Happy Fall Equinox! May your cider be well-spiced and enjoyed with those who warm your heart most.
This week Squirrel is going nuts over mums from Hogs & Honey, apple cider from Orton’s Fruit Market,pawpaws from Highland Farm, dark chocolate-covered cranberries from Edinboro Chocolaterie and cold-pressed juice from our newest producer, The Pittsburgh Juice Company. Check out our New Producer Spotlight below for the juicy details. We also have an idea on how to use the chocolate-covered cranberries as a delicious topping on a sweet squash casserole
in our Recipe Corner.
New Producer Spotlight:
The Pittsburgh Juice Company
If you’ve been thirsting for sustainably-sourced, organic cold-pressed juice, consider yourself quenched! We are now carrying several flavors by The Pittsburgh Juice Company, a woman and family-owned business out of The ‘Burgh. Their goal is to provide Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas with healthy, fresh juices and snacks made with local, organic ingredients as much as possible.
Food for Thought:
Edinboro Market’s Expansion
Since 2017 we’ve worked to build a more robust food system in northwest PA. We’ve sold over $1 million in goods made or grown by 65+ small farms, food entrepreneurs and makers located within 150 miles of Edinboro, all out of a 1000 sq foot retail space. Of that $1 million in revenue, we’ve returned $785,000 to our producers.
In summer 2021, we worked with a consultant to prepare for a multi-faceted expansion. Since then, I have spoken with funders that support nonprofits intent on building food systems including the USDA, Appalachian Regional Commission, & Erie County Redevelopment Authority. They’ve all expressed interest in funding
A new, larger location will allow us to double market producers from 65 to 130, open a café that highlights local ingredients while functioning as a shared use kitchen and classroom space outside of café hours, and provide dedicated space for a recently funded three county aggregation and delivery collaboration with the Meadville Market House and Core Goods. The concept floorplan below will help you to
visualize the new space.
Your regular patronage and ongoing support of the small farms and food businesses who sell through the Market is critical to making this new and improved Edinboro Market a reality. Please share our mission with friends and family, continue to shop with us, and while you’re here, share your ideas on how we can best support our producers and customers in a larger space.
-Marti Martz, President of Edinboro Market
Recipe Corner: Squash for Dessert
If you’re looking for more ways to sneak veggies into your meals, nothing quite does the trick like a sweet squash dish. Although the Edinboro Chocolaterie’s dark chocolate-covered cranberries are a sweet and tart fall treat on their own, they could also be the topping on the dessert casserole. We found this recipe for a Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Bake and appreciated how easy it could be to make with a few local staples from Edinboro Market.
Try these adjustments:
Zestar Apples instead of Granny Smith Apples
Butternut Squash or Honey Nut Squash
1/2-1/3 cup of Maple Syrup or Maple sugar for 1/2 cup brown sugar for (most sites suggest that 3/4 cups of maple syrup is equal to 1 cup of sugar, but it depends on your desired sweetness.) It also helps to lower the temperature down about 25 degrees if you’re using maple syrup as your sweetener.
ICYMI: Edinboro Market will adjust our hours effective Saturday, October 1st.
We will be open Wednesday through Sunday as follows: Wed/Thurs/Fri: 9 am-6 pm
Sat: 8 am- 4 pm
Sun: 9 am-2 pm
Thank you for your continued support and patronage.