Lagniappe – August 14, 2012

Today through Thursday: Ag Progress Days at Rock Springs

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

Farmers Markets:

  • Tuesdays: Downtown State College – Locust Lane (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesdays: Boalsburg – PA Military Museum (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) 
  • Wednesdays: Lemont Granary (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Fridays: Downtown State College – Locust Lane (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Saturdays: Bellefonte – Gamble Mill (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
  • Saturdays: Millheim American Legion (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Saturdays: North Atherton – Home Depot (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

What’s in Season? Sweet corn, Celery, Apples, cantaloupes, peaches, & plums, Green string, & yellow wax beans, Elderberries, raspberries & blackberries, Fresh garlic & sweet onions, Basil and other fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley, Tomatoes, green & hot peppers, & eggplant, Maple syrup from this Spring’s run, Cucumbers & zucchini, Lettuce, spinach, arugula, mustard, tatsoi, chard, kale, collards, and more, Beets, carrots, potatoes & sweet potatoes, Potted vegetable, herb, and perennial plants, Year-round products like milk & dairy, honey, wine, meats, cheese, eggs and baked & canned goods.

August 14 – Downtown State College Farmers Market Preview

(From Betsy Green)

The Tuesday market in downtown State College is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane between College Avenue and Beaver Avenue.

Featured vendors and products this week include:

  • Barrie & Mandy of Moser’s Produce:  Now adding green, yellow & Roma beans to our produce line.  Large variety of hot & sweet peppers, beautiful bunching onions and FALL RASPBERRY CROP is kicking in!
  • Fasta & Ravioli:  Come and check out our line of sauces and pesto for a quick and awesome meal.  Don’t forget to pick up some fresh mozzarella to go with your tomatoes.
  • Sarah of Larksmirth Manor:  New houseplants, including water plants and cactus.  Hardy Hibiscus trees in bloom.
  • Rachel from Hidden Hollow Farms:  Wildfire Lettuce Mix is back!  We always bring a variety of fresh cut herbs. Heirloom & paste tomatoes all chemical free.
  • Suzanne from Green Acre Farm: Chemical-free Sweet Corn, and this season’s Clover Honey…yum!  Also three varieties of potatoes for the perfect picnic salad.
  • Shelli of Sweet Heat Gourmet:  NEW Grilled Peach BBQ Sauce
  • Dessie from Dn’D Farms:  NEW Dried (as in dehydrated) strawerries, & sundried tomatoes.  We are now harvesting ROYAL BURGUNDY BEANS.
  • Raymond Fisher of Spring Bank Acres:  Homemade ice cream made from milk & cream from our own cows; natural, unrefined sugar and pure vanilla extract.  Available in cones, dishes and deli containers with lids.  Take some home today!
  • Louisa of Bell and Whistle:  NEW Flavor of Gelato – Salted Pistachio  Also making fresh-squeezed limeade.  I carry gluten free baked goods…check it out.
  • Gemelli Bakers: All bread is Vegan and certain loaves are Kosher:  whole wheat, rye, sourdough and daily specials. Desserts you’ll love!
  • Betsy from Egg Hill Gardens:  Several varieties of garlic to go with just about every vegetable out there. Beautiful zucchini and Summer squash, perfect size for grilling.  Stop by and put a bouquet together to take home to a loved one.

We all look forward to seeing you at the Market.

August 14 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

We held a very successful Golden Basket Award chefs competition last week, where six local chefs prepared fantastic dishes using ingredients from our market vendors. You can too.  Here are just a few of the highlights available this Tuesday:

  • an amazing assortment of organic peppers from Littlefield Farm;
  • tomatoes for canning from Ardry Farm;
  • heirloom tomatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes from Clan Stewart;
  • colored peppers, cukes, tomatoes, etc. from Mothersbaugh;
  • organic sun sugar cherry tomatoes, okra,  and egg plant from Jade Family Farm;
  • all cuts of pasture raised lamb from Tamarack Farms;
  • a fresh supply of pastured raised beef steaks from Stone Meadow Farm;
  • a variety of pastured raised meats from Cow-a-Hen farm;
  • peaches from Way Fruit Farm;
  • fresh pastured raised chickens from Eden View;
  • chocolate chip and ginger snap cookies from Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery;
  • a variety of artisan breads from Gemelli’s plus fresh made pizza and tacos;
  • raw goat milk blue cheese for a short time only from Byler Goat Diary;
  • 11 varieties of naturally aged cheeses from pastured raised raw milk;
  • sauerkraut from Jonas Beiler Farm,
  • Cranberry Blush wine from Bee Kind Winery,
  • gooseberry and red & black raspberry jelly from Pipers Peck;
  • fresh made pasta from Fasta Pasta;
  • handmade soaps from Soap Sprite; and
  • beautiful Lisianthus cut flowers plus organic yellow patty pan scallop squash from Patchwork Farms.

That’s just a few of the multitude of items available. From 4:00 to 5:30, music will be provided by Doug and Megan Irvin.  Hope to see you at the Boalsburg Market, open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum.

Summer Reskilling Workshops – Photos of Clay Ovens (August 5) & Rain Barrels (August 12)

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Thanks to Robin Becker for the Clay Oven photos.

The last summer 2012 workshop is August 25 – Everything Tomato! Cooking Class with LaCreta Holland. Email or call (237-0996) to sign up.

News from Way Fruit Farm

Apples have started.  There are summer varieties of apples that come and go quickly in August and allow apple pies to mingle in the oven with peach cobblers and zucchini bread.  Come on out to enjoy: Zestar, Ginger Gold and Summer Rambo apples. In addition, we still have juicy, yellow peaches, sweet plums, nectarines (limited), and our own sweet corn!

Local vegetables are overflowing their displays in the farm store too.  Great fresh for snacking, on the grill or in a salad, we hope you’ll come out soon to enjoy:  green beans, onions, cabbage, green, red, yellow & orange bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, eggplant, summer squash, cucumbers, red & blue potatoes and so much more!  Selection varies daily, so stop by and see what we have for you today!

Do you have some end of summer plans for picnicking and grilling?  Need to feed hungry kids after a day at the ball field or pool?  Stop by and see what’s cookin’ in the Way Cafe and Bakery.  Homemade soups, fresh-made sandwiches and fresh-baked bread are always abundant and available for pickup if you call ahead. We slice deli meat and cheese to order and offer fresh deli salads such as potato, macaroni & ham salad daily.  Fresh-baked pies, cookies, sticky buns, muffins, whoopie pies and more are always great treats to take home for everyone to enjoy!  Our selection is always changing so  call ahead if you have a favorite and we’ll let the bakers know what you’re hungry for. Don’t forget the Way Cafe serves breakfast every Saturday.  We’d love to serve you a scratch-made omelette, or pancakes with local bacon, sausage and ham this Saturday.  So if you like good, local food using fresh local ingredients, pencil us in on your calendar and make a trip to the Way Cafe this summer!

News from PASA:

Our friends at Harrison’s Wine Grill in State College have a fabulous fundraiser underway for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture! Dine at this local foods eatery through Sunday August 19th, and 20% of your check will be donated to PASA. Be sure to tell your server you are dining out for PASA – and better yet, print the attached flyer (Harrisons & PASA Flyer), take it to the restaurant and hand it to your server. (In fact, clip the second flyer on the page and share it with a friend!) The local food options on Harrison’s menu are fab! They take their Buy Fresh Buy Local commitment seriously and purchase ingredients from many local growers. During your visit, be sure to thank the folks at Harrison’s for supporting the local food movement – in many ways!

August 31 – End-of-Summer Beer & Wine Climate Change Summit

(From Ed Perry)

  • WHO: Hunters, anglers, conservationists, outdoors people, and concerned citizens
  • WHAT: Beer and Wine Summit on Climate Change.
  • WHEN: Friday, August 31, 2012, from 5:30 pm – until – ???
  • WHERE: My house, 440 Brush Valley Road, Boalsburg
  • WHY: Celebrate two years of frustrating the House of Representatives
  • WHAT TO BRING: I’ll supply the beer, sodas and wine, and hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a salad, desert, or hot dish to share
  • RSVP: Please let me know if you plan to attend so we have enough food and beverages.

For the past 2 years, this House of Representatives, supported by our own Glenn Thompson, has been the most hostile to clean air and water protections in history. The House has passed over 190 pieces anti clean air and water legislation. Yet thanks to you all, not one of these attacks has been successful. Due to your interest and perseverance, we have not only been able to thwart attacks on the Clean Air Act, but thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency, we have actually made progress in reducing carbon emissions.

The EPA’s rules for mercury, new gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks, and regulations for new sources of carbon pollution will cause some of the dirtiest, most polluting coal plants in the country to shut down, and prevent other coal plants from being built. Although this congress has tried to stop EPA from implementing these new rules, thanks to your pressure, Senator Casey has been voting with us.

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