News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

(From Kristin Hoy at PASA)

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Linda Weaver of Partner Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery gives us a look into the Spring task of pruning grapes on the Local Food Journey from WPSU:

“If you’ve been to the winery lately, you may have seen owners Joe and Betty Carroll out in the vineyard with their pruning shears. Assisted by winery staff, Jinx Proch, Jeff Proch, and Sandy Alexander, they are attempting to stay on top of the seasonal requirements for grape pruning that will set the stage for the quality and quantity of this year’s grape production. This task has been a challenging one thus far given the early warm weather, which led to an early bud break.

The Boalsburg Farmers Market will be back outside this week! Stop by the PA Military Museum parking lot.

(From Jim Eisenstein) – Help celebrate the first Boalsburg Farmers Market outdoors at our summer home.  The winter market was wonderful, but nothing quite matches the spirit and atmosphere of our outdoor digs, not to mention all the free parking right there.

We have a full array of spring greens, now including asparagus and rhubarb, along with  salad mix, spinach, arugula, kale, spring onions, mach, sorrel, and other spring greens. For something different and hard to get, try Clan Stewart’s watercress.  Like fresh made taco?  The El Gringo Taco Truck will be there featuring Ben Stanley’s tacos using ingredients from market vendors. This week, the pork taco features Bill Callahan’s meat; the Caesar Salad includes Clover Creek’s Feta cheese; and the Black Bean and Goat Cheese Taco uses Byler’s Goal Dairy cheese.

Bee Kind Winery, a recent addition to the market, has an opening day special of two bottles (their Susquehanna Red and House White) for $15.  Sunset Valley Farm, another new vendor, will add ice cream to the market for the first time.

Our veteran vendors will also bring their usual excellent products. Bill Calahan will have fresh spring chickens. Eden View will feature a Wild Salmon and Apple salad.  Of course, you will also find wild Alaska salmon, breads, cow and goat cheeses, meats, and prepared foods. It promises to be a busy and excellent start to 2012’s outdoor season, topped off by Moondog and the Shootin’ Stars playing their music from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there.

Partner Tait Farm is supporting PASA with a fundraiser through May 15th, so please consider shopping online! Or, stop by the Harvest Show, which now has plants, trees, and bushes for your home garden. Stop by now for herb and vegetable seedlings, bare root strawberries and asparagus crowns.

New Farmers Market! The Lemont Farmers Market is starting on Wednesday, May 9 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. located at 133 Mt. Nittany Road. The vendor list will include Bee Kind Winery, Beiler’s Home Canning, Clan Stewart Farm, Deb’s Flower Farm, Fasta & Ravioli Co, Gemelli Bakers, Hawkfield Farm, Little Ridge Bakery, Mountain View Farm, Nittany Valley Organics, Nittany View Farm, Pasture Valley Acres, Stony Ridge Farm, Sweet Heat Gourmet, The Yard, and Wild Blumen Farm.

Partner Greenmoore Gardens is unveiling a share designed to match Penn State’s schedule, perfect for students who want to eat local food throughout the semester. Interested? Contact Greemoore Gardens by clicking here.

Partner Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering is now sourcing from even more local food producers – including Vale Wood Farms, Clover Creek Cheese Cellar, and a couple more are in the works. Harrison’s now has over 25 local growers and purveyors – good work, Harrison’s! Keeping with the seasons, Harrison’s new spring menu is available and selections include a Mediterranean Salad with Clover Creek Feta and grilled pork tenderloin from J&J Family Farm layered with polenta and mango-corn relish.

What’s Fresh at Farmers Markets?

Plan your menus to feature what’s in season. See the lists below to know which markets will have your favorite vendors.

In season now:

  • Rhubarb & Asparagus
  • Spring greens, including kale, spinach, arugula, mustard, mache and more
  • Radishes, Turnips, & Potatoes
  • Onions & Garlic
  • Apples & Fresh Apple Cider
  • Year-round products like milk & dairy, honey, meats, cheeses, eggs and baked & canned goods

Friday Downtown MarketSpring Bank Acres with rabbit meat, soup chickens, kombucha, eggs, dried herbs, apples, dairy products, and seasonal vegetables, including root crops and spring greens. 

ABB Bison with bison meat and free-range eggs.

Little Ridge Bakery with Amish baked goods.

Centre County Canning with potato chips and canned foods.

Hidden Hollow Farms with a variety of frozen meats and fresh baked goods.

Cap’n Dan’s Wild Alaskan Salmon with line caught Alaskan salmon.

Byler Goat Dairy with a variety of goats milk products, including yogurt and cheese.

Cedar Hollow Dairy with cheese, potato chips, bread, eggs, and raw milk.

Beiler’s Home Canning with canned goods, pasta, candles, baskets, and homemade potato chips. 

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Old Gregg Market Penns Valley Youth Center will be serving coffee, tea, and breakfast baked goods.

Macneal Orchards with apples and fresh maple syrup.

Stone Meadow Farm with farmstead cheeses and beef.

Common Ground Organic Farmwith certified organic vegetables and garden plants.

Cow-a-Hen Farm with pork, beef, chicken and other meat products.

Woodside Farm with potato chips, eggs, and canned and baked goods.

Fasta & Ravioli Co with ravioli, pastas, and sauces.

Vonada’s Gourmet Cookies with giant cookies made with organic ingredients.

Egg Hill Gardens with produce and garden plants.

Nittany Valley Organics with soaps, candles and body care products.

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 Jade Family Farm with organic seasonal produce and small fruits.

Stone Meadow Farm with farmstead cheeses and beef.

Cow-a-Hen Farm with pork, beef, chicken and other meat products.

Fasta & Ravioli Co with ravioli, pastas, and sauces.

Wild for Salmon with Alaskan salmon.

Bee Kind Winery with assorted PA made wines.

Eden View Organics with seasonal produce and a variety of spelt baked goods.

Way Fruit Farm with seasonal fresh fuit, dried fruit, fruit preserves, and apple cider.

Clan Stewart Farm with eggs, a variety of meats, and seasonal produce and herbs.

Clover Creek Cheese Cellars with a variety of cheeses and raw milk.

Tamarack Farm with eggs, dog biscuits, seasonal produce, and wool craft items.

Beiler Family Farm with a variety of meats.

Mothersbaugh Farm with seasonal produce and fresh cut flowers.

Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery with baked goods.

Patchwork Farm with certified organic seasonal produce and plants.

Piper’s Peck with hot pepper jellies and sauces.

Soap Sprite with homemade soap and body care and seasonal plants.

Ardry Farm with seasonal vegetables and eggs.

Fasta & Ravioli Co with fresh pasta, ravioli, and sauces.

Gemelli Bakers with breads, cookies, and other baked goods.

Littlefield Farm with seasonal produce, herbs, and cut flowers.

Byler Goat Dairy with kefir, yogurt, and goat cheeses, milk, and desserts.

Dawg Gone Bees Honey & Gifts with honey, candles, jams, and honey crackle corn.

The Sustainable Kitchen with soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and pre-made meals.

Dible Diversified Ag with seasonal produce.

Opening Soon!

  • Bellefonte Farmers Market – OPENING April 28
  • Tuesday Downtown Farmers Market – OPENING May 1
  • Lemont Farmers Markets – OPENING May 9
  • Millheim Farmers Market – OPENING May 12
  • North Atherton Farmers Market – OPENING May 12
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