Weekly Availability List

Posted 5/26/2017 11:29am by Natalie Kujala.

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HIGHLIGHTS:  

NASTURTIUMS: Nasturtiums are not only known for their colorful flair, but both the leaves and flowers pack a pleasantly peppery zing. It looks like we’ll have a lot of both for Tuesday.  

SPRING GARLIC: Our growers have had a bumper spring garlic crop this year. We have more than we know what to do with, which means good things for customers looking for quantities. Please ask about bulk pricing!

BABY GREENS: Next week is gonna be a good week for baby greens. Baby mustards, mizunas, arugula, sweet & spicy, red Russian kale, and Asian greens will be especially abundant. If you’re looking for 5# packs of anything other than sweet & spicy, please let us know by Friday!  

BASIL: Basil is really starting to take off. We have reduced the ½# pack price, and will have, though limited, some 1# cases for Tuesday.    

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK. PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.  

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 5/23/2017 12:00pm by Natalie Kujala.

Spring is here, and so are its crops! Asparagus, spring garlic, scallions, baby greens and more! Though our demand for strawberries far outweighs our supply, we will get you what we can.  Send good vibes out to those plants, and maybe more than we anticipate will pop up. Stranger things have happened!

HIGHLIGHTS:

SPRING GARLIC: Our growers have had a bumper spring garlic crop this year. We have more than we know what to do with, which means good things for customers looking for quantities. Please ask about bulk pricing!

MICRO SUNFLOWER SHOOTS: Greenbriar Produce had a burst of growth from these little sprouts. With their delicious flavor reminiscent of sunflower seeds, micro sunflower shoots add a tender zing to any salad.

SWEET & SPICY: Our trademark salad mix is back, and it’s back in full force! When those baby greens come on, boy do they come on strong. We now have 3+ case pricing on 1.5lb AND 5lb packs.

ASPARAGUS: This very seasonal crop won’t last long, so get your fill while you can. I love asparagus raw, chopped atop a bed of greens, or grilled to perfection. I keep meaning to make roasted asparagus mushroom pizza. Is it dinnertime yet?

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK.   PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 5/19/2017 10:40am by Natalie Kujala.

What a beautiful week we’ve had here at the co-op. Quite a contrast to the unseasonably cool weekend. Thanks to the warm (rather hot) and sunny week, our list is flush with spring produce, including some new additions. I had my first strawberries last night at Bending Bridge Farm, where Audrey and Cameron hosted a potluck celebrating their 10th year of farming. I almost forgot how incredible a fresh strawberry tastes. Once Audrey brought out the flat of her farm-grown beauties, the table of baked goods was left untouched.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

***BUY TWO GET ONE FREE SPECIAL*** 18ct Safari Marigold Mix. What a deal! I recently purchased a couple of flats of our marigolds as party favors for a bridal shower. Guests couldn’t stop marveling at how beautiful they were, and were more than eager to take them home.  

MICRO SUNFLOWER SHOOTS: Greenbriar Produce had a burst of growth from these little sprouts. With their delicious flavor reminiscent of sunflower seeds, micro sunflower shoots add a tender zing to any salad.   

YOUNG RAINBOW CHARD: Pair this colorful green with spring garlic for a simple, tasty sauté. We have plenty of both, so don’t be shy to stock up!

ALLIUMS: Garlic greens, spring garlic, white scallions, and red scallions! We are in allium overload, but that just means we have more to share! Ask Natalie for bulk pricing.  

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK. PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.  

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 5/16/2017 11:20am by Natalie Kujala.

I hope many of you were lucky enough to enjoy some quality time with your mothers this weekend. My mom is quite the trooper as I drug her across multiple state line going to dress fittings and attending wedding showers. At least the travel time gave us the chance to catch up! My mom mentioned she and my dad had an appointment in Baltimore yesterday, so I gave her some names of a few amazing restaurants who are customers of ours. They chose Parts & Labor based on location, and couldn’t have been more impressed! My parents thought the framework and layout of the building were “very cool”, loved the hospitality of the staff, and found the food delicious! A big thank you to Parts & Labor for filling my parents’ bellies and spirits!

HIGHLIGHTS:

WILD RAMPS: As the unusual weather brought our local ramp season to an unexpected early halt, we are trying something new this year by bringing in wild harvested ramps from NY. We want to make it very clear that the ramps for Friday delivery have been wild harvested on non-certified organic land. As they are not certified organic, they are not on our list. They will instead be sold by the farmer directly, though you can order them through us, and we will transport them with the rest of your delivery. 1.5# bulk cases of wild ramps are available for $30/case, and may not be available beyond Friday’s delivery.

BLUE OYSTER MUSHROOMS: One of the major perks of my job is the awesome access to a huge variety of fresh produce. Don Lake of Lakewood Farms is experiencing a blue oyster explosion, and generously gave me some to sample. Last night I cooked these beautiful mushrooms lightly with only olive oil and sautéed garlic scapes and onions. I couldn’t believe how delicious such a simple meal could be. Check out our 3+ pricing this week on blue oyster mushrooms.

BARESE CHARD HEADS: Tim Derstine of Hares Valley Growers showed me a vegetable I had not seen before. When he presented it, I thought it was a new kind of bok choi. It turned out it was a head of Barese chard. Barese chard is known for its particularly tender and crisp leaves, which I can attest to having tasted it. If you’re looking for a new spin on chard, I’d highly recommend trying Barese heads.

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK. PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 5/12/2017 11:35am by Natalie Kujala.

Here at TOG we have quite a unique group of growers. It may be difficult to perceive commonalities with only a quick scan of a board meeting; but, once you tune an ear and listen in, you begin to discern the ways in which our growers are connected. Audrey Fisher-Pedersen of Bending Bridge Farm summed us up pretty darn well:  “I think what makes TOG unique and awesome is that we are a diverse group of people united by common values and mission. A motley crew. We're quirky people. Our produce is specialty and unique. TOG blazed the organic co-op trail 30 years ago at the end of a bumpy dirt road and we're all still doing our own funky thing, carrying on traditions, representing integrity, grit, and plain good food. We only offer one product (fresh produce), but we do it damn well as a result of our commitment to focusing exclusively on what we know and love.”  And, to our motley crew of mothers, stepmothers, and grandmothers to yours, Happy Mother’s Day!

HIGHLIGHTS:

SPRING GARLIC: Yesterday I brought home some spring garlic. By the time I got to my house, my car was filled with a slight, pleasant fragrance. I am a big fan of alliums in general, but I love the mild flavor of spring garlic.

WHITE SCALLIONS: I’m sure most of us are familiar with French onion soup, but have you tried spring onion soup? I had never even considered this as an option, but this green, seasonal soup is a wonderful alternative to the traditional version.

BARESE CHARD HEADS: Tim Derstine of Hares Valley Growers showed me a vegetable I had not seen before. When he presented it, I thought it was a new kind of bok choi. It turned out it was a head of Barese chard. Barese chard is known for its particularly tender and crisp leaves, which I can attest to having tasted it. If you’re looking for a new spin on chard, I’d highly recommend trying Barese heads.

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK.   PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 5/9/2017 11:40am by Natalie Kujala.

Mother’s Day is upon us this weekend. I (Taylor) am going to my mom’s house (outside of Philadelphia) this Friday to spend the weekend. Also, this Saturday my sister coming home from studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are having two family parties, which makes me so excited! Hopefully, Mother’s Day weekend makes many of you think of family and friend gatherings as well. Mother’s Day is another important marker of spring. Our growers are starting to offer a few very special spring items, one of which is strawberries! There is also a new variety of chard on the availability list this week, which is called Barese chard. There are a few new items on the list, so please let us know as soon as you can if you are interested in any of these items.

HIGHLIGHTS:

CARROTS: We wanted to make sure you know that our growers are reaching the end of their storage carrots. After these carrots leave our coolers, we will not have carrots until the end of June. Yesterday, I saw some of the baby maroon carrots and they look so adorable. I know adorable and carrots do not normally go together, but now they do! Our carrot quantities are definitely starting to dwindle, but we will have more as the spring and summer progress.

CUCUMBERS: Daniel Beiler of Sunny Ridge Farm and his family have been doing a wonderful job with the Corinto and Katrina cucumbers. They have made sure to take care of the plants during these strange fluctuations in weather recently. They are continuing to offer these beauties to us, so please let us know if you are interested. We would appreciate if you could share with us on Instagram how you are using the cucumbers.

BUNCHED GREENS: If you are looking for bunches of greens, please take a look at the cases of 12 bunches that we are offering.  We are offering bunched cases of Italian dandelion greens, catalogna puntarelle, rainbow chard, and kales. These are all limited in quantity, so get your order for bunched greens in early!

GENERAL GREENS: If you are looking for greens, please look through the options of head lettuce, kales, chards, mustard greens, and lettuce mixes. As spring inches forward, we will receive a few more options. For Friday’s delivery, we will have some options for salad mixes, but they will be limited. The cold snap at the beginning of this week slowed down the growing speed of our growers’ greens.

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK.   PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 5/5/2017 11:37am by Natalie Kujala.

I (Taylor) know that we talk about the weather a lot here, but I must mention it again. We got a lot of rain last night. The road to the co-op has been turned into a stream! In the long run, I guess we do need it! We have a few exciting things on the horizon. Some of our growers will be offering strawberries and red hothouse tomatoes in the coming sales days. They are not here yet, but they are coming very soon! Mother Nature has definitely been good to us this spring.   Please take a look at the plants we are offering, which can be seen at the end of the availability list. Again, plant orders can be placed until 3PM on Monday. Then we will deliver your plants on either Thursday or Friday, which we will verify as soon as possible.

HIGHLIGHTS:

CARROTS: Our growers are starting to reach the end of their storage carrots. After these carrots leave our coolers, we will not have carrots until the end of June. Yesterday, I saw some of the baby maroon carrots and they look so adorable. I know adorable and carrots do not normally go together, but now they do! Our carrot quantities are definitely starting to dwindle some, but we will have more as the spring and summer progress.

WILD WATERCRESS: This item definitely deserves its time in the sun. This wild aquatic or semi-aquatic perennial plant is coming from Gary Lambert, the owner of Lambert Mountain Acres! These plants grow in the stream that passes through his organic farm. When they are ready, he puts on waders, so that he can wade through the stream to harvest the watercress above the waterline. It is quite a sight.

BABY GREENS: We are getting many options for baby greens, such as a variety of kales, lettuce heads, and purple mizuna. We do have some lettuce mixes, but making your own mix is an option. We would love to see your green uses on Instagram!

SCALLIONS: These can definitely speak for themselves. We do have both red and white scallions. I just learned how to make scallion pancakes, which are more like a tortilla. It is a much better spoon for my love of hummus than those store bought breads or chips.

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK. PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 5/2/2017 11:41am by Natalie Kujala.

The Kentucky Derby is upon us this week! I (Taylor) am very excited to watch this weekend’s events. Before the events start, we have some things to share with you. Our list is definitely growing as the weather inches forward through the seasons. I cannot wait to swim in Raystown Lake this year; I am daydreaming of swimming and relaxing on the banks. It definitely does not help that I can see the Aughwick Creek from my window. The creek is taunting me with its bending flow and sounds of nature. I would love to take a break to go down to swim. This will have to wait, because there are vegetables to tend to in our coolers and in our growers’ fields. We have many exciting produce options this week. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions regarding availability now and in the coming weeks. We would really appreciate hearing from you!

HIGHLIGHTS:

MINT: The countdown to the Kentucky Derby is passing on its downhill slope. I am so excited to see the race this weekend! This means it is time for Mint Juleps. The Kentucky Derby website says that the during the weekend of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby,  the Churchill Downs Racetrack goes through 1000 pound of fresh mint, WOW! Please consider ordering your fresh mint from us for this wonderful drink tradition of the derby.

SPRING GARLIC: This mild, fresh tasting allium is edible from bulb to stalk. We have bulk and bunched cases available in volume. This is a wonderful addition to most dishes. Please tag us on Instagram to show us how you are using these. I could definitely use some cooking advice in the garlic department; I always end up using excessive amounts.

ASPARAGUS: This is the peak time for this wonderful spring perennial in our area. Please reach out no matter how much you are looking to purchase. We would love to share the “fruits” of our growers’ labors with you!

JUICE CARROTS: We have SEVERAL cases of juice carrots available, both orange and mixed color. We have VERY flexible pricing for 10+ cases. Please let us know if you are interested in any juice carrots, especially in volume. These beauties are calling your name with pictures of cakes, soups, and stir-fries. My mom puts carrots in her potato pancakes, which makes them all the better!

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK. PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 4/28/2017 11:07am by Natalie Kujala.

Wait a second! Did we just breeze through spring and jump into summer? It sure feels like it! Today and tomorrow we will see temperatures around or above 80, and some of you will even see temperatures in the 90s tomorrow! Holy moly. Now that’s a hot April day. These warm, sunny days will certainly be welcomed by our spring and early summer crops that we are still anxiously anticpating.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

SPRING GARLIC:  My oh my do we have some spring garlic coming in! This mild, fresh tasting allium is edible from bulb to stalk. We have bulk and bunched cases available in volume.  

BABY SPINACH:  Due to its high water content, spinach reduces significantly when cooked. Lucky for you, we have lots of baby spinach coming in, so there is no need to skimp on portions!  

RHUBARB: These beautifully colored stalks are officially on in full force! Rhubarb is delicious in pies, tarts, cakes, drinks, and so much more! I’ve read some very interesting savory rhubarb recipes such as beetroot and rhubarb salad. I’ll definitely need to try that one!  

JUICE CARROTS: We have SEVERAL cases of juice carrots available, both orange and mixed color. We have VERY flexible pricing for 10+ cases. Please let us know if you are interested in any juice carrots, especially in volume.    

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK.   PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.  

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 4/25/2017 11:16am by Natalie Kujala.

The rain this month is definitely bringing May flowers early this spring. Many bulb plants are blooming in our area, and many trees are flowering. Even with all the flowers blooming in Pennsylvania, I was surprised by all the blooms I (Taylor) saw this past weekend in D.C. I was in the city for an Earth Day fair on Saturday, in which April stayed strong and brought more showers. I could not believe all of the flowers I saw. People’s peonies and clematis were already in blossom, and this is just the beginning.  All of these blooms also mean that our spring products are increasing quickly, so please keep you eye out.

HIGHLIGHTS:

GREEN BUTTERHEAD LETTUCE: We are starting to have some head lettuce, and this week the butterhead is ready for you! This is coming from the Derstine family at Hares Valley Farm, who is sending it in 12ct cases. Please “lettuce” know if you are interested. They would look excellent on your shelves or in your salads.

YOUNG GREENS:  We have not quite reached the full-fledged bunched greens stage, but we do have a large variety of young greens this week. They range from young collards to chards to spinach! They could be an excellent addition to braising greens.

NOTE: Due to the cool weather, we are still experiencing a lull in sweet and spicy salad mix. I hope that this mix will be back in full force in the next few weeks. If you are interested in salad mixes, we suggest mixing your own with a case of baby green kale, baby spinach, and baby mustards.

RHUBARB: This has come on full force as well! What is the most unusual way you use rhubarb. Some people in our office put it in their morning smoothies. I definitely used to be very unaware of rhubarb. I always thought of it in relation to its use for pies.

ORANGE JUICE CARROTS: We have SEVERAL cases of these available, and flexible pricing for 10+ cases. We have these in both 10 pound and 25 pound cases. Please let us know if you are interested!

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK. PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

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