Farrago – August 27, 2012

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

  • CCBFBL E-Newsletter – August 23, 2012 Edition. Includes info on Wine & Tapas at Mount Nittany Winery (August 31), what’s fresh at the markets, and more.

News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

News from Shavers Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg

  • Shavers Creek E-Newsletter – August 24, 2012 Edition. Includes info about Migration Mornings, Shavers Creek Music Festival on Sept. 30 and more

News from Clearwater Conservancy

  • Clearwater Conservance E-Newsletter – August 24, 2012 Edition. Includes info about Sept. 3 Otto’s Golf Fest, Sept. 20 Wild & Scenic Film Fest, and more.

Spring Creek Homesteading News

August 28 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

It should be a wonderful day at the market, loaded with wonderful products, so in the unlikely event that you might have forgotten about it, here is your reminder.  Picker and Piper will play and sing from 4:00 to 5:30. Market open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at PA Military Museum in Boalsburg.

August 28 – Downtown State College Farmers Market Preview

(From Betsy Green) 

Market open 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on Locust Lane in State College. Three vendors will be absent:  Nittany View Farm, Red Hawk Premium Peppers, and Dn’D Farms.

  • Moser’s Produce:  NEW* Roma Beans, tropical melons and watermelons.  Also, new bicolor sweet corn.
  • Fasta & Ravioli:  Fresh pastas, ravioli, sauces, pesto, fresh mozzarella and crotons.
  • Hidden Hollow Farms: Bacon, sausage, pork chops, pasture raised beef – steaks, burgers, beef cubes.  Also rabbit meat.
  • Green Acre Farm:  NEW* Spaghetti Squash, butternut squash and kale.  Herbs and a wide variety of seasonal produce.  Also honey from our bees on the farm.
  • Sweet Heat Gourmet:  New* Apple and raisin chutney made with apples from Sweet Root Orchard.  We are also now making Peach salsa made with local ingredients; peaches, tomatoes,jalapenos, and red peppers.  Summer in a jar!
  • Bell and Whistle:  Gluten free baked goods, vegan items and gelato. *New Flavor this week – Peachy Bean: vanilla bean gelato with fresh local peaches.
  • Sweet Root Orchard: New* Honey Crisp and Gala Apples
  • Spring Bank Acres:  9 flavors of yogurt – 6 sweetened with unrefined sugar, 3 unsweetened.  Great anytime.
  • Egg Hill Gardens:  With these cooler nights, the kale and Swiss Chard is coming in nicely.  It still has some ‘summer heat’, but soooo…healthy and good, especially sautéed with olive oil and recently harvested garlic.  Try it Mikey…you’ll like it!   And don’t forget to bring home some cut flowers.

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda

For so many of us this is a bittersweet time of year.   The Centre County Grange Fair has started, which always symbolizes the end of the lazy summer days.  But with it comes the start of school for the the local children and PSU students, and that always means refreshingly cool Fall temperatures and crisp, delicious Fall apples are right around the corner!

With the end of Summer comes a bounty of local vegetables and fruit such as cucumbers, tomatoes, and the last of the sweet peaches and plums.  We hope you’ll come out and enjoy these fresh vegetables or try the versions of homemade pickles and fresh salsa our kitchen is cooking up right now. The last of the peaches are here and are great for eating, baking that last peach pie or freezing and canning for winter enjoyment.  Ever tried a peach dumpling?  If not, you need to come out the farm store and grab one today!  They’re sweet and delicious, just like their cousin, the apple dumpling, which will be coming soon to the Way Bakery near you!

Fall apples have just begun to arrive with the first picking of Honey Crisp (limited supplies available until next week’s picking) and now lots of Gala.  They are super fresh, crisp and delicious and are available at the farm store or at the weekly Farmer’s Markets we attend in Boalsburg (Tuesdays 2-6pm) and State College (Fridays 11:30-5:30pm).  Apple varieties will continue to be picked as they are ready, so we will keep you updated regularly on varieties and quantities available.

August 31 – End-of-Summer Beer and Wine Climate Change Summit in Boalsburg 

(From Ed Perry)

Hunters, anglers, conservationists, outdoors people, and concerned citizens are invited to a Beer and Wine Summit on Climate Change on Friday, August 31, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at 440 Brush Valley Road, Boalsburg to “celebrate two years of frustrating the House of Representatives …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.”

I’ll supply the beer, sodas and wine, and hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a salad, desert, or hot dish to share. RSVP by Thursday as I have to get the beverages and food. If you are coming, and can bring a chair, that would be great. I am planning in have a fire that night, so if you want to bring marshmallows, you’ll have a fire to cook them.

September 8  – Light Step Right Step Festival in State College

September 8 – Rock Run Rally in Williamsport Area

(From Leah Schade)

Interfaith Community Called to Action: Rock Run Rally – Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m.

Rock Run is an enchanting, beautifully wild area ofPennsylvania tucked away in the Loyalsock State Forest just north of Williamsport. And it is under threat to be destroyed by natural gas drilling. An oasis of 20,000 acres surrounds a 27-mile hiking path called the Old Logger’s trail. All around the area drilling is proceeding at full force. But PA Governor Tom Corbett could direct the DCNR to protect this still pristine area from natural gas development.

RDA (Responsible Drilling Alliance) and OUE (Organizations United for the Environment) are calling on all concerned citizens to attend a rally and picnic at Rock Run on Saturday, Sept. 8, gathering at 1:30 at the Fire Hall off Rt. 14 in the village of Ralston in northern Lycoming County to walk less than a half mile into the Loyalsock state forest to discuss how to preserve this incredible asset for future generations. I am especially askingfor members of our Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition to be there because we have been asked to begin the event with a blessing ceremony. More information.

September 15 – “Change of Heart” Transition Workshop at Ahimsa Village in Julian

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