Third Annual Plow to Plate Dinner at Mount Nittany Winery – Sept. 10

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Third Annual “Plow To Plate” Harvest Dinner

(From Jim Eisenstein)

The Boalsburg Farmers Market and Mount Nittany Winery present our third Harvest Dinner celebrating local food with a variety of dishes all prepared by our area’s best chefs from fresh ingredients obtained at the Boalsburg Farmers Market.

Wednesday, September 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Nittany Winery, 300 Houser Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828. $35 per ticket, kids under 12 free. Tickets available at Boalsburg Farmers Market Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m at the PA Military Museum.

Other News:

August 13, 2014 Steady State College Edition Available

  • Calendar of Events
  • What’s Fresh & Local at the Farmers Markets?
  • Friends & Farmers Cooperative Updates – Survey, Carpools for Farm Products, Living Wages for Young Farmers, October 2012 Report on Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative
  • School Garden to School Cafeteria Update
  • College Township Backyard Hens Update
  • August 23 PSU Community Solar on State Workshop
  • ESMP-in-Exile Update
  • Strategic Energy Update to PSU Trustees
  • Sustainability Institute Columbia Gas Pipeline Investigation Update
  • Community-Driven Strategic Energy Planning Update (pursuit of baseline aggregate electricity consumption data for 16801 zip code as follow-up to Georgetown University Energy Prize competition)

 

Take the Friends & Farmers Co-op Customer (-to-Be) Survey

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(From the Friends & Farmers Co-op August 2014 E-Newsletter)

Take the Survey

Since the Member Kickoff Celebration on March 2, 257 member households have invested more than $60,000 in start-up capital.

We’ve been networking with local farmers and food vendors as we – and our growing pool of enthusiastic volunteers – participate in farmers markets, potlucks, food festivals, and other local events.

friends & farmers logoNow we’re looking for feedback from co-op members and supporters to guide the co-op’s next steps in start-up strategy and membership development.

The board is currently researching opening an online farmers market as a phased approach toward opening a brick and mortar store.

We have interviewed several cooperatives with online farmers markets, including those that are using an online market as a stepping-stone to a brick and mortar store – a “click to brick” business development model.

A well-supported, well-run online market could offer the cooperative a way to provide consumers and restaurant buyers with more convenient access to local farmers’ products, grow membership and vendor/food sourcing relationships faster, and help farmers and the local economy right away. However, opening an online market will be a significant undertaking and we don’t want to divert work effort from the main goal of growing the membership needed to open a fully-stocked, fully-staffed brick and mortar store.

The board needs to know what co-op owner-members and co-op supporters – all potential customers – think of this idea.

We’d also like your thoughts on how to grow our membership and communicate our progress to our members and supporters.

Please help us find out how YOU want your Friends & Farmers to move forward!

The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, and will remain open through August 22 with a goal of 250 responses (the survey may be extended a week to help us get to that 250 response marker).

Please submit only one survey per household.

After you complete the survey, you will have an option to provide your email address for a chance to win a Friends & Farmers tote bag.

Thank you for your time, your investment, and your ideas for how Friends & Farmers can help grow the local food economy!

Take the Survey

Tomato-Canning Workshop – Tuesday August 12

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Join Spring Creek Homesteading’s Josh Lambert and Jade Family Farm’s Jim Eisenstein (Friends & Farmers Co-op Board Member) on Tuesday, August 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave. in State College to learn how to “put up” tomatoes for the winter.

Wondering what to do with extra tomatoes from your garden or farmers market? Especially tomatoes with a few blemishes? Learn how to preserve jars of crushed tomatoes for use in soups and sauces all winter long. Jade Family Farm will provide the tomatoes. Spring Creek Homesteading Fund will provide the jars. You’ll take home a jar of crushed tomatoes and the knowledge to put up some of Centre County’s local tomato bounty.

$12 suggested donation. Email Josh Lambert or call 237-0996 to register.

Bushels of corn… literally

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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

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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

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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.