Weekly Availability List

Posted 7/14/2017 12:54pm by Natalie Kujala.

Today’s weather isn’t looking particularly promising, with 100% chance of heavy rain, and in my zip code severe thunderstorms, large hail and damaging winds. That’s not quite the evening hiking weather I was looking for, but I’m optimistic that the weather man is wrong. Word is that’s happened once or twice before. I hope the weather out your way is a bit less daunting. Stay dry and safe, and let’s hope our farmers get their field work done before the storms today.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CELERY: An exciting new addition to our list- celery! New Morning Farm (right up the lane from our warehouse) has long ago cracked the code to organically raising this tricky crop. Their supply is limited, so if you’re hoping for a taste of these crunchy stalks, order for Tuesday delivery, and order early.  

FENNEL: Pair this licorice-flavored bulb with red beets (also on our list!) to make one of my favorite side dishes: roasted beet and fennel salad. I prefer this dish prepared minimally and simply, but I’ve heard the addition of feta cheese and pistachios can make it quite nice.  

ZUCCHINI: Summer is here, and green and raven zucchinis are here in force. Last night I brought home a pile of raven zucchini as I’m planning to make a heart-healthy “spaghetti” with it. For the sauce I’ll toss in some of our fresh basil - yum!  

KALE: Our farmers’ fields are bursting with kales of all kinds. We have green, redbor and lacinato kales to offer at volume pricing, especially if you’re buying in bulk. If you’d prefer bulk cases over bunched, even if just a case or 2, please let us know early so we can order some in for you.

SWEET & SPICY: We will be a bit limited on this favorite salad mix for Tuesday, but we should be up and running again by 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 Farms – Elba, New York

Posted 7/11/2017 12:38pm by Natalie Kujala.

I must say, our list is looking pretty darn good these days. Blueberries, cucumbers, kales, summer squashes, peppers, carrots, eggplants, and so much more! This time of year, with our 40+ member-growers working hard in their teeming fields, we can be your one-stop produce shop. Keep a close eye on what we have to offer each week, as our list is bursting with produce.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ORGANIC FRUIT: This is a good week to stock up on organic fruit, as we expect bulk quantities of both blueberries and peaches. Blueberries will be offered not only in half-pint flats, but also in bulk 10-lb cases. I’m tasting pie and cobbler in my future…

KOHLRABI: These bulbs are a bit high maintenance to prep, but delicious and fresh to eat. Great sliced as a snack or shredded in a bright summer slaw, we are offering kohlrabi in 25-lb or 10-lb cases.

PEA SHOOTS: This crowd favorite has come on strong! For Friday delivery, we can offer pea shoots in 1.5lb and 5lb cases. Please let us know by Wednesday if you’re interested in 5lb cases.

BLUE OYSTER MUSHROOMS: I was chatting with Don Lake of Lakewood Farm yesterday, and he was telling me he’s expecting a good harvest of blue oysters later this week. Please get your blue oyster mushroom orders in early, as we conservatively order this fragile, specialty product from the grower.

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 7/7/2017 11:03am by Natalie Kujala.

NEW: French Heritage Tomatoes are here! Grown by one of our most experienced heirloom tomato growers, Daniel Beiler of Sunny Ridge Farm. Daniel wanted to try these in place of the traditional heirlooms to improve production and yield. If we didn’t tell you they weren’t heirlooms, you might never know. Per Johnny’s Seed Catalog, “We have seen many attempts to capture the true heirloom eating quality in a durable plant, and we can say with confidence that French Heritage tomatoes are the best you will find anywhere.” The mixes will have three varieties: Marnero (Purple Cherokee), Margold (Striped German), and Marbonne (Brandywine).

HIGHLIGHTS:

GREEN BEANS: Those bean plants at New Morning Farm are ready to POP – the farm is offering us nearly 100 cases of beans this week. I have been eating them steamed and then topped with a little salt and butter. Such a simple pleasure but so delicious. Anyway – if you are interested in 5+ cases of beans, please ask for special pricing!

SUMMER SQUASH: Not just zucchinis now – we actually have a decent quantity of the mixed summer squash and the patty pans coming in. A fun item for your retail display or for the plate.

BASIL: LOTS of basil still available. I’m a bit concerned because I saw on Instagram that a farm in eastern PA spotted downy mildew in their fields. Once this fungus hits us, our season will be over. So if you are planning to make/freeze pesto, now is the time.

CARROTS: Ok. I know. We push carrots all winter long, and now that it’s summer, you want something new. Well guess what, these carrots are NEW. Carrots are a delightful item all year round and I think it’s awesome that we can provide you with local organic carrots (which taste amazing, by the way) for nearly 10 months of the year. We are offering bunched with tops as well as bulk topless carrots this week.

KOHLRABI: These bulbs are a bit high maintenance to prep but delicious and fresh to eat. We are offering it in 25 lbs or 10 lbs cases. Great sliced as a snack or shredded in a bright summer slaw. Mostly we have green available but there are a couple purple 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 7/4/2017 11:14am by Natalie Kujala.

COMING SOON: French Heritage Tomatoes! These will be coming from one of our most experienced heirloom tomato growers, Daniel Beiler of Sunny Ridge Farm, and if we didn’t tell you they weren’t heirlooms, you might never know. Per Johnny’s Seed Catalog, “We have seen many attempts to capture the true heirloom eating quality in a durable plant, and we can say with confidence that French Heritage tomatoes are the best you will find anywhere.” Look for these on our list next week!

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CUCUMBERS:  My oh my has this just been the perfect weather for cucumbers. Mark Stanley of Help From Above Farm has divas up to his ears, and we have slicing cucumbers coming in from all directions. Time to make cucumber salads, cucumber sandwiches, and cucumber infused water!  

KALE: The fields are flush with green and lacinato kale. Even my own little garden is exploding with it. I love making green smoothies, and my pups love munching on kale stems. What’s your favorite way to enjoy these hearty, leafy greens?  

BLUEBERRIES: We have a good offer of blueberries from our grower for Friday delivery, so we’ve lowered the price to move some volume. Blueberries are one of Emily’s favorite seasonal treats. I’ve witnessed her single-handedly devour an entire pint on more than one occasion.  

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 6/30/2017 9:27am by Emily Best.

Hi all - we will not be making regular deliveries on Tuesday July 4th. We will be back at it on Friday the 7th! 


Thank you and enjoy the holiday.

Posted 6/27/2017 12:01pm by Natalie Kujala.

What is it with this weather lately… it’s hot, then it’s cold, then it’s downpouring, then it’s hot again, and then the nights are in the low 50’s… we’re seeing produce availability change very quickly around here, so forgive us if we come up short on something. The growers can’t make accurate predictions when the weather is so funky.     We are starting to hear rumors about the elusive early July tomatoes starting to come in soon so stay tuned…in the meantime, please enjoy a kale lunch and a zucchini dinner every day because that’s what we’ve got available this week! We snagged this pic from our friends at Oak Nut Farm! That is one relaxed bean!

HIGHLIGHTS & LOWLIGHTS:

BASIL: Prices have hit a new low on this delicious herb. May I suggest zucchini, sautéed with some scapes and scallions, and then finished with some torn basil? This may also be the week to make pesto.

New! NEW WHITE POTATOES: I love a new potato, so flavorful and tender, and goes so well with summer herbs. We have white potatoes available now from Greenbriar farm in several size options.

BEANS: We’ve bean waiting all season for beans and now we’ve got green beans available! They are mostly coming from renowned bean grower New Morning Farm and they are tasty!

ZUCCHINI: You didn’t think I wouldn’t list zucchini, right? We’re being offered like 2000 lbs worth of zucchini this week. It always happens this time of year, the zucchini just goes nuts with the long days and nights. So let’s get some zucchini moving 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 6/23/2017 11:43am by Natalie Kujala.

We lost a pioneer of organic agriculture in PA last week when Roy Brubaker, of Village Acres Farm, was killed in a farming accident. Roy was an early member of Tuscarora and provided sage guidance to the coop, its members, and other farmers throughout his life. Our community is grieving his loss, and we are sending our thoughts out to his family. His daughter Debra, who’s been farming alongside him for several years now, will continue to manage Village Acres, carrying on farming the land her father loved so much.

HIGHLIGHTS & LOWLIGHTS:

SCALLIONS: Soon we’ll have plenty of fresh onions but for now we have lots of scallions, coming from the Peacheys at Greenbriar farm. Available in red and white!

New! BEETS: We’ve got lots of beets coming in, chioggias, golds, reds, and mixed bunches. We also are starting to see some bulk beets. We haven’t had a large quantity of beets since last fall. I’m a fan of a quick vinegar pickled beet with some fresh oregano or basil as a snack or salad topping. Steam the beets, dress ‘em up, and chill.

CUCUMBER FRENZY: We’ve got divas, corintos, katrinas, European, and slicing cucumbers all available now!  I made some tzatziki this week – definitely the time to get cukes on the menu.

BUNCHED GREENS: From kale to collards to chard to dandelions, we’ve got the bunched greens your smoothies have been waiting for… Although I’m not so sure about a dandelion smoothie, I have heard that some folks like to juice them.

GARLIC SCAPES: Yes, they are still available! I stir fried some with shiitakes and squash, and some snap peas I froze last summer. Delicious.  

GOODBYE FOR NOW: Arugula can’t take the long days and the heat so don’t expect to see much for a while.

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 6/20/2017 11:55am by Natalie Kujala.

Yesterday evening, after cooking up some summer squash for dinner and getting the baby to bed, I realized it was nearly 9 pm and still light outside. I thought to myself, well, it is mid-June. Only a couple more days til the nights start getting longer again. And with this change in season comes the busiest time, when we are picking up hundreds of cases from the Valley growers, with another couple hundred being delivered, and then sent right back down the road to you. The clock is ticking until we start seeing the tomatoes rolling on in!

HIGHLIGHTS:

New! GREEN BEANS! They’re back, from New Morning Farm. NMF is known for their green beans, which they plant for weekly harvests. The beans are picked and packed mostly by three workers from Jamaica, who are here on the H2-A visa program. They’ve been coming to NMF for several years now and are an integral part of the NMF team, especially when it comes to bean picking!

New! BROCCOLI: After a few false starts, we are finally seeing some amazing spring broccoli this week. The grower is Titus Martin of Martin’s Homestead. He grew a lot of fall broccoli for us last fall and we were very impressed with his reliability and high quality. Spring broccoli is never quite as beautiful as the fall crop, but Titus is a great grower and his broccoli crowns look quite good!

New! BABY CARROTS with TOPS: Now available in Rainbow and Orange bunches. We made it almost the whole entire year with carrots on our list. I sure missed them when they were away. Spring carrots are quite tasty and the tops are good too. Plus, they look so cute on the plate with the little stemmy tops.

BASIL: Seeing lots of basil coming in this week and we’ve lowered prices accordingly. We’re also offering this fragrant herb in a 5 lb case for those of you who just need more of it!

BABY GREENS: Still going strong on SWEET & SPICY and BABY ARUGULA in the 5 lb cases. The Arugula is CUT TO ORDER in the 5 lb, so please order your 5 lb arugula ASAP. Thanks!

GARLIC SCAPES: Low prices are STILL in effect!

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 6/16/2017 12:12pm by Natalie Kujala.

Wow. As soon as I got into work today, the news broke about Amazon buying Whole Foods… such huge news that will have ripple effects throughout the local foods marketplace. I honestly can’t even imagine how this might change the scene (and I partially don’t want to imagine, because usually when there’s consolidation in the supply chain, farmers are forced to accept lower prices than they would like). How will this affect your business? What do you think about the news?

HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:

SWEET & SPICY: As you might have seen on our Instagram this week, the baby greens are growing like crazy and one grower in particular is drowning in a sea of them. Would you like to try sweet & spicy in 5 oz clamshells for your retail or CSA? Please let us know! Otherwise we will have great deals on 5 lb cases.

GARLIC SCAPES: Every year around this time we start trying to move these in volume! Low prices are in effect now.

MULBERRIES: Solomon Beiler of Limestone Acres is having a huge mulberry year! We’ve never had this many available in years past. Time to make your mulberry syrup to enjoy all summer long.

CUCUMBERS:  Still going strong on hothouse cucumbers, with diva, corinto, and Katrina varieties in high supply. Look for lower prices this week!

LETTUCE: What better to go with cucumbers than fresh, crispy lettuce? Or if you’re not into salads, try grilled romaine!

New! KOHLRABI: Tony Ricci at Green Heron Farm is growing beautiful spring kohlrabi and we’ve got purple and green in 10 lb cases. I love kohlrabi this time of year as a crudité alongside cucumbers. Great flavor and crunch.

ASPARAGUS UPDATE: Say goodbye to our stalky friend until next spring. We might have a few available for Tuesday so if you want it, please order ASAP.

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 6/14/2017 11:55am by Emily Best.

We can safely say that SUMMER IS HERE with this list. Bunched greens are in abundance, cucumbers are rolling on in, lettuce is just bursting with flavor, and the zucchini—OH, THE ZUCCHINI. Our grower Enos Peachey of Locust Brook Farm took a risk this spring and put out his plants a little early, and it is paying off. We have a large harvest of his squash to sell this week, so get that squash on your menus!                                                                                                              HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:  

NEW! BABY CARROTS: Our first new crop of carrots has arrived! We have been waiting patiently for these babies. The heat of this past weekend definitely helped. We only have orange, but soon we will have plenty of colorful carrots.     

BUNCHED KALES: This week we have a plethora of bunched kale varieties, which include green, redbor, and lacinato. We are so glad that we can offer you all a wider variety of bunched greens. 

ZUCCHINI: The Costata Romanesco and the Ravens have really taken off in this burst of heat, my goodness. The raven is quite a classic, which three of our Amish growers are providing this week. The Costata Romanesco is an heirloom variety coming from Daniel Byler of Sunny Ridge Farm in Path Valley.  

CUCUMBERS: These beauties have really hit their stride. Our growers are continuing to offer Divas, Corintos and Katrinas! We also have a few cases of pickling cucumbers this week, so if you would like a case this week, please let us as soon as you can.  

GARLIC SCAPES: The flowers of our growers’ garlic are really trying to spread its seed. Before the garlic flowers open up, they harvest the tender stem and provides us with wonderful scapes. They have a very mild garlic flavor. Harvesting the scapes allows the garlic to focus its energy in growing its roots, leaves and especially the bulb that we’ll enjoy later this summer.  

STRAWBERRY UPDATE: Looks like these gems are slowing down … we expect to have some available for Friday delivery but we’re unsure of exact numbers. Please put in your orders and we’ll get you what we can.

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