September is Local Food Month!
Penn State Extension
Have you indulged in tomatoes yet this year? Raise your hand if you have had the privilege of slicing a tomato, still warm from the sun, tossed with mozzarella, sprinkled with freshly torn basil and drizzled with olive oil. Food episodes like that deserve a celebration, no? Western PA is enjoying peak harvest season right now, and there are many ways to enjoy the bounty. Here is a sampling:
- Shop a farmer’s market. They often run through October or early November, so it isn’t too late to spend a Saturday with latte in hand, selecting the best and ripest in your community. Find a market near you: http://bit.ly/SMJorN
- Join the Buy Fresh Buy Local Challenge, where a pledge is made to eat locally produced food, make food from scratch, visit a farm, or any other engagement with the food system. Purchasing locally helps keep the doors of local business (and farms!) open. Join the challenge and enter for prizes: http://svy.mk/SMJ4cH
- Take a gardening class. Then spend the winter months dreaming about what you will plant in your yard come spring. The Master Gardener Program offers many educational options.
- Visit the Mother Earth News Fair, September 21-23 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Learn all about gardening, small animal care, sustainable living and participate in hundreds of workshops, two of which will be delivered by yours truly. Event info: http://bit.ly/Pmjuq2
- Every daydream at the office about starting your own small farm or food related business? Why not use those frosty winter nights exploring if that dream has legs? Take your pastoral fantasy to the next level by learning the fundamentals involved in running an agricultural-based business by taking a wonderful class called, Exploring the Small Farm Dream. This class will be presented in the Penn State Extension - Allegheny County offices on Wednesday Evenings in October. Space is limited, call 412-473-2540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org now to register. Program info: http://bit.ly/PLs4mz
- Throw a posh potluck. Invite your nearest and dearest to share a seasonal meal. Evolve from potlucks of the past by selecting a theme, such as Caribbean or Southern Garden Party and let invitees use their imagination to create a complimentary contribution. As the host, provide the main entrée and themed drinks and decorations for an easy dinner party.
- Try pick your own. Have an on the farm experience and get a great bargain by picking by the pound, great for families, pie and jam makers! This website has listings: http://bit.ly/PY31Mu