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Local Food Journey

Apple Festival at Way Fruit Farm

Posted by Brittany Smith on 10/31 at 01:59 PM

The Saturday before last, Way Fruit Farm officially said “goodbye” to summer by launching into the fall season with the conclusion of the annual Apple Festival.

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Our Town

Thank You Clearfield!

Posted by Whitney on 10/26 at 02:24 PM

The live broadcast premiere of “Our Town: Clearfield” last night was embraced by all of Clearfield and beyond! In addition to hearing from viewers all along the Susquehanna, we received calls from folks in Florida, Georgia, Alaska, & California whose hearts are still in Clearfield! Thank you to each and every person who called in last night. We tried to make sure to thank everyone because you make all of this possible for your community and that’s so important.

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Local Food Journey

The State of Local Food at the Harvest Fest

Posted by Jessica Illuzzi on 10/25 at 03:31 PM

Mount Nittany Winery was a busy place last Saturday as guests enjoyed the annual Harvest Fest. The main room was packed full of people moving from one table to another, sampling and purchasing local foods and beverages.

The festival is hosted by the winery each year and features local vendors selling cheese, honey, salsa, pumpkins, and even soap. Many of the vendors in attendance said they have been unaffected by any problems with the economy.

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Spicy Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers

Posted by Brittany Smith on 10/23 at 11:49 AM

I’ve always thought the best part of fall is its’ warm colors: green, red, orange, and yellow. Not only do these colors represent a changing of the leaves, but the crisp, vibrant flavors of fresh bell peppers.

The bell pepper’s quirky shape is a perfectly sweet substitute for the average bowl, and can hold flavors twice as savory as its own.

Try adding a festive kick to your favorite fall dishes with these Spicy Beef Stuffed Peppers.

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Local Food Journey

Plow to Plate Harvest Festival

Posted by Jessica Illuzzi on 10/18 at 02:09 PM

Guests of the first annual Plow to Plate Harvest Festival on Wednesday, October 10th enjoyed seasonal dishes and fall-inspired decorations at Mount Nittany Winery in Centre Hall.

More than 25 vendors from the Boalsburg Farmers Market supplied produce to the region’s best restaurant chefs, who prepared delicious dishes for guests to sample. The festival was organized to thank community members, customers, and vendors of the market for their support throughout the year.

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Local Food Journey

Greenhouse Woes

Posted by Tony Ricci on 10/17 at 07:59 PM

The frost hit hard last week, which did a few crops in, but made others perk up a bit. Anything in the cabbage family just got sweeter.

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Local Food Journey

Apple Coleslaw: Tastebud Touchdown

Posted by Brittany Smith on 10/11 at 11:03 AM

Second quarter, 30 seconds until the half, and the only thing standing between you and the end zone is your hungry belly. What better way to continue this season than by combining seasonal ingredients in a way sure to spike your taste buds

If you love fall and football as much as I do, check out this simple recipe for a sweet and tangy apple coleslaw that everyone will love. Serve it cold or atop your favorite pulled pork recipe to land an automatic first down every time.

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Local Food Journey

Real Life on the Farm

Posted by Tony Ricci on 10/07 at 08:06 PM

Last night I attended a Local Harvest banquet put on by the Student Food Initiative at Juniata College where we feasted on the bounty of many of our local farms including our own. The students also invited me along with other farmers to talk about farming. Of course I lied out of my teeth because I didn’t want to dampen the enthusiasm these folks have for the idyllic life style which they believe we lead. 

We really need young people to get involved in farming if we want to continue enjoying fresh local food. A little deception is necessary to keep the tradition going, so I avoided talking about the first 15 years on the farm.

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