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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Posted by Kristin Camplese on 06/28 at 08:05 PM

A chocolate cake that’s healthy, too? You got it.

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Summer Solstice Celebration a Success

Posted by Cara McShane on 06/27 at 09:41 AM

Tait Farm hosted the second annual Summer Solstice Celebration of Local Farms, Food, and Art on Saturday, June 16th from 1-4pm. The event, which benefited the Centre County Farmland Trust, drew a crowd of over 500.

Attendees enjoyed live music, local food and beverage sampling, and an art exhibit presented by the Farmland Preservation Artists.

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The Great Coffee Adventure: Global Libations in Kutztown

Posted by Naomi Elle Schwartz on 06/26 at 08:58 PM

Our next stop on The Great Coffee Adventure took us all the way to Kutztown. Kutztown is a fascinating mix of old-school architecture and new-world culture. While the town is quite interesting, our focus was Global Libations.

There were several bikes parked just outside the front door. Evidently, this is a frequent stop of biking townspeople. It makes sense to me. Bike a few miles, burn some calories, stop to fill up that food/drink tank of your stomach, then bike away again. Everyone’s happy!

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Rabbit vs. Gardener

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 06/25 at 11:50 AM

I have heard before that a mild spring means a lot of rabbits the following summer. 2012 seems to be proving this true, as we have had both a warm spring and seemingly, a lot of rabbits.

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Summer Field Notes + Recipe for Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta

Posted by Kim Tait on 06/21 at 10:07 AM

As we roll into summer, things on the farm seem to be going pretty well. The sugar snap peas are coming on, and we will start seeing them in the share this week – they are such a treat! The farmers got the strawberry plugs planted late last week, and we will look forward to having delicious berries in the share next year. We thought we might be able to get one more year out of the old patch, but it gave up the ghost earlier in the spring.

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The Great Coffee Adventure: Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill

Posted by Naomi Elle Schwartz on 06/19 at 10:37 AM

Located just across the river from Harrisburg, Cornerstone Coffeehouse offers a wide variety of food, drink, ice cream, and desserts. Correction: This place has a mind-boggling array of food choices.

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Our Town: Ridgway—Looking for enthusiastic community volunteers!

Posted by Jessica on 06/19 at 08:48 AM

Do you have a great story to tell about the people, places, or happenings in Ridgway or the surrounding communities in Elk County? If so, you’re invited to join us on Wednesday, June 27th at the Tele-Communications Room of the North Central Planning Commission for an open volunteer meeting for anyone interested in participating in Our Town: Ridgway!

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Corn and Zucchini Bisque

Posted by Kristin Camplese on 06/18 at 08:00 AM

Making soup is one of my greatest pleasures. After you know the basic models and processes, you can do just about anything and use up just about anything. Plus, it is obviously about the best comfort food you can find.

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The Disease That Must Not Be Named

Posted by Tony Ricci on 06/15 at 08:00 AM

The rain has finally let up, but not before it brought imminent danger to certain crops. The word in the farmosphere is that late blight has been sighted in certain central Pennsylvania counties.

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The Learning Kitchen at the Boalsburg Farmers’ Market

Posted by Cara McShane on 06/14 at 09:41 PM

The Boalsburg Farmers’ Market welcomed Mark Johnson and Grace Pilato to the new Learning Kitchen on Tuesday afternoon to showcase a variety of recipes featuring local ingredients. 

Johnson, chef at Elk Creek Café + Aleworks, and Pilato, local chef and cooking instructor, demonstrated how to use and prepare products from market vendors like radishes, garlic scapes, beets, and basil.

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Summer Solstice Celebration this Saturday

Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/13 at 01:26 PM

You’re invited to Tait Farm this Saturday from 1-4pm for the 2012 Summer Solstice Celebration! Enjoy local food and beverage samplings while supporting the Centre County Farmland Trust.

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The Great Coffee Adventure: The Cafe on Walnut Street in Howard

Posted by Naomi Elle Schwartz on 06/12 at 09:29 AM

In between the green mountains of Pennsylvania, there lies a little town called Howard. This town is so little that there’s only one stoplight. Life is quiet here. Walking down the street, you can almost hear the soft whooshing sounds of lake waters lapping the shores. We like Howard. And its small-town, slow-paced life. We like the itty-bitty post office, the blooming bushes in the park across the street from the cafe. And now Howard boasts a new cafe called The Cafe on Walnut Street.

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Zucchini Recipe Contest

Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/11 at 07:43 PM

Zucchini is in abundance during this time of year. How do you eat it? Shredded and baked into bread or muffins? Grilled with yellow squash and mushrooms? Or seasoned and fried?

Share your favorite recipe by July 1st for a chance to win a pound of organic zucchini from our friends at Jade Family Farm.

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Boalsburg Farmers Market to Host Cooking Demonstrations on June 12th

Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/11 at 09:26 AM

The Boalsburg Farmers Market will host a “Learning Kitchen” tomorrow at 2pm featuring two prominent local chefs and ingredients from market vendors.

Mark Johnson, chef at Elk Creek Café, will demonstrate quick pickling techniques for fresh vegetables and methods for brining inexpensive cuts of meat like pork bellies.

Grace Pilato, accomplished chef and cooking instructor, will show how to make a variety of pestos and goat milk ricotta cheese with seasonal herbs.

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Early June Field Notes + Recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto

Posted by Kim Tait on 06/08 at 08:00 AM

Very well watered would best describe the condition in the fields. Thankfully we have most of the newly planted summer crops on raised beds, which keep the plants up and out of the saturated earth. The black plastic we use to cover the raised beds keeps the soil temperature a bit warmer, the weeds at bay, and the moisture in—all good things if you are a heat loving tomato, pepper, or eggplant.

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