mrs. Jones- A jar of multi-purpose sauce
  • Greek Gourmet- a container of hummus
  • Rebecca Plum- a baked zucchini bread
  • Riverview Dairy- A piece of goat cheese or goat milk fudge
  • Zang Greenhouse- Christmas flowers
So grab a reusable gift bag and come on down to the market to fill it up.
A few other updates:
  • Tim from Kistaco Farm will have pre-made holiday fruit baskets.  They are very reasonably priced and make great gifts.
  • Val from Kennedy Farm let me know that they still have fresh turkeys, turkey breasts, standing rib roasts, boneless prime rib, and our usual beef, pork, and poultry items left for this Friday.  Please call in orders ahead if you can.  Please do not call past 6:00 on Thursday. The farm number is 724-898-2316.