Apple Pie Contest at Way Fruit Farm & Other News & Events

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda:
Apple Pie Contest: If you are a baker, or would like to try and win the title of “Best Apple Pie” at the First annual Way Fruit Farm customer pie baking contest, check out the following guidelines and we’ll see you there.

  • All customers of Way Fruit Farm may enter (no employees may enter)
  • Apple pies must be baked with fresh apples (preferably from Way Fruit Farm:), no canned pie fillings or store-bought crusts please
  • Contestants must bake the pie at their home; teamwork is allowed if that’s how your pie turns out best:)
  • All pies must be submitted either Friday, Oct. 21st by 7pm or Sat.,Oct. 22nd by 10am.  Please label the bottom of your pan with your name & phone number so we get it back to the right person, or use a disposable pie plate.  There will be an additional entry form to fill out upon arrival.
  • Prizes will be awarded following the judging  at 11am by:  First National Bank (Port Matilda branch) representative, Way Fruit Farm owner & local author and “foodie” Ken Hull.  Any ties will be broken by a re-taste and then Way Fruit Farm’s own baker  (if needed).
  • Prizes include:  1st place- $50 gift basket to include Way Fruit Farm apples,  goodies and a gift certificate & First National bank goodies; 2nd place- $25 gift basket to include same prizes as above; 3rd place- $25 gift basket to include same prizes as above
  • All prizes include full bragging rights for the contestants to use until next year’s winner is crowned!  We hope you’ll come and join in the fun, if not to bake, then to enjoy seeing the winner crowned!
Apple varieties currently available include:  Honey Crisp, Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Macoun, McIntosh, Fuji, Cortland & Cameo.  Also, there is lots of apple cider and carving pumpkins to enjoy.  Local, fall vegetables are still available including: potatoes, turnips, squash, organic salad greens, bell peppers & more!

Oct. 15 – Apple Festival, Sat., 9am-4pm (Rain or Shine) – Enjoy wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, local craft show, homemade apple dumplings, soup & lunch items for sale by local civic & church groups, children’s games & bunny barn petting zoo, free samples of our own apple cider & apple butter and so much more!  Rain or shine; so dress for the weather.  We hope to see you and your friends & family there!  Remember, it’s for a good cause because 10% of all of our proceeds from the days go to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

Oct. 22 – Pumpkin Festival, Sat., 9am – 4pm – Enjoy a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch as long as the pumpkin supply lasts, our cafe will be open with a limited, but delicious menu of local foods, customer pie baking contest complete with prizes sponsored by First National Bank (Port Matilda branch), local author book signing and much more!  We hope you will come out and enjoy a beautiful fall weekend with us and take one last chance to get a pumpkin, enjoy some hot cider and a pumpkin donut or maybe compete in our pie baking contest.

More News & Events:
  • Recent New York Times article about immigrants making the transition from community gardens to urban farms.
  • Just Label It! – Petition to FDA for labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • OLLI looking for environmental lecturers – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State is looking for teachers who can lecture on environmental topics. OLLI is a non-credit, non-profit that serves adults from throughout the region who enjoy learning. Classes range from one to six sessions. For more information, email Phyllis Sobel at or 814-231-0470.
  • Oct. 14 – 15 – Seeding the Future: A Conference on the Role of College Farms & Gardens in Liberal Arts Higher Education, Carlisle PA (Dickinson College)
  • Oct. 15 – 16Penn State Horticulture Show, Ag Arena at University Park
  • Oct. 18 – Spring Creek Watershed Association Meeting  featuring a keynote address by R. John Dawes, executive director of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. John will share his observations of and vision for how watershed initiatives are making the difference for Pennsylvania communities.   To learn more about the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds and the projects it has spawned, Click Here The program begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Spring Creek Education Building at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 548 Puddintown Road, State College.
  • October 21 – Farmland Conservation Dialogue in Harrisburg hosted by Penn State Extension – “The Conservation Dialogue seeks producer input to the Farm Bill-based conservation programs including priority approaches for geographically targeted conservation like the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative. Farmer perspectives will be sought through a series of round table discussions, surveys, and written synthesis. Pennsylvania producers and their conservation partners are invited to participate. With the 2012 Farm Bill just around the corner, this is an excellent time and opportunity for farmers to express their preferences for improving on-farm conservation. There is no cost to attend, for location & event details click here.
  • Oct. 25 & 27 – Susquehanna River Basin Commission has scheduled two PUBLIC SESSIONS TO EXPLAIN DRAFT REGULATIONS ON NATURAL GAS PROJECT APPROVALS. Oct. 25 – Williamsport, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Inn, Library Room, 90 Pine Street, Williamsport, PA 17701; Oct. 27 – Camp Hill, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Keystone D Room (in Convention Center), 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011
  • Oct. 27 – Cover Crop Innovations Field Day – Penn State Extension Crop Management Team 9:30 am to 4:30pm at the Penn State Agronomy Research Farm and collaborating farms in Centre County, PA. $10 registration fee covers lunch and refreshments. Highlights will include: PSU Cover Crop Interseeder; Cover Crop Cocktails; Forage Cover Crops; Herbicide persistence effects on cover crop establishment; Cover Crops Innovations On-Farm Tour. Detailed information about the field day and registration is available online. Registration deadline is October 21st.
  • Nov. 6 – 9th Annual “Millbrook Marsh HISTORIC HARVEST FESTIVAL” – 2-5 PM.  FREE at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 548 Puddintown Road, College Township. This fantastic event offers visitors a chance to explore the nature center and enjoy food, games, crafts, demonstrations, music, animals and more at this family event with a historic harvest theme. Learn about the history of the area and enjoy the day! Great for all ages! This event is planned with the support of the Penn State Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management students. Please join us. No advance registration is necessary.
  • Nov. 6 – 8Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference at the Penn Stater in State College
  • Nov. 6 – 8 – Climate Change in the Pacific Atolls – Film, Panel Discussion, Performances – Climate Panel Flyer, Eisenhower Auditorium at University Park
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