Homesteaders’ Quarto – July 8, 2013

July 9 – Tuesday Downtown State College Farmers Market Preview

(From Betsy Green)

The Tuesday market is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane. Vendors and products this week:

  • Larksmirth Manor:  featuring festive nasturtiums from Alaska (but grown locally) for salads and beauty.
  • Hidden Hollow Farms:  Fresh herbs, asparagus, rhubarb & wildfire lettuce mix.
  • Green Acres Farm:  New Crop of honey from our bees, and fresh brown eggs from our free-range chickens.  Also, potatoes.
  • Crystal Hollow Farms:  Pork, veal, lamb, beef, along with zucchini, cucumbers, and other fresh vegetables.
  • Gemelli Bakers:  Hand-dipped soft pretzels, fresh fruit pies (strawberry, apple, cherry), and of course our artisan sour dough breads.
  • Cottage Confectioner:  Try our newest cookie flavor: Bourbon Breakfast.  Also available our famous Lavender Line Tea Cookies.
  • Sun & Moon Creations: *New Item:  Hot Sox!  Herb infused, rice-filled sock with essential oils for heat therapy on sore muscles.
  • Spring Bank Acres:  Try our fresh quality eggs from free-range hens that are fed only GMO-free, soy-free, chemical-free grains that are processed in a certified feed mill.
  • Red Hawk Premium Peppers:  Stop by to sample our Gourmet hot sauces, mustard, relish and pepper jams, all made from peppers grown on our property in Mifflin county, PA.  All our products are all natural without any additives or preservatives!
  • Moser’s Garden Produce:  Blueberries and red raspberries are now available.  Also sugar peas.
  • Egg Hill Gardens:  Betsy continues to bring you the freshest greens around:  Kale, Swiss Chard, Collards.  This will be the last week for Fava Beans.  Available now: 5 varieties of beautiful zucchini, just the right size for grilling.

Don’t forget to ask for your free parking voucher for the Pugh Street Parking Garage.  Stop by the red van and ask Sarah for a ticket.

July 9 – Tuesday Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

This is a wonderful time of year to shop at the Boalsburg Farmers Market, with an incredible array of products, including now most of your favorite summer vegetables as well as early onions, peas, and greens that began appearing in the spring. If you’ve ever been to the market, you already know what is available at market, so consider this just a reminder that market is coming up on Tuesday.  If you haven’t, why not give it go?

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda

Local fruits and veggies currently available at our farm include:

  • Sweet Cherries (Our own)
  • Sweet corn (Our own)
  • Apples(Our own)
  • Fresh apple cider (Our own)
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Red Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Salad Greens / Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • and more!!!!

July 12 – Transitioning to Mob Grazing

  • 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Yeehaw Farm. Join PA-WAgN as we tour Yeehaw Farm with Judi & Tom Radel and learn how they transitioned to a mob grazing system.

July 15 – Getting Started in Mob Grazing Farminar

  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM online.

July 10 – Lunch & Learn in State College – All About the Downtown Master Plan

July 16 – Tuesday Boalsburg Farmers Market Learning Kitchen

(From Jim Eisenstein)

Two local chefs will demonstrate how to prepare dishes using fresh ingredients obtained at the Boalsburg Farmers Market on Tuesday, July 16.  Grace Pilato, an accomplished Italian chef, cookbook author and teacher of popular cooking classes, will be joined by Nate Brungarten, executive sous chef de cuisine at Zola’s New World Bistro for the event.

Pilato, a local cultural food expert, will present “Farm to Fork,” showing how to incorporate unusual vegetables into everyday menu preparation and Brungarten will utilize fresh garden ingredients to make summer entertaining burst with fresh, local flavor.

Market co-manager Tony Sapia of Gemelli Bakers, who initiated the learning kitchens last year, sees the event as part of a more general effort to educate shoppers in new ways to use the locally grown products available fresh at the market. As part of this program, the market will also sponsor its third annual Golden Basket Award Chefs Competition on Aug. 6 during local foods week, and its Second Annual Plow to Plate Harvest Dinner at the Mt. Nittany Winery on Wednesday, Sept. 11, featuring a full meal prepared by local chefs using fresh ingredients from the market.

The July 16 cooking demonstration begins at 2:30 at the market, which is held at the Pennsylvania Military Museum on Business Route 322 (S. Atherton) in Boalsburg.   The market runs every Tuesday from 2:00 PM till 6:00 PM, and there is ample on-site free parking.

July 20 – Starting a Permaculture Home Orchard – Workshop in Millheim

(From Holly D’Angelo)

Join presenter Jackie Bonomo on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. – 12 noon at the Penns Valley Learning Garden in Milheim for a talk about shaping fruit trees for production and polyculture planting. She will also talk about what plants fulfill what functions.

“A polyculture is a plant grouping using multiple crops associated in one area, similar to the diversity of natural ecosystems. A polyculture provides a greater variety of crops and more resilience for food cropping as well as providing habitat for more species, increasing local biodiversity and aiding biological pest control. Each component contributes something valuable to the association making the whole healthier and more productive.

Permaculture aims to mimic natural systems to allow each element to do its natural work and function cooperatively. This reduces the need for artificial inputs required by annual cropping and especially the intense needs of monoculture growing. How much easier to let a polyculture provide more of the nutrients and pest control needs of a healthy orchards. Each guild participant contributes something valuable to the entire composition.” See more here.

July 29 – Organic Vegetable Meeting in Muncy

(From PASA)

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Tewksbury Grace Farm, 168 Yeagle Rd, Muncy, PA  17756. Program includes:

  • 6:00 p.m. Ecological Vegetable Disease Management with Dr. Beth Gugino, Plant Pathologist, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, University Park;
  • 6:30 p.m. Pest Walk lead by Dr. Beth Gugino;
  • 7:00 p.m. Discussion of Root Disease and Fertility Challenges lead by the Tewksburys.

No Registration Fee. For more information contact John Esslinger at 784-6660

(From PA Women’s Agricultural Network)

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at The Sundance Life Farm. Were you ever told or thought, “That’s a man’s job” or “You might break it” or “You’ll take too long, let me/him do it”? These are common comments that women can hear from the men in their lives, as well as in their own heads. Julie Perry of The Sundance Life Farm in Bradford County heard statements like this all her life until one day when her husband died suddenly, she and her sons had to break through those mental barriers.


One thought on “Homesteaders’ Quarto – July 8, 2013

  1. Ag. Progess Days coming up 8/13-15. Ck the events–lots of natural gas info via PSU no “balance” to the “education” that I could note..This is pertinent to State College and PSU energy issue.

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