Spring Creek Homesteading Workshops – Updates
The “Everything Corn!” cooking workshop scheduled for August 11 has been cancelled due to nobody signing up. There’s still space in the two remaining summer workshops. Sign up by email or phone (237-0996).
- Building a Rain Barrel System – 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 12 at 156 West Hamilton Ave.
- Everything Tomato! Cooking Class – 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 25 at Friends Meeting House
Still working on the Autumn workshop series – hope to have a full schedule ready for distribution and sign-ups by September 1.
Those are photos of the chicken coop building process, which started at the May 26 workshop and was recently finished – coordinated by Sarah and Josh Potter and Jackie Bonomo.
For readers interested in backyard chickens and easy-to-assemble pre-fabricated coops, the Ware brand Chick-n-Barn cost us about $300 when ordered through E&L Supply in Centre Hall and has worked well when attached to the Chick-n-Pen. Ware offers several types of backyard coop set-ups worth considering.
Centre County Local Food Week – Events
PCO Organic FarmFest kicked Local Food Week off to a great start this past weekend.
On the reskilling front, PCO FarmFest organizer Lee Rinehart reports on workshop participation:
- Take Cover: Selecting & Managing Cover Crops, 18 participants
- You Can Get Good Help: Beneficial Insects for Your Garden, 29 participants
- Boosting Your Farm’s Pest Immunity, 18 participants
- Soil Health, 45 participants
- Chickens in your Backyard, 31 participants
- Home Canning: Fruits and Jams, 29 participants
- In the Weeds, 40 participants
- Renewable Energy High Tunnel, 35 participants
- Building and Using Cold Frames, 26 participants
News From Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local
CCBFBL E-Newsletter – August 2, 2012 Edition, including “What’s in Season:”
- Sweet corn
- Apples, cantaloupes, cherries, peaches, & plums
- Green string, & yellow wax beans
- Elderberries, raspberries & blackberries
- Fresh garlic & sweet onions
- Basil and other fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley
- Tomatoes, green & hot peppers, & eggplant
- Maple syrup from this Spring’s run
- Cucumbers & zucchini
- Lettuce, spinach, arugula, mustard, tatsoi, chard, kale, collards, and more
- Beets, carrots, & potatoes
- Potted vegetable, herb, and perennial plants
- Year-round products like milk & dairy, honey, wine, meats, cheese, eggs and baked & canned goods
News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
- PASA E-Newsletter – August 3, 2012 Edition
August 7 – Local Chefs to Compete for Boalsburg Farmers Market Golden Basket Award
(From Jim Eisenstein)
Customers at our many fine local restaurants place their orders and waiters magically produce delicious food, but most know little about what happens in the kitchen or who is preparing the dishes. Likewise, the chefs working in the kitchen rarely have a chance to meet their guests beyond an occasionally brief hello.
August 4th to 7th is Local Foods Week, an appropriate time for restaurant goers and chefs to get acquainted. On August 7th, The Boalsburg Farmers Market is sponsoring an event that provides an excellent opportunity to do so. Chefs from six local establishments will compete for the Market’s Golden Basket Award, using fresh ingredients from market vendors and preparing it right at the market in front of our guests. Each chef will present a plate featuring a main dish and two sides to a panel of five judges, and many will offer samples of their work for the public to taste.
The participating chefs include:
- Jamie Steffen (American Alehouse)
- Zach Lorber (Foxdale)
- Harrison Schailey (Harrison’s)
- Andrew Monk (Nittany Lion Inn)
- Pete Herncane (Otto’s)
- Craig Hamilton (Village at Penn State)
The Judges, who will select the winner of this year’s Golden Basket Award, are
- State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham,
- WPSU’s Patty Satalia,
- Peter Bordi, Director of Penn State’s Center for Food Innovation,
- local food writer Michele Marchetti, and
- Kevin Kassab, Director of State College’s Department of Health.
This free event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the regular Tuesday, Aug. 7 Boalsburg Farmers Market at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, Business Route 322, Boalsburg. There is ample, convenient free parking for the event at the market.
August 7 – Tuesday Downtown State College Farmers Market Preview
(From Betsy Green)
- Moser’s Produce: Featuring various types of hot & sweet peppers, and several varieties of Eggplant. We still have blueberries.
- Fasta & Ravioli Co. Now carrying fresh mozzarella & croutons
- Larksmirth Manor: Perennial Hibiscus (Althea) & Rudbeckia plants in bloom. New houseplants every week.
- Hidden Hollow Farms: 8 flavors of homemade donuts
- Spirit of the Season: *NEW— Gluten-free Lavender-Lemon scone. There’s still time to plants herbs AND they’re on sale!
- Sweet Heat: *NEW—Spicy Stout Maple Mustard….homemade spicy brown mustard made with dark, malty stout beer and sweetened just so with PA maple syrup. Most of our sauces and salsas are made with local produce, such as our Blueberry Dessert Sauce, made with Moser’s blueberries and Caramelized Onion BBQ Sauce, made with Mothersbaugh candy onions.
- Spring Bank Acres: *NEW– Elderberries *NEW—Sauerkraut Also featuring Kombucha Tea; fermented black tea. Very refreshing and energizing.
- Dn’D Farms: *NEW—Goats Milk Cocoa Butter Cream We also carry herbal insect sprays! (NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR HOLIDAY TURKEYS)
- Egg Hill Gardens: Time to make refrigerator pickles. Come out and stock up on beautiful, crunchy cucumbers.
Aug. 9 – Fresh! Screening at The State Theatre
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Screening of FRESH! The Movie followed by a panel discussion at the State Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors, and kids. Sponsored by PASA. Spring Creek Homesteading will be tabling at this event, and selling T-shirts.
Aug. 9 – First Annual Local Harvest Brews & Eats Dinner at The Deli Restaurant
Call 237-5710 for more info.
News from Way Fruit Farm
Peaches, Peaches, Peaches! The peach variety Tri-O-Gem are now ready. They are yellow, freestone peaches that are good for eating, baking, canning or freezing. Sweet & juicy; we hope you’ll enjoy some today!
Corn, Corn ,Corn! With continued warm weather and just enough rain, our corn fields continue to produce really well! Come on out if you want to have a dozen corn at your next dinner or picnic, or buy a bushel for canning or freezing this weekend.
Cantaloupe, Cantaloupe, Cantaloupe too! Local cantaloupes are in full swing and they have been juicy and flavorful so far! We have plenty of them at the farm along with other local vegetables, watermelon, plums and a few varieties of early apples.
More August Farm Fairs
- Huntingdon County Fair (Aug. 5 – 11)
- Ag Progress Days at Rock Springs (Aug. 14-16)
- Grange Fair in Centre Hall (Aug. 23-30).
August 18 – Landowner Workshop: Conservation Programs and Wildlife Habitat Improvement
- Workshop at Chicory Lane Farm in Spring Mills. Landowner Workshop Flier
August 27 – Clearwater Conservancy – Otto’s Golf Fest
September 2 – Crickfest in Coburn
September 6 – Safe Equipment Operation & Maintenance Workshop for New & Beginning Farmers in Natrona Heights
September 6 – High Tunnel Production Workshop at Rock Springs
Capital Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area Council is sponsoring a high tunnel production workshop at the Penn State Horticulture Research Center, Rock Springs, PA, on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Penn State Department of Horticulture researchers will discuss the background of the high tunnel production systems and the many options for high tunnel construction. Workshop topics also include producing vegetable and small fruit crops with high tunnel systems, disease control, and soil and nutrient management. NRCS staff will outline the technical and financial assistance available to eligible producers interested in installing and utilizing high tunnel systems.
Registration cost for the event is $10 per person and includes the workshop materials. Pre-registration with payment is preferred and non-refundable. Lunch will be available for an additional $10 fee. For additional information regarding the workshop, or to register please email or leave a phone message at 717-248-4901 Ext. 303. Deadline for registration is Aug. 30. Registration on the day of the event begins at 9:30 a.m. at Gate H at the Research Center on Rt. 45 West of State College (Ag Progress Days area).
September 8 – Light Step, Right Step Festival in State College
All the details, including a post about Spring Creek Homesteading by Josh Lambert.
- Nittany Mountain Biking Association
- Centre AreaTransportation Authority
- Knütes & Eifrig Publishing
- PennState Learning Factory
- Green Irene
- New Leaf Initiative
- Penn State Net Impact
- Sun Directed
- ClearWater Conservancy
- EnviroEdge, Inc.
- CentralPA Institute of Science & Technology
- PennState EcoCar2 Team
- Spring Creek Homesteading
- Centre Region Bicycle Coalition
- The Nature Conservancy
- Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
- Students for Environmentally Enlightened Design
- Freeze Thaw Cycles
- Goodco Mechanical & Energy Stewards