Weekly Availability List

Posted 9/22/2017 12:49pm by Natalie Kujala.

Thank you to everyone for being so patient while we worked out the kinks of our new phone system, and attemped to work out some of the old kinks of our software system. Sometimes it can be a challenge working in a remote area, but I’ll tell you what, you can’t beat the view. Even though my drive in to the office is long, I never tire of the scenery. Rolling mountains, wooded lanes, and prosperous fields. My drive is often interrupted by sudden stops for snakes, turtles, and chickens, but I’ll take that over traffic any day.    

Again, here’s our quick guide of phone extenstion numbers:  Taylor: 101, Natalie: 102, Shelly: 103, Emily: 104, Robin: 105, Teresa: 107, Norma: 108  

HIGHLIGHTS/LOWLIGHTS:  

MUSHROOMS: Okay I’ll start with the lowlight so we can end on a high note. We will have very limited numbers of mushrooms for Tuesday delivery. The farm unfortunately experienced shortages on their end. We should be back on track with these later in the week.  

ASIAN PEARS: I’m giving another shout out to Asian pears as our grower is having an awesome year, and these are one of my mom’s favorite treats. Asian pears offer a crisp, juicy, melon-like flavor, and pair great with arugula (which we also have in volume).    

BROCCOLI: Holy broccoli explosion! Throughout the week we were receiving calls from growers increasing their broccoli projections. One grower who initially offered 6 cases ended up sending us 50! Luckily our customers were ready for broccoli. Whew!  

SUMMER SQUASH: Just when we all thought it was time to switch over to our fall wardrobes and recipes, summer returned, and brought its squashes along with it. Ever since Emily mentioned ratatouille, I’ve been on a kick making crockpot variations of this classic dish. We have all winter to try our hand with those storage crops, but limited time to work those last summer veggies into our favorite recipes.    

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 9/19/2017 1:56pm by Natalie Kujala.

**We now have the real Friday list here! Wahoo! Our system is back up and running**

I feel like we are on a public service announcement streak with our cover letters, but here we are again! As some of you are already aware, we have a new phone system. We realize not everyone is going to be a fan of the automated system, but it really helps us streamline on our end, therefore allowing us to better serving our customers and growers! We will be learning the system with you guys, so please be patient while we work out the quirks. BUT, to make your lives easier, here is a quick guide of extenstion numbers:  

Taylor: 101, Natalie: 102, Shelly: 103, Emily: 104, Robin: 105, Teresa: 107, Norma: 108  

We hope this helps! Again, thank you for being patient with us!

HIGHLIGHTS:  PEARS: Pear season is still in full swing, and now flush with Asian and Bosc pears. Asian pears are one of my mom’s favorite treats, and boy does she make a mean Asian pear and arugula salad. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! I might just have to bend her ear for the recipe, and emulate the salad myself since we have the two key ingredients handy.  

YELLOW SEEDLESS WATERMELONS: We heard from a few customers that the yellow seedless melons they received weren’t quite ripe. Our grower was trailing a new variety, and pinpointed what he needed to adjust in his harvesting schedule. This may well be the last round of yellow seedless melons, and let me tell you, they are good!  

RHUBARB: Great in pies, cobblers, muffins, and jams, rhubarb is a vegetable that can explore the pockets of your culinary imagination. I recently saw recipes for spiced braised rhubarb and rhubarb hand pies. Now those I need to try!  

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 9/15/2017 11:23am by Natalie Kujala.

Okay, so we’ve been hearing that some pretty wet greens went out last week, and there were some quality issues at the customer level. We really appreciate the feeback, and have passed this along to the growers who are addressing the concerns at the farm level. A few new growers were trialing greens last week, and like all new things, there’s been a bit of a learning curve. We are happy to offer credit for reasonable product issues, and want to make sure you get the freshest, highest quality produce from us. Thank you as always for supporting our family farms.  

HIGHLIGHTS :  

BOSC PEARS: Bosc pears are unique in shape and color, with their elongated necks and rounded base, and cinnamon coloring, also known as russeting. Russeting is a natural process, and does not affect the quality of the fruit even if it appears inconsistent. Bosc pears make delicious additions to sandwiches, salads, oatmeals, and even pizzas!  

SWEET POTATOES: Probably my single favorite vegetable, sweet potatoes are a key part of my fall/winter diet. Last year I grew my own sweet potatoes, and was eating them 1-3 times per day (a little aggressive maybe- but I love them!). Needless to say, I am VERY excited to see sweet potatoes back on the list.  

KIWI BERRIES: These little gems get another round of shout-outs as we won’t have ‘em for long! Native to Japan, Korea, Siberia, and Northern China, Pennsylvania is one of the few domestic states to grow these adorable little poppers. Kiwi Berry Organics in Danville is supplying us with these, “no fuzz, no peel” traditional kiwifruit cousins, and we are as excited as you are! Though I know it sounds crazy, kiwi berries are most flavorful when they become slightly wrinkled and lose that bright green color. It may try your patience to wait, but the taste is definitely worth it.   

RED CHERRY TOMATOES: We received a surprise offer of red cherry tomatoes for Tuesday delivery, and we will actually have a decent number of cases available. Other cherry tomatoes varieties are scarce, so get these little guys while you can!  

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 9/12/2017 1:43pm by Natalie Kujala.

FRUIT ALERT!! FRUIT ALERT!! It’s a good day, and it’s sure going to be a great week here at the co-op. We have our first shipment of GRAPES coming in from The Lembke Farm in Forestville, NY. Craig must have had a good year, because he’s bringing us quite a nice selection of Agawan Pink grapes, Buffalo Blues, Canadice Red Seedless, Fredonia Blues, Jupiter Blue Seedless (limited!), and Niagara Green grapes! Concords will be coming later in the month.   In other exciting fruit news, KIWI BERRIES will be available for Friday delivery!    

HIGHLIGHTS:   KIWI BERRIES: Native to Japan, Korea, Siberia, and Northern China, Pennsylvania is one of the few domestic states to grow these adorable little poppers. Kiwi Berry Organics in Danville is supplying us with these, “no fuzz, no peel” traditional kiwifruit cousins, and we are as excited as you are! Though I know it sounds crazy, kiwi berries are most flavorful when they become slightly wrinkled and lose that bright green color. It may try your patience to wait, but the taste is definitely worth it.    

ASIAN PEARS: Peachey’s Fruit Farm is at it again, this time supplying us with delicious 20th Century Asian pears. Asian pears are often called “apple pears” for their trademark pear smell and taste, combined with their crisp apple crunch and shape.  

BUFFALO BLUE GRAPES: These juicy, sweet, fragrant grapes are perfect for juicing and cooking due to their slip-skin nature. I’ve also heard they make a delicious wine, though I prefer them fresh off the vine.  

LOWLIGHTS:   CHERRY TOMATOES and EGGPLANTS have one foot out of the door, and the cool nights are quickly pushing them out the rest of the way. We will have very limited quantities available for Friday.  

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 9/8/2017 12:04pm by Emily Best.

Emily here. I am getting the feeling with these temps that we’ve skipped September and moved straight on into October. Look for tomatoes to take a quick decline in the coming week or so. Peppers and eggplants are holding on, and we are eagerly awaiting broccoli and cauliflower.  

Anyone interested in organic BLACK WALNUTS? The season is quickly approaching. Please let me know if prefer them shelled or in-shell, we can do both. Thinking a 5 or 10 lb case if in-shell, and then a 1 lb case if shelled.  

Fruit alert: KIWIBERRIES and GRAPES will be back soon!  

As it gets into fall, we start thinking about next season…any items you wish we’d grown? We had hoped to have groundcherries this year but the weather conspired against us, so we will try again next year. Anything else you’d like to see?  

HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:  

AUSTRIAN CRESCENT FINGERLINGS: These beauties have yellow skin and a light yellow flesh, with a waxy, firm texture. They are excellent in potato salads, or simply steamed or boiled. In German, they are referred to as Kipfel, which means “croissant”. This is where their crescent title originates.  

FRENCH FINGERLINGS: Fingerlings with a pink skin and yellow flesh, speckled with a few spots of red. These are best roasted or boiled! They are similar shape and size to the Russian Banana Fingerlings, just a little larger.  

LARATTE FINGERLINGS: These fingerlings rain from France, with a tan skin and yellow flesh. They have a nutty flavor, and supposedly melt in your mouth, ooo-la-la. LaRattes are comparable in size and shape to the Russian Banana Fingerling.  

RUSSIAN BANANA FINGERLINGS: These beacons of flavor have a khaki color skin and golden flesh. They are the most commonly grown variety of fingerlings in the United States. Its buttery, moist flesh makes this fingerling popular in all potato uses (roasting, baking, boiling, etc).  

Posted 9/5/2017 12:55pm by Natalie Kujala.

Salutations from Taylor today! I hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend. At least one of our growers took the day off yesterday, but I believe most were still tending their fields and crops. I will ask that you take your time looking at our list.  We still have many wonderful summer items, along with some fun fall produce! Speaking of summer and fall, you know I must mention the lake. I did go swimming yesterday, but it was a tad too cold for me. My friend and lake companion, who also loves Lake Raystown, could not help himself, so he recited “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost to mark (possibly) the last day of summer. I am still holding out for a few more summer days in September.

HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:

PEA SHOOTS: The pea shoots are not loving the cool weather quite as much as our other greens. For Friday’s delivery, we will likely not have any pea shoots available. They should be back on track for next week though.

POTATOES: We have limited supplies of potatoes, especially the red and blue, right now. If you would like some now, please let us know as soon as you can. The gold potatoes are going strong this week, along with the sweet potatoes and fingerlings!

SPECIALTY EGGPLANTS: The specialty 12-pound cases are limited this week. They cannot come inside to watch a movie when it is rainy and cloudy outside. It may be time to stock up on these beauties.

HOT PEPPERS: How spicy is too spicy? We would love to see how you use these on Instagram. I cannot get enough of these! With these cooler nights, I have started to make soups in the crock-pot. This year, I have started adding hot peppers and I love the kick it gives my soup!

GREENS: These cools nights are doing wonders for our greens. The lettuce mixes in particular are exploding. Our sweet and spicy salad mix (in 1.5 and 5-pound cases) desires to be in your coolers, storefronts, kitchens, and bellies! Reminder: if you would like 20+ pounds, please let us know as soon as possible! We can try to work a little deal magic for you.

SUNRISE SALAD MIX:  Again, Sunrise Salad Mix is new to our list, which contains a little bit of everything. It bears the name of the farm from which it originates. This mix is the base of my salad for lunch! If you would like more details on the specifics of this mix, just ask!

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 9/1/2017 1:55pm by Natalie Kujala.

My goodness. What the heck happened to August?! It’s September, it’s crisp out, and I’m craving apple pie and sweet potatoes. But wait! That old crazy weatherman is telling me to hold my horses; summer isn’t over yet. Warm weather will be back in just a few short days, tomatoes and melons are still coming out of the fields, and green zucchini is back on our list! There is still time to make those favorite summer dishes, like watermelon salad, which I just can’t get enough of.  

REMINDER: We will have regular business hours next Monday (Labor Day), as well as, the rest of the week.  

HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:  BASIL: As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, though I’m not particularly in agreement with this. I’d much prefer to see the good things, like basil, stick around. Our basil did have a pretty darn good run this year though. The downy mildew set in late for most of our growers, allowing us to offer basil until the end of August. Unfortunately though, the DM has descended, and it has sunk its necrotic teeth into our basil crops. I hope everyone preemptively made and froze some pesto!  

WATERMELONS: Despite the frequent heavy rains this summer, our watermelons did okay. The peak has definitely passed, but we do still have small quantities of yellow seedless (new to the list!) and sugar baby melons, and still decent quantities of red seedless watermelons. Watermelons have one foot halfway out the door, so stock up now!

GREENS: These cools nights are doing wonders for our greens. The lettuce mixes in particular are exploding. Our sweet and spicy salad mix is jonesing to be in your coolers, storefronts, kitchens, and bellies! We are offering 1.5lb and 5lb cases again. If you’re looking for 20+ pounds, please let us know early and we can work a little deal magic for you.  

SUNRISE SALAD MIX:  New to the list is the Sunrise Salad Mix which has a little bit of everything, and is named for the farm from which it originates. The grower sent us a sample to test out, and it got my seal of approval! If you’d like more details on the specifics of this mix, just ask!  

TOMATOES: Though our cherry tomatoes and heirlooms have slowed down significantly, our red field and plum tomatoes are having a “field day”! We have red tomatoes available in all sizes. My favorite size tomatoes? The jumbos!  

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 8/29/2017 1:27pm by Natalie Kujala.

Greetings, I (Taylor) am writing today! I want start off by telling you that there are some new items on the list today, including delicatas and sweet potatoes. Again, if you are interested in more varieties of winter squash now, please let us know! We can bring it in for you! There is a lot of talk about rain today. I have been hearing about the horrible amount of rain that is falling in Texas. I hope that it ends soon! This year, a good number of our growers have said that they have gotten hail a few times this summer. Honestly, I had to look up how hail can occur during summer weather. The lifting and cooling of hot air is quite interesting, but not good for our summer crops.

REMINDER: We will have regular business hours next Monday (labor day), as well as, the rest of the week.

HIGHLIGHTS:   PEPPERS: Have you ever tried the yummy snack peppers? These cute little peppers are coming from Shoestring Acres and Bending Bridge Farm. I think they are perfect for snacking, while watching a movie or driving in the car. When do you like to snack on these yummy little things? Instagram anyone?

BARTLETT PEARS: An American classic! The Bartlett pear tree arrived in America, from Europe, at the end of the 18th century. Originally planted in Massachusetts, but this popular pear quickly spread across the country. I recently found out that people like to stuff and bake the Bartlett pears. I will definitely have to try this!

GREENS: These cools nights are doing wonders for our greens. The lettuce mixes, in particular, are exploding. Our sweet and spicy salad mix would really like to be in your coolers, storefronts, and kitchens as well! We can definitely send you five-pound cases!

TOMATOES: Yellow beefsteak tomatoes deserve their own trumpet sounding again. Jarrah and Nino, of Chicano Sol in Blain, PA, would really like to share these globes of summer sun with you! Right now, I am hungry, so I am thinking about a turkey burger with the works, which may include a few slices of a yellow beefsteak. I know what I want for dinner!  

FINGERLING POTATOES: These wonderful, small potatoes would look so delectable on your shelves or plates! During this busy time of year, fingerlings are perfect to satisfy your potato yearning. I so enjoy that they do not need peeling. It makes is so much easier to use potatoes in my dinner dishes in the summer!

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 8/25/2017 11:49am by Emily Best.

Emily here. Gotta say this is my absolute favorite time of year. You can sense the summer ending but it’s not quite over yet. Mornings feel cool, the air is crisp instead of muggy, it’s getting dark at a reasonable hour, time for back to school shopping … and we are starting to see a late summer list developing with the addition of spaghetti squash, celeriac, apples and pears. You may say – too soon! And you may be right. But we must bring you what the farmers harvest! Heard an update from Craig Lembke up in New York; he is expecting his grapes the first week of September (approximately).  

HIGHLIGHTS:   BEANS: We’ve got green beans, purple beans, yellow beans and edamame soy beans this week!  

BELL PEPPERS: Ready for some red bells? They have finally ripened and are coming on strong. Enos Peachey at Locust Brook Farm is hoping to move lots this week!  

RED SEEDLESS WATERMELONS:  Moses Hostetler at Hidden Brook is still rolling deep in melons. We are offering these in bins or cases.  

SWEET & SPICY: 5 lb cases available aplenty! The greens are loving the cool nights.  

TOMATOES: Tomato season continues. This week, let’s give a shout-out to Chicano Sol’s Yellow Beefsteaks. These are available in 10 lb packs on the list but we can order them in 20 lb cases if you’d prefer that size. We also have a lot of cherry tomatoes available – the mixed cherries, black, red, grapes, and sungolds. This seems to be a huge year for cherry tomatoes!  

EGGPLANTS: Lots of eggplants coming in this week. I have yet to bust out my slow cooker for my annual ratatouille making, but I plan to soon…last year I made several batches and froze them, and the taste of summer was greatly appreciated (by me at least) in mid-winter when I unburied them from my freezer.

Posted 8/22/2017 1:22pm by Natalie Kujala.

“Once upon a time there was light in my life. But now there's only love in the dark. Nothing I can say. A total eclipse of the heart.” Oh whoops I get my eclipses mixed up sometimes. I do wonder what Bonnie Tyler would have to say about solar eclipses…  I hope everyone enjoyed it, with solar glasses on of course!

REMINDER: A few growers are starting to offer us winter squash, wow. We are not going to bring it in unless you are looking for some. If you are looking for a particular type of winter squash, please feel free to email or call us in the office!

HIGHLIGHTS:

BELL PEPPERS: The purple and green bell peppers are so plentiful that they deserve around round in the spotlight! My husband has been not so subtly hinting at his love for stuffed bell peppers. I better get to work on that.

RED SEEDLESS WATERMELONS: We’ve seen some of the other watermelons slowing down quite a bit, but the red seedless are still going strong! After making watermelon salad this weekend, I’m back on team red seedless. We have a particularly large supply of the 3-4ct and 4-6ct sizes, and we are offering those in bins for a better price point. Check out our list for details!

SWEET & SPICY: We’ve been pretty limited on greens mixes lately, but it looks like our growers have had a sweet & spicy explosion in their fields! We will have a lot of this favorite greens mix available for Friday delivery, including 5lb cases. Woohoo!

BARTLETT PEARS: Peachey’s Fruit Farm has Bartlett pears up to his ears! Well really more like up to his ceilings. Again, Bartlett pears store well, so don’t hesitate to stock up. These really are a treat.

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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