Field Notes: Beet Salad

Field Notes: Beet Salad

Field production is running a bit behind schedule this year, but this seems to be the case for most farms in the area. The “schedule,” of course, is always just an ideal planting time, when really we fall to the mercy of the weather in the end. But better late than never is the case this summer, as we are just now harvesting our spring turnips and beets.

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{name} Posted by Erin McKinney on 07/06, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Get It While You Can

Get It While You Can

Welcome to Laura Young, the newest contributor to the Local Food Journey blog! Laura is a goat farmer and horticulturist at Young American Growers in Centre Hall. She is also a vendor and organizer for the North Atherton Farmers Market. Welcome, Laura!

Many years ago, a dear friend gifted my husband and I the audio version of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle written by Barbara Kingsolver. I find that I never tire of listening to it. I always learn something new and am regularly surprised by something I forgot. It has become, for me, a one-stop shopping source for inspiration on the small steps we can continue to take on this local food journey of ours.

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{name} Posted by Laura Young on 07/05, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Sweet Corn Recipe Contest

Sweet Corn Recipe Contest

Sweet corn season is here! Do you grill it in its husks or boil it on the stove top? Do you eat it on the cob or off? What’s your favorite way to prepare this popular Pennsylvania treat?

Share your favorite corn recipe with the Local Food Journey blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry in State College.

Recipes must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, July 31st. Entries will be featured throughout the month, and a winner will be randomly selected and announced by noon on Monday, August 1st. Enter today. Good luck!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/04, 2011 at 09:00 AM

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Unpaid Field Hand: Name this Crop

Unpaid Field Hand: Name this Crop

If you are still reeling from failing to identify the asparagus plants in my first blog post, redemption can be yours. The very immature crop pictured above will produce (with some luck) one of the most sought after food items. What surprises me is that despite their popularity (even though they are pricey), they are not difficult to grow. Anyone reading this who has access to a mostly sunny patch can do it. In addition to being delicious, they contain significant amounts of polyphone antioxidants said to fight cancer and other diseases. One source indicates that one cup provides 69% of the daily requirement for vitamin C. 

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{name} Posted by James Eisenstein on 07/01, 2011 at 09:00 AM

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