Jambalaya – October 12, 2012

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

  • CCBFBL E-Newsletter – October 12, 2012 Edition, including announcement that the Old Gregg School Indoor Farmers Market in Spring Mills will open October 27.

October 13 – 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 Pavilion in Millheim

  • Tamarack Farm – Felted wool pumpkin decorations
  • MacNeal Orchards – Cider
  • Common Ground – Still has tomatoes…also leeks and assorted greens
  • Penns Valley Learning Garden  peppers, onions, sweet potatoes, herbs
  • Egg Hill Gardens:  Kales, Swiss Chard, Asian Greens, Mustard Greens, Sweet & Hot Peppers of all kinds, leeks

Harvest Festival Round-up

November 3 – “Native Plants and Rain Gardens” Meeting in State College

(From Jean Najjar)

The Pennsylvania Native Plant Society will have its Annual Meeting on November 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the State College Borough Building Community Room. It is open to the public and concerns the use of native plants and rain gardens in home landscapes — and the benefits to the Chesapeake watershed. Flier:

News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

PASA E-Newsletter – October 11, 2012 Edition:

Michele Marchetti writing at StateCollege.com

All about Friends & Farmers Cooperative and the October 20 fundraising dinner at Greenmoore Gardens: “…The idea behind this particular co-op is simple: to build a member-owned community grocery store stocked with fruits, vegetables, grains, oil, baked goods and other items grown or made in central Pennsylvania. A place where, in October, you can find a locally grown squash any day of the week…”

FoodLink – Opportunity for PASA Members

(From Mia Farber of FoodLink)

“I presently work for a perishable supply chain company based in California, where I am developing a local buying program to increase access to source-identified, regionally-sourced food for retail grocery stores.FoodLink aims to increase market access and efficiency for both farms and  buyers, which in turn will enable more local food to reach the end customer. If you would like more information or to learn about our efforts in scaling up good food, you may contact me directly (408-458-8355) or refer to our FAQ.

With three high-volume buyers headquartered in Pennsylvania and eager to source from this region, I am extending a free opportunity for PASA members to market their farms to these qualified retail & wholesale buyers through our Deal Manager platform. Any PASA member interested in exploring new sales channels can create a free, easy-to-manage online profile that makes fresh, local food more accessible to mainstream retail and wholesale buyers. If you are interested in exploring new sales channels and connecting your farm to wholesale buyers, post a FREE Farm Profile on FoodLink Deal Manager. (PASA Members Use Free Code: 81205)

  • Market Your Farm Brand to Qualified Retail & Wholesale Buyers
  • Manage Online Product Catalog and Harvest Availability
  • Communicate Important Information about Growing Practices
  • Show Up in Regional Sourcing Search Results
  • Buyers See Farms within a 300 Mile Radius
  • Share Pick-up and Delivery Capacity
  • Post Unlimited Seasonal or Promotional Deals
  • Drive Buyer Traffic to Your Own Website

I urge cooperatives, brokers, aggregators or anyone with sufficient product to explore new sales channels to take advantage of this first step in the development of our local program.”

December 7 – Woman to Woman: Pay It Forward – Symposium in State College

(From Ann Stone)

The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network is hosting a one-day networking symposium to promote and encourage mentoring and shared learning. Heather Retberg will present poignant keynote address on how she worked with a small group of women to bring food sovereignty to Maine. Heather and her family own and operate a small farm in Maine. When Maine’s Department of Agriculture began enforcing federal rules for processing chickens and selling raw milk, threatening the family’s livelihood, a food activist was born!  Heather is now looked to by farmers across the state and country as a leader in the fight for local control of local food systems.

The $50.00 registration fee includes morning refreshments, buffet lunch, afternoon refreshments, and materials. Sponsorships available. Details updated daily.

Recipe for Sweet Potato Stew

Thanks to Beth Bailey for responding to my recipe request for the delicious dish she brought to the last Spring Creek Homesteading Potluck:

“I modified a stew recipe from Cuizoo as follows:

  • No chicken
  • I used veggie broth
  • No ginger (didn’t have any on hand!)
  • I used sunflower seeds in place of pumpkin seeds

Most of the produce was from my Plowshare Produce farm share. :-)”

Michael Pollan writing at the New York Times

Vote for the Dinner Party: On Prop. 37 in California:

“…One of the more interesting things we will learn on Nov. 6 is whether or not there is a “food movement” in America worthy of the name — that is, an organized force in our politics capable of demanding change in the food system…Clearly there is growing sentiment in favor of reforming American agriculture and interest in questions about where our food comes from and how it was produced. And certainly we can see an alternative food economy rising around us: local and organic agriculture is growing far faster than the food market as a whole. But a market and a sentiment are not quite the same thing as a political movement — something capable of frightening politicians and propelling its concerns onto the national agenda…”

Rebecca Solnit writing at TomDispatch

The Rain on Our Parade: A Letter to my Dismal Allies:

“…There are bad things and they are bad. There are good things and they are good, even though the bad things are bad. The mentioning of something good does not require the automatic assertion of a bad thing. The good thing might be an interesting avenue to pursue in itself if you want to get anywhere.

…There are really only two questions for activists: What do you want to achieve?  And who do you want to be?  And those two questions are deeply entwined. Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world, just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style…”

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