Weekly Availability List

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.

Posted 3/21/2017 11:34am by Natalie Kujala.

Last night Emily and I participated in some meetings with several of our growers. Our cooperative is in a transitional period right now, and we are working on ways to better serve our growers and customers. Though we still have a lot of decisions to make, we are hoping to add a 3rd delivery day to our schedule. So, along with Tuesday and Friday deliveries, we are hoping to add a Wednesday delivery. We should have a decision on this within the next few weeks, and I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted! Some of you have already mentioned that a Wednesday delivery would be beneficial, but if you haven’t passed this along yet, please let me know. I’d love to get an idea of what we can expect with adding a 3rd delivery day to our week.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

#2 GARLIC: Though we are officially out of shallots and #1 garlic for the season, we still have lots of #2 garlic available. 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.  

RADISHES: We may be at the tail end of our beets, #1 potatoes, and nearing the end of celeriac, but we still have radishes galore. Watermelon radishes, green meat radishes, black Spanish radishes, and mixed radishes! These won’t last much longer either though, so stock up while you can!  

SWEET & SPICY SALAD MIX: Daniel Beiler of Sunny Ridge Farm is still going strong with this delicious greens mix. I’m actually currently enjoying a salad of it right now. We will be offering sweet & spicy for Friday in 1.5# and 5# cases. If you’re hoping for some 5# cases, please get your order in early.  

PLANTS: Be on the lookout for plants on the list at the end of this week!  We will start having plants available for delivery next week. I can’t believe it’s already spring!    

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 3/17/2017 10:47am by Natalie Kujala.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope everyone is wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage, and finding gold at the end of rainbows. I’m still searching for that rainbow with my pot of gold, and I’m convinced if I keep chasing after rainbows, I’ll find it! Maybe I’ll find it this summer when I’m in Ireland. I will be getting married there after all, and I guess a husband is a pretty good substitute for gold.  

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CABBAGE: Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Even though St. Patrick’s Day will have come and gone by the time your next delivery arrives, who couldn’t use more sauerkraut in their lives right now?! We currently have both red and green cabbage from Porter Farms in New York. They are just waiting to be paired with all good things green.  

SPINACH: Oh have I been happy to have spinach these last couple of weeks! Spinach salads, spinach with eggs, spinach in wraps and soups! I’ve been feeling wonderfully packed full of vitamins and minerals thanks to our growers’ productive spinach crops!  

SWEET & SPICY SALAD MIX: One of our customers’ favorites has been making a regular appearance on our list these last few weeks thanks to our growers’ high and low tunnels. What a difference tunnels make for winter greens production in our area.    

CILANTRO: Herbs are yet to come on full swing, but Tuesday we expect a nice influx of bulk cilantro. It’s been a bit hard to predict herb supply this winter as the sun has been shining sporadically and offering its warmth irregularly, so if you’re looking for cilantro, it might be best to stock up now.    

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 3/15/2017 9:51am by Natalie Kujala.

This past weekend, I (Taylor) went to visit family in Indiana, PA. On Saturday, they had their St. Patrick’s Day parade. The festivities have begun! I am not the chef in my house, but I am still looking forward to making some themed dishes this coming weekend. I love the food, but I still have mixed feelings about this holiday. In middle school, I broke my elbow on St. Patrick’s Day; I must not have been wearing green that day. But, hey, that was only one time. Ever since then, March has treated me very well. Hopefully, everyone is excited about what March will continue to bring for us, in the produce world. The lion will soon give way to the sheep.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CABBAGE: Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Do you need some more cabbage for this weekend’s festivities? Who couldn’t use more sauerkraut in their lives right now?! We currently have both red and green cabbage from Porter Farms in New York. They are just waiting to be paired with all good things green.  

GREEN MEAT ASIAN RADISHES: These tend to have more of a spice to them, but it depends on their sizing and maturity. I prefer this type of radish uncooked in salad or as a topping for tacos, due to their kick. Maybe these could add a little bit of spice to the kraut dishes coming out the wazoo this weekend!  

GREENS: Our growers are starting to offer young kales, chards, and salad mixes. Do not let all these options deter you! All these different kinds of greens could be used to create your own salad mix. A few years ago, I definitely did not know that there were so many options of micros, baby and young greens.    

YACON: This time of year I think we are all looking for a little variety in our diet, so it’s the perfect time to highlight the yacon! Though it looks similar to a potato, this crisp root veggie is unexpectedly sweet and refreshing. I love eating these raw; they are quite surprising to bite into whole, but I have heard that people also use yacons to make sweet syrup.    

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 3/10/2017 10:57am by Natalie Kujala.

UPDATE: Our office will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th due to weather. Please feel free to email acctmgr@tog.coop with any questions, concerns, or orders as that will be checked throughout the day. Our staff will be back in the office on Wednesday, March 15th. Please look for Friday's availability list then. Thank you and HAPPY SNOW DAY!   

HIGHLIGHTS:  

CABBAGE: We are only 1 week away from St. Patrick’s Day, so stock up on your cabbage now while we still have it! We currently have both red and green cabbage from Porter Farms in New York.  

YACON: This time of year I think we are all looking for a little variety in our diet, so I guess it’s the perfect time to highlight yacon! Though it looks similar to a potato, this crisp root veggie is unexpectedly sweet and refreshing, and in my opinion makes for a great addition to any salad.  

DEEP PURPLE SWEET POTATOES: These colorful sweet potatoes have purple flesh that maintains its color when cooked. Spice up your mashed potato routine by mixing some of these in. Yum!  

ROSEMARY: Mark Stanley of Help From Above Farm has a great supply of rosemary, both in bulk and bunched cases. Most people are familiar with this wonderful aromatic herb, but what is the most uncommon use or recipe? This could be an excellent addition to savory oatmeal.

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 3/7/2017 10:56am by Natalie Kujala.

Spring seems to be on the minds of many people these days. As even our own excitement grows, we ask that you do not forget about our wonderful root crops! That being said, we also do not want you to overlook the new arrivals to our list! It seems like baby greens are just popping up left and right. The lion of March is upon us, so who knows what will happen with the weather, but we are thankful for the sun when it shines, and the warm weather when it appears.  

IMPORTANT: We are still experiencing dificulties with our voicemail system! AGAIN, WE DO NOT HAVE VOICEMAIL. Please feel free to email the office staff or call the office during normal business hours. We apologize for this inconvenience, and are doing our best to remedy the problem.

HIGHLIGHTS:  

ROSEMARY: Mark Stanley of Help From Above Farm has a great supply of rosemary, both in bulk and bunched cases. Most people are familiar with this wonderful aromatic herb, but what is the most uncommon use or recipe? This could be an excellent addition to savory oatmeal. 

PARSNIPS: Again, we ask that you please not forget about these beauties! They may not be as colorful as their carrot cousins, but they are sweeter and nuttier (but maybe not crazier). Again, we are offering parsnips in both 25# cases and 10# cases to fit your parsnip needs. 

BABY GREENS: Our growers have had a baby greens explosion!  Arugula, sweet and spicy, spinach, mustards, chards, kales, mesclun, and more!  Also, we are offering several baby greens in 5# cases. Again, please let us know as soon as you can if you would like the larger pack sizes!  

RED FRENCH SHALLOTS: We have a shallot update for you. The regular sized shallots have reached their limit, so we will not have large quantities of these for the foreseeable future. Even so, we do still have a good supply of jumbos available. We do appreciate that our customers are enjoying these shallots. They seem to constantly be leaving our coolers!  

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 3/3/2017 10:53am by Teresa Showalter.

Teresa and I (Taylor) will be holding down the fort again today. Natalie and Emily are going to a board meeting for our cooperative, very exciting! Our board and management are focusing on the future of our cooperative. We are definitely looking forward to what the future holds for us. On another note, next week Emily will be bringing her new, little baby boy into the office for the first time! We are very excited to meet him. We are dreaming of setting up a little space for the baby in the office, but it is only a dream! Emily will not be able to bring him in every day, when she gets back, so we will have to continue to coddle our produce!  

IMPORTANT: We experienced a wind storm early this past Thursday morning. The wind storm took out our power, which reset our phone systems. We were able to reset our phone system, for the most part, on Thursday. Even so, WE DO NOT HAVE VOICEMAIL. We should be able to set this up on Monday or Tuesday. Before then, if you would like to reach us, please call during regular busines hours or email our wonderful staff.                                                                                                                                                                                                       HIGHLIGHTS:  

GARLIC: We want to make sure you are aware of our garlic levels. We do have white, red, and purple striped available, but we will not have it for long. We would love to share it with you. This allium is a wonderful addition to a wide variety of dishes. This would also be perfect for roasted whole cloves!  

PARSNIPS: We ask that you please not forget about these beauties! They may not be as colorful as their carrot cousins, but they are sweeter and nuttier (but maybe not crazier). We are still offering parsnips in both 25# case and 10# cases to offer different price points. These could go nicely in a roast with the black Spanish radishes.  

GREENS: Our growers are now offering a good variety of greens and salad mixes. Have you considered making new salad mixes? If so, we have a wide variety of baby and young greens to use for this. Please consider the little guys, such as claytonia and baby dandelion greens. We will also have some of the young chards and kales this week!  

BLACK SPANISH RADISHES: This type of radish deserves it’s time in the sun again. Do not let this radish deter you by its looks. It may not be the prettiest, but it is definitely a versatile radish. They are excellent as either radish chips or an addition to a roast of vegetables. I will suggest to Natalie and Emily that we have a recipe contest. We could have a contest to see who can use these in the most unique way.

Posted 2/28/2017 12:01pm by Teresa Showalter.

I (Natalie) will be out of the office all day today on the road and in meetings, but Teresa will be sending out the list, and Taylor will be manning the emails on phones. This crazy weather has certainly made it tougher to predict harvests, especially of baby greens and herbs, but our growers are doing their bests, and urging the sun to shine a little brighter. Luckily, it has been just warm enough and just sunny enough to produce great supplies of  many tunnel crops, particulary those salad greens we all love so much. Be sure to look a little closer at our list each week for the appearance of  new items!                                                                                                                                                                                                           HIGHLIGHTS:  

GARLIC: Though we still have white, red, and purple-striped available, we are certainly working towards the tail end of our garlic supplies.Garlic is a great addition to most any dish and stores very well, so be sure to stock up on this powerful allium.    

SHALLOTS: If you’re looking for a milder, sweeter allium to bring out the flavor your dish, try some shallots! Feeling allium crazy? Add shallots and garlic!  

BELGIAN ENDIVE: John Eisenstein of Jade Family Farm has surprised us with organic Belgian endives! What a rarity for this area! John is offering beautiful fully formed heads in 5# cases, and slightly less beautiful, looser heads as endives for salads in 5# cases. He’s not expecting his next harvest for another 3 weeks, so I’d suggest jumping on these while you can!  

JAPANESE SWEET POTATOES: Looking for variety in your sweet potatoes routine, mix in some Japanese sweet potatoes! These are on our list in 20lb cases, but our grower is willing to pack in 40lb cases as well. Bigger pack sizes mean reduced price per pound! If you’d like the larger pack size, please let Taylor or I know by Wednesday so that we can give the grower ample time to pack these sweet potatoes out. 

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