Gumbo – September 30, 2012

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

  • CCBFBL E-Newsletter – September 27, 2012 Edition, including upcoming events and what’s in season:  “…favorites like winter squash, brocolli, and kales and lettuces can be found in plenty at the markets. You’ll still find turnips, beets, carrots, onions,fresh flowers, a variety of apples and more…”

Starting October 1 – Fall Food Workshop Series at Holt Library in Philipsburg

This series of free classes is offered on Monday evenings by BeWell Associates of State College.

  • Label Reading ~Take a look at labels and find out what is in your food.  Learn about hidden sugars, MSG, and preservatives that can be harmful, and tricky labeling that isn’t always honest.
  • Gluten-free For A Healthier Me ~ Learn the ins and outs of a gluten-free diet, including tasty alternatives to gluten favorites.  Lots of great recipes to help you replace the gluten grains with interesting alternatives will also be discussed.
  • How To Be A Responsible Vegetarian ~ This class is an introduction to vegetarian eating. Learn about optimizing protein to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need for optimal wellness.
  • Nutrition and Mental Health ~ Take a look at how our modern lifestyle affects your mental and emotional health. We will explore how hidden food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, the toxic environment, and hormonal imbalances contribute to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.

A similar series is running at Schlow Library on Sunday afternoons, starting Sept. 29.

October 2 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

Our Plow-to-Plate Harvest Dinner is coming up soon on October 10.  Local chefs will get ingredients from the market October 9 and prepare them in dishes for the dinner the next day, Oct. 10, at the Mount Nittany Winery.  Tickets ($25 for adults, kids under 12 free) are available at the market this Tuesday (open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum) and at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in State College.

The Harvest Dinner reminds us that Its definitely fall now, but some of our vendors will still have summer items available.  You can get tomatoes from Mothersbaugh Farm, colored peppers from Littlefield Farm, and sweet corn from Ardry Farm.  Byler Goat Dairy has its new, delicious goat ice cream, with a new fall flavor, pumpkin, added, along with its raw goat milk and goat milk cheeses.

Fall crops, of course, are available in abundance. You can get fingerling Peruvian Purple potatoes from Littlefield Farm and four kinds of organic potatoes from Jade Family Farm. Jonas Beiler Family Farm, Patchwork Farm, and Clan Stewart Farm all have sweet potatoes. Clan Stewart also has sugar snap peas. You can get white radishes from Ardry Farm and French Breakfast and winter “Watermelon” radishes from Jade Family Farm.

Tamarack Farm has watercress and mixed baby kale.  Butternut squash and pumpkins can be found at Mothersbaugh Farm, and Ardry Farms also has pumpkins. Patchwork Farm also has fresh ginger, along with Edamame, young soy beans for fresh eating.  You can get lettuce mix from Eden View and Jade Family farm.   In addition to the five varieties of apples Way Fruit Farm has been bringing, next week will see the first harvest of Golden Delicious.  Bill Callahan of Cow-A-Hen Farm says “You missed goat day, but Thanksgiving is coming.”  You can order a fresh turkey from him at market.

As usual, Stone Meadow and Clover Creek will have raw milk cheeses, Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery will have baked goods (cookies!), Gemelli’s Bakery will have a large selection of breads and desserts, Fasta Pasta its fresh pasta, and Wild for Salmon wild Alaskan sockeye salmon products.  Eden View will feature raw yoghurt smoothies.  With colder weather in the air, you might want to try homemade hot coca mix from Piper’s Peck and stock up on four different kinds of lip balm from Soap Sprite.

All this, and more, plus Richard Sleigh  playing and singing between 4:00 and 5:30.

October 2 – Downtown State College Farmers Market Preview

(From Betsy Green)

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

  • Moser’s Produce:  *New – Chestnuts and a new cucumber crop!
  • Fasta & Ravioli:  Basil Pesto, Lemon Artichoke Pesto and fresh Mozzarella.  It doesn’t get much better than that.
  • Larksmirth Manor:  Featuring the natural humidifier for winter indoors….PAPYRUS….learn how this lovely plant pumps moisture into the air.
  • Hidden Hollow Farms:  Soup chickens.  Also Grass-fed beef.  We also carry pork and rabbit meat.  And, as always, a large variety of baked goods: breads, pies, donuts, cookies & whoopie pies.
  • Green Acres Farm:  We now have beautiful butternut squash for your fall soups.  Also spaghetti squash, kale, yams and broccoli.  Brown eggs and honey still available.
  • Sweet Heat Gourmet:  *New – Pineapple and ghost pepper hot sauce using local peppers from Exotic Peppers. Pumpkin salsa using local ingredients from Tait Farm, Mothersbaugh and Clan Stewart Farm.
  • Bell and Whistle:  *New – Starting this week we will have Mexican hot chocolate!  Check out my gluten-free baked goods, vegan items and homemade gelato.
  • Sweet Root Orchard:  *New – Adding New Cameo to our line of apples.  Still available are Honeycrisp, MacIntosh and Golden Delicious Apples
  • Dn’D Farms:  *New – Veal and lamb.  CSA meat and egg shares available.  Check us out.
  • Spring Bank Acres: *New – Freshly dug sweet potatoes.
  • Nittany View Farm:  Extra large bars of lavender soap on sale.
  • Red Hawk Premium Peppers:  *New – Pepper seed varieties from this season’s crop.  Get ready for your 2012 planting.
  • Egg HIll Gardens:  *New – ‘Masai’ beans: a quality French filet green bean.  Also, now harvesting Senposai and Tokyo Bekana Asian greens.  One last week for fresh baby ginger!

October 3 – Lemont Farmers’ Market Harvest Fest & Community Yard Sale

The Lemont Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lemont Granary. This Wednesday, to celebrate living in Lemont and having a Farmers’ Market, they’ve organized family friendly activities for the “Clean Sweep for Fall Community Flea Market/Yard Sale on the Village Green.”

Bring your goods and a table and clean the stuff out of your house! The Lemont Farmers’ Market invites you to set up a yard sale/flea market or craft selling business on the Village Green, Wednesday, October 3, 3 to 7 pm. Participants are asked to bring a table, tent, items for sale, and asked to set up and take down.

October 6 – Millheim Farmers Market Pork Roast – 

Stop by the Millheim Farmers Market at the American Legion Pavilion on October 6 for a pig roast complete with pork sandwiches, apple slaw, Bavarian pretzels with ale mustard made from Partner Elk Creek’s Brookie Brown. There will also be live music, along with the usual array of fresh foods and locally crafted products.

October 7 – “The Work That Reconnects” – Potluck, Film & Discussion

(From Sunny Rehler of Ahimsa Village in Julian)

Please join us at 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 7 at Greenmoore Gardens! (193 Eagle Field Road in Port Matilda, PA 16870 ). We will watch a short sections of a DVD entitled “The Work That Reconnects”  and hold a discussion about the “Inner Transition.”

This is a follow-up program to the workshop at Ahimsa Village on September 15 facilitated by Andy McKinnon entitled “Change of Heart – Inner Transition.”  We will be discussing methods to develop courage and inner strength to face the coming challenges with a sense of empowerment, rather than  frustration and despair.  Such work has also been referred to as “deep ecology.”  Everyone is welcome whether you attended the original workshop or not.

Following the discussion, there will be a pot-luck in the dining room at 6:30 p.m.   Please bring a vegetarian dish to share and send an RSVP by email  or phone (353-8582) if you plan to come!

October 9 – Susan Godwin – Nigerian Farmer’s Tour Coming to PA

(Oxfam Farmer Tour Info forwarded by Ann Stone of PA-Women’s Agriculture Network)

“Susan Godwin is a Nigerian farmer [who] has been farming for 12 years in the northern area of Nassarawa state, Obi local government Tunduadabu. She farms on 7 hectares of land and she cultivates mainly Yam and Groundnut and compliments with Maize and Guinea Corn. She won  Oxfam’s Female Food Hero for the year 2012/2013 which earned her the position of the chairperson of the small scale farmers in her community…”

Contact Maggie Robertson or Judi Radel if you are interested in joining them for any part of the tour, including a potluck lunch at Yeehaw Farm in Duncannon, PA (Perry County) on October 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Carpooling may be available.

  • 10:00 Judi Radel will lead a tour of Yeehaw Farm, where Judi and her family operate a diversified family farm offering all natural beef, pork, goat, free range poultry, eggs and other farm products.
  • 12:00 potluck lunch – please bring a dish to share!
  • 1:00 Susan Godwin will share her experiences and insights gained from farming in Nigeria, and talk about the challenges faced by women farmers as well as the solutions  they have developed to meet those challenges.

October 20 – “Share the Harvest” Fundraiser for Friends & Farmers Co-op at Greenmoore Gardens

Greenmoore Gardens CSA Farm will host a fundraising dinner – “Share the Harvest” – on Saturday October 20. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. with a farm tour and activities for kids, with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a bonfire. Cost is $20 per person with children under 12 free. Tickets are available through the Greenmoore CSA pick-up stands at the Downtown State College Friday Farmers Market (Locust Lane) and the Saturday North Atherton Farmer’s Market (at Home Depot), or by contacting Greenmoore Gardens directly at 237-0082.

October 20-21 – Shaver’s Creek Harvest Festival in Petersburg

The annual Shaver’s Creek Harvest Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Shaver’s Creek comes alive in late October with a community festival that
celebrates the fall harvest, and includes pumpkin carving, face painting, music, entertainment, activities, natural history programs, great food and the Children’s Halloween Trail! While attendance to the Fall Harvest Festival is FREE, you will need to purchase tickets if you choose to enjoy the Children’s Halloween Trail. Tickets are $5 for ages 4 and older; children 3 and under are free. As the trail usually sells out during the festival, we recommend pre-ordering tickets, beginning in mid-September, by calling Shaver’s Creek at 814-863-2000, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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