Potter County Farmers Market

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September 2, 2013
by Alvie Fourness
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Rekindling A Lost Art

Cooking from scratch has become less common and some say it’s almost a lost art. While food shoppers may still purchase some vegetables and fruit from the produce department at the supermarket, chances are they don’t consider using locally-grown produce. Perhaps it’s because they have never tasted the difference or maybe they need of some new ideas on how to prepare these farmer market items. Either way, the Chef At The Market cooking demonstration gave local food shoppers the opportunity to taste fantastic locally-grown seasonal produce and products prepared before their eyes.

Chef Colin Jack and Chef Butch Davis Prepare Brushetta Using Locally-grown Vegetables

Chef Colin Jack and Chef Butch Davis Prepare Brushetta Using Locally-grown Vegetables

Although the trend may be slowly changing, we live in a society that has lost a good deal of its cooking skills. The Chef’ At The Market event reintroduced the simple pleasure of preparing seasonal foods grown within miles of their family’s dinner table. It was exciting to us to see the attendance realize that it doesn’t take hours to prepare “food from scratch”.  And, by tasting the difference between truly “farm-fresh” vegetables and the produce that they have been purchasing from the grocery store, we’re hoping to change shopping habits within the community.

Chef Davis Prepares The Brushetta Toppings

Chef Davis Prepares The Brushetta Toppings

Show by example was the trend-du-jour used to rekindle interest in local foods. Chef Butch Davis summed it up well when he said: “Everybody knows how to slice a tomato to make a tomato sandwich and that tomatoes can processed into tomato sauce. We wanted to show other ways to use the tomato in simple recipes — like making bruschetta topped with heirloom tomatoes and fresh veggies and cheese.” We think The Chef At The Market was a great event for our farmers market to host. We had a great time watching the chefs making these simple recipes — giving instructions and answering questions about the techniques and ingredients we were using. And, from the feedback that we have received from those who attended the event — EVERYONE LOVED IT!

Darlene Livingston from PA Farm Link

Darlene Livingston (left)
from PA Farm Link

A special guest who came to this event to showcase local foods was Darlene Livingston, Executive Director, PA Farm Link. She was representing PA Preferred at the Potter County Farmers’ Market.  PA Preferred is an initiative by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to help Pennsylvania businesses promote their agricultural products. Thanks to Darlene for helping us host the event and making it a big success.

And so in closing, my advise to the food shoppers is to stop buying those Idahoes, when there are much better potatoes being organically-grown right here in Potter County, Pennsylvania and are available at the local farmer’s market. And as for that store-bought garlic, there’s a good chance it comes from China.

July 19, 2013
by Alvie Fourness
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Locally Grown Vine & Branch

Vendor Spotlight — Mckeone Orchard

“Over the years we have collected and nurtured many varieties of fruit,nut and vegetable plants.” says Sean McKeone about his orchard in North Hollow near Coudersport, Pennsylvania. That’s definitely bit of an understatement to describe his gardens considering our northerly climate.

Yes indeed, there are several kinds of grapes, gooseberries, cranberries, currants  and saskatoon serviceberries. And, he has not just raspberries, but black ones, yellow ones and red ones.  Many types of fruit and nut trees terrace the orchard hillside.  Apples, pears, plums and paw paws grow here in the patterned rows.  And, the view from the chestnut and hazelnut groves high atop the orchard is something to behold. And, yes even kiwi grows here in Potter County, Pennsylvania.  Come and see what Sean brings to the market this week.

Our regular market hours are each Friday during the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. continuing until the Falling Leaves Festival.
McKeone Orchard at the Potter County Farmers Market

June 2, 2013
by Alvie Fourness
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Market is Up and Running

pasa-bumper-stickerlgThe Potter County Farmers Market is Open offering local agricultural products!  Our regular hours are each Friday during the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. continuing until the Falling Leaves Festival.

See below list of additional Farmers Markets to be held on Saturdays when special events are taking place in Coudersport.  Since, we are an outdoor market we might have to cancel due to weather.  Check Solomon’s Word for weekly market updates including the participating farms, the selection of products and special events. Make it a point to visit the market often as the selection expands and changes with the season.  We may try to hold additional Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if enough interest is expressed by our customers and our farms have additional produce available.

Date Saturday Market Events Hours
July 6, 2013 Independence Day weekend 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
August 3, 2013 Woodsmen’s Show/Archery Show 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
August 31, 2013 Labor Day weekend and Coudy Town Wide Yard Sales 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
October 5, 2013 Falling Leaves Festival 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To better serve our customers, the Market has moved to the corner of North East and East Second Streets (Rt. 6E) located adjacent to the courthouse square in Coudersport.  There will be plenty of signs, so you won’t miss us. And, based on what we are hearing about the new location — WE LOVE IT. It’s easier to unload for the vendors, it’s quieter and it seems like the parking situation is much better.

We would like to get as much fresh local produce into the homes of those who need it. Most of our farms are certified to receive FMNP checks. Market hours and location were selected based a consensus of the group with inputs from our regular customers.  Each farm will try to work with any customers who are not able to get to the market during the regular hours.  Hopefully as we grow, the two day per week schedule can be extended to include additional Saturdays during the season. The best advice we can give you until then is to get to know the farmers and become familiar their products and build a relationship with us.   Visit the Our Farmers Page to learn more and get to know local farmers. Once that working relationship is built, you will find that we’ll be happy to work with you outside of Farmer’s Market hours.

Thank You, Our Local Farmers

 

April 24, 2013
by Alvie Fourness
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Trap Cropping Cucurbits

We find our squashes extremely delicious. And, so do a lot of pests like the squash bugs and vine borers, cucumber beetles and stink bugs. Oh yeah, there’s bacterial wilt that we don’t want, either.  Wilt is caused when the pests feed on the squash and inflect the plant with bacterium. As farmers, we are ready to fight back against these pests. And, we’re using some techniques to help deal with these pests without drenching the plants in toxic pesticides. So, what is it that we are doing instead? We are using trap crops to give us the upper-hand.  And, the key to trap crops: pest attractiveness is not always related to wilt susceptibility. Trap crops are very attractive to the pests but not quick to wilt. For example, the blue Hubbard squash attracts the pests but resists the wilt.  And how do we use this to our advantage?

Method: Plant a trap crop of Hubbards to protect the delicata, Long Island cheese and sugar dumpling squash, cucumbers or melons. We use the trap crop as a monitoring site where we know the pests are sure to arrive first. And then, we use our pest-control measures to protect the trap crop plants as soon as the pests arrive.

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So what are some of pest-controls that we use? First we keep all of the crops healthy with foliage sprays of liquid fish and compost teas.  Then, we scout for pests. When pests arrive, we apply diatomaceous Earth and orange oil treatments on the trap crop. These are harmless to humans and the plants but dangerous to pests with waxy coatings on their exoskeleton. We are careful not to over-use because these natural dusts and sprays are also dangerous to the bees. We prefer not to apply after crop bloom to avoid spraying the pollinating bees.

So what is the purpose of the buckwheat perimeter? We plant the attractive-flowering buckwheat to lure the pests away from the interior areas of crop growth while also attracting the pest’s natural enemies. Also, stink bugs exhibit “edge effect” behavior when moving through the landscape. In this way, the stink bugs only do damage at the borders in the trap crop outer perimeter.

Helpful Tips:

  • Crop rotations are used to prevent an increase in the pest population over time.
  • Plant the trap crop (blue Hubbard or other maxima squash) so that it completely encircles the main crop without any large gaps in the perimeter
  • Plant the trap crop in good soil so that it grows healthy to resist the pests. Plant the trap crop at the same time as (or before) the main crop.
  • Multiple trap crop rows may be needed if extreme pest pressure is expected, or along tree lines where the heaviest pest pressure usually occurs as pests colonize the fields from overwintering sites in the woods.
  • Treat the perimeter plants as soon as the first pests appear and begin to feed on the trap crop. Do not wait for the pests to colonize the trap crop.
  • Monitor the field weekly until bloom or harvest and be prepared to make 1 or 2 additional perimeter sprays or, if necessary, full-field applications. Repeat perimeter applications are necessary if rain washes the insecticide from the plants prematurely or if more pests are found on the trap crop prior to bloom. Full-field sprays can be applied when pest pressure is excessive in a particular season, to prevent a breach in the perimeter and main crop infestation (2 beetles/plant for squash).

February 15, 2013
by Alvie Fourness
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Our Local Farmers’ Market

As you might have heard, the Farmers’ Market group is busy planning for the 2013 season. The farms are all committed to provide the best food for the market and are working hard to find solutions to make it easier for customers to buy local food. We will provide more updates as things continue to develop.

So, what kind of real food commitments are you willing to make for yourself? Can you too commit to real food and your local food community! 

One promotion that we are continuing this year is Goodfor20. Last fall, Goodfor20 traveled to Coudersport, Pennsylvania for the Falling Leaves Festival.  And more recently, Goodfor20 has been featured in the HandPicked Nation article: Good Idea: Spending $20 at a Farmers’ Market Every Week. Visit the website, Goodfor20.com and read more about the Oath of Nourishment, bounty photos, and local food challenges. And, when you decide to make that real food commitment to support your local food community, let us know. We have a Goodfor20 Sticker for you to go along with your local food bounty.

Goodfor20 logo

February 6, 2013
by Alvie Fourness
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Sowing Sustainable Seeds

Our seed order arrived today! We select seeds based on value, performance, ethics and fun. Like MOTHER EARTH NEWS says “you want to buy from a seed company you can trust.” This year we purchased from High Mowing Organic Seeds .

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Why did we choose High Mowing? One big reason is The Safe Seed Pledge: “Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend … we support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”

If your seed company isn’t providing you with this level trust, then consider finding a new one that does. What seeds did we buy?

  • Delicata Winter Squash
  • Sugar Dumpling Winter Squash
  • Costata Romanesco Zucchini
  • Korridor Kohlrabi
  • Red Giant Mustard
  • Bilko Cabbage

What else is Wooleylot Farm growing?  Glad you asked. We have our fall-planted winter hardy perennials including garlic, shallots and horseradish.  We also have saved some fingerling potato tubers for spring-planting. As always, we have high hopes for the success of our organically-grown, non-GMO crops.

January 28, 2013
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The Farmers Market Is Moving… (But not far)

To better serve our customers, and hopefully avoid traffic noise an exhaust fumes, the Market will be moving to the empty lot adjacent to the courthouse square.  The lot is east on Rt 6 just past the courthouse, there will be plenty of signs, you wont miss us.

Once our growers get closer to harvest time, we will update dates and times on here for the opening of the 2013 Potter County Farmers Market.  Check back often!