Monday, March 27, 2006

Veggies in the Valley

For many people the beginning of Spring heralds the start of another year of fresh vegetables. Admit it, nothing says Spring like a crunchy pea pod or succulent stalk of asparagus.

The Lehigh Valley has it's fair share of the vegetable
trade; from vegan desserts, to farmer's markets, to
independent farms bursting forth with their freshly
picked crops, to it's very own vegetarian society aka
Lehigh Valley Vegetarians.

I spoke with Mr. Frenkel on the phone and he was more
than happy to send me more resources than I would be able to list here.
If you are in the Lehigh Valley or surrounding areas,
send him an email, tell him Anne sent you, and he'll
gladly add you to the mailing list.

Lehigh Valley Vegetarians
2509 Stones Throw Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-709-8984
Contact: Len Frenkel

Here are some listings I was able to find~linked where there is a website or other info.

Farmer's Markets

Bethlehem Farmer's Market

Campus Square at Lehigh University, South Side Bethlehem
Thursdays 12 - 4
Summer only

Plaza Grower's Market
PPL Plaza, 9th & Hamilton
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., rain or shine
June through October

Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer's Market
17th & Chew Sts.
Allentown, PA 18104
(610) 432-8425

Easton Farmers' Market
1 S. Third St., 4th Floor
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 250-6758
Emmaus Farmers Market
235 Main St.
Emmaus, PA 18049
(610) 965-6279

Health Food Stores

Garden Gate Natural Foods
17 South 9th Street
Allentown, PA.

Queen's Nutritional Products
1450 Pennsylvania Avenue
Allentown, PA

Sign of the Bear
514 North Street Cloud Street
Allentown, PA

Nature's Way
143 Northhampton Street
Easton, PA

The Old Copella Store
2064 Bushhill Center Road
Bath, PA 18014
Phone: 610-759-7573

Shaffer's Health Center
1825 Chew St.
Fairgrounds Market
Allentown, PA 18104

Frey's Better Foods
1575 Main Street
Hellertown, PA 18055
Phone: 610-838-6989

Taste Of Nature
241 S Broadway
Wind Gap PA 18091
(610) 863-4616

Healthy Alternatives
7150 Hamilton Blvd.
PO BOX 466
Trexlertown, PA 18087

B-Natural Health Foods
2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072

Area Produce and Dairy Farms

Gottschell Farm
5318 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA 18036
Steve and Nicole Shelly
Steve: (267) 671-5340
Nicole: (267) 496-6303

Strawberry Acres
1767 Clearview Rd.
Coplay, PA 18037
(610) 262-1890 or (610) 261-2323

14 Acre Farm
169 E. Whitebear Dr.
Summit Hill, PA 18250
Kevin Ruch & Albert Sabatini

Pheasant Hill Farm
Don DeVault
3502 Main Road East
Emmaus, PA 18049

Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery
410 Klein Road; Easton, PA 18040

Cihylik Farms
Box 546, Cove Road
Treichlers, PA 18086
Nicholas Cihylik

Lettuce Alone Farm
1846 Independent Rd.
Breinigsville, PA 18031
Chuck Armitage

Rolling Hills Farm
PO Box 250
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
Frank Pollock and Heidi Secord

Stagecoach Orchard Apiary
PO Box 381
Lehighton, PA 18235
Peter Sliwka

Suyundalla Farms
1848 Clearview Road
Coplay, PA 18037
Kenneth and Heather Skorinko

Tara Pome Farm
6825 Woodlawn Drive
Zionsville, PA 18092
Greg and Joanne Widney
and their children
Jake and Joya

Wills Valley Farm
379 Dunkels Church Rd.
Kutztown, PA 19530
Timothy and Ann Bock

Newhard Farms
3250 Mauch Chunk Rd
Coplay, PA 18037
Fax: 610-262-6602


The Nourishing Well
Marilyn Moser-Waxman

What would a post be without recipes? Here are three to whet your appetite for a little healthier eating.
Vegetarian Paella
Serves 4

Printable Recipe

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup white rice
Few strands saffron or ½ tsp turmeric
2 cups water
2 small green peppers, finely sliced
4 oz fresh peas
4 oz fresh green beans

Heat oil in a large skillet; saute onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes;
cook 2-3 minutes. Add rice, salt to taste, and saffron. Mix well; add water.
Cook over low heat about 14 minutes, until rice is tender. After cooking about
10 minutes, add peppers, peas, and beans. Let stand a few minutes before

Cajun Veggie Burgers
Makes 8 Burgers

Printable Recipe

2 cups cooked red beans
1 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With a spoon or your
hands, mix all the ingredients together until well
blended, and form into burgers. Arrange the burgers on
an oiled baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes on each
side until browned.

Anne's Lentil Salad
Printable Recipe

1 cup dried lentils
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced red onion
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
water - as needed
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbls. lemon juice - preferably fresh
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

In a saucepan combine lentils, carrots, onion, garlic,
bay leaf, and thyme. Add enough water to cover by 1
inch. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered
for 15 to 20 minutes or until lentils are tender but not
mushy. Drain lentils and vegetables and remove bay leaf.
Add olive oil, lemon juice, celery, parsley, salt, and
pepper. Toss to mix and serve at room temperature.


Jana said...

Hi - came across your blog on BE. I love veggies, but my sons (4 of them) don't like certain things, particularly onion and green pepper. Can you recommend something I can use in place of them in recipes? If I cook with them, they just pick them out.

KFarmer said...

Loves the fresh veggies for sure- Had the garden turned over this past Saturday- Now to plant :)

Anne Coleman said...

Jana-Hi! My kids won't eat them either (the younger ones) if it's flavor you are looking for, onion powder is a good alternative with kids and I also love the Mrs. Dash line. Even the little ones like Mrs Dash Garlic and Herb here. Hope that helps!

K-I can't WAIT-it's 56 here today and I was looking out at the sun on the old tomato patch and thinking I can't wait to get out there and turn it over and get to planting!

foodiechickie said...

Gosh these sound soo good. I eat both meat and veggies. But prefer veggies. I am cooking a ham for Easter and wanted to know if you know of any farms in your area. My husband's family as a child would go to your part of Pennsylvania a little prior to Easter to purchase one. But since its been many years I wanted to surprise him with a trip there. Thank you for reading my long blab.

EclecticZebra said...

What a nice surprise- I stumbled across your blog while trying to figure out Freys Better Foods hours of operation! How exciting-we are not the only people eating veggies in the Lehigh Valley! The list is a great thing to find-thank you!