WPSU.org http://legacy.wpsu.org en <![CDATA[A summery soup for a winter evening]]> Growing up in York, I was exposed to a lot of Amish cuisine. My mother cooked a variety of Pennsylvania Dutch dishes, such as pot pie, pork and sauerkraut, and perhaps my favorite, chicken corn soup.

Believe it or not, chicken corn soup is considered a “summer soup.” Made to take advantage of the bounty of fresh corn in southcentral and southeast Pennsylvania, this corn was a July-August staple in my house as a kid. My mother would make it year ‘round, however, and I always looked forward to it. It’s a simple soup, with subtle flavors.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/a_summery_soup_for_a_winter_evening http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/a_summery_soup_for_a_winter_evening Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:08:07 -0500
<![CDATA[PASA 25th annual Farming for the Future kicks off today, continues through Saturday]]> The 25th Annual Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Farming for the Future Conference is underway starting today and will run through Saturday at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The event’s theme is “Farming in a Changing Climate”, and will feature climate expert Richard Alley and agricultural sustainability expert and author Laura Lengnick.

If you missed pre-event registration, no worries, as walk-in registration for one, two, or three days of the conference is available starting tomorrow. You can find rates for the event here.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/pasa_25th_annual_farming_for_the_future_kicks_off_today_continues_through_s http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/pasa_25th_annual_farming_for_the_future_kicks_off_today_continues_through_s Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:58:56 -0500
<![CDATA[We’re looking for volunteer writers!]]> Local Food Journey is putting out the call for volunteer writers. Passionate about putting food on the table grown by people you know from farmers markets, etc.? Make a living as a local food grower or producer and want to share the inside story about how local food is made? Just love to eat local food and write?

Then we’re looking for you. If interested, send a note to editor Jamie Oberdick at jco11@psu.edu, and we’ll get you started. We want as many voices on Local Food Journey as possible, and would love you to be one of them.

Thanks, and looking forward to hearing from you soon!

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/were_looking_for_volunteer_writers http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/were_looking_for_volunteer_writers Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:18:37 -0500
<![CDATA[Harvest from your garden in January…in central Pennsylvania?]]> After this week’s storm dumped anywhere from an inch in northern parts of central Pennsylvania to two feet in southern portions, gardening may be the last thing on many minds this week. However, on Sunday, I managed to harvest some delicious brussels sprouts. How?

Well, believe it or not, brussels sprouts can take a lot of cold. In fact, when you harvest them now, they are outright delicious. The same is true for a lot of cold-hardy vegetables, the cold ups the sweet factor and they are just plain good. In fact, you can harvest a variety of tasty things to add to your winter table.

How can one manage this in the land of icy winds and snow? With some careful planning in the spring and summer, you can turn gardening into a four-season activity.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/harvest_from_your_garden_in_january...in_central_pennsylvania http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/harvest_from_your_garden_in_january...in_central_pennsylvania Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:47:11 -0500
<![CDATA[State College winter farmers market an oasis from winter chill and gloom]]> Editor’s note: This is the first piece by our new Local Food Journey intern, Alexandrea Scott, a Penn State communications major.

If you’re the type of person who prefers fresh grown vegetables, homemade jam, organic beauty products, or in the mood for some Alaskan salmon, this is the place for you. The Winter Farmers Market, in downtown State College, takes place every Friday at the State College Municipal Building, located on 243 Allen St. It starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes all day till 5:00 p.m.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/state_college_winter_farmers_market_an_oasis_from_winter_chill_and_gloom http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/state_college_winter_farmers_market_an_oasis_from_winter_chill_and_gloom Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:33:38 -0500
<![CDATA[PASA Announces Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Awards to be Presented at Conference]]> Jeff Moyer, Executive Director of Rodale Institute (Kutztown, PA), and Poultry Man, LLC (Mifflinburg, PA) are being honored as leaders in sustainability by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). The awards will be presented during PASA’s 25th Annual Farming for the Future Conference, February 3 to 6 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania.

“It is an honor to be receiving this award. I look forward to being included with the past recipients, a prestigious group,” says Moyer, recipient of the Sustainable Ag Leadership Award. Moyer is renowned for his expertise in organic crop production systems and has worked with the Rodale Institute for four decades. “The most rewarding part of my work as past farm director and now executive director,” says Moyer, “is working with farmers to transition their farm to organic and being a part of their success.” His dream for the future of agriculture is one where “everyone sees the connection between the soil we farm and the health of our population. Healthy soil is the cornerstone to a healthy, well-fed human population worldwide.”

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/pasa_announces_sustainable_agriculture_leadership_awards_to_be_presented_at http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/pasa_announces_sustainable_agriculture_leadership_awards_to_be_presented_at Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:20:30 -0500
<![CDATA[Let root vegetables win you over by roasting them]]> Well, winter just reminded us this week who’s boss, as we had our first snow (record latest first snow) and bitter chill to go with it. Believe it or not, even in the depths of winter, you can still find local produce, especially root vegetables.

Root vegetables get sort of a bad rap, because many people have a memory of boiled canned beets being forced on them by a well-meaning mother. However, roasted root vegetables are on a different level.

Where to find local root vegetables? Indoor markets like Boalsburg, Millheim, and State College have vendors who sell root vegetables this time of year (they tend to be easy to store). Another good source is the Friends & Farmers online market, which carries a variety of root vegetables by local farmers such as Tait Farm and Jade Family Farm.

Once you acquire them, roasting them is fairly simple. Here’s a recipe that is easy to put together and really brings out the best quality of roasted root vegetables: The sweetness!

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/let_root_vegetables_win_you_over_by_roasting_them http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/let_root_vegetables_win_you_over_by_roasting_them Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:29:23 -0500
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Jan. 8]]> Happy New Year! This week Local Food Notes highlights the Farm Show, indoor farmers markets, how to get Healthy Harvest Farm shares by working the Earth, and PASA’s Farming for the Future Conference.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_jan._8 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_jan._8 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[A Farm Show guide for newbies]]> Pennsylvania has a long agricultural history. The Nittany Valley was originally settled due to the rich farm land in the area, and Penn State was founded as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania in 1855. In fact, one of the images one thinks of when they think of Pennsylvania is the Amish farmer in Lancaster County, an image exploited by the tourist industry. So, it’s no wonder that one of the main events of the year in our state is the Pennsylvania Farm Show, held Jan. 8-16 in at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. This year is special, as The Farm Show celebrates its 100th year.

If you’ve never been to the Farm Show, it’s definitely worth the trip. You likely have at least a little bit of interest in farming given you’re reading this blog, and the Farm Show basically is all of Pennsylvania’s agriculture world in one place for an entire week. The event is also very family friendly and kids love it; I can remember how much I liked going as a kid, and grew up in an urban environment in York.

It can be a little overwhelming; this is not a small event by any means and the Farm Show Complex is rather sprawling. So, how to tackle a day at the Farm Show? Here’s some tips to help you get the most out of your Farm Show experience:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/a_farm_show_guide_for_newbies http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/a_farm_show_guide_for_newbies Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:55:01 -0500
<![CDATA[Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family friendly pineapple, lime, coconut, and mint ‘mocktail’]]> December 31 always brings First Night to State College, complete with ice sculptures, music and the State College Burning Man. It’s a festival for all ages throughout the day until the fireworks light up the sky at midnight. In keeping with a family-friendly aspect of the evening. I present to you a family friendly mocktail for the celebration!

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/celebrate_new_years_eve_with_a_family_friendly_pineapple_lime_coconut_and_m http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/celebrate_new_years_eve_with_a_family_friendly_pineapple_lime_coconut_and_m Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:21:35 -0500
<![CDATA[Attention: Berkey Creamery to close Dec. 23 until February, ice cream still available online]]> Normally you don’t think about ice cream in December, although the temperatures recently here in Happy Valley have been almost ice cream eating weather!

We are having a gang of friends and family at our home this holiday season. The BEST and easiest dessert, and one that my children, who live far away, count on each year, is Penn State Creamery Ice Cream. It is rich and creamy, deliciously filled with calories—-just right for holiday decadence. And despite the urban legand that Creamery Ice Cream is only sold on campus because it does not meet FDA standards regarding it’s fat content, the people at Berkey say that is not true. The FDA only has standards for minimum fat content in ice cream, not maximum! And while you probably should not eat it every day, for a holiday treat, it is a delight. My granddaughter, Alice, gave her approval this summer!

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/attention_berkey_creamery_to_close_dec._23_until_february_ice_cream_still_a http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/attention_berkey_creamery_to_close_dec._23_until_february_ice_cream_still_a Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:00:33 -0500
<![CDATA[Five fantastic last-minute local food gift ideas]]> Uh-oh…up against it for Christmas shopping this year? Don’t panic. Everybody loves good food and drink, right? And we have plenty of options produced right here Central Pennsylvania. Here’s five great gift local food ideas for the last minute shopper.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_fantastic_last-minute_local_food_gift_ideas http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_fantastic_last-minute_local_food_gift_ideas Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:53:18 -0500
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Dec. 11]]> This week we have a lot of holiday-themed stuff to do, including a holiday open house at Mt. Nittany Winery, Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, Holiday Fest at McCann School of Art, and yet another great Tait Farm tasting.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_dec._11 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_dec._11 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:06:06 -0500
<![CDATA[Holiday recipes and wine pairings]]> Whether you have a houseful of friends and family dining with you this holiday season or are looking for some tried and true favorites, we’ve come up with some cold-weather recipes that are easy to prepare and go well with some of our best-selling wines.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/holiday_recipes_and_wine_pairings http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/holiday_recipes_and_wine_pairings Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:46:52 -0500
<![CDATA[Two great holiday events for wine-lovers]]> Here’s two wine-related holiday season events from Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery:

A Heartland Christmas with the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail, various locations, Dec. 5-6

Take a trip back in time to when Christmas was a wonder to behold. As part of this wine tour, enjoy handmade gifts, family time, and drinks to celebrate this festive time of year. A Heartland Christmas celebrates the season with a different ornament from each of the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail wineries.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/two_great_holiday_events_for_wine-lovers http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/two_great_holiday_events_for_wine-lovers Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:22:29 -0500
<![CDATA[Consider donating to PASA on this Giving Tuesday!]]> On this Giving Tuesday, here’s an opportunity to support a great local food organization with a donation…please see below a note from Jaunette Matis, annual giving manager for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA):

PASA’s mission to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment means a lot to me. I’m not a farmer, and not a great gardener, so I recognize the need for farmers. Having been a dairy farm laborer’s wife for over 16 years I also know the hardships and sacrifices farmers face. Farming is not always an easy life, but it can be so very rewarding and it’s something that I am committed to support in every way I can. I support PASA because I want healthy food produced via sustainable farming practices to fuel a vibrant life. Don’t we all want that? Won’t you help on this Giving Tuesday?

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/consider_donating_to_pasa_on_this_giving_tuesday http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/consider_donating_to_pasa_on_this_giving_tuesday Tue, 01 Dec 2015 10:17:01 -0500
<![CDATA[Two Thanksgiving recipes from Tony Sapia of Gemelli Bakers]]> Tony Sapia, the highly skilled baker who brings us Gemelli Bakers, shares with us two things…two styles of holiday baking he’s excited about and two fantastic Thanksgiving side dish recipes, including one you can make ahead of time:

We started our stollen baking.  I learned from a good friend of mine whom is a third-generation German master baker in Cincinnati. This and panettone baking is what I look forward to every year. The two most ethnic diverse breads coming together for one community. It’s what makes me get up in the mornings. The aromas are fragrant with nostalgia and memories of living abroad learning the craft. Bringing it back to my home town of State College, PA, where I was born and now bread…..

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/two_thanksgiving_recipes_from_tony_sapia_of_gemelli_bakers http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/two_thanksgiving_recipes_from_tony_sapia_of_gemelli_bakers Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:42:15 -0500
<![CDATA[It’s Time to Plant Garlic]]> Late fall is hardly the time you think about gardening. Usually you are putting your garden to bed by cleaning up the remnants from the summer’s growing season. But as you clean up, remember that planting small cloves of garlic will yield big garlic bulbs next summer!

Garlic is probably the easiest plant to grow. I was told by a vendor from the Downtown State College Framers Market (the one on Fridays) that NOW is the time to plant garlic. She grows organic garlic and sells bags of bulbs (about 10 in each bag) for $6. That was more than I needed to plant, but since I forgot to plant garlic last year, I am using the rest for cooking this fall.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/its_time_to_plant_garlic http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/its_time_to_plant_garlic Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:07:01 -0500
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Nov. 20]]> This week, get local food ingredients to cook your Thanksgiving dinner via Friends & Farmers Cooperative, Tait Farm chocolate and caramel tasting, dinner and music at Websters Bookstore Cafe, and Winemaker’s Harvest Dinner at Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_nov._20 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_nov._20 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:36:40 -0500
<![CDATA[Is it too late to get a local turkey for Thanksgiving?]]> Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and many of you who read this blog have already pre-ordered your local-raised Thanksgiving turkey. Most of the local vendors in these parts require you to pre-order a few months in advance to ensure you have a Thanksgiving turkey that’s locally grown. But what if you didn’t pre-order and would like a local turkey?

Well, unfortunately, your options are limited, and after checking around for you, here’s what I found…

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/is_it_too_late_to_get_a_local_turkey_for_thanksgiving http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/is_it_too_late_to_get_a_local_turkey_for_thanksgiving Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:04:40 -0500
<![CDATA[Can local food still be considered a trend?]]> Recently during an interview with Michele Marchetti, the excellent local food writer and Friends & Farmers Cooperative board member, she said something that made me really think. I asked her about whether there was still momentum within the local food movement, and she said “Local food isn’t a trend, it’s something that’s here to stay.”

It sort of hit me…wow, Mchele’s 100 percent correct. Local food really isn’t a thing for “hipsters” or trendy foodies anymore; it’s become more and more established.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/can_local_food_still_be_considered_a_trend http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/can_local_food_still_be_considered_a_trend Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:06:18 -0500
<![CDATA[Outdoor farmers markets winding down, indoor markets starting]]> Farmers Markets are winding down to a degree over the next few weeks. While outdoor markets will soon go away until next spring, there are several indoor options to get your local food market fix over the winter. Here’s a rundown of our local markets, when the outdoor ones are closing, and which are having indoor winter markets:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/outdoor_farmers_market http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/outdoor_farmers_market Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:39:13 -0500
<![CDATA[Five must-do end-of-season garden chores to ensure garden success next year]]> So, even with this week’s mild weather, the reality is we are staring another Central Pennsylvania winter in its face. With cold, snow, and ice looming on the horizon, many of us are not thinking about gardening, but right now is a vital time for the success of next year’s garden.

There are steps that you can take now to help your perennial herbs survive the winter, ensure your fruit trees produce, prevent pests from coming on strong next spring, and feed your future veggie plants. Here’s five must-do chores to close out the year:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_must-do_end-of-season_garden_chore_to_ensure_garden_success_next_year http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_must-do_end-of-season_garden_chore_to_ensure_garden_success_next_year Tue, 03 Nov 2015 10:34:47 -0500
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Oct. 30]]> This week we offer a way to eat well and help Friends & Farmers, celebrate 13 years of zany Austrian food experiences at Herwig’s, and how you gardeners can save big at Tait Farm.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_oct._30 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_oct._30 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:10:51 -0400
<![CDATA[Future is bright for Friends & Farmers Cooperative]]> On Oct. 16, Friends & Farmers Cooperative had a strong turnout for their second annual membership meeting. While this was great news for Friends & Farmers’ board, the bigger picture is even brighter for the local cooperative, which is still working towards a goal of local food grocery store in the State College area.

For starters, Friends & Farmers received a $93,000 grant for its online market from the United States Department of Agriculture. “The grant will help increase the market share and visibility of local food,” Michele Marchetti, Friends & Farmers board member, said. “Basically, it’s going to support three activities.”

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/future_is_bright_for_friends_farmers_cooperative http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/future_is_bright_for_friends_farmers_cooperative Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:00:23 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Oct. 23]]> This week’s Local Food Notes includes National Cooperative Month, running with wine (no really), Boalsburg Farmers Market holds another Teaching Kitchen, and Way Fruit Farm apple pie contest.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_oct._23 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_oct._23 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:13:34 -0400
<![CDATA[Recipe: Hog maw…don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it]]> Last year, on an episode of the Cooking Channel’s “My Grandmother’s Ravioli”, host, humorist, and NPR fixture Mo Rocca went to eastern Pennsylvania to discover Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. They visited local households and got real recipes, like fastnachts, stewed dried corn, and a peculiar-to-outsiders dish known as stuffed pig stomach, or hog maw.

First things first…I know the idea of stuffed pig’s stomach instantly makes some of you recoil, but trust me, it’s delicious. If you’re having a tough time with the idea of a stuffed stomach, here’s a way to look at it; think of it as a giant sausage made with a casing that’s farther away from the, um, end of the pig than regular sausage casings. One thing that’s quite funny…people who enjoy this think of it as simple, down-home fare, and are often shocked to discover people finding it exotic/weird/gross. I grew up with it, so to me, it’s a common thing.

The name of this dish varies depending on region. In my home area, York County, it’s known as hog maw. In Lancaster County, it’s known as stuffed pig stomach. It also has a few nicknames, such as “Susquehanna turkey” or “Dutch goose”, which is due to this being served during holidays. In my family, it was the centerpiece of our harvest dinner, a local southcentral PA tradition of having a family dinner in mid-late October that kicks off the family holiday dinner season.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_hog_maw...dont_knock_it_till_you_tried_it http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_hog_maw...dont_knock_it_till_you_tried_it Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:00:18 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Oct 16]]> This week, check out Friends & Farmers Membership Meeting (open to all), learn more about how our area is celebrating National Cooperative Month, head to the Way Fruit Farm Apple Festival, sip wine among the fall finery at Mt. Nittany Winery, and go pumpkin crazy at the Hollidaysburg Pumpkin Festival…

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_oct_16 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_oct_16 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:54:11 -0400
<![CDATA[Friends & Farmers Cooperative to hold 2015 Membership Meeting on Oct. 16]]> Are you a local foodie who would love it if there was a grocery store in Central Pennsylvania for local products? Then here’s some good news from the Friends & Farmers Cooperative about the perfect event for you, happening this week.:

All are welcome at Friends & Farmers Cooperative’s 2015 Membership Meeting on Friday, Oct. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County. Enjoy local food samplings, kids activities from The Makery, silent auction and raffle give-aways, and an exciting update on Friends & Farmers’ progress toward opening a member-owned grocery store with a focus on local products. RSVP for the meeting here.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/friends http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/friends Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:00:18 -0400
<![CDATA[Recipe: Baked steel cut oats with almonds and blueberries]]> Steel cut oats have been a trendy food item for a while now, and with good reason. They have a lower glycemic index, which is good news for diabetics. They are also pretty tasty, more flavor than rolled oats and a chewy texture that many people find appealing.

They are pretty easy to make, as well. Not quite instant, but you can have a hot bowl of steel cut oats in just over a half-hour. While a bowl of steel cut oats with a little salt and brown sugar is very nice, you can do more with them. This is a pretty easy recipe that you can do much of the prep work for the night before, then pop it in the oven for an hour for a nice, hot, and delicious breakfast.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_baked_steel_cut_oats_with_almonds_and_blueberries http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_baked_steel_cut_oats_with_almonds_and_blueberries Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:13:19 -0400
<![CDATA[Friends & Farmers Cooperative Online Market recieves major USDA grant]]> The United States Department of Agriculture announced that the Friends & Farmers Cooperative Online Market received a $92,000 USDA grant to increase local food consumption and production in Centre County.

Friends & Farmers Cooperative plays a vital and growing role in the burgeoning local food movement. In one year, its retail Online Market has sold more than $70,000 worth of locally grown and produced food. The Online Market is a stepping stone to the co-op’s planned brick and mortar store. Owned and financed by the community, this store will source as much as possible from farmers within 50 miles of State College.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/friends_farmers_cooperative_online_market_recieves_major_usda_grant http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/friends_farmers_cooperative_online_market_recieves_major_usda_grant Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:51:20 -0400
<![CDATA[Five great fall farmers market items]]> We are in the home stretch of the outdoor farmers market season. Soon, the cold winds and snow will make Central Pennsylvania more a place for skiers and snowmobilers than outdoor farmers market browsers. But, for many area markets, we still have about a month or so to go, and you can still find some great local food among the falling leaves and autumn chill. Here’s five examples:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_great_fall_farmers_market_items http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_great_fall_farmers_market_items Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:58:24 -0400
<![CDATA[Brazilian Munchies is the result of an international love story]]> Anna Lombardo contributed to this story

Back on Christmas Day 2012, Flavia Barger came to America from Brazil to join her American husband. While it’s quite a good love story, Flavia becoming a resident of the U.S. was also a great thing for local foodies.

Flavia runs Brazilian Munchies, a local food business that specializes in, of course, Brazilian food. You likely have seen them at farmers markets such as the Boalsburg Farmers Market, Lemont Farmers Market, Susquehanna Valley Growers’ Market in Lewisburg, and the Millheim Farmers Market, or at any of a number of local events. If you haven’t tried their food, then you’re definitely missing out on some good eats, especially their main specialty, a cheese bread called Pao de Queijo. “It’s naturally gluten-free, made with manioc starch. Manioc is a root we grow in Brazil,” Flavia said. “I didn’t find manioc starch around here. We can find similar products, tapioca flour, cassava flour, but not the real manioc starch. So I buy online from a company in Florida that imports from Brazil and re-sells to me.”

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/brazilian_munchies_is_the_result_of_an_international_love_story http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/brazilian_munchies_is_the_result_of_an_international_love_story Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:00:36 -0400
<![CDATA[Apple salad with feta a great way to celebrate fall’s flavors]]> I’m from York, PA, which is most definitely part of Pennsylvania apple country. I remember as a kid getting pretty excited about this time of year, because I loved and still love apples. September was the beginning of apple season at the many orchards that dot York, Adams, and Lancaster Counties. I remember the apple cider flowing freely, both the “soft” and “hard” variety (including a variety of moonshine called “apple jack” that I discovered as a grown-up).

There were even apple-focused festivals. My family would drive to the South Mountain Fairgrounds in neighboring Adams County for the Apple Harvest Festival, which attracted thousands of people each October. For an apple lover, this was high paradise time.

Another aspect of my childhood in York was being introduced to Greek culture, via new neighbors from Greece that began showing up when I was in middle school. My Greek friends introduced me to Greek food, including a strange, crumbly cheese I had never seen before…feta.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/apple_salad_with_feta_a_great_way_to_celebrate_falls_flavors http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/apple_salad_with_feta_a_great_way_to_celebrate_falls_flavors Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:35:04 -0400
<![CDATA[Five fall festivals featuring fantastic food]]> Fall festivals are as much a part of autumn in central Pennsylvania as falling leaves and football. Here’s five festivals for you to mark on your calendar:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_fall_festivals_featuring_fantastic_food http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_fall_festivals_featuring_fantastic_food Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:08:24 -0400
<![CDATA[State College startup Green Towers LLC pushes the innovation envelope for local food]]> Note: To support honeybees and Green Towers LLC’s efforts to help pollinator populations that is mentioned later in this article, please go to their KickStarter campaign.

A State College startup company is working on some innovative ideas that are aimed at taking local food into the future.

Green Towers, LLC, is a local food business that was created based on an entry to the Penn State College of Agricultural Science’s Springboard Competition for young entrepreneurs, according to Dustin Betz, founder and president of Green Towers. They won the 2012 competition, and from there created a company with some very innovative ideas on growing food.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/state_college_startup_greentowers_llc_pushes_the_innovation_envelope_for_lo http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/state_college_startup_greentowers_llc_pushes_the_innovation_envelope_for_lo Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:23:26 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Sept. 4]]> Free doughnuts (gluten-free), jazz at Mt. Nittany Vineyards, the return of fall cocktails, and where to local-food up your Labor Day cookout highlight this week’s Local Food Notes….

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_sept._4 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_sept._4 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:05:36 -0400
<![CDATA[How your favorite peppers get from farm to market is trickier than you think]]> Have you ever thought about how the beautiful peppers you see at farmers markets got there? 

“The farmer brought them in his van” isn’t the sort of answer I’m looking for. I got to thinking about this the other day as I was harvesting peppers. Unless you are a home gardener or your parents had a garden (that you undoubtedly refused to help weed) when you were growing up, you may well have little idea. This serious deficiency is about to be remedied, thanks to the ole’ Unpaid
Field Hand.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/how_your_favorite_peppers_get_from_farm_to_market_is_trickier_than_you_thin http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/how_your_favorite_peppers_get_from_farm_to_market_is_trickier_than_you_thin Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:52:09 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Aug. 28]]> Introduction of Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks’ new chef, how to participate in PASA’s Good Gifts Guide, and some tailgate recipe ideas…

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_aug._28 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_aug._28 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:28:43 -0400
<![CDATA[Recipe: Via Sexy Crumbs blog, a great recipe for Cucumber and Onion Salad]]> Editor’s Note: Shannon Ritter works at the Penn State School of Theater in undergraduate admissions and recruitment, and when she’s not at work, she is a master cook and baker. Fortunately for the rest of us, she shares the creations that come out of her Boalsburg kitchen via her excellent food blog Sexy Crumbs. An example of what you will find there is this wonderful recipe for cucumber and onion salad, which is perfect for using up the last of the summer’s cucumbers, or for a real winner of a Labor Day picnic dish. The salad is based on an old family recipe. Shannon shares her version of the recipe and the story behind it below, reflecting on how food can connect us to our past:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_via_sexy_crumbs_blog_a_great_recipe_for_cucumber_and_onion_salad http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_via_sexy_crumbs_blog_a_great_recipe_for_cucumber_and_onion_salad Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:54:20 -0400
<![CDATA[10 things to know before going to Grange Fair]]> It’s Grange Fair time again, as the annual event kicks off today and runs through next Saturday. Here’s 10 things I’ve learned about The Grange Fair from attending it multiple times since my wife and I moved here in late 2002:

1) Wear comfortable shoes, but not shoes that are your “good” ones. Leave the wing tips and heels at home. Since this is a fair, there’s a chance you might encounter mud, even if it hasn’t rained for a while (especially around the livestock barns where they hose off the critters). Plus, you likely will have to walk through some uneven ground to get to and from your parking spot, which will most likely be in a field.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/10_things_to_know_before_going_to_grange_fair http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/10_things_to_know_before_going_to_grange_fair Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:54:25 -0400
<![CDATA[Plow to Plate Dinner to be held Aug. 26]]> The Boalsburg Farmers’ Market and Mt. Nittany Winery present the fourth annual “Plow to Plate”. This local foods dinner is an evening to celebrate food, farmers, and community. There will be a variety of dishes prepared by our area’s best chefs from fresh ingredients obtained at the Boalsburg Farmers Market. Zola’s, Gigi’s and Webster’s chefs will all be there. Wednesday, August 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Nittany Winery, 300 Houser Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828. The cost for the dinner is $25 per ticket, with kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the Boalsburg Farmers Market and Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe.
For questions or further information, contact Sarah Potter at peacepotter@gmail.com

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/plow_to_plate_dinner_to_be_held_aug._26 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/plow_to_plate_dinner_to_be_held_aug._26 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:46:07 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for Aug. 14]]> Bellefonte Arts and Craft Fair, State College Brew Expo, Tait Farm’s Annual Tomato Festival, and an award-winning meal at Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering highlight this week’s Local Food Notes.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_aug._14 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_aug._14 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:25:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Golden Basket Awards showcases our amazing local food scene]]> Last week at this time, I was one of several judges at the Boalsburg Farmers Market’s annual Golden Basket Awards. Among the chefs competing included Jeremiah McClanahan of Fasta & Ravioli Co.; Mike Benjamin of Benjamin’s Catering; last year’s champ, Kirsch McMaster of the Nittany Lion Inn; Andrew Hufnagel of Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar; a new-to-the-area chef, Erin Snyder, Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks; and an established innovator in cuisine made with local ingredients, Harrison Schailey from Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering.

I know, tough job, trying all this amazing food made by talented chefs, using the freshest of local ingredients. We chose Chef Harrison as the overall winner, he made us a remarkable grilled filet of beef, with au gratin potatoes from Clan Stewart farm and a fantastic arugula and fresh corn salad. He also made his famous gazpacho; if you’ve never had it, I recommend getting it at your next visit to his restaurant.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/golden_basket_awards_showcases_our_amazing_local_food_scene http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/golden_basket_awards_showcases_our_amazing_local_food_scene Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:34:47 -0400
<![CDATA[PA Organic FarmFest and Centre County Farm Tour close out Local Foods Week]]> Local Foods Week winds down today and tomorrow with two big events…Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest (today, Aug. 7, and tomorrow, Aug. 8) and the Centre County Farm Tour (tomorrow, Aug. 8).

First off, the FarmFest, which will run today from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall. The event will feature a variety of delicious local food (including the chance Saturday to sample and judge Friends & Farmers Pie Contest, live music, 5K run and 1K fun run, a variety of outdoor activities, and plenty of opportunities to learn more about organic agriculture.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/pa_organic_farmfest_and_centre_county_farm_tour_close_out_local_foods_week http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/pa_organic_farmfest_and_centre_county_farm_tour_close_out_local_foods_week Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:20:37 -0400
<![CDATA[Calling all pie masters: Friends & Farmers Second Annual People’s Choice Pie Contest Aug. 8]]> If you are always told you should become a professional baker because your pies are so good, or if you actually are a professional baker, then you should sign up to compete in the Friends & Farmers Second Annual People’s Choice Pie Contest, to be held Aug. 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be part of Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest, held Aug. 7-8 at the Grange Fairgrounds. PLEASE NOTE: You must get your entry form in by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/calling_all_pie_masters_friends_farmers_second_annual_peoples_choice_pie_co http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/calling_all_pie_masters_friends_farmers_second_annual_peoples_choice_pie_co Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:36:51 -0400
<![CDATA[Local chefs + local food = amazing flavors at this year’s Golden Basket Awards]]> The fifth annual Golden Basket Awards will be held today, August 4, at the Boalsburg Farmers Market. The cooking will start at around 2:15 p.m. and the awards will be given out at around 4:30 p.m.

As always, the chefs will use ingredients found in the market. The event is designed to show off our local culinary creativity, and to inspire the local community to use local ingredients to create their own kitchen masterpieces. To help with the inspiration, there will be a limited supply of samples for market attendees to try.

The chefs competing the event include, in order of when they will start cooking:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_chefs_local_food_amazing_flavors_at_this_years_golden_basket_awards http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_chefs_local_food_amazing_flavors_at_this_years_golden_basket_awards Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:00:10 -0400
<![CDATA[Celebrate our area’s tasteful bounty during Local Foods Week Aug. 2-8]]> The 10th annual Local Foods Week, organized by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), will be held during the upcoming week. Beginning on Sunday August 2, and running through Saturday, August 8, a host of events—all focusing on local food—will take place in the State College area.

Participating restaurants will offer deals and specials throughout the week. According to PASA’s website, Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering, located at 1221 E. College Avenue, will donate 20 percent of a customer’s check when they mention PASA. Harrison’s is a Buy Fresh Buy LocalⓇ partner, which means that they have “made a commitment to feature local foods and to support local producers,” according to the organization’s website. PASA coordinates the efforts of Buy Fresh Buy LocalⓇ in Pennsylvania. 

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/celebrate_our_areas_bounty_during_local_foods_week_aug._2-8 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/celebrate_our_areas_bounty_during_local_foods_week_aug._2-8 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:45:07 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Chefs Compete for Boalsburg Farmers Market’s 5th Annual Golden Basket Awards]]> Six local chefs from Central Pennsylvanias finest dining establishments will compete for the Boalsburg Farmers Market Fifth Annual Golden Basket Award on Tuesday, Aug. 4.  This event is held by the Boalsburg Farmers Market and is part of PASAs (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) Local Foods Week. The event features chefs preparing a main dish and two sides from ingredients produced by Boalsburg Farmers Market vendors. 

The chefs gather their ingredients at the market, then prepare their plates for submission to the judges in front of market guests. The chefs have only 45 minutes to assemble the dishes. After the judges have tasted and scored all of the chefs offerings, an awards ceremony is held to announce the new Golden Basket winner.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_chefs_compete_for_boalsburg_farmers_markets_5th_annual_golden_basket_ http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_chefs_compete_for_boalsburg_farmers_markets_5th_annual_golden_basket_ Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:34:25 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for July 24]]> Local Foods Week, Mid-Summer Case Sale at Mt. Nittany Winery, and The Seven Mountains Music Fest at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_july_24 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_july_24 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:03:52 -0400
<![CDATA[Rainy summer leads to challenges for growers at Tait Farms]]> 30 days of rain: when my sister, a rising freshman at Penn State, arrived for her orientation during the first weekend of July, this is what they told her. While since that weekend State College has had some relief from the wetness—notably, Arts Fest weekend saw sunny skies and high temperatures—since then, some inevitable showers and storms have passed through the area. The continual precipitation not only poses problems for those people worried about a potentially frizzy hair day (me), but also for another, unexpected group: farmers.

It seems strange that too much water could be an issue for food growers, but in fact it is a serious threat. Certain crops are susceptible to unusually wet weather, and depending on what a farmer grows, excess rain can destroy an entire yield. Kim Tait, from Tait Farm Foods in Centre Hall, tells me that when there is a lot of rain, tomatoes in particular are a cause for concern. 

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/rainy_summer_leads_to_challenges_for_growers_at_tait_farms http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/rainy_summer_leads_to_challenges_for_growers_at_tait_farms Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:35:33 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for July 10]]> Local food at our two arts festivals this weekend, Penn State Berkey Creamery’s 150th anniversary, your favorite produce is now at area farmers markets, where to get fall garden vegetables, and Harrison’s Wine Grill’s herb garden bounty inspires delicious summer cocktails.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_july_10 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_july_10 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:22:42 -0400
<![CDATA[Attention to detail in local food and drinks sets Liberty Craft House apart]]> If you’ve visited any one of a number of popular restaurants in State College—including, but certainly not limited to, The Deli, The Saloon, and Bar Bleu—then you’ve had a taste of the Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife experience. Since the founding of Hi Way Pizza, which opened over 50 years ago under the precocious expertise of Andrew Zangrilli, Dante’s has seen significant growth in town, most recently with the establishment of Liberty Craft House at 346 E. College Avenue. Since its opening in February of this year, managers J.P. Mills and Jennifer Zangrilli report that business has been “nonstop,” news they shared with much satisfaction and maybe a hint of exhaustion.

I soon understood the fatigue, as Mills and Zangrilli related to me what they called the sometimes “painstaking” efforts that go into putting together and running a place like Liberty. From the brickwork that lines the front of the restaurant (the bricks come from Chicago); to the iron railings surrounding the outdoor seating area (they were re-purposed after originally being used in the former location of another Dante’s establishment); to meats and cheeses that the Liberty staff cuts to order (neither is ever pre-cut, and the restaurant does not use auto-cutters); Liberty explicitly takes pride in their “passion for knowledge, skill, and small-batch artisan goods,” no matter what it might cost them in weariness.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/attention_to_detail_in_local_food_and_drinks_sets_liberty_craft_house_apart http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/attention_to_detail_in_local_food_and_drinks_sets_liberty_craft_house_apart Thu, 09 Jul 2015 11:14:30 -0400
<![CDATA[These berries are a well-kept, delicious local food secret]]> I’m passionate about all things relating to local food (a shocking surprise to folks who know me), including eating it. And if it is organic even better. And if its fruit better still. And if it is the fruit pictured above, well it’s a toss-up between them and raspberries in my book. 

From our experience displaying them at the Jade Family Farm stand at local markets, most people have never tasted one. In fact, most don’t know what they are. The most common answer for the uninitiated is “grapes?” People who lived in Europe or England recognize (and prize) them instantly. And for good reason. They are absolutely wonderful, with a complex blend of sweetness and tartness that make them a delight to eat raw or in jams or pies or as a sauce for fowl, beef, or pork, or to spice up a salad, or…well, the list goes on. I can’t think of a more spectacular food that is virtually unknown here, though currants, paw paws, and persimmons would all be runner ups.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/these_berries_are_a_well-kept_delicious_local_food_secret http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/these_berries_are_a_well-kept_delicious_local_food_secret Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:13:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Double Berry Bundt Cake a red, white, and blue July 4th treat]]> The berries have arrived in Happy Valley! 

We have lots of raspberries on our bushes in the backyard; the June rain has helped them grow as large as we have ever seen! The blueberries arrived from the Kiwanis Club last Tuesday, so now I have 30 pounds of blueberries to find wonderful recipes for. Yes, some of them have been eaten out of hand, as well as freezing many for winter oatmeal.

But I love to try new blueberry recipes.

This Double Berry Bundt Cake is an adaptation from a recipe I just received from smittenkitchen.com and it is SO GOOD! Easy to make and very moist. Your family and holiday guests will rave about this cake that you can eat for breakfast/brunch/dessert. It’s a red, white and blue treat.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/double_berry_bundt_cake_a_red_white_and_blue_july_4th_treat http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/double_berry_bundt_cake_a_red_white_and_blue_july_4th_treat Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:37:17 -0400
<![CDATA[Cool/wet weather raises risks for garden fungal diseases]]> Rain is mostly a gardener’s best friend. While you can water during dry spells to keep plants alive, nothing seems to give them what they need to grow and produce like a good soaking rain. However, too much rain can be harmful to your garden. Along with causing weeds to grow like crazy and keep you away from chores, wet weather is what garden fungal diseases like blights and powder mildew thrive on. Combine that with cooler weather, such as this weekend’s fall feel, and you have the potential for large-scale garden losses.

Without a doubt, it’s a good idea to take steps to prevent fungal diseases before they get established. While some like early blight and powder mildew can be controlled, late blight is a death sentence to your tomatoes and potatoes. I’ve had late blight wipe out my tomato plants in a few days. So what can you do? Here’s a few tips:

- Give them some air: Good air circulation enables plants to dry out properly between rains, sometimes preventing fungal spores to take hold. You can do give them the circulation you need with tomato plants by removing lower leaves and ensuring they get good support. Be sure you do this sort of thing when plants are dry, as you can actually spread disease by fussing around in a wet garden.

- Water properly: If we indeed return to typical summer weather and have a dry spell (which would be a big help in fighting garden diseases), then at some point we’ll have to water. It’s much better to water plants via drip irrigation hoses or by putting a hose at the base of a plant than it is to water from above. Why? Because by wetting the leaves, you’re raising their chances for getting a fungal disease by giving the spores some much needed moisture.

- Keep them fed: Giving plants fertilizers, organic or non-organic, helps keep them healthy and better able to fend off diseases. Also, it’s a good idea to keep weeds under control. Along with hosting diseases, they compete with the good plants for soil nutrients.

- Spray: While many garden diseases are terminal, if you catch them early enough, they can be treated. There are a variety of sprays out there that work, including homemade organic ones that use common household products such as baking soda or even milk. The goal here is to make the environment hostile to fungus without harming plants. One I use is neem oil, which you can purchase at many big-box stores, garden centers, or online. Neem has an added bonus, it also works as an insecticide. Speaking of that, many garden pests such as cucumber beetles transmit garden disease, so be sure to keep them under control as well.

- Mulch ‘Em: Black plastic mulch raises soil temperatures to the point where fungal spores are killed. Mulch such as grass clippings spread around the base of the plant helps prevent soil-born pathogens from being splashed on the plant during heavy rains. And, there’s even reflective mulch out there; the reflected light confuses insects and keeps them away from the plant during early stages of growth.

Be Vigilent:  It’s a good idea to take a walk around the garden and check plants for any changes in leaf appearance or stunted growth. There are several disease databases out there for gardeners that are available via a simple web search. Even if you don’t do anything else in it that day, give your garden a once over.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/cool_wet_weather_raises_risks_for_garden_fungal_diseases http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/cool_wet_weather_raises_risks_for_garden_fungal_diseases Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:58:08 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for June 26]]> Find out where to go to learn how to make amazing cocktails, discover the art of ice cream making, buy some of summer’s ever-growing bounty, and find out how to register for PASA’s summer conference:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_june_26 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_june_26 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:28:44 -0400
<![CDATA[South Hills Food Festival keystone of Happy Valley Culinary Week]]> By Jeffry P Stachowski, community outreach director, South Hills School of Business and Technology

The Second Annual South Hills School Culinary Week Food Festival will be held on Wednesday, June 24 from noon to 6:00 p.m. on the north lawn of South Hills School, 480 Waupelani Drive in State College. This joint production with the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau was such a hit last year that we have an even bigger festival planned for this year.

Live chef demonstrations, an all-local-foods farmers market, live music, workshops and tours will provide an afternoon of learning, fun, and fabulous food for the entire family. And here’s some food for thought…workshops on starting a small restaurant business, hot careers in Central Pennsylvania, exploring financial aid resources, and much more will also run throughout the day.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/south_hills_food_festival_keystone_of_happy_valley_culinary_week http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/south_hills_food_festival_keystone_of_happy_valley_culinary_week Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:14:53 -0400
<![CDATA[Local food part of Happy Valley Culinary Week June 22-28]]> The Third Annual Happy Valley Culinary Week is here, starting today, June 22, and running through Sunday, June 28. There are 18 restaurants in Happy Valley offering special menus, but there’s special events as well. Learn more about Happy Valley Culinary Week by reading the post below, written by Lori Miller, director of visitor and member services with the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau. Then tomorrow here on Local Food Journey learn about one of the major highlights of the week, the South Hills Culinary Week Food Festival which will be held on Wednesday, June 24.

By Lori Miller, Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau

We’re very happy to be celebrating our 3rd Annual Happy Valley Culinary Week! It’s a great way to celebrate the dining scene in Centre County. We have a lot of familiar as well as unique dining options with some great chef talent. We hope to encourage people to try a new place and hopefully discover a new favorite.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_part_of_happy_valley_culinary_week_june_22-28 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_part_of_happy_valley_culinary_week_june_22-28 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:00:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Strawberry season nearing end, but there’s still time!]]> It’s strawberry season and I could not be happier! The strawberries in my garden are ripe enough to pick everyday, despite the chipmunk that wants to eat them—he sometimes sneaks under our chicken wire fence to sample a few! The strawberries look lovely at the various farmers markets and the PA strawberries that are being sold in local grocery stores are plump and juicy!

Way Fruit Farm is a great place to take the family for strawberry picking. But with all the rain, the strawberries might have a shorter season this year, as a recent e-mail from them informed. So get there soon for the best berries.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/strawberry_season_nearing_end_but_theres_still_time http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/strawberry_season_nearing_end_but_theres_still_time Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:28:53 -0400
<![CDATA[Help local food, take the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge]]> The buzzing of bees on a warm summer day is more than just a pleasant sound, it’s a signal that things are pretty good for us as humans. Given that, according to the National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN), one out of every three bites of food we take every day is due to the work of pollinators, we need to keep them buzzing.

How can you help? By joining the NPGN’s Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. The project is designed to accelerate pollinator garden efforts across America in an attempt to reverse the decline of pollinating insects such as honey bees, native bees, and monarch butterflies. While there are nearly a million active gardeners and 15,000 pollinator gardens at schools, the goal of this effort is to have a million additional registered pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/help_local_food_take_the_million_pollinator_garden_challenge http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/help_local_food_take_the_million_pollinator_garden_challenge Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:31:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Lemont Farmers Market offers local food variety in picturesque, friendly setting]]> One of the more scenic and interesting communities in Central Pennsylvania is the quaint town of Lemont. Artsy, friendly, historic, and filled with beautiful old houses, it stands to reason that they would have a farmers market. It just makes sense.

The Lemont Farmers Market is a relatively new market in our area, and it’s also one of the most picturesque ones. The market was founded in 2012 by the Lemont Village Association and is located at the John I. Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds, known to most in the area simply as The Granary. Built in 1885, The Granary was originally constructed for storing grain and for a place for trains to deposit coal. Today, the coal shed part of The Granary makes for a unique and beautiful location for a farmers market. “We have such a perfect site for a farmers market,” said Susan Smith, chair of Lemont Village Association board.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/lemont_farmers_market_offers_local_food_variety_in_picturesque_friendly_set http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/lemont_farmers_market_offers_local_food_variety_in_picturesque_friendly_set Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:50:43 -0400
<![CDATA[Six must-do chores for the June garden]]> The idea of no-maintenance gardens is a foreign concept to me. There’s always something to do in the garden. You put in a lot of work leading up to now, with prepping the soil, sowing seeds, transplanting plants, etc.

In June, the frost-sensitive plants in your garden are well on their way to becoming established. However, this is a critical time for them, and for best production, it’s no time to slack off on your hobby. There are key chores in June to carry out that will ensure your garden season is a successful one:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/six_must-do_chores_for_the_june_garden http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/six_must-do_chores_for_the_june_garden Mon, 08 Jun 2015 22:31:57 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for June 5]]> We are entering prime time for local food; the farmers market vendors are displaying an ever-increasing variety of produce and that will only get better as we head deeper into summer. Here are some highlights for this weekend and beyond:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_june_5 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_june_5 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:15:32 -0400
<![CDATA[Recipe: Strawberry mint yogurt smoothie]]> There are two tasty items that are in season at the farmers markets: strawberries and mint. Finding a use for strawberries is easy: they are fantastic for fresh eating, and there are countless strawberry recipes out there. In my experience, mint is one that stumps people as to how to use it. Sure, it can used in teas and as a garnish, but what about other uses of fresh mint?

One way to use it is in beverages. This recipe for a strawberry mint yogurt smoothie is a great example of how mint can play off other flavors. In this case, it helps to enhance the strawberry flavor with something extra, and the yogurt gives it a nice creamy texture for a refreshing smoothie for those warm June days.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_strawberry_mint_yogurt_smoothie http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_strawberry_mint_yogurt_smoothie Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:29:26 -0400
<![CDATA[Spring veggie breakfast casserole - great for potlucks!]]> Memorial Day is over. The Northern and Southern guns at the Boalsburg Cemetery are silent, the homemade pies are eaten, and the carnival rides are gone out at Boalsburg’s Memorial Day celebration. But summer is coming with all its fun and wonderful garden bounties.

As spring fades into summer, be sure to make this easy breakfast casserole filled with healthy veggies from the local farmers markets before all the fresh spring vegetables are gone. Try this for your next large group gathering, family reunion, or anytime there are lots of people (or a few teenagers) to feed!

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/spring_veggie_breakfast_casserole_-_great_for_potlucks http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/spring_veggie_breakfast_casserole_-_great_for_potlucks Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:52:41 -0400
<![CDATA[Strawberry time is just around the corner]]> You scream, I scream, we all scream for…STRAWBERRIES! Yes, it is almost that time of year again! One of the greatest aspects of living in Centre County is all the fantastic fresh fruit and vegetables we can get all summer long. And it starts with strawberries.

There are strawberries we can pick at a U-pick farm such as Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda. They are expecting their berries to be ripe anytime from June 1 to June 8 this year. A fun family activity is picking berries together—-make it a game and find out who can pick the biggest bucketful. Call Way to find out specific dates, or better yet, sign up for their emails at http://www.wayfruitfarm.com/mail.php.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/strawberry_time_is_just_around_the_corner http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/strawberry_time_is_just_around_the_corner Fri, 29 May 2015 09:00:02 -0400
<![CDATA[Lemony-garlic flavored recipe for all those CSA greens you just got]]> Many CSA’s across the area are ramping up production, with plenty of boxes filled with the best spring produce our area can offer. This includes spring onions, radishes, and of course, spring greens.

Greens are a fantastic dish to add to any spring meal, whether it’s a family cookout or a weeknight dinner. They are good for you, and there are lots of ways to cook them, including ways that will even make the most finicky greens-hating member of your family love eating well.

This recipe is makes a nice side dish for an evening dinner on the patio. It’s quite simple to make and combines two things that makes the flavor of greens really pop: garlic and lemon.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/lemony-garlic_flavored_recipe_for_all_those_csa_greens_you_just_got http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/lemony-garlic_flavored_recipe_for_all_those_csa_greens_you_just_got Thu, 28 May 2015 08:59:16 -0400
<![CDATA[Here’s your chance to be a food blogger! Write for PSU’s Local Food Journey]]> WPSU’s Local Food Journey is looking for volunteer food writers who have a passion for local food, and would love to share that passion in the form of recipes, views on local food issues, stories about local food businesses, personal local food experiences, restaurant reviews, and more. Here are some examples of what you could write:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/heres_your_chance_to_be_a_food_blogger_write_for_psus_local_food_journey http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/heres_your_chance_to_be_a_food_blogger_write_for_psus_local_food_journey Mon, 25 May 2015 21:59:07 -0400
<![CDATA[Frost a possiblity for Saturday morning: here’s how to protect your garden]]> We live in Central Pennsylvania, where the weather can go from July to October in less than a day. This morning, under slate gray skies, a chilly wind blows and it feels more like we are getting close to Halloween than Memorial Day.

As can be the case with these late spring cold snaps, frost is a possibility. Right now, looks like Saturday morning is the best chance for it. This might be bad news for your garden. However, you can take steps to avoid a frost catastrophe that could cause you to replant.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/frost_a_possiblity_for_saturday_morning_heres_how_to_protect_your_garden http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/frost_a_possiblity_for_saturday_morning_heres_how_to_protect_your_garden Wed, 20 May 2015 09:16:42 -0400
<![CDATA[Recipe: Asparagus, Garlic, and Parmesan Cheese Pizza]]> As spring is quickly making way for summer, there is still wonderful asparagus at the farmers markets. You may have already been using asparagus in many ways: in salads, as a side veggie (grilled is especially yummy!), or in delicious pasta dishes like Pasta Primavera.

Here is a new way I discovered to use asparagus.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_asparagus_garlic_and_parmesan_cheese_pizza http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/recipe_asparagus_garlic_and_parmesan_cheese_pizza Mon, 18 May 2015 09:00:44 -0400
<![CDATA[DIY hipster-style artisan grilled cheese]]> The comic Eddie Pepitone has a bit where he is complaining about how the hipsters have taken over his beloved Brooklyn, and laments that there’s places like artisan peanut butter and jelly and artisan toasted cheese restaurants. After ranting about ridiculous the concept of artisan kid’s food is, the punchline is that they’re just so delicious.

While State College doesn’t have an artisan toasted cheese cafe (yet), you can get your hipster on at home with a local food version of grilled cheese that is definitely not kids stuff. Think of it as grilled cheese, grown up. All the ingredients can be found at local farmers markets.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/diy_hipster-style_artisan_grilled_cheese http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/diy_hipster-style_artisan_grilled_cheese Tue, 12 May 2015 09:22:56 -0400
<![CDATA[One great local food weekend on the way]]> With the weather looking downright summery and generally sunny, this weekend looks to be a great time to get out and about to sample some of the best local food in our area. Here are some ideas:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/one_great_local_food_weekend_on_the_way http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/one_great_local_food_weekend_on_the_way Fri, 08 May 2015 08:41:25 -0400
<![CDATA[Five fantastic farmers market finds]]> As more and more farmers markets are opening outdoors for the season, many of us head out to sample the best each farmers market has to offer from the variety of vendors. Each of us have our favorites, and here are five of mine:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_fantastic_farmers_market_finds http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_fantastic_farmers_market_finds Wed, 06 May 2015 10:56:30 -0400
<![CDATA[Mobile app to help local diners find healthy options]]> This morning WPSU ran a story by Megan Caldwell about an interesting new app, Undressed Foods, being developed by a Penn State alum that helps people who want to watch what they eat navigate the tricky nutritional seas of restaurant menus.

Jennifer Swistock has worked on developing the app over the last several years, pulling together a wealth of nutritional information on the various places to eat in the State College area. While the app is focused on student diets (along with restaurants it features items found at the Penn State dining halls), since it has a fairly exhaustive rundown of dishes at State College restaurants, it can be useful for everyone in Happy Valley. From the story:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/mobile_app_to_help_local_diners_find_healthy_options http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/mobile_app_to_help_local_diners_find_healthy_options Mon, 04 May 2015 09:05:30 -0400
<![CDATA[Location, location, location: Picking the right spot is a vital first step for new garden]]> If you are starting a garden this year in your yard, the first step is definitely the mot important—choosing a proper location. While having the garden close to the house makes harvesting more convenient, the absolute most important thing to consider is sunlight.

Most fruits and vegetable are sun-loving plants, and need full-sun. Full-sun means at least six hours of sun a day. For full-sun plants, sun is the most important factor for successful growth, and no amount of fertilizer can help full-sun plants if they are not getting enough sun.

Next, you want to make sure that the spot you choose has good drainage. Pooling of water is not good for plants, and can lead to problems such as disease and rot.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/location_location_location_picking_the_right_spot_is_a_vital_first_step_for http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/location_location_location_picking_the_right_spot_is_a_vital_first_step_for Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:10:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Local food notes for April 24]]> Farmers markets are opening (despite the chill), Mt. Nittany Winery’s 25th Anniversary Dinner, Wine trail, learn how to grow herbs at Tait Farms, and Friends & Farmers looking for delivery drivers. Read on to learn more:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_april_24 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_april_24 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:14 -0400
<![CDATA[Patience pays off later with garden plantings]]> Every year around this time, I hear something that as a fairly experienced gardener, it makes me shake my head…“it was so nice this weekend I planted my entire garden!” Yes, when it was as warm as it was last Saturday, you can certainly be tempted to plant cold-sensitive plants and seeds outside. But, it’s just not a good idea. Here’s why:

- You live in Central Pennsylvania, not central Carolina: Weather here is highly changeable this time of year, and we do not follow a linear increase in daily temperatures in spring. So, while it was near 80 Saturday, guess what? The temperature Thursday and Friday probably will stay in the 40s, and drop around freezing at night. Not good for any tomatoes caught out in that environment.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/patience_pays_off_later_with_garden_plantings http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/patience_pays_off_later_with_garden_plantings Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:38:51 -0400
<![CDATA[Gigi’s offers Southern-style food and cocktails with a local twist]]> By Emily Edling, Local Food Journey intern

Gigi’s Restaurant and Wine Lounge, located just two miles outside of downtown State College, gives its guests something different by offering a wide variety of menu items that take advantage of local food sources. I spoke with manager Rebecca Larsen to find out what local companies Gigi’s uses and how this affects the development of their menu.

Both Larsen and the chef are relatively new to the restaurant, coming in last year with a vision to create a southern inspired restaurant and bar. She said that her and the chef work together with local providers to see what fruits or vegetables they have and then figure out how they can incorporate that into a menu dish. For example, Tait Farm is one of Gigi’s food providers, and has had a lot of spinach lately. So a couple of weeks ago, the menu featured a petite filet with spinach.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/gigis_offers_southern-style_food_and_cocktails_with_a_local_twist http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/gigis_offers_southern-style_food_and_cocktails_with_a_local_twist Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:12:22 -0400
<![CDATA[A visit to the farmers of Groundwork Farms CSA]]> On April 2, a day that promised spring with mild breezes after a late-season snow, I visited two eastern Centre County farms at the invite of Nell Hanssen, the coordinator of Groundwork Farms CSA. The farms were Spring Bank Acres and Shady Locust Produce, both located in the beautiful countryside around Mlllheim, Aaronsburg, and Rebersburg.

First, a bit about Groundwork Farms CSA. The CSA offers food from the Penns Creek Watershed region to individuals, restaurants, and grocery stores in Centre and Union Counties. Originally limited to produce, the CSA now offers vegetables, berries, herbs, bread, flowers, dairy products, eggs, and meats. Even in the winter, CSA buyers can receive dairy products, bread, eggs, winter soups, and in-season produce. There are also opportunities to buy local fruit, flour, mushrooms, canned goods, and honey. Really, they offer a complete package of local food.

Among the local food producers in the CSA are Shady Locust Produce, King Family Farm, Halflinger Farm, Crystal Hollow Farm, and Spring Bank Acres. The two farms I visited, Spring Bank Acres and Shady Locust Produce, are Amish-run.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/visit_to_the_farmers_of_groundwork_farms_csa http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/visit_to_the_farmers_of_groundwork_farms_csa Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:27:48 -0400
<![CDATA[Opening of outdoor farmers market season nears]]> While you can find indoor versions of the State College, Millheim, and Boalsburg Farmers Market still going strong, the mild-ish weather recently has many people pining for the warm season and one big part of the friendly-weather months are farmers markets. Believe it or not, we are mere weeks away from the openings of our selection of farmers markets.

For those of you who want to mark your calendar, here’s a handy list of the markets that have announced their openings:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/opening_of_outdoor_farmers_market_season_nears http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/opening_of_outdoor_farmers_market_season_nears Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:44:22 -0400
<![CDATA[Exploring local food at the 2015 South By Southwest: the food itself]]> This is the second part of a two-part series on local food at South By Southwest, to learn more about the event and read about some programming related to local food at the event, please go here.

I’ve been to Austin twice. The South By Southwest vibe of Austin is quite different than the normal Austin vibe. The normal Austin vibe is laid-back artsy in a folksy Texas style, while the SXSW version of Austin is more frantic and teeming, understandable given the influx of people, including lots of celebrities. But one thing that never changes about Austin, and that’s the fact it is quite a culinary destination. In keeping with the rest of the country, local food is popular in Austin and I found several great examples of regional food in Austin.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/exploring_local_food_at_the_2015_south_by_southwest_the_food_itself http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/exploring_local_food_at_the_2015_south_by_southwest_the_food_itself Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:32:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Exploring local food at the 2015 South By Southwest]]> South By Southwest is quite an event. Held each year in Austin, Texas, SXSW is known for technology, music, film, and as a big party. But there’s another facet to SXSW, and that’s local food.

I had the opportunity to attend SXSW last month, and spent part of the time exploring the local food side of both Austin and SXSW. Part of SXSW was SouthBites, a platform of sessions, panel discussions, podcasts, and a food truck food court that enables connections between food artisans, farmers, entrepreneurs, and just plain regular people who love food. There was certainly a local food component to SouthBites, in keeping with the national trend of increased interest in local food. Sessions included discussion about local food from angles such as food production, entrepreneurship, and even new technology to help locavores find all the best local food sources.

Along with the programming, there’s also the food itself. Austin is an incredible town for dining, especially for Mexican, Tex-Mex, and barbeque, and this includes both standing restaurants . The SXSW “Trailer Park” food court featured local food trucks, serving up delicious products which are made with local ingredients in some cases.

Today, I will focus on the sessions, and Wednesday, the local food scene at SXSW and Austin itself.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/exploring_local_food_at_the_2015_south_by_southwest http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/exploring_local_food_at_the_2015_south_by_southwest Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:54:54 -0400
<![CDATA[Jade Family Farm gets spring planting season underway]]> By Emily Edling, WPSU Local Food Journey intern

While it hasn’t been feeling much like spring, warmer weather is surely on its way, and the staff of the Jade Family Farm is hard at work to prepare for the spring season.

Even though it still feels like winter some days, especially with the snowstorm on the first day of spring, that doesn’t mean that farmers get to take a break. There is much preparation that goes into a farm having a successful growing season.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/jade_family_farm_gets_spring_planting_season_underway http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/jade_family_farm_gets_spring_planting_season_underway Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:10:08 -0400
<![CDATA[Apple tree trimming demonstration March 28 at Way Fruit Farm]]> Those interested in learning how to trim/prune fruit trees can attend Way Fruit Farm’s Apple Tree Trimming Demonstration Saturday, March 28, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the farm located on Route 550 near Stormstown. The workshop is free of charge. 

Attendees will meet in the farm store for a brief presentation and a Q & A session and will then proceed to the orchard across the road from the store for trimming practice. It’s a good idea to prepare for cold and mud as Saturday is forecasted to be pretty chilly. The event is open to both newcomers and previous attendees who find they may have new questions. 

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/apple_tree_trimming_demonstration_march_28_at_way_fruit_farm http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/apple_tree_trimming_demonstration_march_28_at_way_fruit_farm Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:51:34 -0400
<![CDATA[Spring farmers market frittata]]> Spring is here! (Sort of) While the weather has been chilly and even occasionally snowy, consistent mild weather will be here soon enough. While we are still over a month away from outdoor farmers market season, the indoor farmers markets in State College, Millheim, and Boalsburg are still operating. In fact, some signs of spring such as early season greens are starting to show up, including perhaps the ultimate spring green, spinach.

This recipe pairs spinach with other items you might find at a farmers market this time of year. Frittatas are an easy meal to make and are delicious for any meal, especially a weekend brunch. This frittata combines ham, smoked gouda, and spinach to make for a tasty and quick meal.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/spring_farmers_market_frittata http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/spring_farmers_market_frittata Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:46:29 -0400
<![CDATA[Friends & Farmers Cooperative now offering local food delivery via online market]]> Friends & Farmers Cooperative, which is working to open a member-owned cooperative store that will specialize in local, sustainably-produced products, began home-delivery service for its Online Market on March 17. Customers in zip codes 16801 and 16803 (State College), 16851 (Lemont), 16827 (Boalsburg) and 16868 (Pine Grove Mills) can pay $5 to have fresh, locally grown and produced food delivered to their doorsteps.

Friends & Farmers opened the Online Market in November, offering consumers an easy way to purchase items from some of the same local producers participating in central Pennsylvania farmers markets. Launched as a stepping stone to opening a brick and mortar store, the Online Market offers tangible progress toward the Friends & Farmers mission: to support and grow the local food economy, while offering consumers convenient, nutritious and delicious locally grown and produced food.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/friends_farmers_cooperative_now_offering_local_food_delivery_via_online_mar http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/friends_farmers_cooperative_now_offering_local_food_delivery_via_online_mar Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:00:01 -0400
<![CDATA[Five tips to avoid seed starting disasters]]> It’s finally time to start seeds indoors! While it’s not very warm out at the moment, certain flowers and vegetables need an early start to ensure they will produce in the summer.

Starting seeds is generally easy but there can be occasional misfires. Here’s five tips to help ensure success as we kick off the gardening season:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_tips_to_avoid_seed_starting_disasters http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/five_tips_to_avoid_seed_starting_disasters Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:00:47 -0400
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for March 13]]> Here are some local food notes for March 13:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_march_13 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_march_13 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:00:03 -0400
<![CDATA[Aardvark Kafe offers vegans a hidden treasure for casual dining]]> By Emily Edling, Local Food Journey Intern

The Aardvark Kafe is one of the hidden treasures for the vegetarian community in State College. Located on the 900-block of West College Ave, it is just out of reach of the downtown area, but is well worth the trip. Owners Karen and Les Urbanski opened Aardvark Kafe three years ago, transforming the former OIP (Original Italian Pizza) into a combination cafe and antique shop.
In keeping the original OIP menu and adding a whole new menu consisting entirely of vegan dishes, the Aardvark Kafe offers an environment in which vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike can dine together in perfect harmony.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/aardvark_kafe_offers_vegans_a_hidden_treasure_for_casual_dining http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/aardvark_kafe_offers_vegans_a_hidden_treasure_for_casual_dining Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:54:34 -0400
<![CDATA[Penn State club offers support for those leading the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle]]> By Emily Edling
WPSU Local Food Journey Intern

The Penn State Vegetarian Club is just one of the 900-plus student organizations on campus, but they are doing some interesting things both on campus and throughout the State College community. They offer social support for those leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, sponsor food giveaways, host speakers from groups such as PETA, The Humane League and Vegan Outreach, and are currently working with the dining commons to get more vegan options on campus.

I spoke with President Keegan O’Donnell to get the inside scoop on where the best vegetarian options are both on campus and around State College. For on campus dining, he recommends West Commons, which features an entire vegetarian section, Veg Works, and Redifer in South Dining Commons, which offers a good selection of á la carte options. The HUB also offers some impressive vegetarian cuisine with the tofu bowls at Sushi by Panda Express and of course there is always Mixed Greens for a good salad (although they don’t label vegan salad dressings so vegans be wary).

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/penn_state_club_offers_support_for_those_leading_the_vegetarian_vegan_lifes http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/penn_state_club_offers_support_for_those_leading_the_vegetarian_vegan_lifes Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:00:54 -0500
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for February 20]]> Even with some of the coldest weather ever recorded in Centre County, there are still things happening in the local food world in central PA. While temperatures are subzero, there are some items below that might warm you with spring thoughts, so keep reading…

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_february_20 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_february_20 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:24:19 -0500
<![CDATA[Happy Fastnacht Day! Hey, wait…what’s a fastnacht?]]> Today is Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras. For many people who have grown up in a Pennsylvania Dutch area like myself (York), today is also known as Fastnacht Day.

Why Fastnacht Day? A fastnacht is a type of donut, made with potatoes, flour, sugar, yeast, and eggs. They are fried like a donut and while many are made today with a hole like a regular donut, a “traditional” fastnacht is hole-less and square.

The word fastnacht is German for “fast night” and the tradition of making them began as a way to get rid of lard, sugar, fat, and other stuff that are forbidden during lent. That way there were less temptations left in the pantry to lead hungry stomachs astray.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/happy_fastnacht_day_hey_wait...whats_a_fastnacht http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/happy_fastnacht_day_hey_wait...whats_a_fastnacht Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:04:58 -0500
<![CDATA[Last-minute local food Valentine’s Day dinner options]]> Uh-oh. Now you did it. You forgot to make dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day, didn’t you?

No worries…there are a lot of good options in the Central Pennsylvania area for Valentine’s dinner and other food activities, and that includes those which offer up local food and drink. Here’s several options for you, but keep in mind, there’s no guarantee they have open reservation times…good luck!:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/last-minute_local_food_valentines_day_dinner_options http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/last-minute_local_food_valentines_day_dinner_options Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:57:07 -0500
<![CDATA[Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe offers up local food options for the literary inclined]]> By Emily Edling, Local Food Journey Intern

Webster’s Bookstore Café is known for its cozy atmosphere of used book and a broad selection of café drinks. But what sets them apart from the other coffee shops of downtown State College is their wide range of food, especially their vegetarian and vegan options, utilizing local sources to make these tasty meals.

Aside from specialty coffee and tea drinks, Webster’s does a lot of things with vegetarian ingredients such as hummus, paté, and portabella mushrooms all of which can be made in the form of sandwiches, salads, paninis, or wraps and that are all vegan unless you choose to add cheese. They also offer a soup of the day and other daily specials, which offer even more vegetarian options.

For non-vegan’s there are also many egg sandwiches and burritos available, each with a literature-themed name. In fact, with the exception of about two or three items, the entire menu at Webster’s is vegetarian friendly—it’s a dream come true! My personal favorite is the Spicy Bean Chili, which is a vegan dish that has the perfect amount of spice to warm up on these cold winter days.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/websters_bookstore_and_cafe_offers_up_local_food_options_for_the_literary_i http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/websters_bookstore_and_cafe_offers_up_local_food_options_for_the_literary_i Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:00:01 -0500
<![CDATA[Warming greek-style pasta bake uses Boalsburg Farmers Market ingredients]]> Farmers market season never really ends in Central Pennsylvania, it just shifts to a different season. The Millheim Farmers Market, Boalsburg Farmers Market, and the State College Farmers Market are all open until the opening of the “regular” summer farmers market hours.

They are, of course, all indoor, so you won’t have to worry about braving snow and bitter winds. Like in the spring and summer, I find it definitely a good idea to plan out your trip and perhaps look for ingredients for a specific recipe.

This particular recipe is for a tasty Greek-style pasta bake that is quite good with some Gemelli Bakers bread on a cold night. This recipe includes ingredients from Boalsburg Farmers Market vendors.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/warming_greek-style_pasta_bake_uses_boalsburg_farmers_market_ingredients http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/warming_greek-style_pasta_bake_uses_boalsburg_farmers_market_ingredients Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:36:06 -0500
<![CDATA[Local Food Notes for January 30]]> Sick of winter yet? Well, we DO live in Central Pennsylvania, where the winters are not exactly mild, but it seems like the last two weeks have been about as rough as it can be around here. Still, the local food community is active, and here’s a few things that are going on:

- The 24th Annual PASA Farming for the Future Conference will be held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in University Park on Feb. 3-7. The event is a great way for those involved in local food to learn more about the latest innovations in sustainable agriculture, while celebrating the past year and looking to the future. For more information including registration, please go here.

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_january_30 http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/local_food_notes_for_january_30 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:33:12 -0500
<![CDATA[10 great varieties to add to your seed order list]]> I follow the weather as a hobby, one that admittedly is as much of a passion to me as gardening and cooking. People I know are aware of this quirk in my personality and often ask me about the weather. Recently, they’ve ask if there’s any reprieve in sight from our recent descent into the winter doldrums, and unfortunately for spring lovers, it doesn’t appear that we are heading for mild weather anytime soon.

However, even in the greyest and coldest days of winter, we gardeners can find a reprieve in the seed catalog. Now’s the time to order seeds, as seed companies are becoming very busy with orders. You really want to have the seeds by March, because some varieties require you start them inside in March/April so they create ripe produce for your summer table.

One of the fun things about gardening is trying unusual vegetables and fruits to put on that summer table. Here are 10 varieties of unusual fruits and vegetables to grow this year (not including any vendors, you can find these easily via an online search):

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/10_great_varieties_to_add_to_your_seed_order_list http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/10_great_varieties_to_add_to_your_seed_order_list Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:15:43 -0500
<![CDATA[Being a vegetarian in State College]]> Local Food Journey has a new writing intern, Emily Edling. She’s a Penn State English major, and is also a vegetarian. Her first contribution to Local Food Journey is a piece on her experiences being a vegetarian in State College.

Being a vegetarian can be difficult regardless of where you live. When I first made the decision to give up meat I was in my hometown of Boyertown, PA, where I was struggling to find options that were both delicious and adequate substitutes to meat. Along with this, I also had the burden of enduring endless discussions with friends and family members in defending my choice to abstain from meat, in assuring them that it doesn’t offend me when they eat meat, about where I am getting my protein from, and so on. 

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/being_a_vegetarian_in_state_college http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/being_a_vegetarian_in_state_college Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:07:08 -0500
<![CDATA[Upcoming events for wine enthusiasts in February and March]]> On Saturday, Feb. 7, Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery will hold a Walk-Around Tasting from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. During this special wine and food pairing event, we will be featuring gourmet appetizers by Brown Dog Catering paired with our award-winning wines.  And while you sip and savor, enjoy the soulful acoustic guitar music of Laura Boswell. Cost is $25/person; a credit card number will hold your reservation. You can make a reservation by calling (814) 466-6373. This is just one event at the Winery in February and March, keep reading for a few more:

]]>
Read More...]]>
http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/upcoming_events_for_wine_enthusiasts_in_february_and_march http://wpsu.org/localfoodjourney/comments/upcoming_events_for_wine_enthusiasts_in_february_and_march Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:13:12 -0500