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Mt. Nittany offers full slate of events for wine lovers as we enter fall

Posted by Linda Weaver on 08/21 at 09:12 AM

As the summer winds down and we enter fall, the Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery will offer up a variety of events, from a wine and tapas gala, to a harvest photo contest, a Plow-to-Plate Harvest Dinner, and their annual Mt. Nittany Harvest Fest. Details below:

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Recipe: Zucchini Egg Bake a tasty solution to too many zucchinis

Posted by Local Food Journey on 08/19 at 11:32 AM

Editor’s Note: We will be getting contributions to Local Food Journey from time to time from LaCreta Holland, who runs Happy Valley Learn to Cook, a local food blog, and teaches cooking classes in State College. Her first post offers up a wonderful recipe that will help you use up all those zucchinis that are coming non-stop from your garden.

We visited friends over the 4th of July holiday and they feed us very well. For brunch one morning, we were served Zucchini Egg Bake, a moist and herb-y egg creation that we could not stop eating! I had to get the recipe.

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WPSU and the Tyrone Community Kick Off “Our Town: Tyrone”

Posted by Carley on 08/19 at 11:29 AM

WPSU is seeking stories about Tyrone and the surrounding areas! The “Our Town” television series highlights stories from your friends and neighbors and you can be a part of the community project! We need stories about the people, places and, happenings in your area and you to help tell them. Join us for the community meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30PM at the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library, 1000 Pennsylvania Ave.

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Our Town: Smethport Stories Coming Together in the Edit Room!

Posted by Whitney on 08/18 at 09:38 AM

Stories about the McKean Co. Historical Society, Christian Community Services Food Bank, Mansion District, Mom & Pop Shop, “Don the Poem Man,” and much more were shared during the recent production day for “Our Town: Smethport.” You’ll see these stories and MORE come to life on screen during the broadcast premiere on WPSU-TV (PBS) and online at wpsu.org on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 8PM.

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Our Town: Windber Premiering Soon on WPSU TV & Online!

Posted by Whitney on 08/18 at 09:27 AM

Stories told by your friends and neighbors will be broadcast live on Thursday, September 4th at 8PM on WPSU (PBS) and online at wpsu.org/live. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear residents of this friendly community take you on a tour of their hometown. You’ll visit the Windber Area Museum, D’Arc’s Pizza, learn about J-Town Roller Girls, Youth Football, the Centennial of Windber Football and so much more!

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Your guide the final day of Ag Progress Days

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 08/14 at 08:45 AM

After a bit of a hullabaloo yesterday due to visits by the dueling gubernatorial candidates, Ag Progress Days returns to a more normal schedule for its final day. The event goes until 4:00 p.m. today, and up until then the schedule is packed with events, tours, exhibits, and good food. There’s 80+ acres of crop and machinery demonstrations, and 55 acres for indoor and outdoor exhibits, so there’s plenty to do. Here’s a guide to attending the event on its last day:

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Recipe: It’s still blueberry time! Giving blueberries a chance to shine on the grill

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 08/12 at 09:54 AM

Blueberry season can last well into August here in Central Pennsylvania, and you can still find the little blue globes of greatness at farmers markets, farm stands, and pick-your-own farms like Mountainhome Farm in Julian. Blueberries have a lot of things going for them beyond taste, including lots of antioxidants.

Most people think of blueberries as a dessert food, but blueberries can be a star in savory recipes, such as salads and meat dishes. I have found that blueberries go well with meats such as pork and chicken. With this in mind, this recipe for grilled chicken thighs with honey blueberry sauce is a good introduction to the idea of blueberries as part of an entree.

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Nittany Lion Inn chef wins the 2014 Golden Basket Award with…guinea fowl?

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 08/07 at 09:42 AM

So, my only prior knowledge of guinea fowl was via a bait and tackle shop in rural Washington County, which I used to visit when I lived in Pittsburgh. No, they didn’t use them for bait. There were a ton of the noisy things wandering around outside of the shop, and the reason they were there was apparently due to their propensity to control ticks by eating lots of them.

I tried not to think of my previous experience with the critters as Kirsch McMaster, a la cart sous chef at the Nittany Lion Inn, brought out a plate that featured a remarkable dish called “Guinea Fowl, Two Ways” to the judges’ canopy at the annual Boalsburg Farmers Market Golden Basket Award, held Tuesday afternoon. I was one of the six judges seated under that canopy, joined by State College Magazine editor Kate Delano, State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, Health and Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Kassab, local food writer and Friends and Farmers Coop board member Michele Marchetti, and WPSU television producer and personality Patty Satalia.

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Nine Local Chefs to Compete for Boalsburg Farmers Market Golden Basket Award

Posted by James Eisenstein on 08/04 at 07:00 AM

Nine of the best local chefs from Central Pennsylvania’s finest restaurants will compete for the Boalsburg Farmers Market Fourth Annual Golden Basket Award on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Part of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)‘s “Local Foods Week,” the event will feature the chefs preparing a main dish and two sides from ingredients produced by Boalsburg Farmers Market vendors.

This will be the largest judged competition among chefs in the State College Area, and it has been described “as the culinary Olympics of Centre County.” The chefs will gather their ingredients at the start of market, then prepare their plates for submission to the judges in front of market guests.

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Head out to the Tomato Festival today (Friday Aug. 1) at Downtown State College Farmers Market

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 08/01 at 11:22 AM

Editor’s Note: Since the weekend’s local food activities is dominated by Local Foods Week stuff, those looking for Local Food Weekend can find plenty of local food stuff to do this weekend by going here.

It’s the time of year that tomato lovers crave when the snow is flying and the only “fresh tomatoes” are those flavorless waxy things in the supermarket. Tomatoes are everywhere now, fresh and tasty, and can be found at farmers markets throughout the area. To celebrate this annual bounty, the Downtown State College Farmers Market will hold its Tomato Festival today at the market.

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Local Foods Week celebrates our local bounty Aug 2-9

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/31 at 10:59 AM

As any reader of this blog is well aware, we live in an area full of fantastic sources of local food. And it’s growing, from new places to find local food to the excitement building around the burgeoning Friends & Farmers Coop and their plans to build a grocery store dedicated to local food. Really, something as awesome as our community of farms, markets, roadside stands, local food restaurants, etc. is something to be celebrated.

With that in mind, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is celebrating Local Foods Week August 2-9 with a variety of events, including the Centre County Farm Tour. FYI, this year, folks can buy a farm tour pass on-line or at the farmers markets during Local Foods Week. Purchasing a pass in advance means you can go to some of the farms starting at 10:00 a.m. (please review the list to see which ones open early). Passes will be available only at the North Atherton Farmers Market and the Millheim Farmers Market on the day of the tour.

More details about Local Foods Week, including other events:

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Get baking: Friends & Farmers Co-op Pie Contest to be held Aug. 2 at 2014 FarmFest

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/30 at 08:00 AM

Summer is a perfect time to bake pies, given all the fresh produce available. So many fruits, like peaches, and berries, like blueberries, are in season and can be found in farmers markets, roadside stands, and backyards all across our area. Do you have a pie you are particularly proud of? Then enter it in Friends & Farmers Coop’s “A Slice of Community: People’s Choice Pie Contest”, to be held Saturday, Aug. 2 as part of the 2014 FarmFest from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

“You don’t have to be a professional baker to enter,” said Michele Marchetti, Coop board member. “This is a people’s choice pie contest and another way the cooperative is bringing people together around food.”

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Your Local Food Weekend for July 26-27

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/25 at 09:37 AM

Sample and learn how to make pickles at Tait Farm, learn how to get your baby started on solid foods at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, see inspirational art of local farmland at Centre Furnace Mansion, and enjoy local food, beer, and great folk-rock at Elk Creek Cafe…

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