Tuesday Farmers Market Previews for June 18, 2013; “Woods in Your Backyard” Workshop June 22

Tuesday Downtown State College Farmers’ Market – June 18

(From Betsy Green) 

Open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane. Vendors and products this week:

  • Larksmirth Manor featuring purple shamrocks for indoor or out…they make a dramatic contrast with green foliage.
  • Hidden Hollow Farms:  strawberries, snap peas, cabbage, red beets and garlic scapes.  Fresh cut flowers too!
  • Green Acres Farm:  Carrots, stawberries, sugar peas, red beets, and fresh cut herbs: basil, cilantro
  • Dn’D Farms:  Chicken..whole, halves, wings, legs/thighs and bonelss skinless breast.  In season produce & berries
  • Underhill Farms with yarns made from a Heritage sheep…Leicester Longwool and  Angora goats
  • Gemelli Bakers:  Baked Granola sweetened with maple syrup, coconut macaroons & Artisan sourdough breads
  • Crystal Hollow Farm:  pork, veal, lamb, and beef.  **Pork & veal sausages…3 varieties!  Fresh veggies too.
  • Cottage Confectioner:  Sam carries unique vegan baked goods made with loose leaf teas and lots of love.  **New this week: strawberry corn & chamomile.
  • Her newest cookie flavor:  lavender lime
  • Sun & Moon Creations:  Body & room sprays..all natural which can be used as perfume or room freshener.  $1.00 off this week 6/18) only.
  • Spring Bank Acres:  **Sweet potato plants, broccoli, fresh herbs & 9 varieties of cheese.
  • Red Hawk Premium Peppers:  Dan will be bringing his usual great line of gourmet hot sauces, mustard, relish & pepper jams.
  • Moser’s Garden Produce:  From Barrie’s greenhouse**hothouse tomatoes & cut zinnia flowers
  • Egg Hill Gardens:  ‘Sugar Ann’ Sugar Peas & French Heirloom Snow Peas….lettuce mix, kale, Swiss Chard & mustard greens.  Green garlic & scapes for making pesto!

Boalsburg Farmers Market – June 18 & 25

(From Jim Eisenstein)

Open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum.

Our June 18 market falls between two of the special events scheduled for this summer and fall. Last week (June 11), our co-manager Tony Sapia of Gemelli’s Bakers, with the assistance of local food writer Anne Quinn Corr, conducted our first Kids Day cooking demonstration. We invited third graders from Our Lady of Victory, Gray’s Woods Elementary, and Friends School to the event and gave them a voucher good for $5 worth of purchases.  Check out pictures of the event on our Facebook page. If you didn’t catch the front page article in the CDT about the event, here is a link to it.

This week (June 18) will be a regular market, but since we are entering the beginning of the season for summer crops, it will feature a wonderful variety of top quality fresh produce, herbs, new cheeses, dairy products, flowers, meats, pasta, breads, soaps, sauces, apple products, and  more. The salmon fishing season in Alaska also starts soon, so this will be your last chance to purchase Wild for Salmon’s wild-caught Sockeye until  they return in market in late summer.

And if you like good music, come hear Steve Crawford sing and play from 3:00 to 5:00.

Next week (June 25) our first grown-ups’ Learning Kitchen of the season will feature a cooking demonstration by Mark Johnson (Elk Creek Cafe) and two of the Jade Garden Restaurant’s bartenders, Sc’Eric and Chris Young using fresh ingredients from the market. The demonstrations will begin at 2:00 o’clock.

Both events reflect the commitment of the Boalsburg Farmers Market to help build the local food revolution that is gathering momentum all over the country. We are more than a collection of local producers seeking to sell the fruit of their labors. We want to introduce children to the value of local, fresh foods and other products and help their parents learn innovative ways to prepare them.

Tony Sapia of Gemelli Bakers, who initiated the learning kitchens last year, notes that “These learning kitchens are part of the Boalsburg Farmers Market’s efforts to educate the guests who patronize our market in new ways to use the wonderful fresh, locally grown products they see at the market.”

We hope you will come to help us celebrate the glories of locally produced food.

Other Upcoming Events at the Boalsburg Farmers Market:

  • July 16 – Learning Kitchen #2
  • August 6 – Third Annual Golden Basket Award Chefs Competition
  • September 11 – Second Annual Plow to Plate Harvest Dinner at the Mt. Nittany Winery,  featuring a full meal prepared by local chefs using fresh ingredients from the market.

June 22 – “The Woods in Your Backyard” Workshop – Register TODAY

Register By Today (June 17) for “The Woods in Your Backyard” Workshop on June 22 at 9 a.m. at the Forest Resources Building at PSU. “Would you like to reduce your lawn, plant trees, and invite wildlife to your suburban lot?…Penn State Extension, Forestry For the Bay, Clearwater Conservancy, Penn State Master Gardeners, and the Centre County Conservation District have assembled outstanding speakers who will share their knowledge about creating or improving wildlife habitat, tree identification and care, tree planting and native landscaping, forest ecology, woodlot management techniques, invasive plant identification, and more. Enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland on your property reduces mowing, welcomes wildlife, and creates a backyard forest.”

To register Click Here or call 355-4897. Participants must be pre-registered by Monday June 17, 2013. A $20 fee is being charged per person to cover program costs ($35 for multiple registrants from the same household), and includes lunch and educational materials. For more info, contact the Penn State Extension office in Centre County by phone at 355-4897 or by e-mail.

Miscellany

 
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