Whatsis – July 16, 2012

[Editor’s Note: Following this post, blog is on break for a week. Computer problems! Bah!]

Great Backyard Chicken Story in CDT Yesterday

Boalsburg Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

Last Tuesday at our second Learning Kitchen cooking demonstration, our customers learned how to use market products to make refreshing cocktails and new ways to prepare the many fresh vegetables available.  Our next special event will be at the Aug. 7 market, when we celebrate the skills of nine local chefs competing for our Golden Basket award by preparing dishes made from ingredients from our vendors.

This week’s market – Tuesday, July 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum in Boalsburg – will feature almost all of the vegetables we associate with summer (except for peppers and eggplant). Here is a sampling of what our vendors will be bringing.

  • Clover Creek will feature its bruchedda, a cheddar, tomato, garlic, and basil cheese.
  • Stone Meadow will bring its usual great cheeses and meats.
  • Byler Goal Dairy will have a new product, pepper jack cheese.
  • Gemelli’s will have its usual assortment of fresh breads, tacos, and wood-fired pizza.
  • Gaffron’s Sunrise Baker features a chocolate bread with raises, walnuts, and chocolate butter.
  • Bee Kind Winery announces that its semi –sweet Rails to Trails wine is back.
  • Fasta Pasta sells a variety of fresh made pasta.
  • Soap Sprite has a new batches of its limb lams and foot rubs.
  • Piper’s Peck has six varieties of hot pepper jellies.
  • Cow-a-Hen farms says, “Yes, we have chicken feet!” along with its other pasture raised meats.
  • Way Fruit Farm plans to bring plums, blueberries, and peaches, as well as corn.
  • You can also get corn from Ardry Farms,
  • candy onions and rhubarb, from Beiler Family Farm,
  • tomatoes from Harold Kreider and Eden View, and Jade Family Farm.
  • Clan Stewart has red potatoes and cabbage.  You can get cukes and broccoli from Tamarack Farms.
  • Jade Family Farm still has lettuce, okra, and lots more, and will have a few eggplants.
  • Eden View also has other vegetables as well as peach salsa and red potato pesto salad.

This is just a sampling of what these and other vendors will bring. Music will be provided by Piker and Piper, singing old time favorites, from 4:00 to 5:30.  The parking is convenient and free.

Spring Creek Homesteading Reskilling Workshops This Weekend – Spots Still Open

Sign up by email or phone – 237-0996

  • Whole Animal Butchering with Steve Bookbinder – 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday July 21 at PSU Meats Lab. Participants will cut up a whole chicken and help cut up a half-pig. $23 per person meat cost buys one cut-up Over-the-Moon chicken and roughly five pounds of hog meat. ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT
  • Cooking with Greens with Dorothy Blair – 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at Friends Meeting House
  • Beginner Dungeons & Dragons: Character Creation with Ed Lambert–  2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday July 22 at 156 West Hamilton Ave. in State College

Thank you to Ryan Elias, Stephanie Hertel, Ed Lambert and LaCreta Holland – instructors for this past weekend’s beer, wild edibles, Magic:the Gathering and cold summer soups workshops, and to all the people who participated in those classes – building mash tuns, learning about wild-growing food, playing Magic and making soup. All while Arts Fest was going on…

State College Friends Meeting Community Garden – Update

Thanks to the hard work of John Everhart of Everhart Landscaping, the 4-foot wire fence is now up, including corner posts, gate posts and the two wooden gates.

There’s some work still to be done to finish up the 2012 renovations (see below) so if you’re interested in helping, please let me know what you’d like to do and when you’d like to do it.

  • Building four small raised beds (2′ by 8′) just outside the Keller side fence, for perennial flowers
  • Filling those raised beds with compost
  • Building two regular raised beds (4′ by 8′) inside the garden
  • Trimming the corner posts
  • Trimming the gate posts
  • Trimming the gate crossbars to fit the gaps; reassembling the gates as needed
  • Installing the barrel bolt latches on the two gates
  • Weed-whacking between the raised beds
  • Laying wood chips between the raised beds
  • Bringing all the remaining compost and hay inside the fence
  • Covering the last corner of the lower section with cardboard, compost and hay.

Big Picture – Update

I updated a couple of items at the Big Picture page, including STORY OF TOOL BANKS & HARDWARE STORES. At least one subscribing blog reader had concerns about the Word documents at the page, since they generally try to download onto your computer instead of opening in a new window, creating a virus vulnerability.

The Word documents are the ones with the least editing anyway, so it’s probably better just to wait until they’re marked “PDF” if you’re interested in the information, because the ones marked “PDF” will open into a new window without wanting to jump onto your computer.

Editing the Big Picture pieces will be a slow process, unfolding over the next few months.

Speaking of computer problems, I downloaded Picasa yesterday to try to create a new slideshow of reskilling workshop photos, and in the confusion, somehow deleted a lot of files. My computer is going to the shop this week to try to recover some of that material (thus the blog hiatus). Take home message: watch out for Picasa. When you delete things from the Picasa database, they also get deleted from your hard drive. If you don’t want to lose them, pull them back out of your Trash.

August 14 – 16 – Ag Progress Days – PASA Seeking Volunteers

(From Michele Gauger)

PASA will once again be hosting an information booth at Penn State’s annual Ag Progress Days, Tuesday, August 14 – Thursday, August 16. This event is sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, and is being held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College, PA. Full details about vendors, tours, etc is available here.

PASA is looking for a few member volunteers* to help us cover our booth by helping to distribute materials, answer questions about our organization, etc. For those of you who have attend Ag Progress in the past, or that have helped at at the booth in the past, should note that the organizations that have been historically grouped under the Crops, Soils, Conservation tent – will now have a new building to call home, the J.D. Harrington Building at the East end of 5th St.

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website (scroll down to the Ag Progress Opportunity) to see a list of available days & shifts. You can also contact me directly for further information or details. Thanks for your time!

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