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Recipe: Dandelion salad with hot bacon dressing a PA Dutch Easter staple

Recipe: Dandelion salad with hot bacon dressing a PA Dutch Easter staple

To many, the image above may cause anger because the dandelion is considered one of the worst lawn and garden weeds to control. However, to many of the Pennsylvania Dutch persuasion, dandelions are good to eat and are a staple at the Easter table. They are, as we all know, quite plentiful and are ready to harvest right now so you can gather enough for Easter dinner.

There are two key points to remember when harvesting dandelions. First, perhaps most importantly, make sure you are not harvesting greens from ground that has been hard hit with herbicides and other chemicals. In fact, there are cultivars of dandelions that you can grow in your garden. Second, you must harvest the greens before the flower head appears. Once that happens, they become so bitter they are inedible.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Tags: recipe | dandelion | spring | Easter | bacon |

Early spring is salad time at indoor farmers markets

Early spring is salad time at indoor farmers markets

One of the best early season treats for the locavore is a fresh salad made with the first greens of the season. While some might be surprised to hear this, there are three farmers markets going on right now that offer delicious and fresh greens: Boalsburg Farmers Market on Tuesdays 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Boalsburg Fire Hall, the State College Indoor Farmers Market on Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the State College Municipal Building Lobby, and the Millheim Indoor Farmers Market on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Bremen Town Ballroom.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 03/31, 2014 at 08:03 AM

Tags: spring | salad |

Five local food related signs of spring

Five local food related signs of spring

March is often a tease to those of us weary of winter’s cold, snow, and ice. One day we may have pleasant mild weather, the next, biting wind and snow.

But really, we’re entering the end-of-life phase for Old Man Winter. As the glacier that was covering Central PA continues to shrink, and mild days become more frequent, the harbingers of spring become more frequent. Here are five signs of spring, local food style:

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 03/10, 2014 at 09:02 AM

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LFJ Farm Report: Mud season at Green Heron Farm

LFJ Farm Report: Mud season at Green Heron Farm

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/17, 2013 at 08:22 AM

Tags: FarmReport | GreenHeronFarm | mud | spring |

Tasting spring with grilled chicken with lemon-garlic arugula

Tasting spring with grilled chicken with lemon-garlic arugula

Well, what do you know. During the last several days the weather finally began to resemble spring after what was a pretty cold March, followed by a chilly start to April. Yesterday was especially nice and really got me thinking spring, a time of year that I just plain love.

There are two local-food related things that I love about spring time—the first fresh greens of the year and breaking out the grill. While a spring greens salad with a grill burger made from local beef is a nice way to kick off the spring season, I decided yesterday to try to combine greens and grilled meat in one dish.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/08, 2013 at 09:00 AM

Tags: spring | grilling | chickenbreast | arugula |

Early June Field Notes + Recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto

Early June Field Notes + Recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto

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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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 06/08, 2012 at 07:00 AM

Tags: fieldnotes | recipe | spring | garlic |

Grilled Chicken Bread Salad with Asparagus and Fennel

Grilled Chicken Bread Salad with Asparagus and Fennel

There are certain recipes that have nearly cult followings online, and the Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken and Bread Salad is one of them. I’ve never had it in person, but have heard so many people rave about it that I decided to put my own spin on it.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 06/05, 2012 at 07:00 AM

Tags: recipes | spring | asparagus | chicken |

Winners of the Rhubarb Recipe Contest

Winners of the Rhubarb Recipe Contest

This month we selected three winners for our monthly recipe contest. Congratulations Ruth Nissly, Anne Trout, and Terri Lukens-Gable. You are the recipients of a pound of rhubarb from Jade Family Farm!

Continue reading to see recipes for rhubarb sorrel crisp, banana rhubarb pie, rhubarb torte, and more. And check back early next week for our June recipe contest!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/01, 2012 at 09:15 AM

Tags: recipe | recipecontest | spring | rhubarb |

Rhubarb Applesauce

Rhubarb Applesauce

I wanted to do something slightly more savory with my recent bunch of rhubarb, which is tough because it is very tart and needs some sugar. I settled on the idea of something “applesaucey” and it was a hit with our grilled pork. It would be great with some strawberries added in (if you like the strawberry-rhubarb combo and are willing to part with your strawberries—but I’m not there yet.)

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 05/30, 2012 at 07:00 AM

Tags: recipes | spring | rhubarb | apples | honey |

Field Notes and Mesclun Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing

Field Notes and Mesclun Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing

Farming is hardly ever a perfect world. It is often too wet or dry, too hot or cold—but then every once in a while along comes the perfect day.

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 05/17, 2012 at 07:44 AM

Tags: fieldnotes | recipe | spring | greens |

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Brunch

Don’t forget to spoil your mother this weekend! Here are a few recipe suggestions for an extra special Mother’s Day brunch.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 05/11, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Tags: recipes | spring | holiday |

Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Serve this sweet and tart vinaigrette from Chef Harrison Schailey over mixed greens. Then toss with sunflower seeds or almonds and local strawberries for a satisfying spring salad. And don’t forget to share your favorite rhubarb recipe!

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{name} Posted by Kit Henshaw on 05/09, 2012 at 09:18 AM

Tags: recipe | spring | rhubarb |

Field Notes and Stir-Fried Asparagus with Shiitake Mushrooms

Field Notes and Stir-Fried Asparagus with Shiitake Mushrooms

This crazy spring just keeps on coming! Thankfully we are getting a bit of rain to settle the dust and take the dry edge off of everything.

The asparagus was starting to come on early last week, but rapidly retreated after a few cold days – so we have a just small amount for everyone. The early spring greens we planted in March are growing and this week we get to enjoy yukina savoy. Between the flea beetles and the extreme temperatures, it doesn’t look beautiful, but it still tastes good. This vegetable needs very little cooking, which makes it perfect in stir-fry, or as a late addition to Asian style soups.

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 05/03, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Tags: fieldnotes | recipe | spring | asparagus | mushrooms |

Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Mint

Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Mint

One of the best things about belonging to your local Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) is how quickly the season gears up — and how big your box of veggies gets. It starts small with bunches of asparagus, spinach, and rhubarb. And radishes, how I love the radishes — they are eaten the minute they get in the house.

You start to plan meals based on what needs to be used, rather than what you are in the mood for. But I find that it allows you to become much more creative in the kitchen — matching what you have with what sounds good. This dish is a perfect example.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 04/27, 2012 at 06:55 AM

Tags: recipe | spring | asparagus | spinach | mint |

April Weather and Asparagus Salsa

April Weather and Asparagus Salsa

Mid-April felt more like July. We had full irrigation running on the crops in the fields since the beginning of the month, as we took turns waiting for the next available hose to water a greenhouse. It was dry, dry, dry!

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 04/26, 2012 at 09:21 AM

Tags: farm | spring | recipe | asparagus |

Green Coconut Curry with Chick Peas

Green Coconut Curry with Chick Peas

Curries fall into the category of totally flexible and easy and cheap weeknight meals. Lentils (or in this case, garbanzos) or Tofu are perfect for vegetarian options — but any kind of meat or seafood protein works equally well. Vegetables can be anything that you have on hand, provided that you have a nice amount of ginger and garlic. If you don’t have coconut milk and Thai curry paste (which take you in the Thai Curry direction), you can go the Indian Curry route and use a good quality Indian/Madras curry powder and garam masala with some broth or water. Serve it over rice if you like — or without rice and thick like a stew, or thinned out as a soup.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 04/25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Tags: recipe | spring | mushrooms | spinach | potatoes |

Harrison’s Seasonal Spring Menu

Harrison’s Seasonal Spring Menu

Snow may be falling today, but it is April, and Harrison’s Wine and Grill is serving its seasonal spring menu.

The globally-inspired menu includes a few new partners that attended the PASA conference in February—Vale Wood Farms and Clover Creek Cheese Cellar, with several more in the works. Harrison’s now has over 25 local growers and purveyors. See the full list here.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 04/23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Tags: spring | restaurant |

Simple Strawberry Cake

Simple Strawberry Cake

Strawberry season is my favorite season; though it is a short one. Throughout the month of June, I enjoy strawberries on my morning cereal and swirled into yogurt, tossed with spinach salad, on top of shortcakes and waffles, and layered with vanilla cake and cream cheese frosting. We also currently have four quarts in the freezer just begging to be thawed and consumed.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/22, 2011 at 01:15 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | summer | strawberries |

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Have you submitted your favorite strawberries recipe for the June contest? Share it today for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Harrison’s Wine Grill in State College.

Enjoy this favorite from Tait Farm Foods.

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 06/20, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | summer | strawberries |

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

What is better than crisp vegetables, creamy dressing, and fluffy pasta? Primavera means “the season of spring,” and this recipe uses fresh vegetables that are grown locally during this time of year. The delicate dressing and pasta really highlight the diverse tastes, textures, and colors of the seasonal vegetables.

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{name} Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 06/08, 2011 at 08:56 AM

Tags: recipe | spring | asparagus | mushrooms | broccoli | onions | carrots | peppers |

Field Notes: Strawberry-Rhubarb Dessert Bars

Field Notes: Strawberry-Rhubarb Dessert Bars

Tait Farm’s CSA, Community Harvest, kicked off its main season in mid-May with a bang! To see the excitement on our CSA members’ faces when they picked up their “share” of asparagus, Swiss chard, salad mix, and more was so gratifying. We work hard to produce this food, and people couldn’t wait to get home to eat it. Ideas spouted left and right for favorite green garlic recipes and grilled asparagus.

It’s a comforting bustle of people who love being a part of our CSA. Eating is something we all have to do everyday anyway, and when the ingredients are fresh, organic, and seasonal, it adds a whole other ingredient to the meal: contentment.

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{name} Posted by Erin McKinney on 06/03, 2011 at 09:21 AM

Tags: recipe | spring | strawberries | rhubarb | fieldnotes |

Green Garlic Pesto

Green Garlic Pesto

Green garlic is the early spring garlic that eventually turns into the normal bulbs of garlic that we all use day to day. Demand for green garlic is growing as more restaurants have added it to their menus and people have discovered its mild, but distinct, flavor. It is still primarily available at farmers markets and farm stands, but you may also spot it at gourmet markets. This pesto recipe is the perfect celebration of the arrival of green garlic. Serve it over pasta or spoon it onto grilled bread. Enjoy!

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 05/31, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Tags: recipe | spring | garlic |

Asparagus and Bacon Quiche

Asparagus and Bacon Quiche

Here’s another recipe utilizing spring asparagus from Tait Farm’s Steve Spanelli. Don’t forget to share your favorite asparagus recipe before Tuesday, May 31st for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Tait Farm Foods!

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 05/18, 2011 at 02:11 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | asparagus |

Field Notes: Asparagus Season and Recipe for Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

Field Notes: Asparagus Season and Recipe for Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

There are two times during the asparagus season that I enjoy picking it: the first time and the last time. Don’t get me wrong; I love asparagus in every way, shape, and form on my dinner plate, but the tedious task of picking it twice a day can make a person jump for joy at the end of its season.

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{name} Posted by Erin McKinney on 05/12, 2011 at 03:08 PM

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White Asparagus Salad with Warm Shitake Dressing

White Asparagus Salad with Warm Shitake Dressing

Have you tried white asparagus? It is slightly milder and more tender than green asparagus and is considered to be the more “gourmet” option of the two. The process for growing it, however, is quite easy.

Both green and white asparagus come from the same seed; white asparagus is simply deprived of sunlight. Dirt is piled on top of the plant, which eliminates chlorophyll production and prevents it from turning green.

Either white or green asparagus may be used in this salad recipe, though the white provides a nice color contrast to the arugula, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

Don’t forget to share your own asparagus recipe before Tuesday, May 31st for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Tait Farm Foods!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 05/11, 2011 at 02:25 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | asparagus | tomatoes | mushrooms |

Field Notes: Cold, Wet Days

Field Notes: Cold, Wet Days

Erin McKinney is one of two full-time farmers at Tait Farm in Centre Hall who oversees the fieldwork for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, Community Harvest. Find out from Erin what is “growing on” in the fields at Tait Farm this week.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 04/15, 2011 at 02:02 PM

Tags: farm | fieldnotes | recipe | spring | springgreens | garlic |

Asparagus and Artichoke Dip

Asparagus and Artichoke Dip

Now that April is upon us, it means that asparagus is coming into season! This dip is a quick and easy way to utilize this versatile vegetable.

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 04/06, 2011 at 01:40 PM

Tags: recipes | spring | asparagus |

Radishes and Cucumbers with Shallot Dressing

Radishes and Cucumbers with Shallot Dressing

Root vegetables aren’t just consumed during cold weather. The radish is a root vegetable that is available in Pennsylvania during the months of May, June, July, and September. It is during these warm months that the crop is at its sweetest.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/17, 2010 at 09:26 AM

Tags: recipe | spring | radishes | cucumbers |

Orzo with Asparagus and Peas

Orzo with Asparagus and Peas

Asparagus and peas are quintessential spring produce options in central Pennsylvania. Both are available at your local farmers market through June when corn and cucumbers will take their turns.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/14, 2010 at 04:05 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | asparagus | peas |

Braised Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Braised Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Winters in central Pennsylvania can feel endless, especially those that bring several feet of snow. But fortunately we live in a state where temperatures and food choices change with the season.

And so we anxiously anticipate the first signs of spring: dogwood trees and flocks of robins and farmers markets.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/01, 2010 at 03:16 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | chicken | carrots | parsnips | radishes | potatoes | onions | peas | parsley | market |

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