VIDEO: 6 Local Food Lessons from Pennsylvania Farmers Markets, Restaurants, and More

July 31, 2019

 

There are many great reasons to support local food and celebrate seasonal vegetables in the great state of Pennsylvania. All of us at the PVMRP could personally go on for days with ideas. In July of 2019, we thought it’d be better to tap into a few external sources in search of fresh ideas for supporting local. So, we set out on a PA Veggies Road Trip, connecting with managers of various operations in the local food supply chain, from Easton in the Lehigh Valley to Bellevue on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, and even the Farm Show Complex in Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg!

This is what we learned from them.

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  • What would you pair with Brussels sprouts on a pizza? #repost @thursdaynightpizza
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I wasn't sure I was ready for Brussels sprouts, but then my 2.5-year-old son begged for them yesterday at the market,  and everyone knows you NEVER say no when a kid begs for fresh Brussels sprouts instead of ice cream. I pan roasted them till they were caramelized with a little crunch left . . . and he ate every last piece on his plate. 🤯😁🍾 So now I'm brainstorming Brussels sprout 🍕 like a maniac before his toddler brain inevitably rejects the little brassicas again with zero notice. Any brilliant ideas/flavor pairings? .
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  • We say add a grilled sandwich and your super simple, extra delicious dinner is served. #paveggies #repost @savory.online
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Cooler weather, changing leaves 🍁, and a warm bowl of soup. Fall is here. 💛 Recipe in bio.⁠
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  • Show of hands if you plan on having just as much fun as your child in a pumpkin patch this fall? #paveggies #localfarms #agriculture #innerchild #youngatheart
  • Farmers’ markets are extra dreamy this time of year. Which one are you visiting this weekend? #paveggies #farmersmarket #localfood
  • Sauerkraut is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. Properly stored, it has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage. The word “sauerkraut” is from German Sauerkraut which literally means “sour cabbage.” From sauer “sour” + kraut “vegetable, cabbage.” One of the best health benefits of Sauerkraut is that it contains live and active probiotics that act like your first line of defense against various harmful bacteria or toxins that might enter your body. #Sauerkraut #paveggies #cabbage #ferment #preserve #can #probiotic #shelfstable #healthygut #pennsylvania #vegetables
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Fall (yes, even though it doesn’t feel like it). #repost @shenotfarm
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It may not feel like it outside but October is officially here! 🍂🎃🍁
  • Last chance for local green beans! Can you believe it’s fall already?! #repost @harvestviewfarm
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Tonight we started picking the final planting of green beans for the 2019 season. They are beautiful and plentiful! #PaVeggies
  • Don’t pass on your local hot peppers this time of year. #paveggies #repost @pa.eats
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In Season in Pennsylvania: Hot Honey

There is a brand of hot honey we’ve seen on market shelves that food-lovers have been putting on everything – especially savory, rich foods, like pizza and fried chicken. We took this tasty concept, and Pennsylvania-ified it with local honey and spicy peppers from the farmers market.

This technique is as customizable as it is easy (just two ingredients!). You can use any type of peppers you like, or mix and match, depending on what’s ready to harvest from your garden or what looks good at the market. For great pepper flavor without too much heat, try poblanos from Jade Family Farm in Port Royal, PA; for medium heat, try jalapenos from Meadowview Farm in Kutztown, PA; or for extra-spicy, try some habanero peppers from Taproot Farm in Shoemakersville, PA. And, while usually we’re all about raw local honey, this recipe is best made with pasteurized honey, as the raw kind will crystallize. We like Dutch Gold Baker’s Special, which is based in Lancaster, PA!

Follow this simple tutorial to make — seriously — the tastiest hot honey, which we suggest you serve on everything: ice cream, eggs, pretzels, pizza, veggies, fried chicken and, in fact, deep-fried anything, popcorn, pork chops … the list goes on! #paeats Link: https://www.paeats.com/recipe/pennsylvania-hot-honey/
  • Well said! Home team all day every day! #repost @goodfarmsgoodfood
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When you buy local, you are supporting the regional economy, cultivating community, getting fresher more nutrition products, and being kind to the planet... 🙌🌶️🚜🌎🍎👨‍🌾
Yeah, we'd call that a win!
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