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Next week is Local Foods Week!

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/31 at 02:00 PM

From our friends at Buy Fresh Buy Local Centre County Chapter, an announcement about Local Foods Week, a celebration of the amazing bounty we have right here in the Centre Region

August is a month of cookouts, family gatherings, and finding creative ways to beat the heat. Did you realize that all the ingredients you need for your next summer get-together—mouthwatering burgers, juicy watermelons, crisp salads, and refreshing ice cream—are produced right here in Centre County? They’re closer than you think, and the growers are eager to meet you in person. Buy Fresh Buy Local® Centre County Chapter is presenting Local Foods Week from August 3rd through August 10th, which will offer events for the whole family to explore and connect with the county’s vast agrarian offerings and sustainability practices. The week’s happenings will appeal to anyone with an interest in local foods at any level, from backyard gardening, homesteading, or cooking with sustainable ingredients right up to larger scale farming. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, Local Foods Week will help you and your family appreciate and understand what it takes to bring your meals from the farmers’ fields to your fork. 

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Interview with Jason Coopey of Way Fruit Farm

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/31 at 12:12 PM

Way Fruit Farm apples and apple products are among the Centre Region’s favorite local foods. As something of a cider snob connoisseur due to having grown up in the Appleland that is southcentral Pennsylvania, I am picky about cider but have found Way’s cider to be one of my personal highlights of a Happy Valley autumn. However, Way Fruit Farm is so much more. They offer a wide variety of local fruit, and vegetables, almost year-round. They also have a pleasant cafe for breakfast and lunch, a gift shop, and provide a one-stop shop for other local food items such as meats, cheeses, sauces, etc. You can build a heck of a meal in one visit to Way Fruit Farm.

I recently had the pleasure to talk to Jason Coopey, co-owner of Way Fruit Farm, about what fruits are in season now and in the near future, why local food is so fantastic, and when they will again offer cider this year.

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Anthony Green to contribute to Balance and Composure’s forthcoming album

Posted by Brandon Vesely on 07/30 at 01:34 PM

Anthony Green announced that he will contribute vocals to a track on Balance and Composure’s upcoming album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, on Monday via Instagram.

Here’s what Green had to say about the recording:

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10 Songs That Are Cooling Me Off This Summer

Posted by Shamir Lee on 07/30 at 10:52 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t able to sleep very well because of the heat. When I woke up in the morning from what seems like a 30-minute nap, I’m soaked in sweat. When I got out of the shower and dry off with a towel, I’m still dripping. I’m not sure if it’s the water or the sweat. So to get me through hot summer days, I’ve been listening to these songs, some new, some old, some influenced by the old. Here are my top 10 songs of July.

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Gazpacho, that famous summery cold soup

Posted by James Sechrengost on 07/28 at 10:21 PM

This is a great farmers market recipe. I got this recipe when I was working in a restaurant in Sun Valley, CA. The restaurant is long gone but this recipe carries on with me.

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Lady Gaga has Recovered from Surgery and Has Some Huge Announcements

Posted by Kayla Tooma on 07/26 at 05:55 PM

This year has been quite tumultuous for Mother Monster.  Some people have been wondering why they haven’t heard from her or seen her throughout the media lately.  For Gaga, 2013 began with such promise—she was nearing the end of her global Born This Way Ball Tour and was finally back in North America, her third studio album ARTPOP was rumored to be out by spring, and her career was going steady on success.  However, in February of this year, Gaga suffered a labral tear in her right hip, a serious injury that resulted in her having to cancel the rest of her tour, go through surgery, postpone her new album, take a break from all media, and be confined to a wheelchair for some time.  Like most of her fans, and someone who had awesome tickets to two of her shows, I was upset by the news.

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Album Review:  Defeater’s Letters Home

Posted by Brandon Vesely on 07/26 at 05:43 PM

Grade: A

Defeater, a hardcore group from Boston Massachusetts, released their newest full-length album, Letters Home, on July 16 via Bridge Nine Records.

Defeater began playing as a group in 2004 but did not release any recorded material until 2008.  With the release of their latest work, the hardcore outfit has produced three studio albums and two EPs.

Their music is conceptual and outlines the trials and trepidation of the working American family in the years after World War II, particularly focusing on themes of hollowness, monotony, and loss.  Group members have described the post-WWII era as a sort of “gilded age” in American history, where America as a whole seemed to be on an upswing, but the prospects and living conditions of the working and middle class majority were not so promising.

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Local Food Video: Fasta & Ravioli Co.

Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 07/26 at 09:17 AM

Dejay Miller, the pasta maker at Fasta & Ravioli Co., talks about the difference between supermarket and fresh pasta. Fasta & Ravioli Co. offers a variety of pasta types and flavors for easy meals.

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Why I’m Disenchanted With K-Pop

Posted by Shamir Lee on 07/25 at 06:20 PM

Recently, I had to read an article for a class about K-pop (Korean pop). It caused me to reminisce on the days when I was well-informed on the K-pop news and happenings, when I called myself a fan.

I remember when I first started listening to K-pop about five years ago. I can’t deny, I loved listening to it. I had been listening to a lot of J-Rock, and somehow I stumbled across Korean music, thinking I wouldn’t be impressed. I was wrong. Daily, I was looking out for the new groups, wondering if any of the newcomers were going to take over the Korean pop scene. The perfection in their dance steps, the cool fashion sense, the cute smiles; before I knew it, I had fallen. Hard.

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Interview with Fred Volz of the soon-to-be Nittany Mountain Distillery

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/24 at 10:31 PM

You may have heard about rumors about a new business called Nittany Mountain Distillery opening up in Happy Valley. You may have even seen and liked their Facebook page. Yes, there really is a spirits distillery coming to Centre County, joining our area brewers as a local source for “adult” beverages.

Of course, our overall region, the Appalachians, has a long history of distilleries, many of them illegal (think: “moonshiners”). But this one is perfectly legal. In fact, the licensing process is one of the reasons they aren’t in operation as yet. To learn more about the future Nittany Mountain Distillery, I recently talked to one of the founders, Fred Volz.

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Regina Spektor Records Main Title Theme for Netflix’s Orange is the New Black

Posted by Kayla Tooma on 07/24 at 06:26 PM

Regina Spektor has a new song and a new sound. She recorded the song “You’ve Got Time” to be used as the main title theme for the new Netflix Orginial series, Orange is the New Black. The song is much heavier than her usual sound that is piano dependent and has an interesting mix of a jazz, indie, and folk feel. However, “You’ve Got Time” is fast and has a cool rock and roll vibe.  She takes a moment in the bridge to slow down and soften up, followed by some haunting instrumentals. The song is kind of reminiscent of something the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would release.

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Preview of Local Foods Week Farm Tour, Part 4

Posted by Maya Althouse on 07/24 at 10:23 AM

July is winding down, meaning Local Foods Week will be here in no time! August 3rd-10th will bring a week-long celebration of Centre County’s agricultural bounty. The week will end with the highly anticipated Farm Tour on Saturday, August 10th, a day when 17 farms open their doors to visitors to explore, taste, and experience first hand what each farm grows and produces.

Farm Tour passes are on sale at Buy Fresh Buy Local partners Tait Farm, Webster’s Cafe, Nature’s Pantry, and the IngleBean Coffee House, as well as at farmers markets throughout Local Foods Week. A pass is $15/car or $10/bike, and contain special deals for shopping and dining during Local Foods Week. Passes won’t be available the day of the tour, so be sure to get one soon! If you don’t get a pass—don’t fret! Non-pass holders will be asked to pay $5 at each farm visited.

Here is the last sneak-peek of farms on the tour. If you’d like to read previous previews, you can find them here (link to early previews). Hope to see you on the tour!

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Tomatoes, tomatoes, and more tomatoes: What to do with all those tomatoes

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/24 at 07:56 AM

If you are a gardener, a friend of a gardener, or frequent farmers markets, chances are pretty good that soon you will be awash in tomatoes. It’s that time of the year, and it’s hard to imagine summer without fresh tomatoes. This is, at least to me, the only time to eat fresh tomatoes. Local summer tomatoes are simply the best, and supermarket tomatoes in January with their bland flavor and waxy consistency do not even come close.

Not only are tomatoes tasty right now, they are abundant. So, what to do with all those tomatoes? Here are some recipes.

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Artist Profile: Jay-Z

Posted by Brandon Vesely on 07/23 at 06:23 PM

Rap legend Jay-Z released the digital version of his newest studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, on July 4th and the record became available on store shelves July 8th. Magna Carta Holy Grail is Jay-Z’s twelfth studio album release making him one the most prolific rappers in modern history.

His role as an architect in the development of the modern rap/hip-hop genre is undeniable. The influential artist has sold well over 50 million albums across the globe and has received nearly 20 Grammy Awards.

Despite his phenomenal success and wealth, Jay-Z has not forgotten his humble roots. He regularly takes part in philanthropic efforts, helps up-and-coming artists establish themselves in the industry, and continues to emphasize the value of hard work and community unity.

In honor of the latest addition to Jay-Z’s extensive catalog, let’s take a look back at his roots, road to fame, and the plethora of contributions to the hip-hop genre:

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A startup gardening service makes getting fresh vegetables easy

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/23 at 10:04 AM

Originally published on the WPSU blog and broadcasted on WPSU-FM:

A new gardening concept is sprouting in Central Pennsylvania. Woody Wilson, a graduate of Penn State, took an idea he entered in an agriculture competition and made it his business. Wilson’s Home Farms gives State College area residents another way to bring local vegetables to their kitchen tables. WPSU intern Jessica Paholsky went along with Wilson to find out more.

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