Community / Blogs

Stories and Events in the WPSU Community


The opinions expressed in these blogs are solely those of the people who wrote them, and do not represent the views of WPSU or Penn State University.

Local Food Journey

Recipe: Roasted Parsnips with Thyme

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/15 at 09:49 AM

Parsnips are a highly underrated vegetable. When roasted, they are sweet, a little earthy, and even a bit spicy.

They are also an underrated example of why local food can be better than supermarket food. If you grow parsnips in your garden or buy them this time of year from a local farmer at say a Farmers Market or via Friends and Farmers Coop’s online market, they have a distinct advantage over the supermarket ones. Why? It’s simple…cold weather exposure.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Chores to do in the garden before winter sets in

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/10 at 07:00 AM

It has definitely become colder. This week has turned out to be pretty wintry, a sign that weekend yard work needs to come to a close for the year very soon. This includes your vegetable garden.

There are certain chores that you need to do before the ground freezes and is covered in snow. These are chores that help ensure a successful 2018 gardening season by preparing the soil and helping to prevent diseases.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Breaking news: Development meeting for Halfmoon Township tonight at Way Fruit Farm

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/08 at 03:10 PM

From our friends at Way Fruit Farm:

There have been numerous open meetings for Halfmoon Township residents concerning the type of development envisioned for the portion of Halfmoon Township East of Sawmill Road. Way Fruit Farm has allowed the township to utilize our facility for these meetings because we truly believe that the more voices that are heard, the better our community becomes.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Local Food Notes for Nov. 3

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/03 at 08:34 AM

The Olde Bedford Beer Festival, The Bishop Carroll Wine Festival, Ales for Tails (support the Clearfield SPCA while enjoying great beer!), and the PA Veterans Farm Trail highlight this week’s Local Food Notes.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Fall at the Farm

Posted by James Eisenstein on 11/02 at 07:00 AM

Ever wonder what goes on at a produce farm in October? You might assume that the crops are in and it’s time to lean back and sip some hard cider. For farms growing grain and soybeans, this might be true. For organic produce (and fruit) farms like Jade Family Farm, this is one of the busiest times of the year. 
Our regular harvest share season ended Oct. 24, so we no longer have to harvest and pack some 90 orders per week. But we still offer customers an opportunity to order “a la carte.” The North Atherton Farmers market won’t close until Thanksgiving and the Boalsburg market will be indoors starting Nov. 7 all winter and spring. So we will still be harvesting, going to market, and selling wholesale to several outlets.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Attention all bakers: Way Fruit Farm Apple Pie Contest is this Saturday

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/26 at 07:00 AM

Time to dust off that amazing apple pie recipe you have stashed away for special occasions, because Way Fruit Farm is hosting its annual Apple Pie Contest on Saturday. Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Entries may be dropped off at Way Fruit Farm on Friday during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday by 10 a.m. The event is sponsored by First National Bank.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Sure celeriac’s ugly…but it’s also delicious

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/19 at 06:00 AM

Never judge a book by its cover. And never judge a vegetable by its exterior.

A great example of this is celeriac. You may have seen it at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Its rough, brown, kind of hairy exterior causes a lot of people to scrunch up their face and move on.

But ignoring the celeriac based on looks means you are missing out on a delicious vegetable.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Fall festivals abound this weekend

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/13 at 07:00 AM

The leaves are changing, even if the weather has been feeling like August lately. If you are a fan of fall festivals, this weekend is your time.

The choices this weekend are plentiful, so get ready to stroll among the leaves and check out the crafts, live music, people, and of course, local food that makes a Central Pennsylvania fall festival so much fun. Here’s a list of local fall fests to help you plan your festival time, and make a day of it.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Pumpkins: More than just pies and jack-o-lanterns

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/11 at 09:17 AM

The pumpkin is a ubiquitous symbol during this time of year. Pumpkins, both the plastic and real kind, are everywhere, and yet at the same time are underrated. There seems to be just a few uses for pumpkins in our national psyche…jack-o-lanterns, pies, and maybe soup.

And no, I don’t count pumpkin spice products. Those are often just something with nutmeg and cinnamon in them to make them taste sort of like a pumpkin pie with zero actual pumpkin.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Interview with owners of Feel Goodery Foods

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/04 at 07:00 AM

Feel Goodery Foods is a prepared meal service, using local ingredients to create weekly seasonal menus.  It is owned and operated by State College locals Laura Zaino and Melanie Rosenberger. WPSU Local Food Journey recently interviewed the owners of one of the newest additions to central Pennsylvania’s local food scene.


- How long has your business been in existence?

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Six surprising uses for fall apples

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 09/26 at 07:30 PM

Fall is apple season, and Pennsylvania apples are fantastic. You can find fresh local apples at any farmers market this time of year, and many local orchards sell them directly to the public.

Apples really are good for us. They are a good source of vitamin C and fiber, and there is evidence they may prevent certain cancers.

Plus, they are delicious. You can eat them out of hand, or bake them into pies. But what if you go a little nuts at the farmers market and have a ton of apples that you need to use up? Then keep reading, and you will find six unusual, and fantastic, uses for apples…

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Ardry Farms’ pumpkin butter recipe is a must try

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 09/21 at 08:25 AM

Ardry Farms in Howard is well-known by farmers market fans, as well they should. They have been a farmers market presence in Central Pennsylvania for more than 80 years, selling a wide variety of local produce and wonderful baked goods.

This time of year, you can find pumpkins sold by them at North Atherton Market, Bellefonte Farmers Market, and Boalsburg Farmers Market, including varieties that are good to eat. Along with pies, you can also make other tasty things with pumpkins, including pumpkin butter. Many people rave about Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter, but Andry Farms has a recipe for it that is even better than ol’ TJ’s. And, it’s very easy to make!

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Local Food Notes for Sept. 15

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 09/15 at 08:43 AM

This week’s Local Food Notes feature an event for bacon fans, State College’s Food Truck Fiesta, the Delgrosso Italian Heritage Festival, and magic at Otto’s Pub and Brewery.

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Five Fantastic Local Food Finds

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 09/13 at 09:14 AM

We have so many great things to eat in these parts that are made with local ingredients. Here’s five that I recommend seeking out and trying:

Read more »

Local Food Journey

Smoking peppers for future use the easy way

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 09/07 at 10:23 AM

Smoke flavor is a favorite of mine, something I can’t get enough of. I love barbecue, chipotle peppers, smoked salmon, you name it…if it’s smoky, I’m game.

As an avid gardener, I often become overwhelmed with a surplus of peppers, especially the hot ones since they are so prolific. At first I either gave them away until people were sick of seeing me with them, then I started to freeze the peppers. Then one day I got an idea: smoke them.

Read more »

Most recent entries

Jamie Oberdick's avatar Recipe: Roasted Parsnips with Thyme
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Jamie Oberdick in Local Food Journey
Jamie Oberdick's avatar Chores to do in the garden before winter sets in
Friday, November 10, 2017
By Jamie Oberdick in Local Food Journey
Jamie Oberdick's avatar Breaking news: Development meeting for Halfmoon Township tonight at Way Fruit Farm
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
By Jamie Oberdick in Local Food Journey
Jamie Oberdick's avatar Local Food Notes for Nov. 3
Friday, November 03, 2017
By Jamie Oberdick in Local Food Journey

Categories

Archives

Latest Photos