Thank you to Betsy Green for snipples – “It’s probably a PA Dutch derivative of another word…When we were very young kids & were working on paper cut-outs and we had bits & pieces of paper all over the place, my Mom would say, ‘Okay, now clean up your snipples.’ ”
Spring Creek Homesteading News
- April 6 – From Science to Salsa: Tomatoes with Matt Sullenberger – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave.
- April 20 – Planting Backyard Fruit & Nut Trees & Shrubs with Scott Diloreto, Emily Zink and Jennie Diehl – 10 a.m. to noon at 156 West Hamilton Ave. When signing up, please choose a shrub package to purchase: two raspberry bushes ($8.60 per set) OR two currant bushes ($18.60 per set). We’re pre-ordering the plants for delivery, so you can pick them up at the workshop, take them home and plant them.
- June 1 – Planting a Pollinator Garden & Building a Bee Box with Justin Wheeler – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 301 South Garner Ave.
- July 6 – Building Rain Barrels with Justin Wheeler – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 301 South Garner Ave.
Next Potluck – Summer Potluck Picnic at Spring Creek Park, on a Saturday afternoon in late June. Will post date and time after I reserve a pavilion near the playground and creek bank.
New Blog Page – Project Central is a listing of active local food system projects including quick project summaries, single points of contact and a volunteer pool, to match PSU students and other local food supporters with projects that need hands-on help.
Keller Street Community Garden – 11 plots still available (5′ by 20′). More info at Programs page.
News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
- Food Safety Modernization Act – Report from PASA Executive Director Brian Snyder, including dates for upcoming regional information sessions. “…This is the biggest change in food safety regulation in 75 years, and will govern how you run your businesses for decades to come. Please take the time to look over the rules and let us know what really matters by emailing me and/or Susan Beal. And please get the word out to your extended contacts so we can all be working together on this very important project!”
- Brian has also started a new blog – Write to Farm – to gather information farmers and farm-supporters can use to advocate for local food during the regulatory implementation process. Must-read post: The Food Safety Saga and Why It Matters
- PASA E-Newsletter – March 21 Edition
- March 29 – Advertising deadline for PASA’s 2013 Farmbook. (Details.)
News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local
CCBFBL E-Newsletter – March 22 Edition, including opening dates for spring farmers markets!
- Old Gregg School Saturday Farmers Market will open March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be open every Saturday until May 4 at the Old Gregg School in Spring Mills.
- Bellefonte Saturday Farmers Market will open April 27 and run Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the
Home DepotGamble Mill parking lot until fall.
- State College Tuesday Farmers Market will open April 30 and run Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 pon Locust Lane until fall.
- Lemont Wednesday Farmers Market will open on May 22 with new hours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will run Wednesdays at the Granary on Mount Nittany Road until fall.
- State College Friday Farmers Market will open May 3 and run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Friday on Locust Lane until fall.
- Millheim Saturday Farmers Market will open May 11 and run from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. every Saturday at the American Legion Pavilion until fall.
- North Atherton Saturday Farmers Market will openMay 11 and run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the Home Depot parking lot until fall.
March 26 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview
(From Jim Eisenstein)
Come on people, it is time to really think spring! Our growers are watching their propane bills for their greenhouses filled with seedlings escalate, and they are looking wistfully at their unplowed and disked growing fields. After a very warm and early spring last year, it looks like its back to 2011 all over again.
Fortunately, a number of our vendors are not dependent on the weather. Clover Creek has plenty of raw cow’s milk and cheese, Stone Meadow has cheese and meat, Byler Goat diary onion and chive dry curd goat cheese (among other goat cheeses), Eden View beets and fruit smoothies made from local yoghurt and fruit, and Tamarack Tunisian lamb sausage. Bee Kind winery will bring about 15 different wines.
If you are looking for quality ham or a fresh cut pork roast for Easter, Bill Calahan has them. If it is wild caught Alaskan salmon on the menu, you’ll find that too. As usual, Fasta Pasta has fresh made pasta, Gemelli’s a variety of breads and desserts, and Way Fruit Farm apples and cider. Ardry can supply you with potatoes. We also have a special guest vendor next week, Kat’s Raw Foods, with over 12 products, including kale chips, crackers, granola, and cookies. Several other guest vendors have been selling Easter candies.
So there are plenty of locally made products available at this coming Tuesday’s market (Boalsburg Fire Hall, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.). We almost always have wonderful local musicians playing, and this week is no exception. This week, its Picker and Papa, from 4:00 to 5:30. Come and enjoy and help us will spring into full bloom.
March 27 – Tree Identification Workshop at Penns Valley Conservation Association Winter Meeting in Centre Hall
PVCA’s winter meeting is coming up this Wednesday March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Centre Hall American Legion (Rt. 45, just east of the Old Fort traffic light). Details at PVCA website.
March 28 – Local Foods Dinner at Redifer Commons – Planning Meeting with New PSU Club: “Real Food Challenge”
(From Alyssa Kalter, Food Programs Intern at PSU Sustainability Institute)
We will be holding a meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at New Leaf (100 South Fraser St. in State College) to plan a local foods dinner in Redifer Commons on the Penn State University Park campus.
Agenda includes forming three task-teams to get commitments from students to come to the dinner (tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 23) to purchase items made from fresh, local organic or naturally raised food.
- Student Recruiting Team – to get students to sign up for the dinner
- Food Sourcing Team – to obtain the ingredients and to meet with the food preparers
- Publicity Team – to get the word out about the event
The Real Food Challenge, a new student group with a mission to educate students on the importance of bringing local foods into the dining halls, will be involved with this project. Contact Alyssa for more info.
March 30 – Easter Egg Hunt and Opening of Old Gregg School Spring Farmers Market (Spring Mills)
(From Betsy Green)
Spring Celebration at Old Gregg School Community & Recreation Center this Saturday, March 30, 2013. ALL activities begin promptly at 10 AM. Conclude at 1:00 PM at the Old Gregg School Community & Recreation Center, 106 School Street (Located in beautiful Penns Valley, just off PA Rt. 46 at the Spring Mills exit)
- Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by local Girl Scout Troops 41224 and 41232, including local 4-H Club’s visit with live bunnies, begins promptly at 10 AM. Plan to arrive early!
- Nittany Valley Model Railroad Club’s Spring OPEN HOUSE. Children Welcome! Come see the model trains in action!
- Spring reopening of the Old Gregg School Farmers Market. Spring markets to be held every Saturday, from 10 AM – 1 PM, from March 30 through May 4, 2013. Delicious local foods, produce and crafts. Details below.
- FREE hot chocolate for kids and to anyone who attends (or volunteers to assist) during the farmers market in the gym.
- Volunteers are needed to help set up and assist during the farmers market, as well as for a short time before and during the children’s egg hunt. For more information or to volunteer contact: Robin Bastress at (814) 404-3812 or by email. For farmers market questions or to volunteer at the markets, contact Leslie Zuck at (814) 404-6567 or by email.
Spring Mills Opening Market Day on March 30
- Enjoy breakfast or lunch items prepared by Humble Pie Catering, made with local ingredients!
- Penns Valley Learning Garden will be there with gardening information and seeking volunteer sign-ups.
- Non-profit Ladies of Grace church with handmade chocolate Easter eggs (unless they’ve sold out).
- Long Lane Flower & Garden with lovely spring arrangements for Easter
- Kim’s Pockets with handmade bags from recycled materials.
- Thankful Sage Farm School with handmade soaps and herbal salves made with organic ingredients.
- McNeal Orchards & Sugarbush with maple syrup – as fresh as it gets!
- Over the Moon Farm with a large variety of sausage, pork, beef, chicken, turkey, and eggs. Please Note: Over the Moon Farm will have nitrate-free, boneless hams for Easter. You really cannot get them anywhere else locally!
- Woodside Acres with handmade potato chips, baked goods, and canned items.
- Common Ground Organic Farm with spring produce, leeks, garden plants, and native ramps (wild leeks) to plant.
- Spring Bank Acres with raw milk dairy products, yogurt, milk, cheese, and eggs.
- Crossroads Farm with chicken, eggs, jam, and baked goods.
- Gaffron’s Sunrise Bakery with special Easter treats and other baked goods.
- Millheim Bread Company with sourdough spelt bread beginning April 6
April 3 – Centre County Black Hops Unit Meeting at Otto’s Pub & Brewery
(From Jens Breffke)
We called for a pale ale meeting, so bring your homebrews because Charlie Schnable, Chris Brugger & Co. cannot wait to meet you, show you their brewery, and taste your beer.
Bonus: I arranged with D’ags to get brewing yeast freshly harvested from one of their current fermentations and will have it filled for you in vials for your next homebrew – FOR FREE. A little treat for everyone to grow our community. Please, spread the word!
If you could give me a RSVP that would be great so we’ll roughly know how much space we’ll need. Cheers!
News from Good Food Neighborhood
(From Hannah Smith)
April 14, 2013 – Philly Farm and Food Fest Preview – “…In 2012, the Philly Farm & Food Fest (PF3) drew nearly 3,000 participants to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. They came to taste, buy and meet the people who grow and produce delicious local foods. A joint project of PASA and Fair Food, we invite you to join us in this unique farm-focused celebration of wholesome foods…”
The community outreach program of PASA, the Good Food Neighborhood™ provides education, programming and services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. Here consumers, farmers, businesses and organizations can network around local foods and sustainable food systems. Whether searching for local foods, attending local events, buying directly from a local farmer or market, or getting involved in food policy/advocacy, the entire community’s involvement in the local foods movement is vital to the sustainability of farms.