Grab Bag – September 14, 2012

September 15 – Millheim Farmers Market Preview

(From Betsy Green)

The Millheim Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post.
  • Egg Hill Gardens and Fasta & Ravioli will be absent this week.
  • Stone Meadow Farm: NEW hot dogs
  • H & S Kitchen:  NEW  Potato chips, homemade noodles and angel food cakes
  • Penns Valley Learning Garden:  NEW Indian Corn
  • MacNeals Orchard:  Rambo, Gala and McIntosh
  • Gemelli Bakers:  Tony said he’ll be on time this week!!! (we’ll see)
  • Common Ground:  New organic summer squash and melons.  Perennial succulent plants.  And as always, awesome heirloom tomatoes.
  • Tamarack Farm:  NEW Tunisian Lamb Sausage
  • Ecosophy Farm:  5 varieties of garlic, plus seed grade garlic for Fall planting.
  • Creekside Produce:  NEW Indian corn & gourds for your Fall decorating.

News from Spring Creek Homesteading

More Workshops Confirmed & Open for Registration (Phone 237-0996 or Email)

  • OPEN FOR SIGNUPS – Home Cheesemaking with Adam Seitz – October 13 in Spring Mills, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • OPEN FOR SIGNUPS – Beginner Quilting with Mary Ellen McMahon – November 10 at Friends Meeting House in State College, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – (Project: Make two quilted place-mats.)
  • OPEN FOR SIGNUPS – Beginner Meditation – December 1 at Friends Meeting House, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • OPEN FOR SIGNUPS – Making Decorative Apple Elves with Ingrid Fowles – December 8 at Friends Meeting House, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Details Pending – Building a Top-Bar Bee Hive with Matt Poese and Josh Lambert
  • Details Pending – Making Homemade Sausage with Steve Bookbinder
  • Details Pending – Installing Insulation for Energy Efficiency with Dean Fenton

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

CCBFBL E-Newsletter – September 13, 2012 Edition

  • Member Farmers MarketsFridays: Downtown State College at Locust Lane (11:30am to 5:30pm); Saturdays: Bellefonte at Gamble Mill (8am to 12pm) & Millheim at American Legion (10am to 1pm) & North Atherton (10am to 2pm); Tuesdays: Downtown State College (11:30am to 5:30pm) & Boalsburg (2pm to 6pm); Wednesdays: Lemont (3pm to 7pm)
  • The Crush is On at Partner Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery in Linden Hall. It’s going to be a great year! The fruit is ripe and they’ve harvested Cayuga, Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling, and expect to pick Vidal Blanc and Cabernet within the week.  Stop by and try the newly-released Autumn Nectar, a sweet, full flavored dessert wine, similar in style to a German Eiswein. While you are there, snap a few photos and submit them to their harvest photo contest!
  • Partner Tait Farm is welcoming the Fall-like weather with locally grown mum, asters, and ornamental kales and cabbages. You’ll find seasonal hand-crafted wreaths, swags, linens, and more. Celebrate the season with the new Apple Chutney – it pairs particularly well with cheddar.
  • Partner Webster’s Cafe is introducing a local food lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. This week features local cheese and vegetables in a lasagna, and a local organic salad and Gemelli bread. They also now have homemade whoopie pies to get you through those days that don’t have a farmers market.

News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

September 27 – Wetlands & Waterways Tour in Spring Mills

Learn about the importance of wetlands Wetland restoration Life in a wetland Wetland management Vernal pools Streambank restoration Fish habitat enhancement and much more! Enjoy a day in beautiful Penns Valley! Details in flier: Wetlands and Waterways Flier

September 30 – The FrackAwareness Coalition Concert North of Lewisburg

The Frack Awareness Coalition (representing Sierra Club, Responsible Drilling Alliance, Organizations United for the Environment and others) will hold a concert featuring Van Wagner, Earl Pickens, Doug McMinn, Potorland, and Hannah Bingman at Central Oak Heights along Route 15 just north of Lewisburg from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. Cost: $3.00 individual with pre-purchase at Fresh LIfe, Cherry Alley, Emma’s 0r $5 at entrance. Family rates are available. Details at the event website.

Michele Marchetti

Michele Marchetti Writing at

Tastes of Hawaii – “…I embraced everything local, from the lobster “hot dog” to the omnipresent Wow Farm organic Hawaii tomatoes to the Dragon Fruit (pictured), which requires a Google search to slay and looks considerably more remarkable than it tastes. (However, as is typically the case with any brightly colored fruit or vegetable, Dragon Fruit delivers a fierce dose of nutrients.)..”

November 10 – First Annual Barter Fair in Williamsport

PASA’s North Central Regional Barter Fair will be Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Professional Development Center on the Penn College Campus in Williamsport, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Requirements of Participation:

  • Items need to be producer raised or handcrafted.
  • Current member of PASA, residing in the North Central Region.
  • Products grouped in $5 or $10 increments, to facilitate making trade  agreements.
  • Participants are asked to barter and avoid the use of cash.

Each  participant will have a 6-foot table space to display their wares for trade.  Produce, meat, bakery items, cheese, soaps, canned goods, fiber products,  and other farm produced products are welcome. The number of similar goods  will be restricted, so variety is encouraged. Making your RSVP early will  improve your chances of participation. Please be prompt to set up your space so  that as many participants as possible can view your products before the  barter commences. The event room is located on a first floor, near easily accessible parking in the Le Jeune Chef parking lot; there will be signs posted to direct  participants. Bring a wagon to pull items inside, if that is easier.

For more information or to reserve your space, contact Leah Tewksbury or call 570-437-2620. Your RSVP should include the following information: your name, farm name, and contact information and the main products you will bring for barter.

What’s Katherine working on?

  • Researching & Drafting Spring Creek Homesteading’s 501(c)3 application. Aiming to submit to IRS by Sept. 30
  • Researching & Drafting Spring Creek Homesteaders Handbook. Aiming to finish editing and print by October 30
  • Researching & Drafting a proposal for a farmers cooperative  to facilitate sales to PSU Residential Dining Services, to be modeled on Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative and tailored to meet PSU purchasing standards and practices. Aiming to forward a first rough draft to regional farmers’ market managers by November 30.
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