Chitterlings – December 13, 2012

FRIDAY! Webster’s Bookstore Cafe Holiday Open House

Friday, December 14, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – All are welcome. We’ll have music throughout the evening, special gifts for you, food and beverages available as our special “thank you” for your support throughout this past year. Come meet friends: old and new, at our semi-annual unofficial Holiday Open House. Come by for a minute or stay for the evening! Children more than welcome, of course, and we’ll have both entrances open. We have two special musical performances, starting at 7pm, so please stop down and enjoy!

There are many other reasons to come downtown that night, including an art opening at Ion Gallery at 209 West Calder Way, so plan to spend a lovely evening in town. We’re very lucky to have an active downtown that is pedestrian-friendly, so let’s keep it that way! Ask for a special Parking Validation, courtesy of the Borough, good for 4 hours in the Pugh Street Garage. Details here


FRIDAY! Triple Divide – Movie Screening in Millheim

On Friday, December 14, the Penns Valley Conservation Association (PVCA) and other local partners will present a brand new environmental documentary, Triple Divide, at the IngleBean Coffee House in Millheim, PA. Details: TripleDivide Screening

Spring Creek Homesteading News

SCHF E-Newsletter – December 6, 2012 Edition

Potluck Update – Thank you to everyone who came out this past Tuesday making for another fun potluck, where we ate cheese scones; sweet potato fries; venison meatballs; chicken in butternut squash sauce with corn; vegetarian garlic, bean, spinach soup; vegetarian chili; sesame peanut noodles; zucchini-spinach-chickpea soup; macaroni & cheese and chocolate cake. And thank you to the Borough of State College Public Works department for the use of the Community Room. The Spring Potluck will be in March – date to be determined.

Homesteaders’ Hangout Reminder – The next one will be this Saturday, December 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe. Hangouts are a very laid-back monthly opportunity for Centre Region homesteaders and local food folk to get together and share the pleasures and challenges of developing the skills involved in cooking and growing more of our own local food supplies.

Reskilling Update – Winter 2013 Spring Creek Homesteading Workshop Schedule

  • Sign up by email or phone (237-0996)
  • NEW! January 12 – Healing Herbs for Topical Use: Making Homemade Lotions with Stephanie Hertel – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., probably at the State College Friends Meeting House, 611 East Prospect Ave.
  • January 19 – Beginner Beer Part 1 – Brewing, with Josh Lambert – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave.
  • NEW! January 19 – Creating Herbal Concoctions: Honeys, Elixirs, and Syrups, with Stephanie Hertel – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., probably at the State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave.
  • January 26 – Building a Top-Bar Bee Hive with Matt Poese and Josh Lambert – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave.
  • February 2 – Beginner Beer Part 2 – Racking & Bottling, with Josh Lambert – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave.
  • NEW! February 17 – Basic Bicycle Maintenance & Repair with Justin Wagner – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Freeze Thaw Cycles, 109 South Allen Street

Still confirming details for Making Sauerkraut – Intro to Lactofermentation with Scott DiLoreto, and Home Candymaking with Swami Anantheswaran. Spring Workshops in late March & early April will include Home Soap-MakingHeritage Seed Saving, Seed Starts & Seed Swap and Backyard Fruit & Nut Trees.

Ode to Meyer Dairy Eggnog

Michele Marchetti writing at “…In the caloric climb from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the Eggnog French Toast represents a precipice that can only be scaled by an experienced holiday eater…”

Centre County Black Hops Unit: Next Meeting Tentatively Jan. 23 at Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

(From Dustin Kennedy)

Hello fellow blackhoperatives!

We’ve had two meetings to date.  Slow and steady is winning this race.  For instance, we have an awesome throw-down challenge (that Jens has facilitated) for our upcoming January meeting.  Jens arranged for a bulk buy of base malt, and we’re currently brewing our best stouts for comparison in classic Meade-hall style. However, if you weren’t part of the bulk order, you are still invited to bring your best stout (or other style) to the upcoming meeting!

Our friendly competition will hopefully take place at the Elk Creek Cafe in Millheim, but we need to firm up some details to make it happen.  Jens posted this to the forum – proposing January 23 – and if you are interested in coming he needs to have your commitment to finalize plans. Please take a minute to reply to him (either via email or message board) for a reserved seat, but also with a vote for menu or group buffet.

PSU Nutrition 497 Student Report – Penn State Students & Local Food

Three students in Dorothy Blair’s Fall Nutrition 497G class – Megan McGill, Brett Liberto and Shane Gamble – mapped local farmers markets and then conducted peer interviews about how their fellow Penn State students buy, prepare and eat food. FULL REPORT: NUTR497 REPORT


“…After analyzing the results from our study, we concluded that future Penn State students would likely benefit from learning more about nutrition, cooking, and sustainable eating.  Similar to the studies we looked at, time, convenience, cost, and transportation presented the main barriers to healthy eating for Penn State students (Wilkins et al., 2000; Driskell J., Young-Nam, K., & Goebel, K., 2005).

We came up with several possible solutions to overcome these barriers. For example, one solution involves the creation of a mandatory introductory cooking and nutrition course in the form of a freshman health seminar.  Students coming into the university would gain access to valuable knowledge about nutrition and healthy eating, in addition to developing cooking skills.  Students taking this course would be more likely to adopt healthy eating patterns that would stay with them throughout their time at school.

Another part of this course would include field trips to local farmers’ markets to increase student awareness about local eating.  A similar solution would involve emailing students healthy recipes, information about farmers’ markets, and advertisements for opportunities to eat locally throughout and around campus…”

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… mixing, measuring, whipping or basting.  Here’s hoping you have a relaxing and beautiful holiday season this year!

Custom-made, fresh fruit baskets can be ordered and picked up all the way through New Years!  It’s a fun, healthy gift that you can give in an instant!…Say thanks for the party with our “Hostess Basket” including: snacks & drink mixes in a PA-made basket.  Feed the sweet tooth on your list with the “Chocolate Lovers” basket including chocolate-covered raisins, pretzels, cocoa mix and more!  Movie night is more fun with the “Family night” basket including popcorn, apple dip, old-fashioned candies and other goodies…Our own, fresh apples, Florida citrus and fresh-pressed cider are always available too!

Looking for other gift ideas?  Come out to the farm and browse our selection of local items including pottery, Polish pottery, local crafts including hand-sewn dolls, hand-made cutting boards and bowls, an assortment of books by local authors, notecards by a local artist and more!

Last, but not least, our Bakery “elves” are busy baking everything you need to make your holiday parties, family gatherings and office gifts easy and delicious!  Stop by or call ahead to place your order for:  From-scratch cookie trays, fruit pies, fresh-baked dinner rolls, bread, sticky buns, apple donuts, muffins and so much more!  The elves at our bakery wish you a “Merry Christmas and Happy Eating!”

Our hours for the holidays are as follows:

  • Dec. 24 – 8am-4:00pm
  • Dec. 25 – Closed- Merry Christmas!
  • Dec. 26 – Closed
  • Dec. 31 – 8am-4:00pm
  • Jan. 1- Closed- Happy New Year!
  • Jan. 2 – Resume normal winter hours (Mon. – Fri. 8 – 6:30, Sat. 8-5)

News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

  • PASA E-Newsletter – December 13, 2012 – All about CHEESE…
  • Help PASA Celebrate Our 100th Issue! PASA will be celebrating another milestone within the organization in early 2013, as we mark 100 issues of our bimonthly newsletter, Passages. In marking this achievement we wanted to hear from you, our members …what has our “little ag rag” meant to you?…Share your stories & comments about Passages with us…
  • Music at Farmers Markets – Copyright Issues – The Farmers Market Coalition and Washington State Farmers Market Association are working with a group of lawyers providing pro bono legal services to develop strategies for farmers markets that have music, either live or prerecorded. To help the lawyers understand more about music at farmers markets, we ask that you complete a short survey…to avoid having owners of farmers markets be sued for copyright infringement, the lawyers are exploring the possibility of proposing a new licensing category for farmers markets to the three main performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC).
  • Cream Separator for Sale by a PASA member – “After ten years of fixing fences…and loving goats I finally traded them all for a very nice little Jersey cow. I am selling my Working DeLaval No. 10 CREAM SEPARATOR. It holds 4 gallons of milk and works very well. If anyone is interested please contact me at 570-922-1824 or email. I am also open to trades. I believe it is worth$500.”

Action Alert on Global Warming

(From David Masur at PennEnvironment)

Help us get 10,000 emails into President Obama this week, asking him to make tackling global warming a priority in his second term.  And then forward this to your friends to help us hit our goal.

PA-IPL Year-End Fundraising Appeal

(From Rev. William C. Thwing, President of PA IPL)

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light needs your help.  PA IPL is a non-profit organization that helps congregations and individuals to act decisively on climate change issues through appropriate advocacy, education, and reduction of energy use.  You can help by becoming a member of PA IPL, encouraging your congregation to join us, and taking steps on a faith-based journey toward a sustainable future. Even the smallest gift will help. Your tax-deductible donations will be doubled, thanks to a $10,000 matching grant from national Interfaith Power & Light.

To become a member or make a donation, simply go to our website and sign up….Thank you for your generosity and your devotion to helping solve the problems of climate change that threaten the future of God’s creation.


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