Join 4th Street Food Co-op

We’re looking for new working members to extend our open hours and staff shifts needing extra coverage, especially members who can work closing shifts, from 8pm to 10pm so that we can stay open later. New working members pay a $60 (individual) or $72 (household) membership fee and commit to a weekly 2.25 hour shift in exchange for a 20% discount on all purchases. Our working members keep our store open, shape our policies, and influence the products we sell.

Can’t work a weekly shift? Join a friend to alternate with in exchange for a 15% discount.

To join fill out a new member availability survey and we’ll follow up with you if your availability meets a shift we need to fill. Contact us if you have any questions.

Wild blueberries from Maine

Well, the berries are in…the Maine wild blueberries from Continuous Harmony Farm came in Tuesday in all their just-picked glory. And make no mistake: wild blueberries are a bona-fide superfruit, packed with brain-healthy anthocyanins (antioxidants.) They are “lowbush” blueberries, and distinct from the commercially-cultivated “highbush” blueberries; wild blueberries have tiny, intense flavor-bombs—some call them berries!

So far I’ve made a few meals out of them—and added them to already-wonderful things. (To quote Mae West: “Too much of a good thing is wonderful!”) And—silly me—I sprang, as I did last year for a full flat of berries; life is too short to deny yourself amazing fruit such as this!

So that they last me throughout the year, I’m taking a half-cup or so of berries, portioning them out into Ziploc™ (or equivalent) bags, and putting most of the bags in the freezer. This is what I did this past year—and actually I have berries left from last year’s harvest! They’re still good; in fact, I was trying to finish them up before this year’s berries arrived.

It’s also worth it to get the freeze-dried berry powder: to add to a bowl of [vegan] yogurt, for instance. This is refreshing whirled as a smoothie, or I prefer it with a handful of the co-op’s MU MU Muesli—the world’s best cereal, in my not-so-humble opinion. Whatever your smoothie recipe, you can up your smoothie game by adding a few teaspoons of this magic powder!

I’m finding I like the frozen berries on top of a bowl of vegan ice cream, and dusted with a bit of cinnamon. (The blueberry pie recipe in The Joy of Cooking calls for seasoning their classic blueberry pie recipe with cinnamon.)

However you choose to enjoy them is up to you! Bon appétit!

—Beth, co-op member

Frozen wild blueberries are available from one of our vendors. If you’d like to place a special order, please email produce@4thstreetfoodcoop.org.

Produce Delivery, Wednesday 7/21 + Thursday 7/22

Wednesday, 7/21
Farms2Tables:
Basil — Tivoli, NY (LOCAL)
Eggplant, Chinese & Japanese — Poughkeepsie, NY (LOCAL)
Fennel — Chester, NY (LOCAL)
Tomatoes, Beefsteak — Hudson, NY (LOCAL)
Tomatoes, Sungold Cherry — Chester, NY (LOCAL)

Thursday 7/22
Baldor:
Avocados, Hass — Mexico
Carrots — California
Nectarines, Yellow — California
Onions, Yellow — California/Nevada
Strawberries — California

Project EATS / Active Citizen Project (New York, NY):

Cucumbers, Slicing
Kale, Green Curly
Mint

All orders are scheduled to arrive by early afternoon on their respective days. Please note that items may be out of stock at the time of delivery. All of our produce is grown to meet or exceed organic standards.

Produce Delivery, Monday 7/19

Baldor:
Arugula, Baby — Arizona/California
Blueberries — California
Broccoli Rabe — California
Lettuce, Romaine — California
Tomatoes, Roma — Canada

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative (Lancaster County, PA):
Cantaloupe, Athena
Cauliflower, Purple
Collard GreensCucumbers, Kirby
Garlic, Cured
Peppers, Purple Bell
Summer Squash, Centercut
Tomatoes, Grape
Tomatoes, Heirloom (Mixed)

Four Seasons Produce:
Avocados, Hass — California
Bananas, Fair Trade — Ecuador/Peru
Celery — California
Cherries, Dark Sweet — Washington State
Figs, Black Mission — California
Ginger — Peru
Grapefruit — California
Limes — Mexico
Mangoes, Ataulfo — Mexico
Mushrooms, Royal Trumpet (King Oyster) — Pennsylvania (LOCAL)
Oranges, Valencia — California
Peaches, White — California
Peaches, Yellow — California
Pluots — California
Strawberries — California

All orders are scheduled to arrive by early afternoon. Please note that items may be out of stock at the time of delivery. All of our produce is grown to meet or exceed organic standards.

Produce Delivery, Friday 7/16

Ace Natural:
Arugula, Baby — Arizona/California
Bananas — Ecuador/Peru
Ginger — Peru

Baldor:
Blueberries — California
Lemons — USA/Mexico
Nectarines, Yellow — California
Strawberries — California

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative:
Blackberries — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Corn, Bi-Color — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Cucumbers, Slicing — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Garlic, Fresh — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Kale, Lacinato — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Lettuce, Green Romaine — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Mushrooms, Cremini — Chester County, PA (LOCAL)
Mushrooms, Shiitake — Chester County, PA (LOCAL)
Pineapple — Costa Rica
Potatoes, New Red (first of the season) — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Scallions — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Tomatoes, Mixed Heirloom — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)
Watermelon, Red Seedless (Mini) — Georgia
Zucchini, Golden — Lancaster County, PA (LOCAL)

The Lancaster and Ace orders will arrive in the morning, while the Baldor order will arrive this afternoon. Please note that items may be out of stock at the time of delivery. All of our produce is grown to meet or exceed organic standards.