Spring Creek Homesteading Potluck
Great autumn potluck last night. Here’s some of what people brought…
- Southwestern Chili
- Succotash (lima beans, corn, red pepper, onion)
- Chicken-Potato-Spinach-Arugula Soup
- Sweet Potato Sunbutter Stew (vegetarian)
- Black Bean Salad with mandarin oranges and pepperjack cheese
- Black Bean Soup
- Spicy Salsa
- Organic Sun Sugar and Juliet tomatoes (Jade Family Farm)
- Walnut Sweet Potato Bread (vegan)
- Applesauce Cake
Save the Date: The Spring Creek Homesteading Winter Potluck will be Tuesday, December 11, and will include a local economy building activity like the one at this year’s 2012 Transition Network Conference - “…[beginning] with the neighbourhoods, [we] identified the key elements of the economy we needed, identified the businesses that we wanted to run, and then built, from cardboard, sticky tape, laughter, newspaper, sticks, determination and string, a local economy…”
October 10 – Boalsburg Farmers Market to Sponsor Its First Annual “Plow to Plate” Harvest Dinner
(From Jim Eisenstein)
Fall in Central Pennsylvania brings the bounty, beauty, and variety of the fall harvest. To celebrate the harvest, the Boalsburg Farmers Market is sponsoring a dinner featuring the vegetables and fruits that ripen as the last of summer’s crops are replaced by those that thrive in the fall. Some of the best chefs in Happy Valley will prepare dishes from both summer crops, including eggplant, peppers, okra, garlic, onions, melons; from fall favorites including acorn and butternut squash, pumpkins, kale, spinach, other fall greens, kohlrabi, and apples; and from pasture-raised, sustainably produced local meat.
The dinner will be held at the beautiful Mt. Nittany Winery on October 10, and will gather seven of our area’s best chefs to create a variety of dishes from ingredients from the fall harvest of Boalsburg Farmers Market vendors. They include:
- Mark Johnson (Elk Creek Café)
- Nathan Brungart (Zola’s)
- Jamie Steffen (Alehouse)
- Andrew Monk (Nittany Lion Inn)
- Tony Sapia (Nola’s and Gemelli Bakers)
- Bob Ricketts (Fasta Pasta)
- Harrison Schailey (Harrison’s)
Guests will be able to tour the vineyard and winery beginning at 5:00 PM and to talk both with the chefs and the Boalsburg Market’s farmers throughout the evening about their farms and the joys and challenges of growing for the local community. In addition to the harvest dishes, guests will receive a complimentary glass of Mt. Nittany wine. Picker and Papa, two acoustic guitar players who perform everything from 1920s standards to folk classics of the 1970s and everything in between, will sing and play during the evening.
Speaking of the event, market co-manager Tony Sapia observed: “This will be a terrific way for folks interested in strengthening our local food system to meet our farmers and to talk to many of the local chefs who transform their products into delicious meals.”
Part of the proceeds from the dinner will be given to support school gardens in the State College Area School District.
The event will run from 5:00 to 8:30 at the Mt. Nittany Winery, 300 Houser Road, off of Brush Valley Road. The event costs $25 per adult, kids under 12 free. Tickets are available at the Boalsburg Farmers Market (Tuesdays, 2:00 to 6:00 at the PA Military Museum in Boalsburg) and Webster’s Café, 133 E. Beaver Ave. in State College.