Homesteaders Quarto – July 29, 2013

More info about PCO FarmFest and Centre County Local Foods Week coming tomorrow…

What’s Fresh at the Farmers Markets?

(From Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local)

Fresh food lovers, unite! Markets are bursting with the very best of Centre County agrarian delights. Sink your teeth into sweet corn, which has finally made its way to markets! Vine-ripe tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, carrots, and brussels sprout sare ready to be enjoyed, and there is plenty of swiss chard and lettuces for all the salad lovers. Spice up your next dish with fresh or dried herbs.

If you’re looking for protein, take home some of the various fresh cut meats, free-range eggs, and farmstead cheeses. For a sweet tooth, bake a delicious treat with the abundance of peaches, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. There will be homemade ice cream, gelato, and kombucha to keep you cool, or zesty salsas and pepper jellies to challenge the summer heat. As always, there will be a collection of breads and baked goods, various dairy items, canned foods,homemade soaps, breathtaking flowers, and local crafts.

  • Tuesdays: State College (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane)
  • Tuesdays: Boalsburg (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum)
  • Tuesdays: State College (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hills Plaza/Ollie’s)
  • Wednesdays: Lemont (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Granary)
  • Thursdays: State College (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hills Plaza/Ollie’s)
  • Fridays: Downtown State College (11:30am to 5:30pm on Locust Lane)
  • Saturdays: Bellefonte (8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gamble Mill)
  • Saturdays: Millheim (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post)
  • Saturdays: North Atherton (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Home Depot)
  • Saturdays: State College (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hills Plaza/Ollie’s)

July 30 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

Summer ingredients are in their full glory at the market. You can get just about anything you want and need with respect to meat, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, wine, fruit, and more. from our vendors. Last week’s cooking demonstration used their products to make some delicious dishes. We hope you will come and celebrate  summer with us. The market opens at 2:00 and closes at 6:00 at the  PA. Military Museum in Boalsburg. Ample on-site free parking is a real plus.

Mark your calendar for our next market on Aug. 6 when we will host our Third Annual Golden Basket Award Chefs Competition, which will feature  nine of our area’s best chefs. The event is part of Centre County Local Foods Week and should  be very special.

Upcoming Classes & Festivals at Tait Farm in Centre Hall

August 3 – The 50 Mile Bouquet with Gretchen Staff – Natural beauty, simplicity and joy are the rewards of using seasonal, local and sustainably grown flowers to make stunning floral arrangements. From cultivated garden flowers and shrubs, to wild gathered blooms, come be inspired by the 50 mile bouquet approach. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. $5.

August 10 – Herbal Delights with Cindy Law – There is nothing quite as enchanting and exciting as a summer herb garden. While these herbs are at their peak, come learn simple ways for preserving their beautiful flavors in salts, vinegars, honeys, jellies and more. A little work now, can bring culinary pleasure throughout the year. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. $5.

August 17 – The Tomato Festival – 1 to 4pm – Tomato taste-off, cooking demos, ask the expert…plus our annual 1 day summer sale! More info to come.

Please call 814-466-3411 or email to register!

August 10 – Transition Town Summer Bonfire! 

(From Holly D’Angelo)

Transition Town State College is holding a fire circle social at Ahimsa Village on Saturday August 10, 6:30 pm to 11:00 p.m. Please join us for a vegetarian/vegan potluck, music and an Inner Transition session. Ahimsa Village is located at 4022 S. Eagle Valley Rd, Julian, PA, which is Route 220, about a mile northeast of Julian. Look for the red traffic triangle on the mail box. It is the road just down from the entrance to Julian Woods. We hope to see you there!

August 22 – Prepping the Honey Bee Hive for Winter and Honey Extraction

(From Patty Neiner)

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at PSU University Park – Join Maryann Frazier, Senior Research Associate at Penn State and PA-WAgN Regional Representative for a hands-on, in-hive experience with honey bees.

August 25 – PA Interfaith Power & Light Ice Cream Social

(From Sylvia Neely)

In what has now become a beloved tradition, PA IPL and the Creation Care Coalition will be having an ice cream social again this summer.  The social will be Sunday, August 25 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in State College.  If the weather is good, we’ll be outside; if not, we’ll meet in Harkins Hall in the basement at Grace Lutheran.

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