Olio – July 23, 2012

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Summer workshops are barreling along – only five more left before the end of August.

Here’s instructor Stephanie Hertel’s account of the Wild Edibles workshop held at Greenmoore Gardens July 15:

The class was great!  We covered about 13 plants, and identified even more. When everyone first arrived, I had dandelion root coffee waiting.  And then after our walk (which was just under 2 hours) we came back to the kitchen for a quiche I had made with Lamb’s Quarters, onions and cheese, with a crust made from yellow dock seed flour. We had fresh greens of purslane and chickweed, and a couple iced teas to try: sumac berry and wild mint with pineapple weed. Everyone seemed to love it all, and learn quite a bit from the class. 

There’s still plenty of space in all but the Clay Oven class (only a couple spaces for that one), so please sign up to learn new ways to cook with summer’s bounty of Fruits, Berries & Herbs, Corn and Tomatoes, all taught by LaCreta Holland of Happy Valley Learn to Cook. Call 237-0996 or email to sign up.

  • Fruits, Berries and Herbs – Use & Winter Storage – 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 4 at Friends Meeting House
  • Clay Oven Building and Bread Baking – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 5
  • Everything Corn! Cooking Class – 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 11 at Friends Meeting House
  • Building a Rain Barrel System – 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 12
  • Everything Tomato! Cooking Class – 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 25 at Friends Meeting House

Next week I’ll start reaching out to instructors to begin scheduling the Autumn series for weekends in October. Possible classes include:

  • Home Cheese-making
  • Making Homemade Sausage
  • Making Scrapple
  • Cooking (feature TBD)
  • Building a Top-Bar Bee Hive
  • How to Tie Basic Knots for Home & Farm
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Basic Bicycle Maintenance & Repair
  • Building a Solar Drier
  • Making New Sweaters from Old Wool Sweaters
  • Basic Sewing (3 course series)
  • Beginner Quilting
  • Making Santa Clauses from Apples
  • Beginner Meditation
  • Beginner Massage

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

What’s fresh at the local markets?

  • Just in! – Apples, Sweet corn, Cherries, peaches, & plums, Green, string, & yellow wax beans, Raspberries, blackberries, & blueberries, Fresh garlic, Basil, Green and hot peppers
  • While they last! – Rhubarb, Maple syrup from this Spring’s run, Peas
  • Peak season – Tomatoes, Cucumbers and zucchini, Kohlrabi and brocolli, Lettuce, spinach, arugula, mustard, tatsoi, chard, kale, collards, Beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, radishes, and turnips, Fresh herbs like chives, cilantro, and parsley, Potted vegetable, herb, and perennial plants
  • Year-round products – milk & dairy, honey, wine, meats, cheese, eggs and baked & canned goods

News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

July 24 Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

A Walk Around Tuesday’s Boalsburg Farmers Market, for Tuesday July 24, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum.

At Patchwork Farm’s stand, you’ll find blueberries and beautiful flowers. Mothersbaugh’s tomatoes always stand out, but you’ll see Spanish onions and cukes too.  Beiler Family Farm’s pickled beets look tempting, and you can try them with their raw sour cream.  Broccoli and cukes can be found at Tamarack Farms stand.

Byler Goat Dairy displays a variety of goat cheeses, and next door Clan Stewart has red and sun gold cherry tomatoes and Black Krim heirloom tomatoes.  Ardry Farms expects its first cantaloupe along with sweet corn, sweet corn, and more sweet corn.   You can get sprouted flatbreads, 3-cheese pesto, tomatoes, and cukes at Eden View.  Stone Meadow will have its usual fine cheeses. Harold Kreider sells big boy tomatoes.  Jade Family Farm has eggplant, peppers, and okra.

Ever seen tie dye socks?  You can get them at Soap Sprite.  Gaffron’s Sunrise Baker features fresh baked pesto bread with basil and garlic. Way Fruit Farm hopes to bring Shiro plums along with corn, blueberries, and  peaches. Bee Berry Black wine, a 100% blackberry desert wine is available at Bee Kind Winery. Piper’s Peck now has its peach jalapeno preserves back.  Fasta Pasta always has a featured fresh made pasta. Cow-a-Hen offers fresh chicken and pork.  Gemelli’s displays a variety of beautiful breads, suffused by the aroma of its fresh made pizza and tacos next door. Littlefield’s will have three varieties of beets, bell and paprika peppers, and amazing basil.  You may find some guest vendors as well.  You have to admit, this market is amazingly diverse.

Don’t miss the wonderful music of the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners from 4:00 to 5:30, and remember that on Aug. 7, ten (10!) local chefs will be preparing dishes at the market using ingredients obtained from our vendors.  It should be quite an event.

News from Way Fruit Farm

Early eating peaches, nectarines and sweet plums are plentiful.  Local veggies are fresh, crisp and colorful throughout the store.  Stop in today for some green & yellow zucchini, red tomatoes, green cucumbers, yellow onions, red potatoes and beets, and so much more!

Red Haven peaches are here!  This variety and each one after these, are freestone peaches.  Freestone means they separate from their pit easily when ripe and make them ideal for handling in large quantities for jam, canning, freezing and baking.  Of course, they’re still good for just good, old-fashioned fresh eating too!

Don’t forget to stop back in our Way Cafe & Bakery this weekend and everyday for lots of fresh-baked corn & peach goodies!   This weekend, we’re featuring corn on our breakfast & lunch menus as well as in our baked goods.  Come on out to enjoy some from-scratch Corncakes (corn pancakes), or a grilled cornbread muffin with your eggs & bacon.  Also, you can enjoy our version of Fresh Corn Chowder & buy some cornbread to take home and enjoy.  We’ll also have fresh-baked peach pies, peach cookies & so much more!  We hope to serve you & your family soon!

Webinars for Beginning Farmers presented by NE Beginning Farmers Project:

(These are done, but the webinar recordings are available.)

July 9, 12-1 pm: “Land Access: Options and Strategies” by Kathy Ruhf, Land For Good. This first of a two-part webinar on land access focuses on the basics. Participants will learn about land acquisition options and their advantages and disadvantages. They also will come away with information about leases and landowners. Recording will be posted here by end of 7/10/12

July 23, 12-1 pm: “Land Access Part II: Farm Financing Alternatives” by Ben Waterman, VT New Farmer Project. This is the second part of the land access webinars, and focuses on emerging financing strategies, including alternative financing for land access as well as topics covered in the new book, Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm, such as legal/accounting considerations, promissory notes, and multi-year CSAs.

July 24 – Penn State – Reduced Tillage Organic Cropping Systems Field Day

Tuesday, July 24 – 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Where: near Grantville, PA, on the farm owned by Ed Arnold and managed by Kirby Reichart. This farm has been certified for organic grain and forage production for nearly 10 years. Event begins with a cookout!

Issues to be discussed include:

  • Weed control in organic systems; what are the challenges
  • Reliance on heavy cover crops to provide early season weed control
  • Benefits to the production system when reducing tillage
  • Potential for insect and disease pests to be problems in organic no-till
  • Fertility challenges associated with no-till

Registration Information. Cost for this event is $10 per participant. Walk‐ins are welcome, but accept CASH or CHECK only. Questions? Email Del Voight or call 717-270‐4391.

July 26 – Field to Fork Celebration at Carnegie Inn & Spa

“…themed dinner features sophisticated comfort foods from local Pennsylvania farms, fields and forests…seating starts at 5 p.m.” Make reservations at 814-234-2424.

July 28 – Next Monthly Gardening Workshops Offered by PSU Center for Sustainability Community Gardens

(From Mark Dempsey)

Our community garden has some workshops coming up. We’re shooting to do one a month through October, although not all dates and topics are set.

  • Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. Gardening with Cover Crops – with Charlie White. Location: CFS Community Garden
  • August workshop, date TBD: Food Preservation (canning, fermenting, etc). Location TBD.
  • Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m.: Garden-Scale Composting – with Rick Stehouwer. Location: CFS Community Garden
  • October workshop, date TBD: Season Extension (more of a how-to than a build-your-own). Location: probably at the community garden

Here’s some info about the garden location if people want to attend. I can let you know when we nail down the August and October workshops. Thanks!

Free Business Consultations at Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest

Would you like some insight on a business plan? Wonder if there are new market opportunities out there? Have questions about your current business strategy? Interested in launching a social media marketing campaign for your business, but not sure how to get started?

Enterprise Management Consulting (EMC) from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Fox Net Impact will be offering business consultation sessions to any and all business owners, growers, nonprofit managers, and anyone who would like business insight.

Sessions will be 45 minutes to one hour in length. Time slots available between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 at the Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest to be held at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre County. To sign up or for more information, please contact Becca Zinn.

Pastured Poultry Scholarships Available

The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) is offering $500 to somebody to further their knowledge, understanding, and capability with regards to pastured poultry.I know you have an imagination, but here are some ideas on how to spend $500: Attend a winter conference or two that offers pastured poultry workshops, conduct a feasibility study, run an experiment, start a youth-based pastured poultry program, or test a new shelter design.

Get the idea? Great. Now get me your proposals. Get all the other details here. For questions, contact: Mike Badger, APPPA Director.

August 9 – PASA Screening of “Fresh!” at the State Theatre, plus Member Potluck

PASA invites you to a Northcentral (and surrounding areas) Regional Member Potluck on Thursday, August 9. Come join fellow PASA members at The State Theatre in State College at 5:30 p.m.. This member potluck is part of the week-long celebration of Centre County Local
Foods Week. Following dinner, we invite you to stay for a screening of Fresh which will begin at 7 p.m. Movie tickets are $8 – proceeds benefit PASA. [Spring Creek Homesteading is one of the sponsors of the film screening, and we’ll be tabling at the State Theatre that evening] There is no charge to attend the potluck, and we encourage all who attend to stay for the screening of Fresh!

Please provide your own table settings and bring a fresh, local dish to share with your fellow PASA members. The State Theatre will be selling beverages including beer from Elk Creek Cafe +Aleworks before the movie screening.

Please RSVP to Megan Epler or call (814) 349-9856 x15 by Monday, August 6.

September 2 – Permaculture Workshop at Crickfest in Coburn

As part of the 2012 Crickfest, Jackie Bonomo of Healing Ground Permaculture will be giving a 1 hour overview of Permaculture out in Coburn on Sunday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day weekend) at 3:30 p.m.

Friends & Farmers Cooperative Grocery – Update Coming Soon

The Friends & Farmers Cooperative steering committee members are working on an update of their mid-summer progress.

In the meantime, check out Carolyne Meehan’s great article in the July/August issue of Voices (see page 8). Email friendsandfarmerscoop@gmail.com if you want to help out during the formation phase or just to let them know you’ll be interested in membership when the time comes.

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