T-Shirt Sale, Summer Workshop Preview & More – May 7, 2012

Boalsburg Market – Tuesday, May 8 

Jim Eisenstein writes: Shopping should be a pleasure, not a chore.  Especially at a good farmers market, you can always find something new and fun. Have you ever had sheep yoghurt?  Jonas Beiler Family Farm plans to bring it this Tuesday. Are you looking for herbs or organic vegetable seedlings to plant? Patchwork Farms will have them, along with beautiful flowers. Maybe you need shade perennials or tomato and pepper plants.  Tamarack farms will be selling them. If you don’t want to wait until July for tomatoes – red ripe and delicious – see Harold Krieder, one of our new vendors.  Clan Stewart will bring the first carrots.

Clan Stewart, Beilers, Jade Family Farm, and others will have a variety of fresh produce, including greens, lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, and asparagus. Stone Meadow will bring (butcher willing) its first of the season offering of an assortment of grass feed beef. You could grill it with Hot Honey BBQ sauce from Piper’s Peck.If you don’t feel like cooking Tuesday, pick up delicious prepared foods, including soup from Eden View. Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery has scrumptious caramel rolls. Gemelli’s also has desserts along with an assortment of fresh baked breads. El Gringo’s Taco Truck will make your very own taco. Come and shop or just browse, and from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. enjoy the fantastic, award-winning music of the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners.

The Boalsburg Farmers Market is open every Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m, at the PA Military Museum. 

Spring Creek Homesteading T-Shirts Now Available

Josh Lambert writes: Help support the work of Spring Creek Homesteading Fund and get a cool t-shirt in the process.  For a limited time, we will be selling Spring Creek Homesteading Fund t-shirts that feature a nine panel design of people using their homesteading skills.  Shirts are $20 each and are available in orange, brown, and cranberry (cranberry in women’s sizes only).

Available sizes include small, medium, large and extra-large.  Shirts will be available for purchase at upcoming Spring Creek Homesteading Fund events, including the Spring Lawn Fete on Saturday, May 12 at Houserville United Methodist Church, the next kid-friendly potluck on Friday, May 25 at the State College Borough Building, or by contacting Josh Lambert (jdl134@psu.edu or 237-0996).

Recent Workshop Reports:

Anne Burgevin writes: The secondhand clothes altering workshop went very well! There were two participants who each came with some clothes they wanted to alter/redesign. I showed them some of the projects I have done to modify secondhand clothes which led to a demonstration about how to use the gathering stitch.

I knew ahead of time that they wanted to have a refresher on sewing a zipper, so that’s what we did next. Each of them sewed a zipper into some scrap fabric; then we moved onto modifying the skirt and tunic they brought. As we sewed, we talked about other ways to alter clothes in order to make them fit better or have more of a flair. It was fun for all of us and I think we all left with some good ideas for upcoming sewing projects.

It would be worth thinking about offering a basic clothing sewing class, perhaps spread over a three week period. Both participants felt like they had a grasp of sewing on a machine and yet there were holes in their understanding. A three week class could help people fill in that kind of gap.

Sarah Potter’s Workshop on Backyard Chickens – Photos and Handouts:

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Backyard Chicken Handouts:

State College Backyard Chicken Rules & Regulations:

News from Way Fruit Farm

This spring has been a challenging one if you’ve been watching the thermometer!  However, we’ve found a little silver lining to the cloud that has been cast over us this Spring.  We had sent out earlier that we wouldn’t have cherries or apricots due to several nights of frost and well below average temperatures.

Well, we may just have a few of those cherries we thought we wouldn’t. As every fruit begins to mature further, it’s easier to assess damage, and although each crop will be much smaller than on  a good year, you should be able to get a sweet taste of summer at our farm, starting with strawberries, then cherries, peaches and finally apples. What you may find is that seasons feel shorter and you’ll need to enjoy them while you can!  We’re working hard to take care of the crop we still have and hope you’ll come out often this summer to see what’s fresh!

Remember, if you can’t make it out to the farm, we attend Boalsburg Farmers Market on Tuesdays 2-6pm in the Military Museum parking lot and State College Farmers Market every Friday 11:30-5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane.  Both markets are in full swing now and we’d love to see you there!

Mother’s Day is just around the  corner and we’ve got lots of ideas for you!  Our Polish Pottery is currently 10% off now through Mother’s Day week.  You can choose a piece to match her collection or give her a lovely new piece to enjoy using everyday!  Did you know Polish pottery is both microwave and dishwasher safe?  So it really is beauty you can use everyday! Local hanging flower baskets are plentiful on our porch right now and would make a beautiful addition to Mom’s porch or garden. Are you making mom a special meal?  Don’t forget our large selection of local goods including beef & pork products, cheeses (cow & goat), our own baked goods, homemade soups, and so much more!  We wish all moms and those who mother us daily a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Last, but not least we hope you’ll join us for a new event this month. On Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a Perennial Plant Sale on the porch of our farm store. All of the money raised by the volunteers will be used to support various missions in Maggotty, Jamaica. This is sure to the perfect springtime opportunity to stock up on beautiful plants for your garden and support a great cause at the same time.  We hope you’ll join us!  Until then, happy gardening…

April 26 Potluck – What We Ate…

  • Homegrown salad – lettuce, parsely, mustard greens, carrots from Julian Woods greenhouse.
  • Quinoa stir-fry – quinoa, carrots, garlic, snowpeas, eggs, ginger, green onions, soy sauce, sesame seeds
  • Heaven & Earth – applesauce and mashed potatoes with fried onion topping
  • Roasted cauliflower – with dijon mustard, salt, pepper and olive oil
  • Couscous bake – fresh backyard spinach, local tomatoes home canned last year
  • Bacon-spinach quiche – eggs from JB Tree Farm, fresh backyard spinach
  • Peach cake  – Way Fruit Farm peaches (home canned), and Meyer’s milk
  • Sliced apples with Tait Farm cherry-chocolate dipping sauce

Next potluck is Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m. at the State College Borough Building, 243 South Allen St.

Tentative Summer Workshop Schedule

Pending instructor and site confirmation…

  • Saturday, June 23 – Beginner Home Beer Brewing – Part 1 – Brewing with Malt Extract. Instructor: Josh Lambert. Max. 10. 10 a.m. to noon. Enrollment priority given to wait-listed students from February beer class.
  • Saturday, July 7 – Beginner Home Beer Brewing – Part 2 – Racking and Bottling. Instructor: Josh Lambert. Max. 10. 10 a.m. to noon. Enrollment priority given to wait-listed students from February beer class.
  • Saturday, July 14 – Cold Summer Soups (Cooking Series). Instructor: LaCreta Holland. Max. 20. 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Saturday, July 14 – Advanced Home Beer Brewing Part 1 – Building a Mash Tun. Instructors: Ryan Elias and Dustin Kennedy. Prerequisite – Intro to Home Beer Brewing or instructor’s permission.  NOTE: Students will be required to buy and bring materials to class if they want to take a mash tun home, but have the option to participate in building a sample mash tun without taking one home. Max. 15. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15 – Beginner Wild Edible Plant Identification. Instructor: Stephanie Hertel. Max. 15/ 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Sunday July 15 – Introduction to Magic: the Gathering (Non-electric Entertainment Series)Instructor: Ed Lambert. Max. 10. 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21 – Whole Animal Butchering (half cow, half pig and whole chicken). NOTE: Course fee will include a portion of the cost of meat purchased; students will take home their paid portion of the meat cut during the class. Instructor: Steve Bookbinder. Max. 15. 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Saturday, July 21 – Advanced Home Beer Brewing Part 2 – All Grain Brewing. Instructors: Ryan Elias and Dustin Kennedy. Prerequisite – Intro to Home Beer Brewing or instructor’s permission. Max. 15. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 22 – Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons (Non-Electric Entertainment Series). Instructor: Ed Lambert. Max. 10. 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 4  – Fruits, Berries and Herbs – Use & Winter Storage (Cooking Series). Instructor: LaCreta Holland. Max. 20. 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Sunday, August 5 – Clay Oven Building and Bread Baking. Instructors: Dana Stuchul and Chris Uhl. Max. 12. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 11 – Everything Corn! Chowder, Salsa, Roasted… (Cooking Series) Instructor: LaCreta Holland. Max. 20. 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Sunday, August 12 – Building a Rain Barrel System. Instructor: Josh Lambert. Max. 20. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 25 – Everything Tomato! Tarts, Soups, Salsa, Roasted… (Cooking Series). Instructor: LaCreta Holland. Max. 20. 9 a.m. to noon.

Other possibilities still in play: Home Cheesemaking; Intro to Ethiopian Cooking , Beginner Sewing (three course series); Tying Useful Household Knots; Cooking Greens.

Last Two Email Newsletters

I send out an email newsletter roughly twice a month to about 500 addresses on a ConstantContact list, summarizing recent activities and previewing opportunities for involvement coming up in the next couple of weeks. If you’re curious, here are the last two editions:

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