Bushels of corn… literally


From Way Fruit Farm…

Sweet corn is abundant right now and so we’d like to offer you corn in any quantity you can think of!  Need dinner?  Stop by and get full or 1/2 dozen quantities.  Planning a picnic fourth-july-corn.jpg, old-fashioned corn boil, or would you like to freeze corn to enjoy this winter?  Stop by and get sweet corn by the bushel.  Bushels of corn will be offered at $15/bushel.  This will last as long as the supply and weather are good; so don’t delay!  Please call ahead (814-692-5211for bushel quantities of 3 or more .

Way Fruit Farm is located at 2355 Halfmoon Valley Rd, Port Matilda, PA.  For more information visit them on the web.




Centre County Local Foods Week- Aug 2 – 9


From PASA…


Celebrate the Bounty of Centre County with Our Annual Local Foods Week!


This week-long celebration features a number of opportunities for you to get out and enjoy what our area farms and agrarian landscape have to offer. Shop at your favorite farmers markets and treat your family to meals out at our Partner restaurants that feature local ingredients on their menus year-round. Participate in our featured events to get out, get active and get local!  Events include:

PCO FarmFest

Bike Fresh, Bike Local bike rides

Dine Fresh, Dine Local at Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering

The Boalsburg Farmers’ Market Golden Basket Chef Competition

The Farm Tour

and more.

For more information or to volunteer to help, visit the PASA Centre County Local Foods Week website or contact Kristin Hoy by email or phone (814-349-9856 ext. 11).



Organic Grain Production Field Day- Aug. 1



The 2014 Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest is becoming an established tradition in central PA, and highlights innovative educational workshops for growers and livestock producers. This year they are offering a free Transitioning to Organic Grain Production Field Day during FarmFest at the Grange Fairgrounds on Friday, Aug. 1st, from 1-4pm. Registrations requested. Register today!


The session will include a talk on organic grain marketing opportunities with Kreamer Feeds, Nature’s Best Organic Feeds; an informal Farmer Panel on production considerations and marking questions featuring Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens, and Joel Steigman; and a discussion of organic grain production and certification by Pennsylvania Certified Organic staff.


The Organic Grain Production Field Day is free to the public. Call or email Lee Rinehart for more information.


The field day is held in partnership with the Pennsylvania Women’s Agriculture Network (PA WAgN) and is sponsored by Nature’s Best Organic Feeds.  Support also provided by Penns Mault. 


A Slice of Community – Friends & Farmers Pie Contest at FarmFest




Porch Pies

Apple, Cherry, Mulberry, Mincemeat, Date, Pumpkin, just to name a few. Pies of every taste and texture would line the porch walls of my grandma’s house. Baking was a labor of love for my grandma. She would pride herself on appealing to everyone’s taste buds, and pies were the noted dessert for family gatherings. Let me preface this by saying this is no small feat for my grandma. I come from a very large extended family (my father, his 9 siblings, their spouses and 21 cousins)! She did not see this as a burden, but a reward. It was her way to gather us all around a large table (or two) to enjoy the simple pleasures of pie.

The nostalgia for grandma’s porch pies was at the forefront of my thoughts as the cooperative began planning an event in support of Pennsylvania Certified Organic’s (PCO) FarmFest. What better way to bring a community together than through a slice of Americana pie? We want to inspire you to don your apron and bake from scratch. Think of this as your opportunity to dust off your handed down pie recipe and give it a try. Make this a family baking event. Gather the neighborhood kids and get them involved in the process. My hope is that you too can have a labor-of-love experience by contributing to our pie baking contest.

HERE’s what YOU can do to support our event:

  • Bake a pie or two – help us feed the community and raise funds to support future Friends & Farmers outreach events. Fruits are popping up at local farmers markets – great way to get extra points on your pie – source locally!

  • Volunteer at the event – click here to sign up for a shift of pie contest fun

  • Stick around FarmFest and volunteer for PCO – help an ally organization supporting sustainable agriculture.

Of course, I will be entering a pie using my grandma’s favorite crust recipe….long live tradition! I hope you contribute to this community event by considering making the Friends & Farmers Pie Contest a new tradition with your family.

For further details on our pie contest, visit our website here. To better serve our planning, we need individuals to register their pies online or via a paper form (found at New Leaf Initiative and Village Eatinghouse) by Thursday, July 31. If you have any questions regarding the pie contest, feel free to contact me.

For the love of pie!

Stacey Budd
Friends & Farmers Events Coordinator


Nominations Open for Friends & Farmers Co-op Board


(From Sarah Potter, Friends & Farmers Co-op Interim Board President)

Your Voice, Your Vote​ — 2014 Board Election​s​

One of the most exciting parts of the cooperative model is that every owner-member is a vital part of the organization. Investing, volunteering, and voting are all essential to the operations of the co-op. Now that we have surpassed the 250 member-household goal, we can start the election process for our first formal board!

Since Friends & Farmers formed in 2012 and incorporated in March 2013, a group of dedicated volunteers has served as our interim board. They have worked hard to bring the cooperative to this point, meeting twice a month, in addition to many hours at home, visiting and studying other cooperatives, organizing events, researching a myriad of cooperative topics, and reporting on our progress. All this has been done to establish a strong foundation for the store and to carry out our fiduciary duty to the community.

The same level of commitment and diligence will be critical as we elect this new Board of Directors. Several of the interim members will be running for the board. However, this is an open election and we are excited to have the co-op community take an active role in the process. The Board will be composed of nine to eleven directors who will serve three-year terms. Terms will be staggered so that three to four board members are elected each year. Friends & Farmers has benefited from a wide variety of talents and personalities in the last two years. Maybe you will be one of the next people to represent and guide this exciting initiative!

The election process takes place over several months (see important dates below). This allows plenty of time for owner-members to learn about the candidates. If you are interested in becoming a candidate or want to learn more about the process, please contact Sarah Potter on the Board Development Committee. Candidates must complete a nomination form (available here), attach a photograph (.jpg or .gif), and submit them via email to Sarah Potter or mail to Friends & Farmers at P.O. Box 491, State College, PA 16804.

Important Dates for the 2014 Friends & Farmers Election:

  • Mid-July through Mid-August — Interested candidates submit nomination forms.
  • August — Notice of candidates and publication of ballot. One vote per member household.
  • September — 2014 Annual Member Meeting (Date TBA soon!) Election results will be announced at the meeting. Training session for new Board in late September.
  • October — New Board gets to work!

If you are interested in becoming a Friends & Farmers board member, see the attached PDF of the Board Nomination Form or complete the online form.


EXTRA! EXTRA! July 9th Steady State College just off the press!


Get your copy of the most recent Steady State College published July 9th and find out about:


1.  Volunteer and educational opportunities related to homesteading and local sustainability in the Centre Region.

2.  CITY-GREEN’s efforts to make State College a more environmentally-sustainable place (yes there are things that could be better)

3.  On-going efforts by local energy activists to find out more about Penn State’s energy use and plans for the future


Single copies are available for $2 (either electronically or in broadsheet form) and a one-year subscription can be had for $40 per year.  For more information and to subscribe contact Katherine Watt, Editor & Publisher.