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Crisp and Cool Cucumbers, Versatile Zucchini

Veggie Spotlight — Crisp and Cool Homegrown Cucumbers

One of the true harbingers of summer. The fourth most widely cultivated “vegetable” in the world, the cucumber, related to both the melon and squash families, is technically a fruit. With its mild, refreshing flavor that mixes so well with other garden offerings, cucumbers are actually 90% water, but still manage to provide many valuable health benefits.

Cucumbers are also known to be an excellent source of vitamins, including anti-inflammatory vitamin K, infection-fighting vitamin C, and energy-producing pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Body-beneficial minerals include bone-building manganese, as well as potassium and magnesium, both good for your heart.
For those who’ve noticed their cucumbers seem to deteriorate soon after refrigerating them, U.C. Davis has reported that cucumbers maintain freshness longer when stored at room temperature.

Cucumbers are also highly sensitive to ethylene, a natural plant hormone responsible for initiating the ripening process in several fruits and vegetables, so another recommendation is to store cucumbers away from bananas, melons, and tomatoes because of the natural ethylene they generate.

The Incredibly Versatile Zucchini

For many people, summertime is simply incomplete without serving a delicious array of scrumptious green vegetables. But here’s an idea: why not take a break from the usual leafy green salads, and dig into a plateful of succulent zucchini instead?

You won’t run out of uses for zucchini, as it is a highly versatile food that can suit many recipes. Mix it into soups, salads, or frittatas, serve it as a side dish with your meat dishes, or make “zucchini fries,” served with an onion dip as an appetizer. Want a healthy, no-grain and no-wheat pasta? Make zucchini “noodles” using a vegetable peeler – it will be as al dente as regular spaghetti. And lets not forget zucchini bread or cake.

You’ll surely be impressed with the nutritional bounty that zucchini offers. It’s low-calorie (with only 17 calories per 100 grams) and high in fiber, and has no cholesterol or unhealthy fats. It’s also rich in flavonoid antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, carotenes, and lutein, which play a significant role in slowing down aging and preventing diseases with their free radical-zapping properties. Zucchini is also a wonderful source of potassium, a heart-friendly nutrient that helps moderate your blood pressure levels and counters the effects of too much sodium. In fact, a zucchini has more potassium than a banana. Zucchini is rich in B-complex vitamins, folate, B6, B1, B2, B3, and choline, as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium, which are all valuable in ensuring healthy blood sugar regulation – a definite advantage for diabetics. It also contains essential minerals such as iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Where Are The Strawberries?

For all you fruit lovers, the early season this year has been incredibly difficult for fruit production. We had a very hot spell early in the season,followed by cool, damp weather and now the warmth again. These variations can greatly impact small fruit production.

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.


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.