Weekly Availability List

Posted 12/9/2016 10:55am by Emily Best.

Emily is making the rounds in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area today. I heard rumors that she may be enjoying some kombucha on tap (not that I’m jealous or anything...). While I’m not sure what the weather is like out her way today, it certainly is a cold, windy day here at the cooperative. I keep thinking about our growers and how tough they are, working hard to harvest and pack the produce we sell and deliver to our wonderful customers! Check out our list today, as there are some surprises on there! 

Reminder: We will be CLOSED for the Christmas holiday Dec 26th and 27th (meaning NO DELIVERIES on Tuesday the 27th). We will be open as normal all other days, included January 2nd and 3rd – we will deliver as usual on Tuesday the 3rd.    

 

HIGHLIGHTS  

SMALL HEAD BROCCOLI: We still have a lot of these adorable little nuggets on our list. Not only are they cute, they are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare (less chopping!).  

GARLIC: We still have a strong supply of red and purple striped garlic. The other night I made a delicious batch of garlic hummus using some of our red garlic. Yum yum!    

GREENS: Tis the season for baby greens! We have lots of arugula, wildfire, mesclun, sweet and spicy, and my personal favorite of the moment- purple mizuna (which I’ve been putting on pretty much everything!). Salad anyone?? We also have more bunched kales and collards from Eastern Carolina Organics in North Carolina. What a treat!  

INTERESTING PRODUCE: For Christmas, my family is exchanging “unusual/rare food items” instead of conventional presents. This is great for me, since I just might know some people who grow produce such as salsify, scorzonera, purple kohlrabi, celeriac, yacon, claytonia, and burdock root.  

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 *Kauffman’s Fruit Farm (KFF)-Bird In Hand, PA *Homestead Organic Farms (HOF) – Homestead, Florida *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Cranberry Hill Farm (CHF) – Plymouth, Massachusetts *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes - ME *Kiwi Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 12/6/2016 11:03am by Emily Best.

It’s officially been a year since Natalie and I started at Tuscarora! What a year it’s been…we’ve weathered the great heirloom tomato flood of 2016, found a new cranberry supplier at the last minute, invented new pack sizes to help move more produce, and learned a lot about our coop, our growers, and our customers. Thanks for making it such a special year. We are looking forward to the year to come!

Mark your calendars: We will be CLOSED for the Christmas holiday Dec 26th and 27th (meaning NO DELIVERIES on Tuesday the 27th). We will be open as normal all other days, included January 2nd and 3rd – we will deliver as usual on Tuesday the 3rd.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

FRESH PEANUTS: Elim Beiler at Breezy Hill has been trialing peanut growing and his harvest this year is in! We’ve got a few cases of raw peanuts to move – it’s a one shot deal, but a great item to have available!  

GARLIC: Lots of garlic left to sell this year! Red, purple striped, and a little bit left of white – all varieties are flavorful and pungent.  

BUNCHED RED KALE & COLLARDS: Our order from Eastern Carolina Organics came in yesterday and everything looked amazing! The green kale sold quick and so we’ve still got lots of red Russian kale and collards to move. Plus bunched green onions, too!  

BABY GREENS: Debra Brubaker at Village Acres has had a big harvest this week of several greens, including baby red Russian kale, baby arugula, and baby mesclun greens. Other grows also have had big harvests so check out our baby greens availability. We are happy to pack in 5 lb cases if interested, but please let us know by WEDNESDAY 3 pm if you want 5 lbs. Limited availability.

Posted 12/2/2016 11:06am by Emily Best.

This is the time of year when we start running low on some popular items. Vegetables go out of season, after all. But there are some things that are staples, which aren’t totally out of season, but just a little bit out of reach for our growers in our climate. So we start looking beyond local produce—we start looking at what is regional. Some years, we bring in cabbage and onions from Porter Farms in NY. We may have to do that this year, but we haven’t yet. We’re already bringing in potatoes from our friends at Wood Prairie Farm in Maine. And this year, we are trying something we haven’t done in many years – bringing up bunched greens (and a few cases of spring onions) from Eastern Carolina Organics, in Durham, NC. These items will be indicated on the price sheet with (NC), so you can distinguish them from any of our growers’ own produce.  

While supporting our LOCAL farmers is most important, we can’t do everything all year long - so it becomes vital to support REGIONAL agriculture. Yes, these greens traveled a bit farther than our usual produce. But the farmers in NC are good growers, serving us well. And by supporting us, and the farmers at ECO, you continue to support our cooperative and our farmers, instead of taking your dollars elsewhere (like to CA kale, for example).  As always, I’m happy to answer any questions or hear out your concerns about this product. Thank you!  

HIGHLIGHTS  

CELERIAC: I’ll probably feature this one about every two weeks, as it’s a standard item for us every fall/winter, and surprisingly versatile. I added some to mashed potatoes recently – delicious.  

BABY ROMAINE HEADS: Mark Stanley at Help From Above Farm grows these adorable lettuce heads every December – they’re only available for a short time as head lettuce doesn’t like our dark winter days.  

SPINACH: Always reliable in the winter, spinach is a great addition to our line up – our tender young and baby are both perfect for salads and more.

Posted 11/29/2016 11:41am by Emily Best.

Back in the swing of things! We’re working hard to inventory our winter products to see what’s out there. It’s looking like a thinner year than last for many root veggies, but we do have some items in large quantity to sell. Please keep us in mind if you are looking to buy celeriac, winter radishes, butternut squash, or Long Island Cheese Pumpkins in bulk. We also have a comfortable supply of Purple Top and Sweet White Turnips, Jerusalem artichokes, rutabagas, shallots, sweet potatoes, and orange carrots (#1 and juice).  

Additionally, we are seeing a large supply of HERBS, especially rosemary, cilantro, dill, and parsley. We can do these items BUNCHED or BULK.  All of these large quantity items have flexible pricing!  

BTW: we finally have some brussels sprouts. Not many. They won’t last long. Order them ASAP if you’re interested.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

SPECIALTY CABBAGE: We have a great supply this week of SAVOY and NAPA cabbage! Available for a short time only. Coming from several growers, these cabbages are a great addition to your produce line up.  

YOUNG GREEN KALE: We’re out of bunched kale this week but we do have lots of young green kale coming from Mark Stanley at Help From Above Farm!  

KOHLRABI: We have both green and purple kohlrabi available this week! I personally am a big fan of kohlrabi, especially as we get into the winter months. It’s so crunchy and juicy and flavorful. Great raw shredded into a salad, or sliced thin, lightly pickled, or roasted.

Posted 11/22/2016 11:10am by Emily Best.

REMINDER: NO DELIVERY THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th.  

This availability list is for delivery TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29th.  

Thanksgiving is always a special time for farmers in our area because it usually indicates the transition from the main growing season to the winter. And while some farmers continue to grow and market all winter long, the winter season is always much less hectic than the rest of the year.  When I was an apprentice at New Morning, I came to love the winter times because it was so special: sleeping in a little later, enjoying the sunrise and sunset, and the more languid pace of the work. I know many of our farmers are looking forward to this time of year (and many of us in the office are, too!). We all hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and that you also get to enjoy some much needed rest! We will be back in action on Monday, November 28th.

HIGHLIGHTS  

CARROTS: Lots of lovely carrot roots available this time of year – maroon, purple, and deep purple are especially delightful for the plate and palate.  

REDBOR KALE: Jarrah Cernas  of Chicano Sol farm has an abundance of redbor kale to offer us this week – we won’t have bunched kale for much longer so this is a real treat!  

PURPLE KOHLRABI: Farmers Cameron and Audrey Fisher-Pedersen of Bending Bridge Farm have grown some awesome purple kohlrabi – we’re offering it in two cases sizes, 10 lb and 25 lb.

Posted 11/18/2016 10:43am by Emily Best.

HOLIDAY DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, November 22: regular delivery.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th: NO DELIVERIES

Tuesday, November 29th: regular delivery.  

Additionally, mark your calendars for the winter break:

Friday Dec 23rd: regular delivery

TUESDAY, Dec 27th: NO DELIVERIES

Friday Dec 30th and Tues Jan 3rd: regular delivery  

Now that we are into the week of Thanksgiving deliveries, I’m giving in to the fact that it’s time to start featuring the winter veggies…like rutabaga! This photo is from a farmers market last year, when we had a giant rutabaga that just wouldn’t sell. Some of our growers do have XL rutabagas to sell so if you are processing them, please keep the XLs in mind.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

SEASONAL FRUITS: We still have CRANBERRIES available!! Also: we have a small amount of ENGLISH WALNUTS in the Shell available so get those ASAP. And Citrus is back! We are getting Fall Glo Tangerines and Navel Oranges for delivery this week.  

FRESH HERBS: Lots of rosemary, parsley, and oregano available. Smaller amounts of sage.  And mixed amounts of many other herbs. Perk up your holiday meal with fresh herbs!  

DEEP PURPLE SWEET POTATOES: Imagine your favorite holiday sweet potato dish IN PURPLE! Mix it up and get some of those anthocyanins onto your table.  

SPINACH: We finally have an abundance of spinach! Both baby size and tender young cut available. I personally love spinach and am excited it’s finally back in season!

Posted 11/16/2016 1:59pm by Emily Best.

Delivery as usual Tuesday, Nov 22nd.

NO DELIVERY Friday, Nov 25th.

Resume regular schedule on Tuesday, Nov 29th. 

Posted 11/15/2016 12:51pm by Emily Best.

Natalie took this photo last week at Sunny Ridge Farm – farmer Daniel Beiler put up a HUGE high tunnel this past year for tomatoes in summer and greens in winter. The tunnel is so long that you can barely even see the end of it in this photo! Those strips of green will be the baby greens we’ll be selling in mid-winter!  

Still no sign of brussels sprouts, unfortunately. We are seeing more cauliflower coming in. Broccoli is still going strong, as are winter squash. We are getting in another load of spaghetti squash so be sure to stock up if you need it.  

HIGHLIGHTS  

CELERIAC: We’ll have this flavorful root crop all winter long but now’s a great time to start getting it into your stores and menus!  

GARLIC: Shout out to our garlic (again)! We roasted several bulbs this week to use as we wish. We seem to be out of the white garlic but the red and purple striped are in abundance!  

POBLANO PEPPERS: Yes, we still have peppers!  

MIXED COLOR CARROTS: We love this mix of colorful carrots, coming from a couple growers. Root veggies aren’t ALL white (no offense, celeriac), so get your mix on with these carrots.

Posted 11/11/2016 12:46pm by Emily Best.

Cooperatives adhere to 7 Cooperative Principles, which took root in the first modern coop founded in England in 1844. Today, I want to mull on the 7th Principle: Concern for Community. This principle states that cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities.  

One of the best parts of our coop is the diversity of our members. We may not agree on everything, but we come together in our shared values of family farms, caring for the environment, and good, healthy foods. As you may know, our members encompass many backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences: Amish, religious, non-religious, Latino, gay and straight, women-run farms, young and old.  

I hope that in the next few years, coops like ours can serve as a model for community development, tolerance, and agreement between diverse groups, as a way to come together for the benefit of us all.    

HIGHLIGHTS  

ACORN SQUASH: We won’t have this item much longer – a grower found us and offered us some, so we’ve got it on the list again! Get it while you can.  

SWEET POTATOES: So many varieties of sweet potatoes available! The classic Beauregard variety is the best known, but we also have the regionally famous White Hammon (or Hayman), as well as purple skinned Japanese or Deep Purple (all purple).  

TATERS: Lots of potatoes available. We do have some potatoes from here in PA, as well as our Maine potatoes.  Stock up before the holiday!

Posted 11/4/2016 12:48pm by Emily Best.

Happy Friday! Taking a break from our usual veggie photo to bring you this adorable kitten! Nelson, one of the drivers at Landisdale Farm, found the kitten on the road on the way to our warehouse yesterday. And then somehow it ended up at my house, funny how that happens. Anyway, now the kitten is here at the office keeping us company today.   In other news, we are still waiting for the cauliflower to hit its peak and for brussels to start coming in! I know many of you are anxiously awaiting that crop (as are we) but the weather and conditions are just not cooperating!  

HIGHLIGHTS  

BROCCOLI: STILL GOING STRONG on broccoli. Need I say more? We are having a strong broccoli season, so keep on going with it. Your customers love broccoli, I’m sure!  

BUNCHED RADISHES: Jarrah Cernas at Chicano Sol has lots of lovely bunched radishes for Tuesday sales – white radishes and red, 12 ct. Lovely for whole root to stem use.  

TURNIPS: This underrated veggie is a fall and winter standby, and we’ve got growers eager to move them early. Versatile, mild, and easy to prep, check out some turnips for your order this week. Sweet white turnips and purple tops are especially abundant.  

BUTTERNUTS: Another old seasonal standby. I personally love roasted butternuts, simply prepped with olive oil and salt (and maybe some butter…). We have lots available so ask us about special bulk pricing, or if you need a particular size.

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