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Local Food Notes for April 21

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/21 at 09:59 AM

This week we have Way Fruit Farm’s Apple Blossom Festival, Elk Creek Cafe’s Earth Day 71 Mile Dinner, gardening stuff from The Garden nursery in Centre Hall, and herb tasting at Tait Farm.

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Forget what you think about ketchup and try Garden Secrets’ locally-made version

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/19 at 10:36 AM

Ketchup is one of those things that some people love and some people hate. It’s also something that people think they know based on years of limited options. To many people, ketchup (or catsup, but for the record we’re going with ketchup) is either Hunt’s, Heinz, or store brand.

However, a Millheim entrepreneur has products that will change your concept of ketchup, and maybe even convert some ketchup haters. Linn Auman runs Garden Secrets, a maker of fantastic sauces that include chili sauce, mustards, pepper relish, barbecue sauce, and of course, homemade ketchup.

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What to plant, what not to plant?

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/14 at 10:22 AM

This week’s Local Food Notes include CSA signups, Lemont Farmers Market is looking for new vendors, Earth Day at Elk Creek Cafe, and a great deal at Mt. Nittany Winery.

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Crustless spring quiche celebrates local early vegetables

Posted by LacCreta Holland on 04/12 at 09:52 AM

Oh winter, you bring such comforting foods; soups, stews, hot chocolate to keep us warm! But we have waited patiently and now the springtime is here and we can start to eat like it!

Asparagus, onions, spinach. Such delicate vegetables. Soon we will start to see these spring vegetables at the farmers markets. So many people don’t know what to do with these veggies. Steam or boil them is usually the answer I hear from my cooking class students at Happy Valley Learn to Cook. But, to really get all the flavor out of these delights, feature them in a main course like this Crustless Spring Quiche. Added to ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator, this is an easy recipe that anyone can make.

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Local Food Notes for April 7

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/07 at 11:13 AM

This week’s Local Food Notes features Mike McGrath’s weekend appearances to benefit WPSU, Way Fruit Farm’s Easter hams and baked goods and how to order them, how Tait Farm can help make your Easter table shine, and a fantastic music set at Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks Saturday night.

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You Bet Your Garden’s Mike McGrath’s in town this weekend…five reasons to go see him!

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/05 at 09:14 AM

If you are a gardener and a WPSU listener, chances are quite good that you’ve heard of Mike McGrath. The long-time garden writer has a fantastic show “You Bet Your Garden” that runs Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on WPSU. He’s coming to State College this weekend for a Friday evening dinner and a Saturday morning talk, both benefitting WPSU.

Mike’s show is like an hour-long clinic on organic gardening and lawn care. People call his show with questions about pest removal, sick plants, best kinds of tomatoes, etc. He will be here for two events, which include a Friday evening dinner and Saturday morning talk. Tickets are still available. This is going to be a great weekend for Central PA gardeners, and here’s five reasons why:

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Local Food Journey seeks volunteer writers

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 03/31 at 10:15 AM

Have a passion for local food? Love to cook with local ingredients and have some awesome recipes to share? Are a producer of local food and want to share the secrets, and stories, of your local food life?

Then become a volunteer writer for WPSU’s Local Food Journey! We are looking for people with a passion for local food to help us share the news about the tasty stuff made/grown right here in Central PA.

You can start your journey with Local Food Journey by emailing Jamie Oberdick, editor, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thanks!

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Invasive weed makes a great pesto!

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 03/29 at 10:00 AM

You’ve probably seen garlic mustard during a walk at a park or pretty much anywhere in Pennsylvania. It’s an invasive, noxious weed that features broad, round-ish deep green leaves, and eventually puts up a stalk of small white flowers. It’s a hardy plant, sometimes even growing right through winter if it’s mild enough.

The plant is believed to have been brought here in the 1800s by settlers from Europe, and it has quickly spread. If left unchecked, garlic mustard can take over an ecosystem, and greatly harm native species. Deer do not care for it, so they end up eating competing plants, allowing it to spread even more efficiently.

Most biologists encourage removal of this plant when you see it on your property, and a great way to do that is harvest it to eat it, as garlic mustard is actually edible. And one way to do that is make a spring pesto with it.

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WPSU TV needs your help! Pledge your support this weekend

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 03/24 at 08:41 AM

Editor’s Note: Today Local Food Journey ask you, the reader, to please support WPSU-TV during a time when they need our help the most. Please see below, and once you’re ready to give you can do so at this link: http://wpsu.org/donate/pledge/

Dear Neighbors,

At WPSU we believe in the example set by the words of Fred Rogers. We believe in communities working together, and we are committed to providing Central Pennsylvanians with the programs that you count on each and every day. But right now we have a need and are asking you to respond.

We are grateful for the financial gifts of support that we received during our March TV fundraising campaign. But unfortunately, we fell short of our goal and need to raise an additional $20,000. These dollars are critical for us to continue to pay for the best programming for children and adults across the arts, science, and news, as well as telling stories from our own neighborhoods.

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Five tips to get you ready for seed starting season

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 03/16 at 09:45 AM

While winter is back after going on an extended vacation, it’s time to start thinking about gardening because before long, all this snow will be just a memory. If you are a serious gardener, chances are very good you grow a lot of things from seed. Many vegetable plants need their seeds started indoors so they reach maturity before our first frost of the fall.

If you are new to growing plants from seed, it may seem a little intimidating, but it’s really not that difficult. A successful seed starting operation does need a little advance planning. Here’s five tips to help you get started sowing a successful garden:

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Love ‘You Bet Your Garden?’ Here’s a chance to meet him and support WPSU

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 03/09 at 09:54 AM

It’s always garden time, but we especially love springtime in Pennsylvania! WPSU-FM invites you to meet Mike McGrath, gardening wizard and host of the radio show “You Bet Your Garden” to learn how to get your garden buzzing with excitement this spring–and support your local NPR station, WPSU-FM. You will have two opportunities!

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Local Food Notes for March 3

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 03/03 at 10:13 AM

This weekend, we have the Susquehanna Wine Trail, maple syrup, a wine/whiskey event in Johnstown, and good news for all you Rusted Root fans.

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