Weekly Availability List

Posted 8/9/2016 12:45pm by Emily Best.

You’ll see a few early apples (#2 quality) and early pears from our orchardist, Benjamin Peachy. We’ll hopefully have more apples and pears coming soon. Unfortunately no more peaches this season – the early warm spell and following frost destroyed his season. But the apples and pears are looking good so far!    

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CANTALOUPES: Our cantaloupe supply is going strong, especially the 6-9 ct size. Sweet, juicy, and delicious (and hydrating on these hot days!).  

EGGPLANT: Starting to see a steady supply of Italian eggplants available. I’m not a huge eggplant fan, but I roasted a couple this week and then made some quick baba ghanoush in my blender. Delicious! We’re also seeing some specialty and baby eggplants available.  

MT MAGIC: Mt. Magic tomatoes are available two ways: in 10 lb flats or as “cocktail tomatoes” in qts. Mt. Magic are like a super charged red cherry tomato, and are grown primarily because they are resistant to late blight (no sign of that yet this year). But they are also delicious, and a perfect size. Great for salads, particularly.  

BASIL: Still hanging on! We’ve heard that the basil downy mildew has been spotted in NJ and Western PA, but no sign of it here yet, so we’re still able to offer basil. Last year we ran out before tomato season really got going, but fortunately this year, we can still offer this classic combo!

Posted 8/5/2016 1:10pm by Emily Best.

This season is a real learning experience for me – figuring out the ups and downs of supply and demand, what folks want when, and what is growing abundantly. One huge priority for the co-op over the slow season will be to address some of the dips and peaks in supply – even things out to ensure a steady supply throughout the season. Our goal is to be a reliable supplier of high quality, local, organic produce, and we know there’s always room for improvement. There will be a few unexpected shortages this week (low on squash and kale); please bear with us through this dip.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

GARLIC: Lots of garlic available! I just switched from using garlic scapes to fresh garlic cloves and I can’t get enough of it. Full flavored, not too strong, delicious.  

HOT PEPPERS: The hot peppers are starting to come in! Jalapenos are most abundant, but look for hot wax and banana peppers too. Feel the burn!  

LARATTE FINGERLING POTATOES: Farmer Stevie Stoltzfus’s harvest came early this year and his LaRatte’s are ready to go! Lovely little potatoes. These will be available for a while but get a head start!  

RADISHES: Well, not the most special item this time of year, but we do have lots of radishes available and they are super cute, crunchy and tasty!

Posted 8/2/2016 12:18pm by Emily Best.

Finally, we’ve gotten some rain around here! We’re hearing from the tomato growers that the ‘maters are ripening up very quickly now, so look to see reduced prices on mixed heirlooms, red field tomatoes, and our straight heirloom cases (Cherokees, Brandywines, and Prudens Purple).  

I’ve been eating my fair share of tomatoes: made my first batch of gazpacho and have been enjoying the classic combo of sliced tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese.  

Other notes: One of our growers from northern PA reports that he could soon have WINTER squash available, can you believe that?          

HIGHLIGHTS:   BICOLOR SWEET CORN: Corn bonanza this week! A couple growers have big harvests this week, so you’ll see great pricing on the list. This corn is beautiful, juicy, and sweet. Let us know if you are interested in a large order (10+ cases).  

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES: yes, we have lots of mixed heirlooms BUT we also have a wonderful selection of straight cases – beautiful heirlooms like Cherokee Purples, Brandywines, and Prudens Purple. These tomatoes are all lovely and so flavorful, and we suspect we’ll have them around for the next few weeks as the growers are predicting a bumper crop.  

RED FIELD TOMATOES: The classic round red tomato, we’ve got these in abundance. Excellent for soup, freezing, sandwiches, etc. Talk to us about special pricing if interested in a deal.  

CHERRY TOMATOES: Lots of sungolds and mixed variety cherries available this week!

Posted 7/29/2016 11:44am by Emily Best.

Tomatoes are a-coming. Spoke with one of our biggest heirloom growers yesterday and he told me that within the next 10 days, we should be seeing extremely high volumes of the heirlooms coming out of the fields. We’re already starting to see lots of field tomatoes, and with these high temps and sunny days, they should all be ripening quick! So if you are planning your menus or your stores’ special deals, keep our tomatoes in mind!   I also touched base with our grape grower up in NY State and he reports that it’s very dry up there, which means the grapes will have a high sugar content! He’s expecting the first harvest to come in at the end of August.   Lots of great items on the list for Tuesday: eggplants are starting to come in, as are more hot peppers, and LOADS of melons. Seriously. Eat some melons, make some watermelon gazpacho, salad, juice, whatever you need to do!    

HIGHLIGHTS:  

BABY CARROTS: Ok, not so glamorous. But we’ve got lots of mixed color baby carrots and deep purple baby carrots, so many that they are on a special deal this week to try to move ‘em out!  

SLICING CUCUMBERS #2: We are hearing from several growers that it is NOT a good year for cucumbers, and our numbers are reflecting that. We are getting in lots of 2nds cucumbers, which are a bit uglier than they should be because they’ve got some bug damage and/or scarring. But they are perfect for soups, juice, or salads.  

MELONS: Leaving this one on here because it’s just that time. So many varieties and sizes!  

NEW POTATOES: Lots of gold and red new potatoes still available. This season won’t last forever; in another 6-8 weeks we’ll start bringing in regular old thicker skinned taters.

Posted 7/26/2016 10:41am by Emily Best.

Don’t look any further, folks, because we can meet ALL of your tomato needs! Lots of sungolds, heirlooms, and red field tomatoes.  Let’s move these ‘maters! Talk to us about special large order pricing if interested.   While the hot temps are great for the produce—the melons get sweeter, the tomatoes ripen, and the peppers grow—we’re hearing from our farmers that they’re struggling with the recent lack of rain. Pray for rain or do a rain dance for us – even our growers with irrigation are seeing their ponds shrinking and their creeks drying up.    

HIGHLIGHTS:   RED FIELD TOMATOES: I think it’s officially gazpacho time! Lots of tomatoes of all colors available right now – and the red field tomatoes are coming on strong.  

BELL PEPPERS MIX: While we wait for full cases of red, orange and yellow bells, check out our mixed bell peppers – a lovely mix of peppers of all colors. These beauties perk up any grocery display, grilling skewer, or salad plate.  

MELONS: Of all shapes and sizes (well, not quite). Loads of cantaloupes coming in, lots of watermelons, and a large variety of size options for you to choose from. I can’t wait to eat more watermelon. The perfect ingredient for this hot weather!  

BEETS: Beets aren’t just for the fall and winter! We have lots of beets now—gold, Chioggia, red—and they are just great steamed or very thinly sliced, raw, for the summer. I like a fresh beet refrigerator “pickle:” a little olive oil and vinegar, and herb of your choice, let marinate overnight and enjoy a refreshing side dish the next day.

Posted 7/22/2016 3:13pm by Emily Best.

Tomatoes have arrived! Lots of mixed heirlooms, red tomatoes, and a few straight heirloom varieties, plus cherry tomatoes! Wohoo!  

Regarding okra: we know many of you have been trying to order it recently and have been disappointed when it turns out we don’t have any to send. We have several farmers growing okra, and it’s a slow start this year. Additionally, the growers are often projecting more than what actually arrives. We may have some cases available for Tuesday delivery, but we did not include it on the list. If you do want okra, please indicate that in your order, but know that it is still extremely tentative! Thank you!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

SLICING CUCUMBERS: We’re starting to see lots of cucumbers! Slicing cucumbers are great standard cucumbers—many people will peel these cucumbers but it’s not always necessary. We also have number 2 slicers – slightly misshapen or scarred – and excellent for making gazpacho or salads. Beat the heat with cool cucumbers!  

NEW POTATOES: We have LOTS of new potatoes available right now of various lovely colors and varieties. Let’s move ‘em!  

TOMATOES: I have a feeling you’ll be seeing these on the list for the next several weeks. Get ready for everything ‘mater.  

BASIL: Still going strong this summer! The weather has been cooperating and many of our growers will have this fragrant herb, just in time for tomato season.  

Posted 7/19/2016 11:19am by Emily Best.

We’re sorry to report that the tomato forecast is still slow. Hearing from growers every day that they will be coming soon… But we’ve got lots of these beautiful patty pan squash instead!    

Baby greens are back, we’re seeing a few melons, and possibly some sweet corn are arriving this week. We’re also starting to see more peppers coming in.  

Many of our herbs are in very small quantities so please order those early. We can also do pre-orders for herbs; if this is something you’re interested in, please contact Emily or Natalie.      

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CARROTS: Lots of carrots of all colors currently available. Carrots aren’t just for winter (though we’ll have a steady supply through March)!  

RADISHES: Our farmers just love planting radishes—we’ve got many varieties for this time of year, especially the Easter Egg mix (an awkward name for mid-summer, but we’ll take it). Looking for something to pickle? Try some cute radishes!  

GREEN PEPPERS: The flood of green peppers has begun. We’re seeing these crunchy bells coming in strong. Soon, we’ll have more colored bell peppers, but for now, go for green.  

YELLOW SQUASH: Green and raven zucchini are in a bit of a slump right now, with our growers between plantings, but we do have lots of yellow squash available. Tastes just as a good as the green varieties!

Posted 7/15/2016 11:47am by Emily Best.

Starting to see garlic appear on the list. Right now, we mostly have fresh garlic, uncured, which has a milder flavor than cured garlic. Fresh garlic is a short season—we won’t have it for long!  

The hot and muggy weather is still affecting the production of greens right now; all we have available are bunched greens. No lettuce or baby greens mixes available at the moment.  

This time last year, we were starting to see melons and tree fruits come in. We’re hearing from growers that everything is a couple weeks behind, so be patient! We’re all anxiously awaiting these sweet arrivals.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CABBAGE: Jake Stoltzfus at Sunrise Farm has produced a huge crop of summer cabbage this year – we have green cabbage and red cabbage, at various sizes. Time to make some slaw!  

ONIONS: Soo many onions available right now. Sweet, red, sweet red, all sizes, etc. I personally love a good sweet onions – gentle on the eyes and the stomach, and they cook up so nice.  

KALE: Without lettuce available, go for a kale salad: lightly massage the leaves for a fresh green (or red!) salad.  

PEA SHOOTS: Missing peas already? Enjoy some pea shoots and remember that delicate sweet flavor. Plus, since we don’t have a lettuce mix available, these pea shoots could help fill that empty spot on the plate.

Posted 7/12/2016 12:39pm by Emily Best.

So, while we are hearing from growers that we will have millions of pounds of tomatoes coming soon, unfortunately this week we don’t have any heirloom tomatoes. Our main early grower came up short this week and so we only have the red hothouse available! But get ready! We will have more next week, we promise!   Other incoming items: peppers, eggplants, and okra! We are also hoping to have sweet corn soon! This week we have lots of blueberries to move!    

HIGHLIGHTS:  

BEETS: Starting to see more types of beets come in. Right now, the most numerous  type of beets are the mixed variety beets, usually red, gold, Chioggia, and white beets. Summer beets are tender and sweet, great in salads.  

FENNEL: Mark Stanley at Help From Above has LOTS of fennel. We typically sell it in 10 lb cases but we can also do 20 lb if interested. There are about 24 heads in a 20 lb case. Very aromatic!

GOLD ZUCCHINI: Finally have a steady supply of gold zucchini. Brighten up your plate!

PARSLEY:  Available bunched or bulk, parsley is an excellent herb for fresh salads (tabbouleh, anyone)?

Posted 7/8/2016 10:42am by Emily Best.

Read a great review of Kyirisan in the Post yesterday and came across a little gem of wisdom from Tom Sietsema that CARROTS ARE THE NEW KALE. Some thoughts on this: We’ve been waiting to see what the “new kale” would be for years…some have thought cauliflower (flash in the pan, as it were), some said brussels sprouts (too high maintenance), but now, carrots…I think this is it, the real “new kale.” Carrots are so versatile, plus they are available locally most months of the year, and they come in the most gorgeous colors. And what great timing for this pronouncement! Our growers are harvesting more summer carrots every day, so get on trend and get some carrots! We should have them available from now until… March!      

HIGHLIGHTS:  

Rhubarb: It’s back! In smaller quantities than the spring. Rhubarb can be harvested all summer long, as long as you care for the plant properly by not allowing it to flower, and thinning away the smallest stalks. And of course, keep it well watered! And rhubarb’s not just for strawberries – while we don’t have berries on the list today, you can pair it with other seasonal fruit, or go savory!  

New Potatoes: Getting in a nice variety of colors and sizes of new potatoes now – I’ve been lunching on a green bean, potato, and it’s been perfect for these hot summer days!  

Zucchini + Summer Squash: Still going, folks! Lots of varieties available. I’d always been underwhelmed with squash but have come to really appreciate its subtle flavors this summer. Lots of creative things to do with squash – get it on the grill to beat the heat.  

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