Higgledy-Piggledy – May 21, 2012

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

This week’s Farmers Markets (Click the link above for details about vendors at each market):

  • Tuesday, May 22 – Downtown State College -11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane
  • Tuesday May 22 – Boalsburg – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum
  • Wednesday, May 23 – Lemont – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Granary
  • Friday May 25 – Downtown State College – 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane
  • Saturday May 26 – Bellefonte – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gamble Mill
  • Saturday, May 26 – Millheim – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion
  • Saturday, May 26 – North Atherton – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot in State College

If you’re learning to plan your menus to use the freshest local produce, here’s what’s in season:

  • Beets
  • Sugar peas
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Asparagus
  • Maple syrup from this Spring’s run
  • Spring greens – kale, spinach, arugula, mustard, mache, and more
  • Radishes,
  • Turnips
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Apples and fresh apple cider
  • Fresh herbs – chives, cilantro, and parsley
  • Potted vegetable, herb, and perennial plants – Seedling tomatoes, peppers, squash, and herbs from vendors including Patchwork Farm, Egg Hill Gardens, Common Ground Farm, Tait Farm, Littlefield Farm, Burds Plants & Produce, and more
  • Hothouse tomatoes from Kreider Farm
  • Year-round products – milk & dairy, honey, wine, meats, cheese, eggs and baked & canned goods
  • Polenta Bread, Mountain Bread, and Sticky Pie from Gemilli’s Bakery
  • Goat yogurt from Byler Goat Diary
  • Steely Run Red, a West Coast dry wine, from Bee Kind Winery
  • “Uncle Joe’s”, an aged cheese washed with wine from Clover Creek Cheese Cellars
  • Shaving soap from Soap Sprite

Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview – Tuesday, May 22

(From Jim Eisenstein) – Here are a few of the many items each vendor will bring to the Boalsburg Farmers Market at the Pennsylvania Military Museum from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on May 22.

  • Ardry Farms  – red spring onions
  • Bee Kind Winery – its new Steely Run Red, a west coast dry wine
  • Soap Sprite – shaving soap back in stock
  • Beiler Family Farm – Grade A and B maple syrup
  • Clan Stewart – baby head lettuce and a new selection of berry jellies, including raspberry
  • Clover Creek Cheeses – “Uncle Joe’s” cheese, aged nine months and washed with wine
  • Sunset Valley Farm – nine flavors of homemade ice cream
  • Tamarack Farms – eggs of almost every color
  • Eden View – salmon apple salad featuring…
  • Wild for Salmon’s salmon
  • Way Fruit Farm – apple sauce and dried golden delicious apples
  • Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery – black bean enchiladas, dill bread, and 12-grain apricot muffins
  • Stone Meadow – beef short ribs
  • Cow-a-Hen Farm – pork spare ribs for your Memorial Day BBQ
  • Byler Goat Dairy  – goat cheeses and yoghurt
  • Littlefield Farms – cut flowers, basil plants, and twenty varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings
  • Patchwork Farm –  lots of pepper seedlings, both sweet and hot
  • Jade Family Farm – strawberries (limited quantity; come early), spring beets and a wide selection of lettuces and other greens
  • Harold Kreider  – hothouse Big Boy tomatoes
  • Gemelli’s  – breads, the taco truck and the pizza oven
  • Fasta Pasta – a variety of freshly made pastas

This just scratches the surface.  Come and see for yourself, and enjoy the singing and playing of Richard Sleigh from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

News from Webster’s Bookstore Cafe

Webster’s Bookstore Café has been back in downtown State College for just over a month now. This would not have happened without the unflinching support of our friends and customers. Thank you! We encourage you to share this newsletter with your friends, so they can join the Webster’s family, too.

The response to our new Membership Program has been fantastic, so much so, that we went through two shipments of the limited edition, Webster’s Rising Member Mug. We’re expecting another shipment from Hughes Pottery on Tuesday, May 21. Again, you show up with support to keep Webster’s a vibrant part of our community and we thank you! For more information on becoming a Member, click here.

Regular events include:

  • Last Wednesday of the month: Muriel’s Repair 7 p.m.
  • First Thursday of the month: Open Mic 6 p.m.
  • Every Sunday: Music Brunch (no music on May 27th)

News from Way Fruit Farm

Come on out this Saturday and once again enjoy some sweet, spring fruits & vegetables with us! We will have PA strawberries, asparagus, tomatoes, salad greens, hanging baskets and more again this Saturday!

On Saturday, May 26, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. we will have a book signing by local authors Sally Herdman & Sarah Vergamini.  They have published a useful guide book titled, “Happy Kids In Happy Valley,” that will be a useful tool for every family this Summer.  Come on out and meet the authors, buy a book and support your local economy at the same time.

Are you looking ahead to summer?  Do you want to have lots of fun activities ready for your kids?  We can help you!  This summer, the Centre County Bookmobile will be stopping in our farm store parking lot every week.  You can join in the summer reading fun every Monday from 10:30 – noon beginning in June.  Free to all!  Don’t forget your library card. We hope to see you there!

News from the State College Area Food Bank

Marcella Houghton is a student working with the State College Area Food Bank this summer. As part of her work, she is assessing interest among Centre County farmers for participation in a gleaning program, in which trained volunteers harvest excess/unmarketable produce from farm fields for distribution among needy populations. Interested farmers can reach her by email (Marcella Houghton) or phone (845-527-4615)

News from Penn State Extension 

June 28, 2012 – Heritage, Organic and Specialty Crop Production Twilight Tour – 6 – 8 p.m. at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, Gate G. Hosted by the Penn State Extension Crop Management Team

Tour research plots and variety trials to see:

  • Emmer, einkorn, and spelt variety trials (organic & transitioning);
  • Wheat variety trials (soft & hard, winter & spring, heritage & modern varieties are included, organic & transitioning)
  • Fava bean seed production (organic)
  • Heritage hulless oats (non-organic)
  • Soybean performance after different histories of tillage, weed management, and crop rotation (organic)

Please RSVP to Charlie White or call 814-863-9922 if you plan to attend. (The research center is 2.5 miles west of Pine Grove Mills, PA along Rt. 45. Enter at Gate G and follow signs to parking.)

July 26 – Farm Walk – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at at Penn Valley Farms, 952 Temperance Hill Road, Lititz, PA 17543 (717-665-7462). July 26 Farm Walk Flier

The program will include a farm walk with special emphasis on how Penn Valley Farms manages their soil fertility with cover crops, rotations and humic compost. Penn Valley Farms is a 95-acre farm just outside the town of Lititz in Lancaster County, PA. Field crops, organic free-range egg laying chickens, and compost are all produced under organic certification at the farm.

Composting became a part of Penn Valley Farms in the early 1990s. It began on a small scale using a manure spreader to mix the materials and a small crawler loader to turn the rows. In 1994, the first compost turner was brought to the farm, purchased from Midwest Bio-Systems. A one-acre pad was constructed for compost production and later expanded to two acres. Subsequently, a compost screener was built to screen for potting soils and other applications. Since then the production of a high quality humus compost has been implemented.

For more informationcontact Tianna DuPont  (610-746-1970) or Mena Hautau (610-378-1327).

Tamworth Piglets For Sale – Available August and October

(From Owens Farm in Sunbury) – We are taking reservations on weaned Tamworth piglets which will be available in August, and again in October. The price is $120, with a $25 deposit. These piglets will be born on pasture in a Porto-Hut, to sows kept on pasture. They will be castrated the first week, weaned at 7-8 weeks. They will not have their milk teeth cut, receive iron shots, or have docked tails. They are purebred but not registered. Contact Owens Farm – 570-286-5309.

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