Weekly Availability List

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50pm by Natalie Kujala.

At the beginning of the week, I (Taylor) saw that the semi-finalists have been announced for the James Beard Award. We would like to extend a congratulatory hand to the semi-finalists (some of which are our customers!) specifically in DC and Baltimore. While we are waiting on the list of finalists, here at the TOG office, we are still so excited for spring. It seems that even our customers are thinking the same. We have had customers call to plan their spring menus and spring displays! This morning, the phrase about March came into mind: It comes in like a lion and out like a lamb…We will have to see what next week brings. Maybe this year, March will be different.                                                         

HIGHLIGHTS:  

GREENS: Again, for Tuesday’s delivery, our growers are offering a good amount of greens. They are offering many varieties, which include endives, claytonia, baby dandelion greens, baby spinach, and of course the mixed salad greens! Some varieties we will be offering in 5# packages again. If you would like the larger pack size, please let us know as soon as you can.  

MICRO GREENS: Our growers are getting really excited about their micro greens! This is perfect weather for greens in general. Our growers are offering micro greens mix and micro sunflower shoots in volume. These could be great additions to salads or as an artist touch to any dish.  

RADISHES: Please do not forget that we have a large variety of radishes. We would like to make a special note about Black Spanish Radishes. These are wonderful simply sliced and salted on rye bread. Who knew they could be so rad? They really do deserve their turn in the sun!  

FLOWER BULBS: This week is the first time, in the recent past, that we will be offering hyacinth, tulips and grape muscari bulbs. Jake Stoltzfus from Sunrise Farm is offering them in 15-4inch plastic container flats. The hyacinth and tulip flats contain one bulb per 4inch pot, whereas the grape muscari flats have 2 bulbs per 4inch pot. The hyacinths are multicolored, whereas the tulips are pink, yellow and purple. The grape muscari should be purple and lavender. We are very excited to offer this new addition to our customers! Just like when we sell plants, the deadline to order your flats of bulbs is Tuesday at noon, and then we will deliver them next 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 Korners – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farm – Elba, New York

Posted 2/21/2017 10:57am by Natalie Kujala.

Here in the office, we cannot stop talking about digging in our gardens! I (Taylor) cannot wait to start growing produce in my yard! I am itching to get my hands dirty. We haven’t started growing vegetables in the office, but we have started growing some houseplants in the office. Our wonderful President, Mark Stanley, from Help From Above Farm, even brought us a rosemary bush for the office. It has the best spot in the office. Maybe next year, we will grow other herbs in the office…I can’t wait. Anyways, before I get ahead of myself, let us tell you what special produce we have this week.                                                                                                                                       HIGHLIGHTS:  

BUTTERNUTS: Again, we want to make sure you know that we do have butternuts! They are looking wonderful. The grower who offered these must have been coddling them in his cooler.  

PARSNIPS: We are excited to say that we are now offering parsnips in 10# cases. We hope that this offers a more flexible size and price point for a greater number of our customers. Parsnips are a nuttier, sweeter distant cousin to the carrot. When roasting vegetables, parsnips are a great addition.  

SWEET & SPICY: Our growers finally have waves of this wonderful salad mix. We are offering these both in 1.5# cases, as well as 5# cases. If you would like the larger pack size, please let us know as soon as possible. We are not bringing in a large amount in the larger pack size. Please feel free to at least start your order with a pack of salad mix!  

BABY SPINACH: At the end of this week, we will also have a lot of spinach as well. This weather is treating us so kindly! We will be packaging some of this in 5# cases. Again, please let us know as soon as you can, if you would like the larger pack size of baby spinach.  

SWEET POTATOES: These beauties are waiting to go home with you. Our growers have been storing these patiently, but they want to send them to you! I have been adding sweet potatoes to all my soups and I keep eating sweet potatoes fries like it’s my job. Maybe I need to ask to add this to my job description…  

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 2/17/2017 10:14am by Natalie Kujala.

Does everyone else have spring fever as bad as I do?? I’m SO EXCITED for the warm weather that this weekend will bring. I can’t wait to take my pups on a much deserved hike, do a little cleanup in my garden beds, and just overall enjoy the 60-degree days! And, the even more exciting news about this warm weather is that it will bring us more baby greens! We should see a long-awaited good supply of baby greens later this week, so keep your eye on the Friday list when it comes out!  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

BUTTERNUTS: Say whaaaat?! Butternuts?! Don’t be alarmed. We thought these were done for the season too, but we got a very pleasant, unexpected offer from Jay Martin in Selinsgrove, PA. We should have these on our list for a couple of sales days, but don’t wait too long to order these. They could disappear as quickly as they reappeared!  

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES: If you’re looking for a little variation in your potato routine, try subbing in some sunchokes! These crunchy little veggies can be roasted, baked, steamed, or fried.     

YACON:  Speaking of fun, crunchy veggies, have you ever tried yacon?? Yacons are surprisingly sweet and reminiscent of eating a Granny Smith apple mixed with celery, with the feel of a water chestnut (if that makes sense!). I prefer to eat them raw. I simply peel back the skin and chop them into my salad.  

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!  

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 2/14/2017 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

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