Good Food Neighbors are Blogging: Local Growers Capture New Markets

October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Good Food Neighbors are Blogging! Over the next few months we will be introducing some guest bloggers to our Good Food Neighborhood. These PASA members are passionate about local foods and sustainable agriculture. They will be sharing their experiences, points of view, and the goings-on in their communities. We want to thank them for their contribution of time and  talent to our Good Food Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing their fresh perspectives in this blog.

If you would like to be a guest blogger in our Good Food Neighborhood, please contact Jean Najjar at jean@pasafarming.org.


Local Growers Capture New Markets

by Carla Snyder

Carla Snyder / Adams County

Carla Snyder / Adams County

Food-based tourism is more popular than ever. Exemplified by TV shows like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and Parts Unknown, celebrity chefs are taking to the tourism circuit around the globe.  Great Britain’s Alan Coxon, a multi-award winning chef and TV show host, named the ambassador of food this month, means he will be promoting Great Britain’s food, beverage and tourism industry as a whole.

Known by many names, Gastronomic Tourism is a measured food trend across the globe.  Once focused solely on the wine industry, food-based tourism, that is travel planning focused on educational, cultural or experiential activities surrounding the local food of each visited region, is now a significant trend in the local food sector.  According to Quan and Wang, 2004, when data was just beginning to be gathered, over one-third of all travel dollars were devoted to food purchases. For many travelers culinary based tourism extends much further from the plate. It includes attendance at local food festivals, tours of local farms, a visit to the farmers’ market and private dining experiences at many of these locations.  According to 2012 Food Tourism Pic 1 (1)
data, eating-related activities are the second most favorite activity of all tourist visiting the U.S.  This translates into a substantial opportunity for agri-tourism farms as well as those selling directly to the public or local foods based restaurants.

Local farmers are cashing in on this trend in a big way, but with one-third of all tourism spending floating around waiting to be captured, the market hardly seems saturated.  If you happen to be located near an established tourism epicenter, like Gettysburg, PA, transitioning to this trend is easy. One small, diversified family farm offered their first on-farm supper in June.  Rettland Farms paired up local Chef Josh Fidler, his 154 Supper Club and Chef Sam Strock to offer a night under the stars.   Seats were opened first to their Community Supported Agriculture members, those who are already local supporters of the farm, and then to visitors at large.  Participants to this exclusive dinner were treated to a tasting menu of 6 local food dishes sure to fill their bellies and provide ample conversational topics for an educational and fun evening on the farm, the makings of a perfect tourism experience.

In New York, already a faFood Tourism Pic 3med destination for wine-focused tourism, growers are taking advantage of the new hard cider trend.  Cider Week, an event brand that has spread across the country celebrates what they deem “America’s oldest libation.”  With events from New York to Washington in the months of October and November 2014, this tourist-marketed experience offers full day celebrations gathering apple growers and hard cider makers from each region to celebrate this hip, ultra- local trend. Events offer demonstrations, tastings, local food pairings and socializing space for foodie tourists and locals a-like.

For agricultural producers, marketing to capture tourism dollars may be easier than you think. Simple changes such as telling your customers where you grow and how you sell your products may make all the difference. Producers have noticed an upswing in restaurant sales after talking to shoppers at their farmers’ market stands about which restaurants buy their products. This enables the foodie driven shopper to not only visit your stand while they take in the scene at the farmers’ market but suggests a restaurant for them to visit while in town. When it comes to tourism, word of mouth says it all.  Be sure to encourage customers that buy directly from you as well as businesses that purchase your product to promote their use of your local products on websites like tripadvisor.com and yelp.com.  One local food comment can go a long way to entice the right food-focused tourist.

 

 

 

 

“TV Celebrity Chef Becomes British Ambassador for Food Drink and Tourism”. Food and Beverage Magazine, May 2014. Fb101.com

Quan, Shuai and Wang. “Towards a structural model of the tourist experience: an illustration from food experiences in tourism.” Tourism Management Vol. 25, Issue 3 (June 2004): page 297-305. Web.

World Tourism Organization. “Global Report on Food Tourism.” AM Reports: Volume 4 (2012). Web.

Good Food Neighbors are Blogging: Visiting Green Meadow Farm

October 7, 2014 in Author Series, Guest Bloggers, Uncategorized

Good Food Neighbors are Blogging! Over the next few months we will be introducing some guest bloggers to our Good Food Neighborhood. These PASA members are passionate about local foods and sustainable agriculture. They will be sharing their experiences, points of view, and the goings on in their communities. We want to thank them for their contribution of time and  talent to our Good Food Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing their fresh perspectives in this blog.

If you would like to be a guest blogger in our Good Food Neighborhood please contact Jean Najjar at jean@pasafarming.org.

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Visiting Green Meadow Farm

by Lisa Goodale-Brinton of Chester County

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Lisa Goodale-Brinton / Chester County

It is a welcome gratification to visit a farm that is thriving both economically and culturally. Green Meadows Farm run by father and son, Glenn and Ian Brendle, respectively, near Gap, PA., is such a model. Green Meadows is one of Pennsylvania’s original farm to table businesses, in existence since 1981. I have wanted to tour the farm for several years, hearing frequent reports from a friend who works there, and who also helps my husband sustainably dig spring ramps, many of which are in turn sourced by Green Meadows for customers in Philadelphia. In particular, I have wanted to see how they grow their fig trees as I have a small portable orchard that spends the winter in the greenhouse and the summer outside.

It is refreshing to find a large scale organic farmer who plants directly in the ground, cultivating between the rows rather than the industrial model of mass plastic smothered fields. The farm utilizes several greenhouses as well that are heated with recycled fryer oil in the winters and cooled with exhaust

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The upper gardens looking east in the summer.

The herb field was plentiful and humming with pollinators, populated by classic herb choices and specialty choices, to please the ever expanding tastes of modern chefs. This theme of providing the unusual, alongside of the dependable choices, pervades all of the growing fields and greenhouses. We enjoyed tasting some items new to us, such as: Shungiku, whose leaves taste like carrots, Papallo, a Cilantro replacement in Guacamole, and the tantalizing leaves of Cardamon. Another cultivar that piqued my interest was Tromboncini squash, which as the name suggests, is shaped like a trombone.

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Glenn Brendle: Lifetime PASA Member and owner of Green Meadow Farm

Returning to the farmhouse after our tour, I noticed what looked to be an ancient Asian pear tree. Glenn told us the fascinating story of this tree which turns out to be what is believed to be the oldest surviving Hosenshank Pear, roughly 250 years old. Named after John Shank from the Mt. Joy area, this pear was popularly used for canning and cider, circa 1820. Apparently Mr. Shank always wore britches (or hosens) hence the name Hosenshank. Cuttings from this tree were sent to the University of Michigan where the stock has been revived. These are the kinds of stories that give me faith for a future.

I did not find a magic trick for growing my Mediterranean loving figs in Pennsylvania, in fact Green Meadows has cultivated them in the same manner I have; a few left in the ground that do better after mild winters and are slow to rebound after polar vortexes, or the more reliable survival method of ” in for the winter and out for the summer”. Either way a bumper crop of figs grown in Pennsylvania remains a serendipitous event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainability Schools / October-November

October 2, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

Check out the Sfall foliageustainability School Programs in October – November:

PASA’s Sustainability School Partners: Quiet Creek Herb Farm, East End Food Co-op, Dickinson College Farm and Country Barn Farm will enrich the season with programs on a variety of topics including: Medicinal Herbs, Exploring Fair Trade, DIY Composting, Organic on a Budget, One Pot Wonders, Thanksgiving Centerpieces, and Backyard Chickens.

 

 

 

Scroll down to see the complete calendar:

As always, many thanks to our Sustainability School partners around the state:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food,

Glade Run Adventures,

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm 

Jennings Environmental Education Center,

 the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County,

Pennypack Farm & Education Center,

 Spring Creek Homesteading,

and Quiet Creek Herb Farm.

Visit our main Sustainability Schools page for more information or follow the links above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

    • October 22, 2014
      • DIY Backyard Composting @ East End Food Co-op
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • October 25, 2014
      • One Pot Wonders for Busy People @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Allison Hall Community Room Carlisle, PA
    • November 1, 2014
      • Thanksgiving Centerpieces from your Garden @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • November 8, 2014
      • Backyard Chickens Workshop @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • February 7, 2015
    • March 14, 2015
    • May 2, 2015

 

 

Savor September with Sustainability Schools and Local Food Celebrations!

September 2, 2014 in Community Events, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

SO MUCH TO DO IN SEPTEMBER!

image002Local Foods Month in Pittsburgh! Celebrate the local bounty in Western PA, with a variety of fun events. Follow this link for more information.

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Sustainability Schools are offering great programming this month including Beginning Beekeeping at the Country Barn Farm, Sharing Nature with Children at the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County and tsaving the seasonimely workshops on  preserving the season: Get the Skinny on Sauerkraut at Dickinson College Farm or learn about Saving the Season at East End Food Coop. Scroll down to see the whole calendar.

And don’t forget Chester County Bike Fresh coming up on September 21st.

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As always, many thanks to our Sustainability School partners around the state:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food,

Glade Run Adventures,

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm 

Jennings Environmental Education Center,

 the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County,

Pennypack Farm & Education Center,

 Spring Creek Homesteading,

and Quiet Creek Herb Farm.

Visit our main Sustainability Schools page for more information or follow the links above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

    • October 22, 2014
      • DIY Backyard Composting @ East End Food Co-op
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • October 25, 2014
      • One Pot Wonders for Busy People @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Allison Hall Community Room Carlisle, PA
    • November 1, 2014
      • Thanksgiving Centerpieces from your Garden @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • November 8, 2014
      • Backyard Chickens Workshop @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • February 7, 2015
    • March 14, 2015
    • May 2, 2015

 

 

Get the Scoop From Your Good Food Neighbors!

August 18, 2014 in Community Support for PASA, Guest Bloggers, Uncategorized

Good Food Neighbors are Blogging! Over the next few months we will be introducing some guest bloggers to our Good Food Neighborhood. These PASA members are passionate about local foods and sustainable agriculture. They will be sharing their experiences, points of view, and the goings on in their communities. We want to thank them for their contribution of time and  talent to our Good Food Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing their fresh perspectives in this blog.

If you would like to be a guest blogger in our Good Food Neighborhood please contact Jean Najjar at jean@pasafarming.org.


 

Hello Fellow Local Foodies!!!

Arlene Thayer / York County

Arlene Thayer / York County

My name is Arlene Thayer, a resident of beautiful South Central Pennsylvania, passionate local foodie, fiber artist and blogger.  I’ve stepped up to the plate to be a regular contributor in the Good Food Neighborhood to share my local food finds, recipes and reflections on the incredible bounty of the region.Chocolate_Mousse.jpg We’re kicking off my contributions here with a little bit about myself and the types of posts that will be coming your way from me.

I’ve loved good food for as long as I can remember born into a family where the women were all very good cooks.

My mother was a rather adventurous cook.  She was an avid reader of cooking magazines and many weekends were spent in pursuit of cooking through a slew of new recipes.  I can remember vividly a series of experiments where we went in search of the perfect chocolate mousse recipe.  There are worse ways to spend one’s time, right?

Now, while my mother would try anything and everything in the kitchen, my maternal grandmother was a different story.  Evelyn Mary pretty much stuck to the basics but oh, they were so good.  And, since she was raised in Delaware, right where Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania converge, her repertoire was heavily influenced by the foods and dishes of the region including favorites like: ham salad, chicken with slippery dumplings, and stewed tomatoes.

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One of the most valuable lessons I learned from my grandmother was the importance of buying and using locally raised and grown food stuffs.  For example, when corn was in season, she had a particular farm stand where she liked to buy corn.  The corn had to be from THAT farm stand.  The quality of the corn could be measured by what my grandfather put on the corn.  “OK” corn would be eaten with the additions of butter, salt, and pepper.  “Good” corn would be eaten with salt and pepper.  “Very Good” corn would get a dash of salt.  But, the “Best” corn would be eaten without anything else added.

“Best” corn is only possible when you know where THAT farm stand is.  And, so, this is what my type of posts are going to be about.  My husband and I are passionate about exploring and discovering the treasures of our region.  We feel incredibly lucky to live in the South Central Pennsylvania region which is a true treasure trove of wonderful locally produced food products.  Please feel free to share your finds with me too by commenting on the posts and sharing on the Facebook page .  If you are a producer, please email me at arc382001@yahoo.com so I can check you out!

 

July and August – Fun Learning is happening in your Good Food Neighborhood!

July 18, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

 

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Summer Salsa at Dickindon (JeffreyWW, Flickr User)

Summer is speeding past — don’t miss these great sustainability programs and fun events!

The weather has been fine and PASA’s Sustainability Schools are offering great programs to fill out July and August! Check out what’s happening in your neighborhood!  This weekend Earthen Building Intensive at Quiet Creek Herb Farm and Varroa Mite Treatments at Country Barn Farm. Wrap up July with the Science Behind Raw Foods & Juicing at East End Food Co-op! August brings a continuation of the Sharing Nature with Children Series at the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County. Delve into Wild Edibles, Medicinals, and Mushrooms at Quiet Creek Herb Farm or take a fresh look at Simple Salsa in a Jar at Dickinson College Farm. There are also lots of cool opportunities for kids and the whole family! Check out the programs near you!

 Scroll down for a complete listing of upcoming events and register today!

Thanks is due to all our partners:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food,

Glade Run Adventures,

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm 

Jennings Environmental Education Center,

 the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County,

Pennypack Farm & Education Center,

 Spring Creek Homesteading,

and Quiet Creek Herb Farm.

Visit our main Sustainability Schools page for more information or follow the links above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

    • October 22, 2014
      • DIY Backyard Composting @ East End Food Co-op
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • October 25, 2014
      • One Pot Wonders for Busy People @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Allison Hall Community Room Carlisle, PA
    • November 1, 2014
      • Thanksgiving Centerpieces from your Garden @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • November 8, 2014
      • Backyard Chickens Workshop @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • February 7, 2015
    • March 14, 2015
    • May 2, 2015

 

 

 

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Sustainability School Programs — Jump Into June

June 2, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

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PASA’s Sustainability Schools are heating up in June with “hot” topic programs on composting, industrial hemp, honey harvesting, landscaping strategies for bees, cultivating biodiversity, seed balls, and making your own pesto. There are also lots of cool opportunities for kids and the whole family! Check out the programs near you!

 Scroll down for a complete listing of upcoming events and register today!

Thanks is due to all our partners:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food,

Glade Run Adventures,

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm 

Jennings Environmental Education Center,

 the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County,

Pennypack Farm & Education Center,

 Spring Creek Homesteading,

and Quiet Creek Herb Farm.

Visit our main Sustainability Schools page for more information or follow the links above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

    • October 22, 2014
      • DIY Backyard Composting @ East End Food Co-op
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • October 25, 2014
      • One Pot Wonders for Busy People @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Allison Hall Community Room Carlisle, PA
    • November 1, 2014
      • Thanksgiving Centerpieces from your Garden @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • November 8, 2014
      • Backyard Chickens Workshop @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • February 7, 2015
    • March 14, 2015
    • May 2, 2015

 

 

 

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Bike Fresh Allegheny County / Sunday, June 1st / Walk-ins Welcome!

May 30, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Uncategorized

The Good Food Neighborhood invites you to Bike Fresh in Allegheny County this weekend!

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Join us for PASA’s 2nd annual Bike Fresh Bike Local in Allegheny County! The weather forecast is gorgeous for  this first Bike Fresh of the season –  this Sunday, June 1st in Western Pennsylvania! 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS CLOSED:

WALK-INS WELCOME!

$50 WALK-IN REGISTRATION

PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT SUPPORT PASA’S WORK IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ON BEHALF OF FAMILY FARMS.

Celebrate at the end of the ride with Event Partners Whole Foods Market and North Country Brewing, who team up to provide a delicious local foods lunch and refreshing beer (for those 21 years and older) or root beer to all riders.

Menu

Your choice of:

Sweet Stems Farm Beer Brats braised in East End Brewing BeerSpicy
Chicken Sausage with peppers & onions in North Country BeerGrilled
Portobello Mushroom with peppers & onions with Chipotle Aioli

Served with the following:

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Lemon Dill Petite Potato Salad
Watermelon Wedges

Many thanks to:

Allegheny Bike Fresh Event Partners – Whole Foods Market  and North Country Brewing

Allegheny Bike Fresh Sponsors – East End Food Co-op, Green Mountain Energy, Eat’n Park, and SOTA Construction Services, Inc.

BIKE FRESH BIKE LOCAL

Great Routes, Good Friends, and Delicious Local Foods! Best Sundays ever and a great chance to support local farms, sustainable agriculture, and our local food systems!

 

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Bike Fresh Kicks Off Next Week In Allegheny County! Join us on Sunday, June 1st for this fun event.

May 23, 2014 in Community Events, Community Support for PASA, Uncategorized

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The Good Food Neighborhood wishes everyone a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend!

 And for our cycling friends and neighbors:

Enjoy the perfect cycling weather forecasted, and remember to register for Bike Fresh Bike Local Allegheny County!

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REGISTER TO WIN!

Sign up between now and midnight on Memorial Day and be entered to win a loaded gift basket from GNC Live Well worth $250!

Online registration for Bike Fresh Allegheny closes Thursday, May 29th! Get more details and register at  http://www.pasafarming.org/events/pasa-events/bike-fresh-allegheny-county

Many thanks to:

Allegheny Bike Fresh Event Partners – Whole Foods Market  and North Country Brewing

Allegheny Bike Fresh Sponsors — East End Food Co-op, Green Mountain Energy, Eat’n Park, and SOTA Construction Services, Inc.

BIKE FRESH BIKE LOCAL

Great Routes, Good Friends, and Delicious Local Foods! Best Sundays ever and a great chance to support local farms, sustainable agriculture, and our local food systems!

 

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Sustainability School Programs – MORE BUZZ IN MAY!

May 13, 2014 in Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

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Check out what’s going on near you!

PASA’s Sustainability Schools are offering more cool opportunities in May including: Sheep to Shawl, Honey Bees, Medicinal Plants and Wild Edibles. Check out the opportunities in your area.

Scroll down for a complete listing of upcoming events and register today!

Visit our main Sustainability Schools page for more information or follow the links above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

    • October 22, 2014
      • DIY Backyard Composting @ East End Food Co-op
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • October 25, 2014
      • One Pot Wonders for Busy People @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Allison Hall Community Room Carlisle, PA
    • November 1, 2014
      • Thanksgiving Centerpieces from your Garden @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • November 8, 2014
      • Backyard Chickens Workshop @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • February 7, 2015
    • March 14, 2015
    • May 2, 2015