Weekly Availability List

Posted 11/17/2017 10:54am by Natalie Kujala.

With the change in season comes a change in the TOG staff schedule. Taylor is now working in the office only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and remotely on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm. You can still reach Taylor during her remote hours by selecting her direct extension (101) when calling into the office (technology is pretty great!), or you can return her calls by directly dialing her cell phone. Otherwise, there will still be someone in the office to take your orders on the phone from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, and the sales@tog.coop email will be checked as usual.  

THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE: We will be open next Monday through Wednesday (11/20 to 11/22), but will be closed Thursday and Friday of next week (11/23 and 11/24). This means we will not be delivering next Friday (11/24). Please stock up for Thanksgiving on Tuesday! The list for Tuesday (11/28) will be sent out on Tuesday of next week, and resent on Friday.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

SWEET POTATOES: With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I have to give a nod to one of my all-time favorite vegetables, the sweet potato. Whether baked whole, in fry form, in a casserole, or stuffed into a burrito, sweet potatoes are a welcome feature in any meal I prepare. I never tire of sweet potatoes- they are just so versatile, and delicious!  

GREENS LULL: This past weekend, we had temperatures nearing the single digits. Due to the last few nights of freezing temperatures, we are experiencing a lull in many of our greens. As many of our growers plant fall and winter greens in their greenhouses, tunnels, and hoop houses, salad mixes will return, and hopefully very soon. This is the time of year, though, when bunched greens and full-sized lettuce heads wind down.  

BABY LEEKS: I’ll give baby leeks another round of shout-outs as Taylor is so fond of her joke, and we’ve got these little guys in full supply. What vegetable is a sailor’s worst enemy? Leeks!  

BEETS: Great for roasting, juicing, or even raw, beets are chock full of vitamins and minerals. I love red beets roasted simply with a little salt, pepper, and olive oil. If you’re looking to juice or process red or gold beets, ask us about #2s and jumbo-XLs!  

ASIAN PEARS: It seems we sent out a false alarm yesterday about the Asian pears. They are not yet done for the season, but the grower will be quality checking more vigorously to hopefully sort any #2s out from his #1 cases. If you’re looking for Asian pears to process and don’t mind cutting out the browning in the centers, let us know and we can bring in some #2s for you.  

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.  

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY *South Tex Organics – TX        

Posted 11/14/2017 1:03pm by Natalie Kujala.

Taylor is coming through the cover letter today! I have decorative gourds all over my desk. I really dislike that it gets dark so early, so I like decorating my space to put a smile on my face. In my apartment, I have holiday lights around the ceiling in my bedroom and the living room. I have one of those popular wine bottles, with holiday light inside of it, in my bathroom. Also, I have candles all over the place, which I light right when I get home. This darkness is so not pleasing. Anyways, back to Tuscarora. Lately, we have had a few people ask if all of our product is organic. The answer is yes. All of our growers are certified organic by a third party organization, which means all of our products are certified organic.

THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE: We will be open next Monday through Wednesday (11/20 to 11/22), but will be closed Thursday and Friday next week (11/23 and 11/24). This means we will not be delivering next Friday (11/24). Please stock up for Thanksgiving this Friday or next Tuesday! The list for Tuesday (11/28) will be sent out on Tuesday of next week, and resent on Friday.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

GREENS LULL: This past weekend, we had temperatures nearing the single digits. Due to the last few nights of freezing temperatures, we are experiencing a lull in bunched lacinato, green romaine lettuce, and some salad greens mixes. As many of our growers plant fall and winter greens in their greenhouses, tunnels, and hoop houses, salad mixes will return, and hopefully very soon.  

BABY LEEKS: These babies are no friend to a sailor. What vegetable is a sailor’s worst enemy? This is my favorite joke. Everyone at TOG has heard me tell this too many times…The answer is a leek (how silly).  

TURNIP ROOTS: Purple top turnips are spicy and peppery, while sweet white turnips are on the sweeter side. Turnips are supposedly the oldest root crop, ooo-la-la, but it seems that they often go overlooked. Show your support for these enduring veggies by purchasing a case, or 3!  

CITRUS UPDATE: We sold out of Meyer lemons and Hamlin oranges earlier than we thought, but we do have grapefruit available for sale! After Thanksgiving, we will bring in more lemons and oranges to share with you! If you’re looking for 5+ cases of oranges or lemons, let us know so we can bring in what you need.  

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.  

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY *South Tex Organics – TX        

Posted 11/10/2017 11:37am by Natalie Kujala.

Taylor writing today! The last few days, I have been drinking an endless amount of hot tea. This past Tuesday, I went to the grocery store in the evening. There were plenty of cars that had an inch of snow on them; winter is coming…Chicano Sol posted beautiful pictures of their snowy fields, on their Instagram. They are working hard to cover their fall crops still in the field. The farmers of Bending Bridge Farm told me this morning that they are working hard to do the same. My goodness, the wonderful hardwork of agriculture. I am always impressed with our growers!  

NOTE: Several of you have been asking if we are hosting our customer farm tour this year. Unfortunately, due to several factors, we won’t be able to. BUT, if anyone is interested in touring one or two of our farms, please let us know as we will be happy to show you around!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

ASIAN PEARS: There are so many varieties of Asian pears that it can be daunting. Our fruit grower, Peachey’s Fruit Farm, grows Olympic Giant and 20th Century Asian pears. These beauties are shaped like apples, but they have a tan, speckled colored skin. Their flavor is between butterscotch and caramel; why haven’t I purchased a case for myself? One of my friends makes a delicious pear desert, which is baked sliced pears in croissant rolls with a little brown sugar and butter. I need to make this for myself.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Peachey’s Fruit Farm made a fresh batch for us! He uses his own #2 apples to make his vinegar. Recently, I have been making a salad dressing that is primarily cucumbers and apple cider vinegar. There are a few other ingredients that I am forgetting now, but I could drink this dressing by itself.  

CITRUS: Citrus is here! This year we are bringing in citrus from South Tex Organics in Mission, TX. We have grapefruits, oranges, and lemons. Please let us know what we can send to you!  

BABY GREENS REMINDER: We have freshly harvested baby greens coming in several days a week! As a reminder, many of our baby greens (arugula, sweet & spicy, ruby streaks mustard, pea shoots) can packed in 5lb, 8lb, or 10lb cases. Please let us know by FRIDAY AFTERNOON if you are interested in a pack that is not on our list! Bulk cases mean growers use fewer materials for packing, which means more savings for you! It is not too late for pear salad.  

HEAD LETTUCE: Landisdale Farm’s fields flush with lettuce, which has enabled us to keep our lettuces prices low. We have especially high volumes of small and full-sized heads of green romaine. Are you looking for a volume (10+ cases)? Ask Natalie or Emily about 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.  

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY *South Tex Organics – TX        

Posted 11/7/2017 12:17pm by Natalie Kujala.

Well, it’s officially cold, though I’m not exactly the best judge of temperature as I consider anything below 60-degrees sweater, hat, and glove weather. That being said, I’m writing this as the thermostat is barely inching past 40, and the weatherman is telling me that Friday night will show numbers in the 20s! I think there might be a good bit of agreement that 20-degree weather is cold! Think warm thoughts for all of the farmers who brave the weather no matter what it bears, to bring food to your table, grocery stores, and favorite restaurants.  

NOTE: Several of you have been asking if we are hosting our customer farm tour this year. Unfortunately, due to several factors, we won’t be able to. BUT, if anyone is interested in touring one or two of our farms, please let us know as we will be happy to show you around!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

BABY GREENS: Missing the freshness of those summer veggies? Don’t fret! We have freshly harvested baby greens coming in several days a week! As a reminder, many of our baby greens (arugula, sweet & spicy, ruby streaks mustard, pea shoots) can packed in 5lb, 8lb, or 10lb cases. Please let us know by WEDNESDAY if you are interested in a pack that is not on our list! Bulk cases mean growers use less materials for packing. What that means for you? More savings!  

LARATTE FINGERLINGS: These nutty and buttery fingerlings are literally the queen of the fingerlings. In the US, some sell these under the name “La Reine” (meaning the queen). Who needs to buy chestnuts, hazelnuts, or almonds, when you could have a whole case of LaRattes?    

HEAD LETTUCE: Landisdale Farm and Chicano Sol have fields flush with lettuce, which has enabled us to keep our lettuces prices low. We have especially high volumes of small and full-sized heads of green romaine, but we also have red leaf and green leaf to spare. Looking for a volume (10+ cases)? Ask Natalie or Emily about pricing!  

COMING SOON: CITRUS! This year we are excited to be bringing in citrus from South Tex Organics in Mission, TX. By next Tuesday, we should have grapefruits, oranges, and lemons!  

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.  

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY

Posted 11/3/2017 1:07pm by Natalie Kujala.

November weather! What more could I ask for in November? It has reached 70 degrees for my birthday (an excited Taylor here). Outside I shall go! What has November brought for you? The November/December issue of Growing for Market just came out yesterday, so I have some new reading material. There are so many things for me to learn! I appreciate that many writers in this publication write for non-farmers as well as farmers; they make it so that readers, with limited farming experience, can undertand! In this issue, a flower farmer explains the Dahlia (one of my favorite flowers) operation at the farm. I know I have said this a few times before, but I cannot get over how many ways there are to do things in this world.  

PHONE NOTE: If you are calling in to place your order, but the order extension is busy, please press 0. This will bring your call to an available staff member who can take your order.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

GREENS REMINDER: We can pack baby arugula, and baby sweet & spicy in 5lb, 8lb, or 10lb cases. Please let us know by FRIDAY if you are interested in a pack that is not on our list!  

SPAGHETTI SQUASH: Last week, one of my friends made a spaghetti squash dish with sage and parmesan cheese. I could have eaten the whole thing by myself. I am planning to make this dish during my birthday weekend! We may not have these beauties for much longer, so please get them while they are hot.  

RADISHES: This section of the list is growing. I just heard this week that daikon radishes, in particular, could be used to make chips. Apparently, I have a lot of cooking to do in the near future. I have not had enough radishes in my life. To my knowledge, I have never eaten a daikon radish. These appear to have so many uses, so maybe I need to buy a box!

LARATTE FINGERLINGS: These nutty and buttery fingerlings are literally the queen of the fingerlings. In the US, some sell these under the name “La Reine” (meaning the queen). Who needs to buy chestnuts, hazelnuts, or almonds, when you could have a whole case of LaRattes? Not me.

PARSNIPS: We have had a few frosts here, before this strange warm weather, so these should be quite sweet! Once the temperature drops, the roots (or parsnips) convert their starches into sugars. I learned today, that these cousins of carrots could make a tasty wine. What is this news? People also use parsnips to make chips. I know what I need this weekend: chips made from all different types of veggies!  

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.  

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY

Posted 10/31/2017 11:24am by Natalie Kujala.

This Friday is my birthday (Taylor here)! This weekend, I believe my friends and I will probably go for a hike and go to see a band on Friday! Next weekend, I will go out to dinner with my dad in Virginia. It is really a birthday month. A few of my familiy members have birthdays this month as well! Anyways, back to the produce world. At the coop, winter events are being planned. Tis the season for meetings, conferences, and planning!  

PHONE NOTE: If you are calling in to place your order, but the order extension is busy, please press 0. This will bring your call to an available staff member who can take your order.

HIGHLIGHTS:   GREENS REMINDER: We can pack baby arugula, and baby sweet & spicy in 5lb, 8lb, or 10lb cases. Please let us know by WEDNESDAY MIDDAY if you are interested in a pack that is not on our list!

GOLDRUSH APPLES: We wanted to remind you about these organic apples; they have these blemishes, but we want to share them with you! These sweet, yet tart apples come from Peachey’s Fruit Farm in Mill Creek, Pennsylvania. This shipment of GoldRush apples has light blemishes. The apples are not degrading or misshapen, and they taste great! These are excellent raw or baked.

TURNIPS: These bad boys are turning it up (turnip style). I just want to make sure you are aware of my bad turnip joke! Maybe we need to “turnip” for my birthday (say turnip 5 times fast). Hidden Brook Farm and Maple Creek Farm, both in Path Valley, have been growing turnips for the coop this year. If you’d like to give them a shout-out, please show us how you turn it up on Instagram!

WINTER SQUASH: The Long Island Cheese Squash, and their baby cousin, the Autumn Crown Squash, are ready for your shelves and kitchens. These varieties are excellent for pie making. Some claim that there is no need to puree them; their flesh is instantly pie ready! They remind me of the pumpkin carriage that takes Cinderella to the ball!

BEET ROOTS: These have the beets for our turnip party! If you cannot choose between the gold and red beets, we do have mixed cases! Please do not be shy to ask about our beets. These beets are so fresh that they have an aunty and uncle in Bel-Air!

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.

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA  *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY

Posted 10/27/2017 12:56pm by Natalie Kujala.

Taylor here today! Look at me, writing a few cover letters in a row (ooo-la-la). While I am busy focusing on my birthday, our Production Coordinator has started working with our growers to plan for the 2018 growing season. There are currently a lot of notes on her desk! Recently, I have been reading the articles in Growing For Market. They have included some articles about growers who only grow in the winter or only have winter CSA programs. Thank goodness for hoophouses!  

PHONE NOTE: If you are calling in to place your order, but the order extension is busy, please press 0. This will bring your call to an available staff member who can take your order.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

GOLDRUSH APPLES: These sweet, yet tart apples come from Peachey’s Fruit Farm in Mill Creek, Pennsylvania. This shipment of GoldRush apples has light blemishes. The apples are not degrading or misshapen, and they taste great! This variety can be eaten raw or baked into desert goodness. I am sure many people can say this, but I think my mom makes the best applesauce. I may have to ask her to make some for my birthday!  

PEA SHOOTS: These give a great crunch to salads. Tim and Linda Derstine of Hares Valley Farm have been growing pea shoots for TOG for a while now. Salads are not the only option for pea shoots. People use this beautiful roughage for soups, addition to a baked dish, and even as pizza toppings!  

CARROTS: We have a rainbow of carrot colors to offer you! Our carrots come from a few of our Amish growers in Path Valley, including Hidden Brook Farm, Sunny Ridge Farm, and Breezy Hill Farm. I plan to make spicy carrot hummus this weekend. That one extra step of baking the carrots before adding them to the hummus mixture has created a block for me recently, but not for long!   

GOLD AND RED BEETS: Personally, I do not like eating beets, but I enjoy harvesting them. I have been in a few beet harvests at New Morning Farm. Next, I hope to see what you do with beets. Please share on Instagram; I need some suggestions on beet preparation!  

GREENS REMINDER: We can pack baby and young arugula, and baby and young sweet & spicy in 5lb, 8lb, or 10lb cases. Please let us know by Friday afternoon if you are interested in a pack that is not on our list!  

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.  

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY

Posted 10/24/2017 1:06pm by Natalie Kujala.

I so enjoy writing the cover letter! It is Taylor here again. It is the countdown to my birthday. If you cannot tell, I am so excited. It is a week from this Friday! On another note, our growers are working on their winter to do lists. The growers have all planted their cover crops long ago. I can see a few of New Morning Farm’s hoop houses and one smaller field from my desk. I have watched their apprentices working in the small field and in the hoop houses the past few days. Many of our growers have their heads in two frames of mind; they are still harvesting what they have now, but they must all work on their winter to do lists as well.

PHONE NOTE: If you are calling in to place your order, but the order extension is busy, please press zero. This will bring your call to an available staff member who can take your order.

HIGHLIGHTS:

KOHLRABI: These beauties are coming from Jade Family Farm, Shoestring Acres, and New Morning Farm. Honestly, I had not tried kohlrabi plain until last year. It is quite delicious with salt.

HOT PEPPERS: There are so many varieties of hot peppers out there! One of my favorites is the Padron Spanish pepper. About one in every 10 is hot, but the rest are mild. They are so easy to prepare in olive oil. The serrano and poblano peppers are generally milder hot peppers, while Anaheim, Hungarian wax, and habaneros are very hot!

RADISHES: Our farmers are digging out their radishes. Many of our Amish farmers in Path Valley grow radishes to sell through the coop. Easter egg radishes and French breakfast radishes are very popular. The Easter egg radishes are usually a mix of white, purple, red, and pink, which can add to the presentation on a plate.

BUNCHED GREENS: The beautiful bunched greens are ready to be untied in your kitchen, or by your customer! Please show us how you use these greens or show us your display on Instagram!

GREENS REMINDER: Baby and young arugula, baby ruby streaks mustard, and baby and young sweet & spicy can be packed in 5lb, 8lb, or 10lb cases. Please let us know by Wednesday if you’re interested in a pack that isn’t on our list!

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.

*Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – DE *Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms– PA *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm – MA *Kiwi Berry Organics –PA *Porter Farms – NY

Posted 10/20/2017 1:06pm by Natalie Kujala.

Taylor writing today. Outside the three windows in front on my desk, there is a wonderful bird habitat. The past few days, I have been seeing a lot of cardinals. I do have a bird identification book in a side draw of my desk, but I try not to look at it too often during the work day! On a side note, I had a good number of customers tell me “Happy Fall” yesterday. It has been so crisp outside the past few days, how nice. This weekend, my friends and I will be carving pumpkins; we just need to add pumpkin spice lattes!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CELERY: Jake and his family, of Sunrise Farm in Path Valley, have been growing celery for the coop this year. I normally use celery as a spoon for hummus, but I hear it has many uses. Jake can send the celery in bags, if you would prefer (just please let us know).  

EXTREME HOT PEPPER MIX: Eric, who owns Shoestring Acres, produces this mix which contains Trinidad moruga, Caribbean red, scotch bonnet, orange habaneros, paper lanterns and ghost peppers. I have heard recently that the ghost peppers are considered the hottest pepper currently. Last year, I saw someone at the coop eat a whole ghost pepper, without showing any signs of discomfort. It was quite a site!   

GRANDMA LAURA’S PIE PUMPKINS: Don Spackman of Roundtop Farms has a very special pumpkin to offer- Grandma Laura’s Heirloom Pie Pumpkins. As the story goes, a member of the Sioux tribe in South Dakota gave these seeds to Don´s grandmother in the early 1900s. She later carried them with her to PA in 1918. Don has been keeping the legacy of his grandmother alive by continuing to grow these specialty pumpkins. They make delicious pies!  

AUTUMN CROWN SQUASH: If you love the flavor of Long Island Cheese squash but find them difficult to handle, Autumn Crown squash might be just what you’re looking for! If you are not familiar with either Long Island Cheese squash or Autumn Crown squash, they are flat, beige skin colored squash, with a taste similar to butternuts.  

BUNCHED GREENS: The beautiful bunched greens are ready to be untied in your kitchen, or by your customer! Please show us how you use these greens or your display on Instagram!  

GREENS REMINDER: Baby and young arugula, and baby and young sweet & spicy can be packed in 5lb, 8lb, or 10lb cases. Please let us know by this afternoon if you’re interested in a pack that isn’t on our list!  

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 Berry Organics – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 10/17/2017 1:17pm by Natalie Kujala.

Mother Nature is acting a little crazy these days. Sunday was in the 80s, and this morning I woke up to frost. It’s confusing enough as a human to figure out how to keep up with the fluctuations in temperature. I can simply adjust the thermostat and my clothing; I can’t imagine how the plants and animals feel. Somehow through all of the highs and lows, my basil is still going strong. I must have gotten supercharged seeds. I’m not going to push my luck too much longer, though. It’s time to get cranking on some serious pesto.

HIGHLIGHTS:

WATERMELON RADISHES: Stephanie (an apprentice at New Morning Farm) brought a beautiful array of fresh veggies and hummus to my wedding celebration last month. My parents’ friends went gaga over the watermelon radishes- they’d never seen them before! They were so impressed with the color and flavor of these radishes that they ordered a case through the co-op to share among themselves.

GRANDMA LAURA’S PIE PUMPKINS: Don Spackman of Roundtop Farms has a very special pumpkin to offer- Grandma Laura’s Heirloom Pie Pumpkins. As the story goes, Don’s grandmother was given these seeds by the Sioux in South Dakota. She later carried them with her to PA in 1918. Don has been keeping the legacy of his grandmother alive by continuing to grow these specialty pumpkins. To drive the point home of just how delicious these squash are, Don brought a pie for us to sample. Yum yum yum! That pie certainly did not last long.

ROMANESCO CAULIFLOWER: Here’s to another round of shout-outs for the Romanesco cauliflower. Unharvested, these remind me of little medieval castles tucked away in the field. Emily (our GM) taught me what I think is the best way to enjoy this architecturally unique veggie- simply chopped and lined on a baking sheet, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika- bake at 450⁰ and voilà! 

AUTUMN CROWN SQUASH: If you love the flavor of Long Island Cheese squash but find them difficult to handle, Autumn Crown squash might be just what you’re looking for! If you’re not familiar with either Long Island Cheese squash or Autumn Crown squash, they are flat, beige skin colored squash, with a taste similar to butternuts. Autumn Crowns are like the mini versions of the Cheese squash.

GREENS NOTE: Baby and young arugula, baby and young sweet & spicy, and baby mixed kale can be packed in 5lb cases for $48/case ($45 for 3+). Please let us know by Friday if you’d like 5lb packs of the arugulas or kale. We will have 5lb sweet & spicy available.

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 Berry Organics – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

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