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Micah and Bethany Spicher Schonberg like to know who their vegetables are going home with. As the founders of Plowshare Produce, a CSA (for community-supported agriculture) near Huntingdon, Micah and Bethany know their members. The farmers greet their members by name; one of them is even the doula who delivered their son Ben.
A CSA is a subscription model for produce. Members pay in advance to have a weekly or biweekly delivery of fresh, organic vegetables. On their appointed day–Tuesday in State College, Friday in Huntingdon–they pick up their share of whatever ripened that week. At a recent distribution in State College, that included kohlrabi, garlic scapes, strawberries, beets, carrots, chard, and sugar peas.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/22, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Centre County is the home to five of the country’s almost 2500 craft breweries. Maria Bryant takes us on a video tour of them and finds each one is offering something a little different.
Continue Reading: Local Food Journey Video: A tour of Centre County’s craft brewers
Posted by Maria Bryant on 05/20, 2014 at 08:48 AM
El Gringo’s cook, Ben Stanley, talks about how he uses local foods in Mexican dishes to sell at farmers markets. Stanley uses the seasonal produce of central Pennsylvania to practice what he learned in Mexico about cooking.
Continue Reading: Local Food Video: El Gringo Taco Truck
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 08/02, 2013 at 08:05 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.
Continue Reading: Local Food Video: Fasta & Ravioli Co.
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 07/26, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Brian Futhey talks about how his method of making cheese benefits him and his cows. Stone Meadow Farm uses seasonal farming to produce raw milk cheeses.
Continue Reading: Local Food Video: Stone Meadow Farm cheese
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 07/19, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Janet Robinson talks about how she went from teaching to growing hot peppers in her backyard. The Piper’s Peck uses local produce to make jellies and salsas that provide the tastes of ripeness year-round.
Continue Reading: Local Food Video: The Piper’s Peck offers a year-round fresh flavor
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 07/12, 2013 at 07:26 AM
Garfield Mathis talks about the tradition of local farming in Centre County. Hogs Galore, a family-run business, has continued this tradition in the meat industry for more than three decades.
Continue Reading: Video: Hogs Galore—Processing pork locally for holidays and all days
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 07/05, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Bill Clarke talks about the importance of understanding the process of coffee production, from the country where beans grow to the coffee mug. The Cheese Shoppe, named after its original product, allows customers to see the roasting process while serving themselves to a selection of flavors from around the world.
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 06/28, 2013 at 10:56 AM
During this first annual Happy Valley Culinary Week, chefs demonstrate and celebrate the art of cooking local food. Chef Harrison Schailey of Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering demonstrated how to make gazpacho during the event. His restaurant, Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering, was one of several in State College and Bellefonte to offer a discounted, fixed-price menu that featured local options.
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 06/19, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Owner and baker of Cottage Confectioner Samantha Doan talks about how her artistic background has helped her as an entrepreneur. Trends toward veganism inspire Doan to incorporate her creativity into making tea cookies.
Continue Reading: Local Food Video: Cottage Confectioner
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 06/14, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Children watched Tony Sapia of Gemelli Bakers demonstrate how to prepare local food at the Boalsburg Farmer’s Market during Tuesday’s Kid’s Day. They share their favorite food and other experiences at the farmer’s market.
Continue Reading: Local Food Video: Kid’s Day at Boalsburg Farmer’s Market
Posted by Jessica Paholsky on 06/13, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Local Food Journey is pleased to announce that Penn State student and WPSU Multimedia Intern Jessica Paholsky will be producing videos for us that will cover a variety of local food topics, places, businesses, and more. These will generally run every Friday. The first one looks at a few of the challenges of being a goat dairy farmer with Three Belle Cheese General Manager Darren Rhyne.
Continue Reading: Video: Three Belle Cheese…Milking past financial and cultural limits
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/31, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Chuck Mothersbaugh is a staple at the Friday market in downtown State College. It’s easy to spot his buckets of beautiful sunflowers on Locust Lane. Of course, he also sells a wide variety of produce—from cucumbers to tomatoes to onions to squash. Watch this short video interview to learn more.
Continue Reading: Mothersbaugh Farm in Spring Mills
Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 08/26, 2011 at 09:00 AM
Clan Stewart Farm is a 160-acre farm located in Huntingdon. The Stewart family came to Pennsylvania from Ireland in the 1700s and began farming the land in 1793. Now in its seventh generation, the family continues to work together to keep the farm alive.
Hear about their popular whole hog sausages—from andouille to spicy chorizo to mild Italian—in this video interview.
Find them at the Boalsburg Farmers Market on Tuesdays from 2-6pm and at the North Atherton Farmers Market on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.
Continue Reading: Clan Stewart Farm in Huntingdon
Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 08/15, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Greenmore Gardens CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is located in Port Matilda. The farm uses sustainable practices and recently became certified organic. Find out what they have available this month—from kale and cabbage to hummingbird cakes made with vegetables and honey—in this video interview.
Visit them at the North Atherton Farmers Market on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.
Continue Reading: Greenmore Gardens CSA
Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 08/12, 2011 at 12:11 PM
The fruit shrubs from Tait Farm Foods are a popular summertime drink. Tyler Kulp describes their origin and ingredients and offers cocktail suggestions in this video interview.
Continue Reading: Fruit Shrub from Tait Farm Foods
Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 07/14, 2011 at 01:54 PM
The first annual Summer Solstice Celebration at Tait Farm was a success! Watch a video recap of the local event.
Continue Reading: Celebrate Local Food and Farms
Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 06/24, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Do you belong to a CSA? Community-supported agriculture (CSA) connects farmers and consumers and offers advantages to both parties. Consumers purchase a share at the beginning of the season and receive a weekly box of fresh-from-the-farm produce. And because farmers receive payment early, they are able to more effectively manage their cash flow and their crops.
Addison Hoffman from Howard’s End CSA Farm, located about 1/2 hour outside of State College, runs a CSA. They offer everything from chickens and ducks to berries to honey and yogurt. You can also find him at the State College Farmers Market on Tuesdays.
Watch a video interview with Addison and learn more about CSA farms.
Continue Reading: Howard’s End CSA Farm
Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 06/17, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Moser’s Garden in Centre Hall is a family operation. It began in 1976 as a half-acre garden with a few dozen fruit trees and grape vines. Today it has grown in both variety and acreage producing over 150 varieties of tomatoes, as well as berries, peppers, and sweet corn.
Watch a video interview with Barry Moser and find his produce at the State College Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Fridays and at the North Atherton Market on Saturdays.
Continue Reading: Moser’s Garden Produce from Centre Hall
Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 06/15, 2011 at 02:23 PM
The North Atherton Street Farmer’s Market has been in the works for years and, finally, it is a reality. The market provides customers another location (in the Home Depot parking lot) and another day (every Saturday) to buy local foods.
Continue Reading: There’s a New Market in State College
Posted by Brittany Trott on 06/17, 2010 at 09:21 AM
It started as a simple apple farm, but today Harner Farm has over 100 acres of apples, peaches, sweet corn, Christmas trees, and pumpkins. Watch the video and find out from Chris Harner, third generation farmer, why it is so important to buy local.
Continue Reading: Harner Farm in State College
Posted by Brittany Trott on 06/10, 2010 at 09:56 AM
Visit the Downtown State College Farmers Market for strawberries, ciders, jams, baked goods, and more.
Continue Reading: Visit the State College Farmers Market
Posted by Brittany Trott on 06/03, 2010 at 01:09 PM
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