Gleanings – June 18, 2012

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Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview – June 19, 2012

(From Jim Eisenstein) Our first Learning Kitchen last week, featuring local cooking teacher Grace Pilato and Elk Creek Café’s chef Mark Johnson, attracted a nice crowd last week despite dire predictions of rain that never came. (Great photos and story here at Local Food Journey.) This week, our vendors will bring a number of new and attractive products – Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum.

  • Tamarack Farm will have Easter egg radishes and bright lights chard.
  • Byler Goat Dairy has a new product – snack goal cheese sticks in two flavors –Italian and Hot Italian.
  • Beiler Family Farm has new red potatoes and
  • Clan Stewart has beautiful green cabbage.
  • Soap Sprite now has beautiful  tie-die shirts with garden related themes.
  • Clover Creek has two new 2012 cheeses  — Mild Baby Swiss and Galen’s Good Old Cheese, a mild gouda.
  • Eden View will have fresh chicken.
  • Cow-a-hen’s beef is back.
  • Stone Meadow will bring its usual good stuff.
  • Be Kind Winery’s Cranberry Blush will be back.
  • Piper’s Peck will feature is popular raspberry chipotle preserves.
  • Way Fruit Farm hope to bring its fist sweet cherries.
  • Gaffron’s will feature apple dumplings and stuffed French bread with spinach, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Gemelli’s will bring its usual fine assortment of breads and tacos.
  • Harold Kreider will have hot house tomatoes and
  • Emmanuel Smucker will have handmade ice-cream.
  • Make your pesto with market ingredients and enjoy it with Fasta Pasta’s fresh products.
  • Ardry Farm will have lots of broccoli and shell peas, and
  • Jade Family farm will have its usual greens and lettuce, lots of pea pods, and summer  squash.

Summer markets offer a wonderful variety of great products that are a delight to the eye and taste buds.   For a delight for the ears, you can listen to the award winning Tussey Mountain Moonshiners from 4:00 to 5:30.

News from Local Food Journey (June 11 Edition)

  • Including a VeggieCommons update from Dana Stuchul’s post (June 3, 2012): “…The idea of commons is simply the recognition that we have so much in common with our neighbors—concern for our own and our family members’ health and well-being, concern for meaningful activities, concern for security and peace. This is our “commons”—a common concern … concerns of a community for their community…”

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

Just in!
  • Raspberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Beets, baby carrots, and new potatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes

While they last!

  • Maple syrup from this Spring’s run
  • Strawberries
  • Spring Onions

Peak season

  • Peas
  • Garlic scapes
  • Kohlrabi and brocolli
  • Lettuce, spinach, arugula, mustard, tatsoi, chard, kale, collards, and more
  • Radishes and turnips
  • Fresh herbs like chives, cilantro, and parsley
  • Potted vegetable, herb, and perennial plants
  • Seedlings like squash, melons, cucumbers, and herbs

Year-round products like milk & dairy, honey, wine, meats, cheese, eggs and baked & canned goods

News from ClearWater Conservancy

News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)

June 22 – Music Nights at Millbrook Marsh – Biscuit Jam

Lemont Village Association – Concerts on the Village Green

June 23 – Free Workshop for Environmental Video Production

(From Anne Daymut of Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mind Reclamation) Did you ever think it would be nice to make a video about your organization or project for your website, YouTube, or simply to pass out at events but the thought of dealing with technology was too scary?  We have a solution for you.

WPCAMR is offering a FREE workshop on promotional video production for Conservation Districts and non-profits on June 23, 2012.  The workshop will take place at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a prestigious film school in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  The workshop will be taught by Will Zavala, an accredited and accomplished filmmaker. Students of this workshop will learn how to use a camera, how to take artistic shots, how to edit short films, and how to direct your media to your audience.  You will get hands on time with cameras.  No previous experience is necessary.  This is a great learning opportunity for watershed specialists, volunteers, and interns alike. Please email Anne,, ASAP if you are interested in this opportunity.  Space is limited to 25 participants.

June 24 – LWV Green Homes & Gardens Tour- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

(Organized by Susan Buda and the Environment Committee of the League of Women Voters of Centre County) – Be inspired by the energy-saving and environmentally-focused homes and gardens of your Centre County neighbors. This event is free and open to the public. On June 24th you may choose to visit any number of the sites listed in the brochure from 1 to 5 PM. Be considerate of our gracious hosts. Please carpool if possible.

June 27 – Soil Health and Nutrient Conservation Research Tour

(From Charlie White at PSU-Extension, Sustainable Ag Working Group) – Come hear the latest in cover crop mixtures, integrated weed management, manure management strategies, and beneficial insects from Penn State researchers along with Pennsylvania  practitioners. 9:15 am – 3:30 pm at the Samuel E Hayes Jr. Livestock Evaluation Center & The  Agronomy Research Farm at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center,  Pennsylvania Furnace, PA. $10 registration includes lunch.  Register Here!

This field day will feature five stations with hands-on activities, demonstrations & discussions with
researchers and practitioners about innovative strategies for soil health, including:

  • Winning Over Weeds with Cover Crops
  • Cover Crop Mixtures for Corn Success
  • Minding Manure to Conserve Nutrients
  • Creative Cover Cropping for Short Seasons
  • The Power of Predators

July 18 – Growing Your Own Farm Market: Creating a Venue to Market Value-added Products from Your Own Produce and Meat

(From Ann Stone, PA Women’s Agricultural Network) – 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Fisher’s Farm Market in McClure, PA – Learn how one couple has utilized their local resources to make a marketing dream come true. Paula and Jake Fisher started raising pumpkins 11 years ago and this year will open a beautiful roadside farm market to sell their own produce and meats. The $15.00 registration fee includes lunch and materials.  This event was organized in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network at Penn State with funds by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and USDA’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program. Registration cancellations must be received one week prior to the event to receive a refund.  All refunds are subject to a $5.00 administrative fee. MORE INFO (Registration, etc.)

News from Way Fruit Farm (June 15 Edition)

…There are still nice berries out in the field, but they are getting fewer and further between…We will be offering pre-picked strawberries on a limited basis daily…Please call ahead before making a special trip; as we can make no guarantees.

Are you looking to expand your garden?  Do you want to have your own little patch of U-Pick strawberries next year? If so, come on out to the farm store and look at the strawberry plants we have for sale.  We are currently planting a new field of strawberries for next year and we have extra plants, so we can sell them to you home gardeners. The variety available is named A.C. Wendy.  They are an early season berry and should produce good size fruit. Come on out soon so you can take advantage of this nice weather to get the plants in the ground.

We also currently have a limited amount of other local fruits and vegetables available including:  apples, blueberries, zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, organic salad greens and more!

News from PA-Interfaith Power & Light  – June 2012 Issue

  • For the first time ever, the EPA is directly regulating CO2 emissions from new power plants, requiring all new plants to achieve the carbon efficiency of existing gas-fired power plants. This is a key step in the right direction, but the rules won’t go into effect unless we demonstrate our support. You can help by clicking here and letting your voice be heard. Together with other groups, we are trying to gather two million messages; voices from Pennsylvania are particularly important. Want to do more? Contact Cricket, either by email or at the PA IPL office (814-876-2597).
  • The 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge is a contest with cash prizes of up to $1,000. Projects of any size completed between October 18, 2011 and October 18, 2012 qualify. Entry guide and details are available here. Last year, two Pennsylvania congregations successfully completed the program and received a special certificate. This year, we will be honoring all qualifying congregations at our Annual Meeting and Conference in Harrisburg on October 14.
  • Creation Care Radio is the brainchild of PA IPL board member Rev. Bill Thwing (St. Paul’s UCC), Pastor Ed Schoeneck (Grove Ave UMC), and Pastor Bob Brown (Stahl Mennonite), all of Johnstown. They are joining a popular AM radio station to talk about PA IPL, Johnstown Creation Care, Farmer’s Markets and community. These segments air at 6:45 AM every Thursday morning on 1490 AM and 990 AM Radio. Upcoming guests include two Penn State professors: Jonathan Brockopp, Director of the Rock Ethics Institute initiative on religion and ethics, and Petra Tschakert, Associate Professor of Human Geography who specializes on adaptation to climate change. Past programs will be on our website soon. Help keep this ministry going by donating here.
  • The Creation Care Coalition in State College is planning an ice cream social at Houserville United Methodist Church on August 19. See our website for more details. This popular event is now in its third year. New this year: a service and education party before the ice cream: learn how to make inexpensive, insulating storm windows for your congregational building or home. State College is also preparing for a visit by Rev. Fletcher Harper, the founder of GreenFaith, our partner organization in New Jersey. In addition to workshops and a lecture, Rev. Harper will be meeting with local clergy to talk about preaching on Creation Care from the pulpit. Click here for more details.
  • News from the Executive Committee –  Check out PA-IPL’s new Sow a Cool Harvest resources. Gardens are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint – not only do you get the pleasure of growing your own food, you also reduce the demand for carbon-intensive agriculture. We have big plans for our Annual Meeting and Conference on October 14 in Harrisburg. Joining us will be Prof. Richard Alley and Rev. Fletcher Harper.
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