Weekly Availability List

Posted 6/27/2017 12:01pm by Natalie Kujala.

What is it with this weather lately… it’s hot, then it’s cold, then it’s downpouring, then it’s hot again, and then the nights are in the low 50’s… we’re seeing produce availability change very quickly around here, so forgive us if we come up short on something. The growers can’t make accurate predictions when the weather is so funky.     We are starting to hear rumors about the elusive early July tomatoes starting to come in soon so stay tuned…in the meantime, please enjoy a kale lunch and a zucchini dinner every day because that’s what we’ve got available this week! We snagged this pic from our friends at Oak Nut Farm! That is one relaxed bean!

HIGHLIGHTS & LOWLIGHTS:

BASIL: Prices have hit a new low on this delicious herb. May I suggest zucchini, sautéed with some scapes and scallions, and then finished with some torn basil? This may also be the week to make pesto.

New! NEW WHITE POTATOES: I love a new potato, so flavorful and tender, and goes so well with summer herbs. We have white potatoes available now from Greenbriar farm in several size options.

BEANS: We’ve bean waiting all season for beans and now we’ve got green beans available! They are mostly coming from renowned bean grower New Morning Farm and they are tasty!

ZUCCHINI: You didn’t think I wouldn’t list zucchini, right? We’re being offered like 2000 lbs worth of zucchini this week. It always happens this time of year, the zucchini just goes nuts with the long days and nights. So let’s get some zucchini moving this week!

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 6/23/2017 11:43am by Natalie Kujala.

We lost a pioneer of organic agriculture in PA last week when Roy Brubaker, of Village Acres Farm, was killed in a farming accident. Roy was an early member of Tuscarora and provided sage guidance to the coop, its members, and other farmers throughout his life. Our community is grieving his loss, and we are sending our thoughts out to his family. His daughter Debra, who’s been farming alongside him for several years now, will continue to manage Village Acres, carrying on farming the land her father loved so much.

HIGHLIGHTS & LOWLIGHTS:

SCALLIONS: Soon we’ll have plenty of fresh onions but for now we have lots of scallions, coming from the Peacheys at Greenbriar farm. Available in red and white!

New! BEETS: We’ve got lots of beets coming in, chioggias, golds, reds, and mixed bunches. We also are starting to see some bulk beets. We haven’t had a large quantity of beets since last fall. I’m a fan of a quick vinegar pickled beet with some fresh oregano or basil as a snack or salad topping. Steam the beets, dress ‘em up, and chill.

CUCUMBER FRENZY: We’ve got divas, corintos, katrinas, European, and slicing cucumbers all available now!  I made some tzatziki this week – definitely the time to get cukes on the menu.

BUNCHED GREENS: From kale to collards to chard to dandelions, we’ve got the bunched greens your smoothies have been waiting for… Although I’m not so sure about a dandelion smoothie, I have heard that some folks like to juice them.

GARLIC SCAPES: Yes, they are still available! I stir fried some with shiitakes and squash, and some snap peas I froze last summer. Delicious.  

GOODBYE FOR NOW: Arugula can’t take the long days and the heat so don’t expect to see much for a while.

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 6/20/2017 11:55am by Natalie Kujala.

Yesterday evening, after cooking up some summer squash for dinner and getting the baby to bed, I realized it was nearly 9 pm and still light outside. I thought to myself, well, it is mid-June. Only a couple more days til the nights start getting longer again. And with this change in season comes the busiest time, when we are picking up hundreds of cases from the Valley growers, with another couple hundred being delivered, and then sent right back down the road to you. The clock is ticking until we start seeing the tomatoes rolling on in!

HIGHLIGHTS:

New! GREEN BEANS! They’re back, from New Morning Farm. NMF is known for their green beans, which they plant for weekly harvests. The beans are picked and packed mostly by three workers from Jamaica, who are here on the H2-A visa program. They’ve been coming to NMF for several years now and are an integral part of the NMF team, especially when it comes to bean picking!

New! BROCCOLI: After a few false starts, we are finally seeing some amazing spring broccoli this week. The grower is Titus Martin of Martin’s Homestead. He grew a lot of fall broccoli for us last fall and we were very impressed with his reliability and high quality. Spring broccoli is never quite as beautiful as the fall crop, but Titus is a great grower and his broccoli crowns look quite good!

New! BABY CARROTS with TOPS: Now available in Rainbow and Orange bunches. We made it almost the whole entire year with carrots on our list. I sure missed them when they were away. Spring carrots are quite tasty and the tops are good too. Plus, they look so cute on the plate with the little stemmy tops.

BASIL: Seeing lots of basil coming in this week and we’ve lowered prices accordingly. We’re also offering this fragrant herb in a 5 lb case for those of you who just need more of it!

BABY GREENS: Still going strong on SWEET & SPICY and BABY ARUGULA in the 5 lb cases. The Arugula is CUT TO ORDER in the 5 lb, so please order your 5 lb arugula ASAP. Thanks!

GARLIC SCAPES: Low prices are STILL in effect!

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 6/16/2017 12:12pm by Natalie Kujala.

Wow. As soon as I got into work today, the news broke about Amazon buying Whole Foods… such huge news that will have ripple effects throughout the local foods marketplace. I honestly can’t even imagine how this might change the scene (and I partially don’t want to imagine, because usually when there’s consolidation in the supply chain, farmers are forced to accept lower prices than they would like). How will this affect your business? What do you think about the news?

HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:

SWEET & SPICY: As you might have seen on our Instagram this week, the baby greens are growing like crazy and one grower in particular is drowning in a sea of them. Would you like to try sweet & spicy in 5 oz clamshells for your retail or CSA? Please let us know! Otherwise we will have great deals on 5 lb cases.

GARLIC SCAPES: Every year around this time we start trying to move these in volume! Low prices are in effect now.

MULBERRIES: Solomon Beiler of Limestone Acres is having a huge mulberry year! We’ve never had this many available in years past. Time to make your mulberry syrup to enjoy all summer long.

CUCUMBERS:  Still going strong on hothouse cucumbers, with diva, corinto, and Katrina varieties in high supply. Look for lower prices this week!

LETTUCE: What better to go with cucumbers than fresh, crispy lettuce? Or if you’re not into salads, try grilled romaine!

New! KOHLRABI: Tony Ricci at Green Heron Farm is growing beautiful spring kohlrabi and we’ve got purple and green in 10 lb cases. I love kohlrabi this time of year as a crudité alongside cucumbers. Great flavor and crunch.

ASPARAGUS UPDATE: Say goodbye to our stalky friend until next spring. We might have a few available for Tuesday so if you want it, please order ASAP.

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 6/14/2017 11:55am by Emily Best.

We can safely say that SUMMER IS HERE with this list. Bunched greens are in abundance, cucumbers are rolling on in, lettuce is just bursting with flavor, and the zucchini—OH, THE ZUCCHINI. Our grower Enos Peachey of Locust Brook Farm took a risk this spring and put out his plants a little early, and it is paying off. We have a large harvest of his squash to sell this week, so get that squash on your menus!                                                                                                              HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:  

NEW! BABY CARROTS: Our first new crop of carrots has arrived! We have been waiting patiently for these babies. The heat of this past weekend definitely helped. We only have orange, but soon we will have plenty of colorful carrots.     

BUNCHED KALES: This week we have a plethora of bunched kale varieties, which include green, redbor, and lacinato. We are so glad that we can offer you all a wider variety of bunched greens. 

ZUCCHINI: The Costata Romanesco and the Ravens have really taken off in this burst of heat, my goodness. The raven is quite a classic, which three of our Amish growers are providing this week. The Costata Romanesco is an heirloom variety coming from Daniel Byler of Sunny Ridge Farm in Path Valley.  

CUCUMBERS: These beauties have really hit their stride. Our growers are continuing to offer Divas, Corintos and Katrinas! We also have a few cases of pickling cucumbers this week, so if you would like a case this week, please let us as soon as you can.  

GARLIC SCAPES: The flowers of our growers’ garlic are really trying to spread its seed. Before the garlic flowers open up, they harvest the tender stem and provides us with wonderful scapes. They have a very mild garlic flavor. Harvesting the scapes allows the garlic to focus its energy in growing its roots, leaves and especially the bulb that we’ll enjoy later this summer.  

STRAWBERRY UPDATE: Looks like these gems are slowing down … we expect to have some available for Friday delivery but we’re unsure of exact numbers. Please put in your orders and we’ll get you what we can.

Posted 6/9/2017 11:39am by Natalie Kujala.

Well, in two days I’m off to Ireland for my wedding and subsequent honeymoon. I’ll be out for the majority of the month, so the list will temporarily be coming from Emily’s email address (gm@tog.coop). My email will still be monitored regularly, so no problemo if you forget that I’m gone and send your orders to me. Happy produce purchasing, cooking, chopping, and processing! I can’t wait to see what’s in harvest when I get back!

HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:  

STRAWBERRIES: Like all of those delicious seasonal crops before them, strawberries too must come to an end, BUT that end is not here quite yet! We will do our very best to get strawberries for as many customers as we can. We have limited numbers of pints this week, but we will thankfully also have some quart flats available.  

BABY FENNEL: Fennel and beet salad DEFINITELY tops my list of favorite dishes. I’m so happy to see baby fennel and baby beets appearing on the list at the same time.  

HEAD LETTUCE: Oh do we have some head lettuce for you! We dropped the price this past week to encourage sales, and we sure hope you noticed! Please “lettuce” know if you’d like 10+ cases, as pricing can be flexible. 

RHUBARB: I know many of you are missing these tart, vibrant stalks, and so are we. Our rhubarb growers have been struggling with some unfortunate disease issues this season, and we really don’t expect to see much, if any, more on our list. But don’t let your woes blind you from all those other highlights 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 Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 6/6/2017 12:57pm by Natalie Kujala.

Taylor writing today! There are a lot of big things happening around here this month. Our office is in the process of being renovated. Our growers are offering more spring and summer items. This weekend, Huntingdon (the town I live in) is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding. Natalie is getting married. Next week, I am also going to a few vendor events in the Washington Baltimore Beltway. Also, one of my sisters is graduating from nursing school next week. The excitement is just beginning, it seems. I am sure that many of our growers are experiencing many important life events and milestones as well, but they have so much happening now that they cannot always fill us in on their exhilarating events. All year round, but especially now, they are busy focusing on providing excellent and sustainable food for their families, their markets, and their coop! We appreciate your work with us, and are looking forward to speaking with you regarding the process of our comestibles. Hopefully, as we continue, we will be able to share more of our growers´ lives with you!

HIGHLIGHTS:

BABY FENNEL: Our growers are offering this with its leaves in three-pound cases. I recently learned that fennel is one of the three ingredients used to make absinthe. We would really love to see how you use this product on Instagram (especially me)! I would prefer to learn from our customers how to use fennel. I have no experience with fennel or its uses, so please help me!

HEAD LETTUCE: This cooler, cloudy spring weather is helping the lettuce explode! Many of these head lettuce cases are coming from Landisdale Farm. If you are interested in seeing a picture, please “lettuce” know.  

BUNCHED GREENS: This week, we have a variety of bunched greens, including collard, kales and chards (oh my). We are offering these in both 12 bunch and 24 bunch cases. Many of these bunched greens are coming from the coop’s president, Mark of Help From Above Farm.

COSTATA ROMANESCO ZUCCHINI: One of our growers from Path Valley, Daniel of Sunny Ridge Farm, is sending this specialty heirloom variety of zucchini this week! This variety is generally 8 to 10 inches in length, with ridges along its skin. When sliced, it is star shaped, ooo-la-la! These will be limited in quantity, so order early!

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 6/2/2017 12:30pm by Natalie Kujala.

Hi all, Emily here. Those of you who know me personally know that I’m quite political. I’ve so far tried to keep my political opinions out of the workplace but after the actions of the President yesterday, I feel obligated to speak up.

As farmers, our community has been observing and working around the effects of climate change for years at this point. The seasons used to be much more predictable. There were floods, and there were droughts, but the events weren’t as severe or as long lasting as they are now. Strawberries used to hit their peak around June 1st; for more than a couple of the past several years, strawberries have peaked at least a week early.

And let’s talk about spring: the past two seasons have seen very warm late winters, even into the 80’s, and then late freezes. Last year, that pattern caused a lot of hurt for our peach and other tree fruit growers. We already have heard from The Lembke Farm that his Asian pears have failed for the 2nd year in a row due to this pattern.

A changing climate makes farming even more difficult and unpredictable than it already is.

The Paris Agreement was not perfect (no international agreement ever could be), but it was an effort to link our futures together, to work towards improvement. Withdrawing from the agreement makes our world that much less stable. My hope is that this action galvanizes farmers, eaters, activists, students, and all citizens to take action, in their own ways, to make progress. Eating locally with the seasons is just one step. It’s a small one, but we thank you for it.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

ASPARAGUS: Our asparagus supplies seem to be dwindling, so look for this one to be dropping off the list soon. We will still have it for this week, so get your late spring asparagus while you still can.  

RAINBOW CHARD: Bright Lights chard is hitting the bit time this week. Lots available in either 12 ct or 24 ct packs. This time of year is perfect for chard as the days are long and the leafminer hasn’t hit too hard yet. Big, beautiful, multicolored bunches with edible stems. Once I worked at a restaurant in DC that pickled chard stems – something to try again?

DANDELION GREENS: Another early summer stunner. Our dandelion greens make an attractive bunch for retail or farmstand sales. We also heard that they make an interesting juice! Listed in 12 ct but we can do 24 ct if requested.  

RAVEN ZUCCHINI: Farmer Enos Peachey is looking forward to a huge crop this year (like every year!) and he’s seeing the zucchini start to take off this week. We’re expecting a moderate quantity for Monday sales and then increased numbers for Friday! It’s starting to feel like summer already!

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 5/30/2017 11:47am by Natalie Kujala.

At the beginning of June, two of my (Taylor writing!) siblings have birthdays! With the produce ramping up, I sadly do not think I will be able to go over to my mom’s house for their respective parties. Even so, I hope to go back to her house relatively soon, so that we can all celebrate together. When I go back to my mom’s house this time of year, I enjoy being able to bring so many varieties of fresh produce back to my family. They have plenty of options around them as well, but I like bringing produce from the growers that I work for at the co-op!

NOTICE: Tuscarora is looking to redesign our website and refresh our logo. We have put out an RFP on the front page of our website. Please check it out if you know anyone who may be interested and please let us know!

HIGHLIGHTS:

BABY GREENS: The baby greens love this cooler spring weather. They baby greens are really exploding for many of our growers. Baby mustards, mizunas, arugula, sweet & spicy, red Russian kale, and Asian greens will be especially abundant. If you are looking for 5# packs of anything other than sweet & spicy, please let us know by Wednesday! Five-pound packs of most baby greens will not go out on the list, but we can bring them in for you.

HEAD LETTUCE: Could you use any head lettuce for your sandwiches, salads, or produce displays? We have a few options of red and green leaf lettuces in both 12 count and 24 count cases. If you have questions about these lettuces, please email or call our office. If you would like to see a picture of these, please ask! We will get those to you as soon as the lettuce gets to our coolers.

STRAWBERRIES: The bonanza has begun. Please do not be shy in asking for a large number this week. We would love to share our strawberries with you. We would also love to see how you are using these in your kitchen, so please tag us on Instagram!

GARLIC SCAPES: The garlic, which our growers have planted for their winter head garlic sales, has begun to produce flowers. When I cook, which honestly is not very often, I tend to use too much garlic, which makes my boyfriend complain. Luckily, the garlic scapes and green garlic have a milder flavor, so my family does not notice when I go overboard!

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

Tuscarora is looking to redesign our website and refresh our logo. We’ve put out an RFP on the front page of our website. Please check it out if you know anyone who may be interested! Thank you, and everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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

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