Homesteaders’ Quarto – June 13, 2013

Blog posting is getting a bit haphazard, what with kids out of school for the summer and so forth…hope to have more time to compile more info next week…

FARMERS MARKETS – What’s in season?

From Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local: “Strawberries  are still coming in strong, along with juicy hot house tomatoes. Vendors will now have carrots, broccoli, cucumbers and swiss chard, perfect to mix with a variety of greens like arugula, salad mix, kale, spinach and more.  Add a burst of flavor in your favorite dish with some beets, radishes, onions and garlic scapes. Herbs and seasonings will be plentiful, as well as lots of year-round items like cheese, meat,eggs, bread, canned & prepared goods, baked goods, and wine. You’ll also find handmade items like soaps and body care products as well as other crafts.”

  • Fridays: Downtown State College (11:30am to 5:30pm on Locust Lane)
  • Tuesdays: State College (11:30am to 5:30pm on Locust Lane)
  • Tuesdays: Boalsburg (2pm to 6pm at the PA Military Museum)
  • Wednesdays: Lemont (2pm to 6pm at the Granary)
  • Saturdays: Bellefonte (8am to 12pm at the Gamble Mill)
  • Saturdays: Millheim (10am to 1pm at the American Legion Post)
  • Saturdays North Atherton (10am to 2pm at Home Depot)


June 15 – Planting the Keller Street Community Garden Pollinator Beds – Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Keller Street Community Garden at State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave. No sign up needed.

June 15 – Centre County Black Hops Unit and Hoppy Valley Home Brew Club – Beer Brewing with Potluck Barbecue – 10 a.m. at 212 Oakley Dr. in State College. Contact Jens Breffke for details.

  • From Jens Breffke: ” Hello hoperators!  This is a friendly reminder that we’ll meet this Saturday for brewing at my place on Saturday morning (let’s say 10ish!?). I hope you will stop by for a little while even you don’t plan on brewing. We will have the grill running for a BBQ potluck. Please let me know if and what you’ll bring. Heads up: Get your yeast starter going today, tomorrow the latest. I got already fresh yeast from Otto’s last night, Aaron and me picked up 28 gallons of apple cider from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda yesterday and will brew also beer. We’ll have many burners going so please let me know if you come with your equipment just so we can plan the space ahead. Weather forecast is looking good so far for Saturday. Let’s hope it stays that way. But my double size garage can fit a lot of people and burners.  Hope to see you on Saturday!”

June 22 – Common Weeds of Central PA and Non-Herbicide Strategies for Management with Elina Snyder – Saturday 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Keller Street Community Garden at State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave. (Call 237-0996 or email to sign up)

June 22 – Seed Saving Workshop with Matt Sullenberger – Saturday 10 a.m. at the Penn State Community Garden off Pollock Porter Road.

  • From Scott Salesky of the PSU Community Garden: “If you’re interested in growing and preserving rare heirloom plant varieties, maintaining genetic diversity, and developing strains of plants that are uniquely adapted for your growing conditions, you may be interested in our next workshop at the Community Garden, which will be held on Saturday, June 22 beginning at 10 am. The workshop will focus on Seed Saving, and will be led by Matt Sullenberger, a PSU graduate student in Plant Science. Matt does research in tomato breeding and genetics, and is especially passionate about tomatoes and peppers. We hope to see you there!”

June 22 – Homesteaders’ Summer Potluck Picnic  on Saturday June 22, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Spring Creek Park, Pavilion #2. RSVP at SignUpGenius.

CCFT FlierJune 22 – Summer Solstice Celebration at Tait Farm in Centre Hall – Fundraiser for Centre County Farmland Trust.

June 30 – Happy Valley Timebank Concert at Webster’s

From Sean Morgan: “I’m so excited to announce Happy Valley Time Bank’s first in personevent! It will be held at a wonderful community space, Webster’sBookstore Cafe at 133 E Beaver Ave in Downtown State College on Sunday June 30. The intimate brunch concert starts at noon and runs until 2 pm. The cost is free! Soulful singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Ian Farmer will perform starting at noon. My alter ego, torchsinger-songwriter Sean O’Donoghue will take the stage at 1:30 pm. This is an opportunity for time bank members to get to know one another and for the public to learn about the time bank. Volunteers will be available to help prospective members sign up during the event. You can get a taste of Eric Ian Farmer’s soulful sound at You can listen to Sean O’Donoghue’s original jazz inspired songwriting at” Happy Valley Timebank’s mission is to foster community connections through hour-for-hour exchanges of all of our unique gifts. To post an offer or request, go to the link.

July 6 – Building Rain Barrels with Justin Wheeler – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 301 South Garner Ave. (Call 237-0996 or email to sign up)

  • From Justin Wheeler: “I will be providing all the necessary tools and supplies to build a basic rain barrel – but they should supply their own container/barrel. I’ll be showing examples made from a food grade barrel, and a tower made from storage bins that are stacked and “daisy chained” together. Participants though may find it easiest to use a heavy duty trash can such as this one. If using a trash can, it cannot be thin plastic – it must be of a heavy duty “rubbermaid” type material. Participants are welcome to bring any barrel they like however, and if they have questions about what can be used should contact me.”

July 13 – Building a Backyard Chicken Coop with Woody Wilson – Saturday, 9 a.m. t0 1 p.m. Host family/location needed! Pay $200 for materials, get free labor and a finished coop by the end of the workshop! (Call 237-0996 for more info.)

August 3 – PCO FarmFest Homesteader Workshop Series:

  • Cover Cropping in the Backyard Garden with Gene Bazan
  • Gardening for Pollinators and Native Bee Conservation with Justin Wheeler
  • Backyard Chickens with Nellie Bhattarai
  • Canning Summer Fruits with Josh Lambert
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One Response to Homesteaders’ Quarto – June 13, 2013

  1. Betsy says:

    Lots of really cool things happening….thanks for keeping everyone connected! , Betsy

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