Beat the Heat at the Markets 07/30/2011
It may be cliche, but how can we not talk about the weather? That heat bubble was hard on area farms, but the rain that has come in the last week has sure been welcome. Welcome to high summer- the markets are full of juicy tomatoes and melons, sweet corn, and cool treats. Spring Bank Acres has homemade ice cream at the Downtown State College Farmers' Market. Many vendors make and bottle their own drinks such as lemonade and kombucha. At the North Atherton Farmers' Market, stop by Cafe Karla for frozen lemonade or coffee granita.
This week (July 30th-August 6th) is Local Foods Week with the Centre County chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture! This event will culminate with the 6th annual Farm Tour, featuring many of the vendors at the three State College markets. Tickets are $15 per car or $5 per bike, and can be purchased at the markets or at the first farm you visit. Remember a few tips, if you're planning to go- wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dusty, bring along drinks and snacks, and leave your pets at home. Plan on visiting 3 or 4 farms- and take plenty of pictures! You can upload them to our Facebook page if you'd like to share them with others.
WPSU's Local Food Journey is continuing to hold a recipe contest. Submit your favorite sweet corn recipe for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature's Pantry! But you only have one day to go- recipes must be submitted by midnight on July 31st, this Sunday. And speaking of the radio, a soundbite from the Downtown State College Farmers' Market was featured on NPR's "Summer Sounds" series for Weekend Edition. Listen here.
Don't forget, the American Farmland Trust is currently running its annual contest for America's Favorite Farmers Markets. The Downtown State College Farmers' Market and the North Atherton Farmers Market are both participating this year, and you get to vote! Visit the Farmland Trust's website and search for State College to find our markets and cast your vote! The winning market will receive a shipment of tote bags, a frontpage article on Epicurious.com and other prizes. Have you voted yet? While you're there, you can make a donation to the Farmland Trust or request a free "No Farms, No Food" bumper sticker! You don't even have to choose- you can vote for as many markets as you like, once per market.
We've received a lot of good feedback on our newspaper and television ads. If you're new to the markets, let us know either by email or just by telling a vendor- how did you find out about the market? Do you have any suggestions for other publicity we could pursue? Any ideas on how the markets could be improved in general? Let us know! Email email@example.com.
What's in season now?
Berries: Raspberries (black and red), blueberries
Cut Flowers: Sunflowers
Fruit: Apricots, Peaches, Sour Cherries, Apples, Melons
Greens: Chard, Kale
Herbs: Basil, Mint
Vegetables: Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Corn (sweet), Cucumbers, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Onions, Peas (snap), Peas (snow), Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Scallions, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Zucchini
This Week's Featured Recipe: Apple-Chipotle Pulled Pork