Weekly Availability List

Posted 4/25/2017 11:16am by Natalie Kujala.

The rain this month is definitely bringing May flowers early this spring. Many bulb plants are blooming in our area, and many trees are flowering. Even with all the flowers blooming in Pennsylvania, I was surprised by all the blooms I (Taylor) saw this past weekend in D.C. I was in the city for an Earth Day fair on Saturday, in which April stayed strong and brought more showers. I could not believe all of the flowers I saw. People’s peonies and clematis were already in blossom, and this is just the beginning.  All of these blooms also mean that our spring products are increasing quickly, so please keep you eye out.

HIGHLIGHTS:

GREEN BUTTERHEAD LETTUCE: We are starting to have some head lettuce, and this week the butterhead is ready for you! This is coming from the Derstine family at Hares Valley Farm, who is sending it in 12ct cases. Please “lettuce” know if you are interested. They would look excellent on your shelves or in your salads.

YOUNG GREENS:  We have not quite reached the full-fledged bunched greens stage, but we do have a large variety of young greens this week. They range from young collards to chards to spinach! They could be an excellent addition to braising greens.

NOTE: Due to the cool weather, we are still experiencing a lull in sweet and spicy salad mix. I hope that this mix will be back in full force in the next few weeks. If you are interested in salad mixes, we suggest mixing your own with a case of baby green kale, baby spinach, and baby mustards.

RHUBARB: This has come on full force as well! What is the most unusual way you use rhubarb. Some people in our office put it in their morning smoothies. I definitely used to be very unaware of rhubarb. I always thought of it in relation to its use for pies.

ORANGE JUICE CARROTS: We have SEVERAL cases of these available, and flexible pricing for 10+ cases. We have these in both 10 pound and 25 pound cases. Please let us know if you are interested!

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 4/21/2017 10:56am by Natalie Kujala.

Mark Stanley of Help From Above Farm provides us with the bulk of our plants. The other day he showed us some “salad bowls” he grew. These are 10-12 inch potted greens, ready to harvest and enjoy. I think I’m going for the lettuce mix salad bowl. How convenient to have salad-ready greens growing in my kitchen!  

Some of you have been asking about the farm tour we normally host every two years in May. This year we are going to do a little something different. We haven’t quite hashed out the details, but we plan on hosting an event in the fall. We will be sure to keep everyone posted once all the details are in place!  

Note: We are still experiencing a lull in sweet & spicy salad mix. Create your own mix with baby mesclun, baby green kale, baby arugula, and baby spinach!

HIGHLIGHTS:  

POTATOES: Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater, Maine has proven to have exceptional storage as we just received our last shipment of red and white potatoes from them. We certainly don’t expect them to last long as demand for potatoes is as high as ever.    

BULK RED RADISHES: Raw, pickled, roasted, and sliced. There are many ways to enjoy red radishes. How do I most enjoy this crisp, peppery veggie? My vote would be for radish-chive tea sandwiches.  

ORANGE JUICE CARROTS: Just when we thought orange juice carrots were no longer, here they are again! We have SEVERAL cases of these available, and flexible pricing for 10+ cases.   

WILD RAMPS: Last year was my first experience harvesting these wild leeks, and I have to say it was quite an experience. Emily and I lent a few extra hands to a short-staffed grower who took us to an amazing mountainside field filled seemingly endlessly with wild ramps. Smith’s Organic Farm is providing us with ramps earlier than we expected this year, and we are just about as excited as our customers are.  

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 4/18/2017 11:37am by Natalie Kujala.

We have quite an exciting list today. We are seeing the first of our growers’ rhubarb and wild ramps, and we MIGHT even have some asparagus available for Friday! Spring has sprung! Herbs are becoming plentiful, greens are soon to be bunched, and head lettuce is emerging. It’s a busy time for our growers as they are prepping fields, planting summer crops, and harvesting spring ones. Keep a close eye on our lists, as each day you’ll see new spring additions!

Note: We are still experiencing a lull in sweet & spicy salad mix. We do not expect to have much for Friday delivery, but we will have lots of mixed baby lettuce heads, baby mesclun, baby mustards, and baby spinach.

HIGHLIGHTS:

CUCUMBERS: We are now seeing strong numbers of cucumbers being offered by Sunny Ridge Farm. We will have lots of both the Corintos and the Katrinas available for Friday delivery. Anyone dreaming of cucumber sandwiches or cucumber salad yet? I sure am!

SPRING GARLIC: ‘Tis the season for spring garlic! Spring garlic has a flavor fresher and milder than clove garlic, and can be easily subbed in recipes for leeks, onions, garlic, or scallions. We will have bulk and bunched cases available this week.

BABY LETTUCE HEADS: Deb Brubaker of Village Acres Farm is supplying us with these adorable mixed baby lettuce heads. If you’re looking for baby lettuce but would prefer only one variety, let us know! Deb said she’s willing to pack straight cases as well as the mixed. Just remember to get specialty pack orders in early so that the grower has time to prep them.

CURLY PARSLEY: Curly parsley is more than just a decorative garnish, though it does make quite the garnish. It can add a nice burst of color to many dishes, and also adds welcome texture to tabbouleh and other fresh salads.

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 4/14/2017 10:59am by Natalie Kujala.

I’m sure many of you are gearing up to celebrate Easter this weekend. It seems as though everyone here at the office is celebrating in her own unique way. While I’ll be acting as an airport shuttle while trying to fulfill family obligations, Taylor will be heading out to Philadelphia to celebrate with her mom. Shelly on the other hand will be manning the dirt track on her farm, while Robin plans on attending sunrise service before heading out for a horseback ride. Norma and Teresa will be cooking for their families, while Emily said she’s just waiting for the Easter candy to go on sale. However you plan to celebrate the holiday, I hope you and yours enjoy it. Happy Easter! We hope everyone has a great holiday and is ready to stock up on fresh produce after the festivities.  

Note: We are experiencing a lull in sweet & spicy salad mix. We do not expect to have any for Tuesday delivery. Don’t despair, we have lots of baby spinach, baby arugula, baby mesclun, and baby lettuce heads to fill the temporary void!

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CURLY PARSLEY: Curly parsley is more than just a decorative garnish, though it does make quite the garnish. It can add a nice burst of color to many dishes, and also adds welcome texture to tabbouleh and other fresh salads.  

SWEET POTATOES: As many other produce items have before them, all sweet potato crops must also come to an end. Though we still have some deep purple, Japanese finger-sweet, and Japanese sweet potatoes available, we won’t have them for much longer!  

BABY SPINACH: Fresh spinach salads. Sautéed spinach and garlic. Hearty green smoothies. White cheese and spinach pizza. Spinach and artichoke dip. There are so many delicious recipes for this hearty, versatile green, each as delightful as the next!  

YOUNG BOK CHOI:  I’m keeping the bok choi shout out on here as it holds a special place in my heart. I remember one year a crop had some pretty bad bug damage making it unmarketable, so a few friends and I made mass amount of kraut. It was pretty satisfying turning a disappointing loss into a tasty 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

Posted 4/11/2017 11:13am by Natalie Kujala.

What a beautiful morning here at the co-op! Our windows are open wide; the sun is shining; the birds are chirping. Now THIS is what a spring morning feels like. It seems like our list is growing with spring items by the day. Scallions, spring onions, baby bok choi, young Napa cabbage! Don’t move too quickly into all things spring quite yet though, as we are getting another shipment of potatoes in from Maine. We will have gold, white, and red potatoes available.    

Note: We are still experiencing  a shortage of pea shoots. Our grower is having a tough go with them right now. We will again have a very limited number of cases of these avaialble for Friday. Send good vibes over to Hares Valley in hopes we can get those pea shoots going again!

HIGHLIGHTS:

BABY ARUGULA: Looking to spice up your salad? Baby arugula might be the perfect, peppery addition you’ve been searching for. I’m a sucker for a good arugula and goat cheese salad. I love the combination of spicy, tangy flavors.

BOK CHOI: Back when I was an apprentice at New Morning Farm, bok choi was one of the crops I managed, and it definitely still holds a special place in my heart. Though bok choi can be a bit tricky to grow as many pests love it as much as we do, I always loved the early morning harvests of these crisp, perky brassicas. For Friday, we will have baby and young bok choi to offer.

YOUNG NAPA CABBAGE: Dan Landis of Landisdale Farm is unexpectedly supplying us with young napa cabbage. What a nice surprise! My personal favorite use of Napa cabbage? Well, it’s a hard contest between kimchi and cabbage rolls. Yum, yum!

SPRING ONIONS: I know many of you have been hoping for more spring onions, and they are here! Both Greenbriar Produce and Chicano Sol are offering white scallions this week.  

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 4/7/2017 10:20am by Natalie Kujala.

Well, all storage crops must come to an end. This is both welcome and unfortunate news for us here at TOG. It’s great that we were able to sell so much of our growers’ harvests, but unfortunate that we no longer have some of our favorite crops to sell and enjoy, until the new harvest that is! Along with those crops we had already run through (orange sweet potatoes, winter squash, and shallots to name a few), we are officially out of onions, #1 orange carrots, and #1 turnips for the season. Luckily for us though, we are not yet out of potatoes! Though we will not have potatoes for Tuesday, we will be getting another shipment from Maine for Friday! What a nice surprise! Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater will be sending us gold, white, red, and Huckleberry gold potatoes (purple on the outside with creamy, gold flesh).   We’d also like to give a shout out to those of you who are finalists for the 2017 RAMMY Awards. We loved seeing so many of our customers on that list, and we are proud to be supplying you guys with produce! It seems that every month another one of you is winning an award or in the spotlight. Congrats are definitely in order.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

BABY GREENS: Whoa do we have some baby greens for Tuesday. Baby arugula, baby spinach, baby mesclun, baby red Russian kale, sweet & spicy, oh my! I just love this time of year when there are ample baby greens to enjoy. I’ve certainly been eating my fair share of salads, have you?    

CUCUMBERS: Cucumbers in April! You read that right! BUT, these will be VERY LIMITED this week. Hopefully the sunshine and warmth return for good, and our cucumber supply can match the demand.     

PARNSIPS: Though we are running low on this cream-colored root crop, there is still time to enjoy it! Have you ever tried parsnips for breakfast? I recently read a recipe for parsnip hash browns. Prepared with potatoes, onions, garlic, and egg, this parsnip side dish sounded like a delicious breakfast addition.  

SPRING GARLIC: Though the snow flurries outside aren’t exactly making me think of all things spring, the sight of spring garlic on our list makes my toes feel quite a bit warmer, and reminds me that warm weather is near!  

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 4/4/2017 11:46am by Natalie Kujala.

It seems that the April showers have started, so we are all looking forward to the May flowers and bounty that will begin. This morning, I (Taylor) was driving to work and I could not help but smile. I drove through some patches of very hard rain and patches of no rain at all in a single 10 mile stretch, which I love about this time of year! The weather is wonderful for our spring greens supply, so please take a look at of our options for individual greens and the salad mixes. We would also like to say thank you for all the invitations to our customers’ spring fairs this month, and we cannot wait to participate in some! Also, we are glad to have Emily back in the office! The feel of spring has definitely reached us!

HIGHLIGHTS:

BABY ARUGULA: Our growers are offering a large supply of baby arugula! Even with a large supply, this week we are only offering the baby arugula in 1.5# cases. We would love to see picture of how you use this baby arugula. I could spout off uses, but we would rather hear from you. Please share with us on Instagram!

BABY GREENS: With this wonderful weather, we have a large, steady supply of individual greens cases, as well as salad greens mixes. We ask that you take a look at all of the options as well as the pack sizes. Please let us know if you have any questions about sizing of the greens or what is in the mixes!

SWEET POTATOES: We want to keep you updated on our sweet potato supply. We are officially out of our regular orange sweet potatoes, but we still have deep purples and Japanese. And thank goodness for that! We weren’t quite ready to say goodbye to sweet potatoes quite yet.

ORANGE CARROT ROOTS: We are also at the end of our supply of #1 orange carrot roots for the season. But do not despair; we still have a large supply of #1 quality mixed color carrot roots as well as juice carrots.

ONIONS: It is that time of year where we’ve reached the tail end of our onions. We are down to a few cases of regular red onions and a few cases of #2 quality yellow onions. Once these are spoken for, we may not have any onions until the new crop comes up this 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 3/31/2017 10:49am by Natalie Kujala.

It’s starting to feel a bit more consistently like spring  with warmer weather, rainy days, blooming flowers, and new crops on the horizon. My daffadils have bloomed, adding a nice burst of color to my front garden. I’m anxious to see what pops up next. Last spring, my dad, uncle, and grandfather went on a flower and tree planting spree. I came home one day to wheelbarrows, shovels, mulch, seedlings, and bulbs spread all over my yard. I did remember mentioning that I could use a tree or two. It seems they multiplied that sentiment by 10 and away they went. Gotta love family!  

Note: Pea shoots will still be limited for Tuesday. Our grower had a run of bad luck with two poor plantings in a row! Go figure! BUT, he’s motivated to get his crop back on track, and will hopefully be offering his regular volume soon enough.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

#2 GARLIC: This aromatic allium is back in the limelight! I’ve still been regularly enjoying garlic hummus, picked garlic, and minced garlic is just about every sautéed dish I make. I can’t seem to get enough of it. It was a great garlic year and our growers still have a lot available. I’d really love to move as much as we can for them, so if you’re looking for a volume, or even just a couple of cases, we can work with pricing to suit your needs!  

SWEET POTATOES: Though we are dangerously close to the end of our regular orange sweet potato supply, we still have deep purple and Japanese sweet potatoes in abundance! Sub one of these specialty sweet potatoes in for the orange, and add a little twist to your traditional sweet potato dishes.  

JUICE CARROTS: Using carrots to cook, slice, pickle, or otherwise process? Maybe you just prefer your roots a bit free-spirited, or enjoy seeing them in unconventional forms. If so, juice carrots might just be your perfect vegetable match.  

SWEET & SPICY: So it seems we will have no lull in our supply of this favorite greens mix this week after all! Even though sweet & spicy will be available, don’t forget about all of those other delicious greens we offer such as mesclun, spinach, arugula, and more!    

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 3/28/2017 10:29am by Natalie Kujala.

Well it’s another rainy day here at the co-op. I’m not complaining though, because it’s warm! The rain does make it hard to harvest some crops, though, such as jerusalem artichokes. Luckily Joe Hostetler of Windy Knolls Farm dug some a couple of days ago, so we have them to offer for Friday. He’s guessing he still has about 100 cases left in the ground. Though that sounds like a lot, we will move through those pretty quickly.   I also wanted to point out that we will continue to have a limited supply of pea shoots avialable for Friday. Unfortunately the grower had a poor stand this planting, but is doing his best to get us all that he can! Forunately we have lots of other great greens to choose from- baby arugula, baby and young spinach, baby and young chards and kales, baby mesclun and more!         

HIGHLIGHTS:  

BASIL: Yep you read that right, we officially have basil! Daniel Beiler of Sunny Ridge Farm and Tim Derstine of Hares Valley are quite experienced in managing their tunnel crops, and getting us that early basil. I can already taste the pesto!

CARROT ROOTS: I thought we were out of our supply of #1 orange carrots, but luckily we have a couple of growers with amazing storage. We will have orange carrots for a few more weeks yet!  

CABBAGE: We are officially out of red cabbage, and we don’t have too much green left- a couple more weeks’ worth I’d say. My mom made a delicious cabbage soup on Sunday. I was a bit skeptical about it as there didn’t seem to be too much to it, but she assured me that cabbage offers an excellent flavoring to soups. I should know by now to never doubt my mother, because it was delicious. I had two bowls!  

SWEET & SPICY: Though we will have this favorite greens mix available for Friday delivery, there might be a bit of a lull next week in between growers’ plantings. Fingers crossed there won’t be! I’ll keep everyone posted on the next cover letter. Even if we do have a bit of a lull with this greens mix, we will certainly have others available.  

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 3/24/2017 11:12am by Emily Best.

We are glad to welcome the first full week of spring. We are patiently waiting for some of our growers’ new spring items to arrive. While we wait for these, this is the first week in which we are offering trays of baby plants. I (Taylor) have included the schedule for ordering and delivery at the bottom of the page! We will ask that you keep an eye out for these in the coming weeks as well! Again, if you are interested in a Wednesday delivery day, please let Natalie or Emily know. They, along with our growers, are working diligently on what our cooperative may offer in the near future. We would appreciate any contributions you may have!

HIGHLIGHTS: #2 GARLIC: This garlic still looks beautiful on the outside, but is experiencing some sprouting when opened up into gloves, which is reflected in the price. Don’t be deterred though! With a little cleaning up, this #2 garlic is still wonderfully flavorful. If you are interested in any of this garlic in bulk, please reach out to Natalie (acctmgr@tog.coop) about packing size and pricing.

RADISHES: The end may be near for some of our radishes, especially the black Spanish and the watermelon radishes. Next week, may be the last week that we have these wonderful storage crops. Luckily or unluckily, storage crops do come to an end.

SWEET POTATOES: Our growers supplying us with those wonderful Beauregard sweet potatoes told us that they are reaching an end as well. We will have some for about the next two weeks. These orange beauties could use one more night in the sun. Every week this past winter, I have been making a curry soup, which always includes these delightful delicacies. MIXED COLOR CARROT

ROOTS: Do not fear; our growers have projected that they will have mixed color carrot roots until May. This staple will be here for the taking. Our growers have been taking very good care of these, so that we can continue to offer them to you.

PLANTS: They have arrived! Orders for plants can be placed until 3PM on Monday. Then, we will deliver either on Thursday or Friday, but we will let you know as soon as we can.

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