Weekly Availability List

Posted 6/9/2017 11:39am by Natalie Kujala.

Well, in two days I’m off to Ireland for my wedding and subsequent honeymoon. I’ll be out for the majority of the month, so the list will temporarily be coming from Emily’s email address (gm@tog.coop). My email will still be monitored regularly, so no problemo if you forget that I’m gone and send your orders to me. Happy produce purchasing, cooking, chopping, and processing! I can’t wait to see what’s in harvest when I get back!

HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:  

STRAWBERRIES: Like all of those delicious seasonal crops before them, strawberries too must come to an end, BUT that end is not here quite yet! We will do our very best to get strawberries for as many customers as we can. We have limited numbers of pints this week, but we will thankfully also have some quart flats available.  

BABY FENNEL: Fennel and beet salad DEFINITELY tops my list of favorite dishes. I’m so happy to see baby fennel and baby beets appearing on the list at the same time.  

HEAD LETTUCE: Oh do we have some head lettuce for you! We dropped the price this past week to encourage sales, and we sure hope you noticed! Please “lettuce” know if you’d like 10+ cases, as pricing can be flexible. 

RHUBARB: I know many of you are missing these tart, vibrant stalks, and so are we. Our rhubarb growers have been struggling with some unfortunate disease issues this season, and we really don’t expect to see much, if any, more on our list. But don’t let your woes blind you from all those other highlights on our list!  

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 6/6/2017 12:57pm by Natalie Kujala.

Taylor writing today! There are a lot of big things happening around here this month. Our office is in the process of being renovated. Our growers are offering more spring and summer items. This weekend, Huntingdon (the town I live in) is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding. Natalie is getting married. Next week, I am also going to a few vendor events in the Washington Baltimore Beltway. Also, one of my sisters is graduating from nursing school next week. The excitement is just beginning, it seems. I am sure that many of our growers are experiencing many important life events and milestones as well, but they have so much happening now that they cannot always fill us in on their exhilarating events. All year round, but especially now, they are busy focusing on providing excellent and sustainable food for their families, their markets, and their coop! We appreciate your work with us, and are looking forward to speaking with you regarding the process of our comestibles. Hopefully, as we continue, we will be able to share more of our growers´ lives with you!

HIGHLIGHTS:

BABY FENNEL: Our growers are offering this with its leaves in three-pound cases. I recently learned that fennel is one of the three ingredients used to make absinthe. We would really love to see how you use this product on Instagram (especially me)! I would prefer to learn from our customers how to use fennel. I have no experience with fennel or its uses, so please help me!

HEAD LETTUCE: This cooler, cloudy spring weather is helping the lettuce explode! Many of these head lettuce cases are coming from Landisdale Farm. If you are interested in seeing a picture, please “lettuce” know.  

BUNCHED GREENS: This week, we have a variety of bunched greens, including collard, kales and chards (oh my). We are offering these in both 12 bunch and 24 bunch cases. Many of these bunched greens are coming from the coop’s president, Mark of Help From Above Farm.

COSTATA ROMANESCO ZUCCHINI: One of our growers from Path Valley, Daniel of Sunny Ridge Farm, is sending this specialty heirloom variety of zucchini this week! This variety is generally 8 to 10 inches in length, with ridges along its skin. When sliced, it is star shaped, ooo-la-la! These will be limited in quantity, so order early!

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 6/2/2017 12:30pm by Natalie Kujala.

Hi all, Emily here. Those of you who know me personally know that I’m quite political. I’ve so far tried to keep my political opinions out of the workplace but after the actions of the President yesterday, I feel obligated to speak up.

As farmers, our community has been observing and working around the effects of climate change for years at this point. The seasons used to be much more predictable. There were floods, and there were droughts, but the events weren’t as severe or as long lasting as they are now. Strawberries used to hit their peak around June 1st; for more than a couple of the past several years, strawberries have peaked at least a week early.

And let’s talk about spring: the past two seasons have seen very warm late winters, even into the 80’s, and then late freezes. Last year, that pattern caused a lot of hurt for our peach and other tree fruit growers. We already have heard from The Lembke Farm that his Asian pears have failed for the 2nd year in a row due to this pattern.

A changing climate makes farming even more difficult and unpredictable than it already is.

The Paris Agreement was not perfect (no international agreement ever could be), but it was an effort to link our futures together, to work towards improvement. Withdrawing from the agreement makes our world that much less stable. My hope is that this action galvanizes farmers, eaters, activists, students, and all citizens to take action, in their own ways, to make progress. Eating locally with the seasons is just one step. It’s a small one, but we thank you for it.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

ASPARAGUS: Our asparagus supplies seem to be dwindling, so look for this one to be dropping off the list soon. We will still have it for this week, so get your late spring asparagus while you still can.  

RAINBOW CHARD: Bright Lights chard is hitting the bit time this week. Lots available in either 12 ct or 24 ct packs. This time of year is perfect for chard as the days are long and the leafminer hasn’t hit too hard yet. Big, beautiful, multicolored bunches with edible stems. Once I worked at a restaurant in DC that pickled chard stems – something to try again?

DANDELION GREENS: Another early summer stunner. Our dandelion greens make an attractive bunch for retail or farmstand sales. We also heard that they make an interesting juice! Listed in 12 ct but we can do 24 ct if requested.  

RAVEN ZUCCHINI: Farmer Enos Peachey is looking forward to a huge crop this year (like every year!) and he’s seeing the zucchini start to take off this week. We’re expecting a moderate quantity for Monday sales and then increased numbers for Friday! It’s starting to feel like summer already!

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 5/30/2017 11:47am by Natalie Kujala.

At the beginning of June, two of my (Taylor writing!) siblings have birthdays! With the produce ramping up, I sadly do not think I will be able to go over to my mom’s house for their respective parties. Even so, I hope to go back to her house relatively soon, so that we can all celebrate together. When I go back to my mom’s house this time of year, I enjoy being able to bring so many varieties of fresh produce back to my family. They have plenty of options around them as well, but I like bringing produce from the growers that I work for at the co-op!

NOTICE: Tuscarora is looking to redesign our website and refresh our logo. We have put out an RFP on the front page of our website. Please check it out if you know anyone who may be interested and please let us know!

HIGHLIGHTS:

BABY GREENS: The baby greens love this cooler spring weather. They baby greens are really exploding for many of our growers. Baby mustards, mizunas, arugula, sweet & spicy, red Russian kale, and Asian greens will be especially abundant. If you are looking for 5# packs of anything other than sweet & spicy, please let us know by Wednesday! Five-pound packs of most baby greens will not go out on the list, but we can bring them in for you.

HEAD LETTUCE: Could you use any head lettuce for your sandwiches, salads, or produce displays? We have a few options of red and green leaf lettuces in both 12 count and 24 count cases. If you have questions about these lettuces, please email or call our office. If you would like to see a picture of these, please ask! We will get those to you as soon as the lettuce gets to our coolers.

STRAWBERRIES: The bonanza has begun. Please do not be shy in asking for a large number this week. We would love to share our strawberries with you. We would also love to see how you are using these in your kitchen, so please tag us on Instagram!

GARLIC SCAPES: The garlic, which our growers have planted for their winter head garlic sales, has begun to produce flowers. When I cook, which honestly is not very often, I tend to use too much garlic, which makes my boyfriend complain. Luckily, the garlic scapes and green garlic have a milder flavor, so my family does not notice when I go overboard!

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 5/26/2017 11:29am by Natalie Kujala.

Tuscarora is looking to redesign our website and refresh our logo. We’ve put out an RFP on the front page of our website. Please check it out if you know anyone who may be interested! Thank you, and everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

NASTURTIUMS: Nasturtiums are not only known for their colorful flair, but both the leaves and flowers pack a pleasantly peppery zing. It looks like we’ll have a lot of both for Tuesday.  

SPRING GARLIC: Our growers have had a bumper spring garlic crop this year. We have more than we know what to do with, which means good things for customers looking for quantities. Please ask about bulk pricing!

BABY GREENS: Next week is gonna be a good week for baby greens. Baby mustards, mizunas, arugula, sweet & spicy, red Russian kale, and Asian greens will be especially abundant. If you’re looking for 5# packs of anything other than sweet & spicy, please let us know by Friday!  

BASIL: Basil is really starting to take off. We have reduced the ½# pack price, and will have, though limited, some 1# cases for Tuesday.    

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 5/23/2017 12:00pm by Natalie Kujala.

Spring is here, and so are its crops! Asparagus, spring garlic, scallions, baby greens and more! Though our demand for strawberries far outweighs our supply, we will get you what we can.  Send good vibes out to those plants, and maybe more than we anticipate will pop up. Stranger things have happened!

HIGHLIGHTS:

SPRING GARLIC: Our growers have had a bumper spring garlic crop this year. We have more than we know what to do with, which means good things for customers looking for quantities. Please ask about bulk pricing!

MICRO SUNFLOWER SHOOTS: Greenbriar Produce had a burst of growth from these little sprouts. With their delicious flavor reminiscent of sunflower seeds, micro sunflower shoots add a tender zing to any salad.

SWEET & SPICY: Our trademark salad mix is back, and it’s back in full force! When those baby greens come on, boy do they come on strong. We now have 3+ case pricing on 1.5lb AND 5lb packs.

ASPARAGUS: This very seasonal crop won’t last long, so get your fill while you can. I love asparagus raw, chopped atop a bed of greens, or grilled to perfection. I keep meaning to make roasted asparagus mushroom pizza. Is it dinnertime yet?

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 5/19/2017 10:40am by Natalie Kujala.

What a beautiful week we’ve had here at the co-op. Quite a contrast to the unseasonably cool weekend. Thanks to the warm (rather hot) and sunny week, our list is flush with spring produce, including some new additions. I had my first strawberries last night at Bending Bridge Farm, where Audrey and Cameron hosted a potluck celebrating their 10th year of farming. I almost forgot how incredible a fresh strawberry tastes. Once Audrey brought out the flat of her farm-grown beauties, the table of baked goods was left untouched.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

***BUY TWO GET ONE FREE SPECIAL*** 18ct Safari Marigold Mix. What a deal! I recently purchased a couple of flats of our marigolds as party favors for a bridal shower. Guests couldn’t stop marveling at how beautiful they were, and were more than eager to take them home.  

MICRO SUNFLOWER SHOOTS: Greenbriar Produce had a burst of growth from these little sprouts. With their delicious flavor reminiscent of sunflower seeds, micro sunflower shoots add a tender zing to any salad.   

YOUNG RAINBOW CHARD: Pair this colorful green with spring garlic for a simple, tasty sauté. We have plenty of both, so don’t be shy to stock up!

ALLIUMS: Garlic greens, spring garlic, white scallions, and red scallions! We are in allium overload, but that just means we have more to share! Ask Natalie for bulk pricing.  

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 5/16/2017 11:20am by Natalie Kujala.

I hope many of you were lucky enough to enjoy some quality time with your mothers this weekend. My mom is quite the trooper as I drug her across multiple state line going to dress fittings and attending wedding showers. At least the travel time gave us the chance to catch up! My mom mentioned she and my dad had an appointment in Baltimore yesterday, so I gave her some names of a few amazing restaurants who are customers of ours. They chose Parts & Labor based on location, and couldn’t have been more impressed! My parents thought the framework and layout of the building were “very cool”, loved the hospitality of the staff, and found the food delicious! A big thank you to Parts & Labor for filling my parents’ bellies and spirits!

HIGHLIGHTS:

WILD RAMPS: As the unusual weather brought our local ramp season to an unexpected early halt, we are trying something new this year by bringing in wild harvested ramps from NY. We want to make it very clear that the ramps for Friday delivery have been wild harvested on non-certified organic land. As they are not certified organic, they are not on our list. They will instead be sold by the farmer directly, though you can order them through us, and we will transport them with the rest of your delivery. 1.5# bulk cases of wild ramps are available for $30/case, and may not be available beyond Friday’s delivery.

BLUE OYSTER MUSHROOMS: One of the major perks of my job is the awesome access to a huge variety of fresh produce. Don Lake of Lakewood Farms is experiencing a blue oyster explosion, and generously gave me some to sample. Last night I cooked these beautiful mushrooms lightly with only olive oil and sautéed garlic scapes and onions. I couldn’t believe how delicious such a simple meal could be. Check out our 3+ pricing this week on blue oyster mushrooms.

BARESE CHARD HEADS: Tim Derstine of Hares Valley Growers showed me a vegetable I had not seen before. When he presented it, I thought it was a new kind of bok choi. It turned out it was a head of Barese chard. Barese chard is known for its particularly tender and crisp leaves, which I can attest to having tasted it. If you’re looking for a new spin on chard, I’d highly recommend trying Barese heads.

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 5/12/2017 11:35am by Natalie Kujala.

Here at TOG we have quite a unique group of growers. It may be difficult to perceive commonalities with only a quick scan of a board meeting; but, once you tune an ear and listen in, you begin to discern the ways in which our growers are connected. Audrey Fisher-Pedersen of Bending Bridge Farm summed us up pretty darn well:  “I think what makes TOG unique and awesome is that we are a diverse group of people united by common values and mission. A motley crew. We're quirky people. Our produce is specialty and unique. TOG blazed the organic co-op trail 30 years ago at the end of a bumpy dirt road and we're all still doing our own funky thing, carrying on traditions, representing integrity, grit, and plain good food. We only offer one product (fresh produce), but we do it damn well as a result of our commitment to focusing exclusively on what we know and love.”  And, to our motley crew of mothers, stepmothers, and grandmothers to yours, Happy Mother’s Day!

HIGHLIGHTS:

SPRING GARLIC: Yesterday I brought home some spring garlic. By the time I got to my house, my car was filled with a slight, pleasant fragrance. I am a big fan of alliums in general, but I love the mild flavor of spring garlic.

WHITE SCALLIONS: I’m sure most of us are familiar with French onion soup, but have you tried spring onion soup? I had never even considered this as an option, but this green, seasonal soup is a wonderful alternative to the traditional version.

BARESE CHARD HEADS: Tim Derstine of Hares Valley Growers showed me a vegetable I had not seen before. When he presented it, I thought it was a new kind of bok choi. It turned out it was a head of Barese chard. Barese chard is known for its particularly tender and crisp leaves, which I can attest to having tasted it. If you’re looking for a new spin on chard, I’d highly recommend trying Barese heads.

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 5/9/2017 11:40am by Natalie Kujala.

Mother’s Day is upon us this weekend. I (Taylor) am going to my mom’s house (outside of Philadelphia) this Friday to spend the weekend. Also, this Saturday my sister coming home from studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are having two family parties, which makes me so excited! Hopefully, Mother’s Day weekend makes many of you think of family and friend gatherings as well. Mother’s Day is another important marker of spring. Our growers are starting to offer a few very special spring items, one of which is strawberries! There is also a new variety of chard on the availability list this week, which is called Barese chard. There are a few new items on the list, so please let us know as soon as you can if you are interested in any of these items.

HIGHLIGHTS:

CARROTS: We wanted to make sure you know that our growers are reaching the end of their storage carrots. After these carrots leave our coolers, we will not have carrots until the end of June. Yesterday, I saw some of the baby maroon carrots and they look so adorable. I know adorable and carrots do not normally go together, but now they do! Our carrot quantities are definitely starting to dwindle, but we will have more as the spring and summer progress.

CUCUMBERS: Daniel Beiler of Sunny Ridge Farm and his family have been doing a wonderful job with the Corinto and Katrina cucumbers. They have made sure to take care of the plants during these strange fluctuations in weather recently. They are continuing to offer these beauties to us, so please let us know if you are interested. We would appreciate if you could share with us on Instagram how you are using the cucumbers.

BUNCHED GREENS: If you are looking for bunches of greens, please take a look at the cases of 12 bunches that we are offering.  We are offering bunched cases of Italian dandelion greens, catalogna puntarelle, rainbow chard, and kales. These are all limited in quantity, so get your order for bunched greens in early!

GENERAL GREENS: If you are looking for greens, please look through the options of head lettuce, kales, chards, mustard greens, and lettuce mixes. As spring inches forward, we will receive a few more options. For Friday’s delivery, we will have some options for salad mixes, but they will be limited. The cold snap at the beginning of this week slowed down the growing speed of our growers’ greens.

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

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