Weekly Availability List

Posted 2/14/2017 10:54am by Natalie Kujala.

Taylor was mentioning the other day that we have finally hit the 10 hours of daylight mark again. She was hoping that Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on Groundhog Day was miscalculated, and that spring will in fact come early this year. We would certainly appreciate that, as more sunlight and warmer weather would help these herbs and greens that everyone is so anxious to have grow faster. I personally wouldn’t mind a little more of each either. I’m looking forward to running on trails again instead of the treadmill.

HIGHLIGHTS:

SWEET POTATOES: I’m bringing back my personal favorite to the coversheet. Sweeeeet potatoes! It’s true we still have lots of regular sweet potatoes, but we also have some specialty options- deep purple, Hernandez, Japanese- and also finger-sweets. Or, if you’re willing to overlook some surface blemishes or irregular shapes, we have a great supply of #2s, and for a great price at that.

PARSNIPS: Winter is the time for parsnips. Add these to your stews, soups, or roasted veggie dishes for a sweet, nutty flavor.

RADISHES: We have purple, we have black Spanish, we have watermelon, green meat, mixed variety, daikon, purple daikon, and red. Whew! What a list. All shapes and sizes, all colors and tastes. You want radishes, we’ve got ‘em!

GOLD BEETS: We got an unexpected offer of gold beets from New Morning Farm. Beets in general are quite limited for us this year, and gold beets in particular seemed to have vanished from our list much quicker than we anticipated. We aren’t sure how many more gold beets we can expect, so I’d suggest ordering them now if you want them!

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 Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 2/10/2017 10:22am by Natalie Kujala.

                                            

This year, instead of getting that special someone chocolates or flowers for Valentine’s Day, considering instead giving the gift of healthy, local, fresh, organic produce! After all, nothing says I love you quite like a case of red radishes!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

RED POTATOES: You can’t get any closer to Valentine’s themed produce than a red potato. Red on the outside, white on the inside, it’s like they were grown for this holiday!  

RED BEETS: We don’t have too many beets left on our list, but luckily we still have medium red beets. And that’s a darn good thing! It would have been a shame to run our before the upcoming holiday!  

RED CABBAGE: Add a head of red cabbage to that Valentine’s Day basket. Lucky for you, you can order a case just in time for Valentine’s Day delivery.  

RED ONIONS: If you’re really hoping to make special someone cry, consider a case of red onions! You’re guaranteed to leave a lasting impression with this special gift.  

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 Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 2/7/2017 11:26am by Natalie Kujala.

Oh my goodness what crazy weather we have! Cool and blustery one day, sunny and cold another, then balmy and bright, followed by warm rain! It’s hard to keep up. I left my poor little pup in her winter sweater yesterday since the previous day was so cold. What was I thinking!? Haven’t I learned to check the weather before walking out the door?? Poor little Squibby was probably furiously gnawing at the wool collar, plotting her revenge. Oh well! I’ll have to sleep with one eye open for a couple of days, until Wednesday night when the returning cold weather will force her to snuggle up to me.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

POTATOES: We are bringing in another shipment of red and blue potatoes from Maine that will HOPEFULLY be available for Friday delivery. If this shipment is running late, we will have lots of local gold potatoes to temporarily satisfy any potato cravings until Tuesday!  

BABY ORANGE CARROTS: Our growers are flush with baby orange carrots this season. These little guys are perfect for roasting or steaming, or even as raw mid-day snack. Mmmm, now I need some hummus!  

PARSNIPS: Winter is the time for parsnips. Add these to your stews, soups, or roasted veggie dishes for a sweet, nutty flavor.  

MAPLE SYRUP: As a reminder, our maple syrup supplier is hoping to move more syrup. Though we only have a couple of options listed, please let me (Natalie) know if you’re interested in a particular kind (dark, golden, amber) or pack (gallons, quarts, pints). We ask that you let us know a few days before your delivery day, so that we can give the grower enough time to pack your case! The syrup is sold only by the case (4 x 1 gallons, 12 x 1 quarts, etc).  

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 Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 2/3/2017 10:17am by Natalie Kujala.

Okay, because I know everyone is on pins and needles about the conclusion of our heat (or lack thereof) saga, so brace yourselves, because I’m about to wrap this story up. Are you ready for it, okay,……WE FINALLY HAVE HEAT! Wahooo! I could do a celebratory dance all day if my coworkers would allow it, but I already know they won’t, so I’ll refrain. But after almost 2 weeks without heat in our southern PA office, I AM GRATEFUL, and I am happy!   Whew, now that that is out of the way, despite the slower growing season, our growers are still quite busy. Many are attending or presenting at conferences such as the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture conference, the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture conference. Others are updating their packing sheds and food safety plans, burying themselves in crop and field planning, or tending to their tunnels and storage crops. I guess there is never truly a slow season for farmers!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

LOCAL GOLD POTATOES: We have been quite fortunate that a local PA farm, Mockingbird Hill Produce, has been supplying us with beautiful medium and large gold potatoes. How can you go wrong with potatoes? That’s right, you can’t!  

GARLIC: Whether you are looking for red or purple-striped, we’ve still got it! In my mind, garlic is a great addition to just about any meal.  

MIXED COLOR CARROTS: I’ve said it once, but I’m going say it again, mixed color carrots add bursts of color to any dish. Baked, raw, steamed, or stewed, carrots are certainly a delicious winter staple.  

MAPLE SYRUP: As a reminder, our maple syrup supplier is hoping to move more syrup. Though we only have a couple of options listed, please let me (Natalie) know if you’re interested in a particular kind (dark, golden, amber) or pack (gallons, quarts, pints). We ask that you let us know a few days before your delivery day, so that we can give the grower enough time to pack your case! The syrup is sold only by the case (4 x 1 gallons, 12 x 1 quarts, etc).  

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 Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 1/31/2017 12:50pm by Teresa Showalter.

Unfortunately, our office is still without heat, and the last couple of days have been far from warm. We are all counting down the minutes until Wednesday morning when we are scheduled to have our new system installed. It will be a relief to come to work dressed for an office instead of dressed for a pending blizzard. We were all having a bit of trouble typing this morning before the space heaters kicked in, so please excuse any spelling or other errors due to frozen fingers.  

In other news, Taylor and I will both be out of the office this afternoon. Taylor will be delivering an order to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture conference, and I will be participating in a panel at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, PA. Teresa and Shelly will both be in the office ready to take your orders over the phone, and I will be back Wednesday morning to input any email orders.  

Oh, and thank you to everyone who sent well wishes to Emily and her family! I have been passing those along to her and adorable baby Max.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

SWEET POTATOES: Sweet potatoes are one of my all-time favorite foods. In fact, I have them for breakfast just about every morning, mostly stir-fried with kale and whatever allium I have on hand. Our growers had an amazing sweet potato season this year, so thanks them and my garden supply I’ve been a pretty happy camper.  

WATERMELON RADISHES: You want ‘em, we’ve got ‘em! If you’re looking for volumes large and small of this colorful, mild radish, look no further!  

MIXED COLOR CARROTS: Daniel Beiler of Sunny Ridge Farm grew a beautiful crop of mixed color carrots, which certainly add bursts of color to any dish. Baked, raw, steamed, or stewed, carrots are certainly a delicious winter staple.  

MAPLE SYRUP: As a reminder, our maple syrup supplier is hoping to move more syrup. Though we only have a couple of options listed, please let me (Natalie) know if you’re interested in a particular kind (dark, golden, amber) or pack (gallons, quarts, pints). We ask that you let us know a few days before your delivery day, so that we can give the grower enough time to pack your case! The syrup is sold only by the case (4 x 1 gallons, 12 x 1 quarts, etc).  

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.   

Posted 1/27/2017 11:34am by Natalie Kujala.

So, we here at Tuscarora have some good news and some bad news, and luckily more good than bad! I’ll start with the bad news so that I can end with the good. The bad news: our office has been without heat since LAST FRIDAY! Luckily, this week has been relatively mild, so we’ve haven’t lost any fingers or toes due to frostbite. Today is a bit of a different story, and our space heaters just don’t seem to be cutting it. We are all huddled in winter coats and bulky sweaters, trying to stay warm though mug after mug of coffee. Okay, enough of that, the GOOD news: we should be getting a new heating system that will be a better setup for us, and will be much more efficient! The EVEN BETTER news: Emily had her baby!! A BEAUTIFUL baby boy named Max. Of course we are all beyond excited, and are scheming ways to set up a nursery right in the office. I suggested building a crib right under my desk; Emily didn’t exactly go for that. ANYWAYS, congratulations to Emily and her newly expanded family!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

MAPLE SYRUP: As a reminder, our maple syrup supplier is hoping to move more syrup. Though we only have a couple of options listed, please let me (Natalie) know if you’re interested in a particular kind (dark, golden, amber) or pack (gallons, quarts, pints). We ask that you let us know a few days before your delivery day, so that we can give the grower enough time to pack your case! The syrup is sold only by the case (4 x 1 gallons, 12 x 1 quarts, etc).  

CELERIAC: New Morning Farm, right up the hill from the cooperative, has a wonderful supply of this flavorful root veggie. I love adding celeriac to soups and roasted vegetable dishes, but my all-time favorite is a cheesy celeriac mash made by one of New Morning Farm’s very own apprentices, Stephanie. She opened my eyes to the diverse nature of this vegetable.  

LONG ISLAND CHEESE SQUASH: Now that we are at the tail end of our butternut supply (we only have #2s available), we are hoping this will give the Long Island Cheese Squash the spotlight. Don’t let the size of these squash deter you, as they are delicious baked, especially in pies!    

MIXED COLOR CARROTS: Daniel Beiler of Sunny Ridge Farm grew a beautiful crop of mixed color carrots, which certainly add bursts of color to any dish. Baked, raw, steamed, or stewed, carrots are certainly a delicious winter staple.  

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 Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 1/24/2017 11:34am by Natalie Kujala.

I would like to start off by saying that we are still anxiously awaiting Emily´s baby! Natalie and I (Taylor) are holding down the fort. We are keeping our coffee close and trying to stay warm in the office. The heater in our office is acting strange this week, which is not pleasant in these cold winter months. Please feel free to email Natalie (acctmgr@tog.coop) with any of your produce concerns or questions, while Emily is out of the office.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

MAPLE SYRUP: As a reminder, our maple syrup supplier is hoping to move more syrup. Though we only have a couple of options listed, please let Natalie know if you’re interested in a particular kind (dark, golden, amber) or pack (gallons, quarts, pints). We ask that you let us know a few days before the delivery day, so that we can give the grower enough time to pack your case! Waffles anyone?!  

BABY CELERY: Jarrah and Agustin of Chicano Sol are supplying these cute and flavorful celery stalks. This is a one-time offer! We were told that these would be best used as an addition to a soup. I have a soup brewing in my slow cooker at home; I wish that I could have put some baby celery in my soup this morning!  

WINTER SQUASH:  We are coming upon our final sales days for butternuts! Our growers can finally see the walls of their coolers. Though we do not expect to have any more #1 butternuts, our growers still have #2s available (at least for now!). We still have a good supply of long island cheese squash, which is excellent in pies and soups. Yes, this is our selection of winter squash!  

PARSNIPS: Our growers have a large quantity of parsnips. These could be a wonderful addition to soups, salads and hummus bowls. To me, they taste much sweeter than their distant cousin: the carrot. To me, it is so interesting that they must endure some time below freezing, which increases their sweet flavor.  

MICRO SUNFLOWER SHOOTS: This is the season for micros greens. They do love this cool weather. Greenbriar Produce has started offering a larger quantity of micro sunflower shoots in particular, though they are also offering some fava shoots and a couple of cases of micro greens mix as well.  

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 Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 1/20/2017 11:12am by Natalie Kujala.

I will keep this cover letter short and sweet! On the TOG news front, though the baby has not yet been welcomed into the world, Emily is officially out on maternity leave. I (Natalie) will be sending the list out from my email for the next couple of months, so you can simply reply to that email to place your orders, or email me directly at acctmgr@tog.coop. In broader news, I hope everyone is ready for a new president!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

MAPLE SYRUP: Our maple syrup supplier is hoping to start moving more syrup. Though we only have a couple of options listed on our availability sheet for Tuesday, please let me know if you’re interested in a particular kind (dark, golden, amber) or pack (gallons, quarts, pints) as the grower has many options ready to send our way. Pancakes anyone?!  

BABY LEEKS:  Jarrah and Agustin of Chicano Sol are supplying these adorable and flavorful alliums. Get them while you can, as they have been an unexpected addition to our availability list this time of year.    

BUTTERNUTS: Our supply of regular butternuts is dwindling, but we have plenty of smalls and no. 2s at a great deal! The no. 2s might not look perfect on the outside, but they are still nice and tasty on the inside.  

TURNIPS:  We have a very good supply of purple-tops and baby sweet whites in particular. I know these aren’t always the most exciting vegetable, but they are a winter staple which I personally enjoy roasted.    

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 Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 1/17/2017 12:17pm by Emily Best.

Inauguration DC update: We will be delivering as per usual for customers in DC as we have heard from many of you that plan to be open (and busy)!  Please note: we may have more difficulties than usual with traffic. We will be able to predict our times a little better on Thursday PM and if any timeslots are much different than usual, we will be in touch with you directly.  

Did any of you see Natalie at FHCASA or the Arcadia Farmer-Chef Happy Hour? This time of year is such a contradiction as production and sales slowdown but the events ramp up, and suddenly we’re driving all over the place to attend as much as we can! It’s always great to be out and about and meet as many of you as we can face-to-face!  

This may be the last coversheet from me (Emily) in a while as I will be starting my leave at the end of this whether the baby has come or not! See you in the spring!

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CABBAGE: Our own growers have finally run out of cabbage so we are bringing some in from Porter Farms in NY. We will have both green cabbage and red cabbage available.  

RED ONIONS: The red onions on the list are also from Porter Farms in NY!  

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES: Folks, it’s time to put these on your menu! It’s mid-January. If not now, when? If you don’t want to spark political controversy, just call them sunchokes!  

RUTABAGA: Another classic winter vegetable, the rutabaga is always forgotten. Mash with potatoes and celeriac, roast with carrot, carve like a pumpkin if you’re feeling nostalgic for Halloween.

Posted 1/13/2017 10:29am by Emily Best.

In light of next week’s inauguration, we are trying to determine what to do for our DC customers – deliver or not? If you regularly order on Fridays, and are planning to be closed this Friday, please us know. It will help us plan out our week! At this point, we will probably still make our usual Friday deliveries, although the schedule might be a bit different. Please, DC customers, be in touch! This should not affect VA/MD deliveries whatsoever, for those of you located outside DC.  

Our annual meeting was a success. We reviewed the past year – the ups and downs, how we can improve, how we’ve changed. One big change this year is that Jim Crawford, owner of New Morning Farm and founder of Tuscarora, is stepping down as president as he moves toward retirement. We wouldn’t be here without Jim and we are all so thankful for his vision and leadership over the years!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

COLLARDS: Our friends at Eastern Carolina let us know that their growers are harvesting a lot of collards for this week and so can offer them at a discounted price. We dropped our price accordingly! We also have a lot of these available so can do a special 5+ case discount. Please let us know if you’re interested! We don’t have many other greens available so collards it is!  

BABY LEEKS: Farmer Jarrah Cernas at Chicano Sol harvested her baby leeks from the high tunnel this week and they are gorgeous! And what a great item to have available this time of year. Not many cases available – when they’re gone, they’re gone, so get them now.  

GOLD POTATOES: The gold potatoes available now are PA grown! We managed to scrounge some up from an affiliated grower.

Attention Buyers!

Head here to see current availability list including pricing.

We're Hiring!

We're hiring drivers: please check out our Employment page for more info