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Fresh Berries and Sour Cherries
Raspberries Are Here!!
Vine ripe red and black raspberries are back in season. Please be aware that berries are very weather dependent. We are estimating the amount that will be available but heavy rains or birds can affect actual amount harvested. Orders are filled on a first come-first served basis. If we can not fulfill your order, you will be refunded.
Pork and Rabbit Back in Stock
Heritage Hills Farm restocked their freezers with pork products and added rabbit.
Organic Milled Grains
Last week we added Appalachia Malting to our vendor list and we personally tried their buckwheat flour in buckwheat pancakes this weekend. DELICIOUS!!!
Bothered by Bugs??
Heritage Hills Farm has a new all natural bug repellent. Made with witch hazel, lemon eucalyptus essential oil, REAL vanilla extract and organic olive oil in a 2 oz glass spray mist bottle. Great for keeping nagging insects at bay, plus great for your skin!!
Have You Tried Swiss Chard?
Our colorful rainbow Swiss Chard is not only beautiful but nutritious and delicious. It can be eaten raw in salads, chopped and sauteed, on made with a hot bacon dressing.
Let's Do Some Healthy Baking
Welcome Appalachia Malting, LLC
We would like to welcome our newest grower/producer, Appalachia Malting, this week. Father and son team Vince and Andy Golden of Portage, PA are both farmer veterans and run the Certified Organic Golden Farm where their grains are grown. They then sprout and mill their grains at their Appalachia Malting facility. They currently carry spelt and buckwheat flour, both regular and sprouted.
Spelt flour comes from an ancient strain of wheat. It’s high in protein and has a nutty, complex flavor that’s sweeter and lighter than that of whole wheat. Gluten-containing spelt is a good source of fiber, iron, and manganese.
- Flavor: Sweet with a taste of whole wheat.
- Texture effect: Soft and moist in small amounts; dry in larger quantities.
- Works best in: Pancakes, quick breads, and muffins.
Buckwheat flour is hearty, gluten-free, and a good source of magnesium, copper, and dietary fiber. We enjoy its health benefits, but also turn to it again and again for its bold, nutty flavor.
- Flavor: Bold, toasty, and rich.
- Texture effect: Moist and tender in small amounts; chalky in larger quantities.
- Works best in: Pancakes and quick breads.
We have included recipes for Spelt Muffins and Buckwheat Pancakes under our ‘Recipes’ tab to give you some ideas. Keep in mind, when working with these grains, they act similar to whole wheat flour, in that if you use them at 100% your end product with have a denser texture and nuttier flavor. Some people like that, while others will mix it at 25% or 50% with regular white flour in order to keep some of the nutritional factors while keeping some of the lightness and rise of white flour.
For those who avoid gluten, buckwheat is naturally gluten-free. Note: to those who are very sensitive to gluten (people with celiac disease) this product is milled in the same facility that mills wheat products.
New Produce Items
We have a few new produce items this week in very limited quantities: zucchini, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower and mixed radishes. We also have limited quantities of various lettuces, swiss chard, kale, spinach and rhubarb.
Try Some Fresh Culinary Herbs
Many people seem to be afraid to try using fresh herbs in their cooking. You have no idea what you are missing. Fresh herbs add a bright splash of flavor and color to any dish. And they are surprisingly easy to use.
Because dried herbs are generally more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs, you’ll need less dried herbs than fresh — typically three times the amount of fresh herbs as dry. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, you need only 1 teaspoon of dried, since 3 teaspoons equal 1 tablespoon.
Our herb gardens are just bursting this time of year and we currently are carrying:
- Borage (edible flowers that taste mildly of cucumber and are a beautiful blue color)
- Cilantro (add a spicy mexican flavor for any dish)
- Stevia (all natural sweetener, also known as ‘sweet leaf’, that is approximately 200-300 times as sweet as white sugar)
- Parsley, flat Italian or curly leaf (great as a garnish or added to boiled potatoes with butter)
- Rosemary (great in some melted butter and brushed on grilled meat, or try some when making a homemade bread)
- Oregano, thyme, tarragon and sage
- And mints of all flavors, including peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint and strawberry mint.
Market Back Open -- New Produce Items
Thank you to everyone for understanding the market closure last week. Hubby is home and slowly recovering.
We had a great time at Vale Wood Farms Summertime Jubilee last weekend and got to meet a lot of great people. We ran a drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate to the online market and would like to congratulate the lucky winner Sondra Haberl of Cresson.
We have many new produce items this week, although still in limited quantities: radish, lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, kale, onions, rhubarb and snow peas.
We also freshly dug garlic and elephant garlic.
And fresh herbs galore: parley(flat and curly),sage,rosemary and thyme [see what we did there?], oregano, tarragon, chives and dill. And many varieties of mint to include peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, strawberry mint and pineapple mint.
Market will be closed this week
We apologize but the online market will be closed this week. Farm hubby is being admitted to the hospital with more tests the next few days. Will reopen next Sunday.
Delay in opening market this week
We are sorry but there will be a delay in opening the market this week. I am currently at the ER with my husband. I will update as soon as I know more.
Thank you for understanding.
New This Week at the Market
New This Week at the Market
A Once A Year Special Culinary Treat — Garlic Scapes!!
Never heard of a garlic scape?? You do not know what you are missing. These thin, curly, vibrantly green stalks come into season in the late spring and early summer. Garlic scapes are the stalks that grow from the bulbs of hardneck garlic plants. The scapes taste mild and sweet, like chives or scallions, but with a hint of unmistakable garlicky flavor that’s softer than its bulbous counterpart. They’ll keep for weeks in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
The very last of Green"er" Acres Farm asparagus for this year.
Only 3 half pound bunches remain. Order early,they go fast!
Plantain Healing Salve
Plantain, the common backyard plant/weed, not the relative of the banana, has been used as a healing skin remedy a far back as the Native Americans. Plantain is considered helpful for: bee/wasp stings, spider bites, mosquito and other bug bites, poison ivy/poison oak/sumac,eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, diaper rash, and even pet’s “hot spots” Our plantain leaves are harvested from lawns not treated with chemicals
The very first of our strawberries. Unsprayed, picked when ripe, not partially green like those that were shipped in from out of state. Limited quantities. Please only one per household to allow everyone to enjoy the first of our local strawberries.
And don’t forget all of our other delicious items
Memorial Day Weekend, Get Out the Grill
It’s Memorial Day Weekend — Break Out the Grill
It’s the official start of Summer and BBQ season. We carry lots of great items for this weeks picnics.
- Check out Clover Creek Cheese Cellar for delicious grass-fed ground beef for fabulous hamburgers and top them with some of their artisan cheese for a delicious cheeseburger.
- OR how about some pastured chicken on the grill from Heritage Hills Farm topped with a Maple Glaze (see recipe in the Recipes section) made with some of their own awesome maple syrup.
- Want a super easy pasta salad? Simply mix some French Onion Dip available through Vale Wood Farms with a little bit of olive oil and some cooked pasta, pop it in the fridge to cool, and VOILA!!
- What about some fresh, crispy cut up veggies with a super tasty homemade Herb Dip (see recipe in the Recipes section) made with dairy products from Vale Wood Farms and fresh herbs from Green"er" Acres Farm.
- And what could be easier for dessert than some freshly baked Apple Dumplings or Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Brownies from Bake Shop Bakes.
Check out these and many more delicious items available in the Market.
Super Easy Recipes Added to Our Recipe Section
We have added a few new recipes to our Recipes section of our website this week.
- Easy Herb Roasted Chicken — this recipe uses ingredients found from our trusted growers, such as chicken, thyme, rosemary and parsley.
- Easy Weeknight Bowtie Pasta — it doesn’t get much easier, using yummy ingredients from our market such as ground beef, onions, spinach, and cottage cheese.
- Homemade Italian Seasoning — used in the recipe above, you can make this blend at home using dried herbs available in our market.
Available this week: your every dairy need from milks, cheeses, yogurt, cottage cheese and more; farm fresh eggs; beef, chicken and pork; fresh produce and herbs; and much more.
FRESH OFF THE PRESSES!! New Dairy Items
Last Minute Additions
New Grower/Producer Added!!
Vale Wood Farms Dairy
Thanks to our newest grower/producer, Vale Wood Farms of Loretto, we are now able to offer you a full line of dairy products.
Just added to The Market for your ordering:
Homogenized Milk, 2%, 1% and Nonfat Skim Milk, Chocolate and Strawberry Milk, Buttermilk, Half & Half Cream, Sour Cream, Heavy/Whipping Cream, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Butter, and French Onion Dip.
Everything you need for your baking, cooking and fresh dairy needs.
Try some this week.
Spring Tea and Veggie Plants
Spring Tea and Veggie Plants
New this week:
* Sassafras root from Green"er" Acres Farm
Our highly-prized sassafras root is harvested in the spring from our own patch behind our house. Cleaned and dehydrated and stored. We enjoy this refreshing root as a tea that was used by Native Americans as a “spring tonic,” to “purify the blood of winter stagnation.” This shrub or small tree is the first plant to come to life in the spring. When brewed, it develops a pleasing red tea that is highly aromatic. We drink it not only in the spring, but all year.
(Brewing instructions are included with every purchase.)
Available in 4 ounce, 8 ounce and 1 pound.
* Veggie plants and Flower boxes from Rispoli’s Produce
Healthy veggie transplants to plant out in your gardens (if it ever stops raining) include yellow pear tomato plants, beefsteak tomato plants, and dinosaur, redbor and russian kale plants.
They also have beautiful blooming flower boxes.
* Apple Dumplings & Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Brownies
We are very proud and excited to introduce our newest producer to our line-up… Bake Shop Bakes. Andy has sold his yummy baked goods at many local farmers markets and stores for many years. He is now back and offering his delicious baked goods direct to you.
Fresh baked apple dumplings and chocolate chunk peanut butter brownies are delicious with fresh whipped cream, ice cream or refreshing milk.
* Bulk Packages of Grass-Fed Beef Still Available
Clover Creek Cheese Cellar continues to carry their 10 pound packages of their own grass-fed beef. Each pound individually wrapped and frozen.
* Temporarily Out of Stock of Hickory Smoked Salt
Heritage Hills Farm is sorry to announce that they are currently sold out of their Hickory Smoked Salt. Their smokehouse was damaged by fire a few weeks ago, but they are going to be rebuilding soon.