Farm Fresh

Fresh foods and specials make your spring great

Spring weather may be blooming a bit late here in Central Pennsylvania this year, but that just makes all things spring even more exciting when they finally arrive — including food! From great ingredients to great atmosphere, here are a few places you’ll want to visit this spring for top-notch meals.

The Freshest Burgers and Brews

Healthy Valley: Making better choices

It’s easy to be healthy in Happy Valley. We’re located just miles away from local growers who take pride in fresh-grown fruits and vegetables, and we are surrounded by restaurants and chefs who take farm-to-table seriously – making healthy eating a delicious way of life. So whether you are on the lookout for organic fruits and vegetables, freshly brewed coffee or vegetarian options, we’ve got you covered.

Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering

Cityscape Farm Supply makes urban gardening easy

The distance between farm and table just got a lot shorter.

It all started when Smeal College of Business alum Travis Lesser stood on the roof of his uncle's brownstone in Philadelphia and brainstormed about ways to maximize rooftop space to grow food.

He came back to Happy Valley and teamed up with friend, agricultural guru Woody Wilson, and a business was born.

Almost Here: RE Farm Cafe's living, working lab

STATE COLLEGE — The doors are almost open at Happy Valley's new, innovative dining experience: RE Farm Café.

Located between Toftrees and the University Park Airport, RE Farm Café will be beyond “farm-to-table” — it will be a working lab available to learners of all ages with educational opportunities including cooking classes for adults and children, canning and preserving foods, mushroom production, forest farming, energy sourcing, solar systems and more.

Creamery ice cream will be sold at PSU games

Have you ever had the hankering for some Penn State Creamery Ice Cream at a Penn State football game? Well, great ready Happy Valley – it’s about to happen.

It was announced on Monday, that certain types of Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream will be available when the Nittany Lions take the field on Sept. 2 against Akron in the season opener.

There will be six flavors available at Beaver Stadium – vanilla, chocolate, Death by Chocolate, cookies ‘n cream, chocolate chip cookie dough and Peachy Paterno. All flavors will be sold by the pint.

Our Favorite Outside Eats

Now that the seemingly unending cold and snow has made way for warmer temperatures and sunny skies, Happy Valley visitors and residents alike can enjoy a multitude of summer activities. After hiking Mt. Nittany, a day on the lake in Raystown or taking in one of the many fun festivals that occur over the next few months, try one of our favorite restaurants that offer an al fresco dining option, and enjoy a little more of the great outdoors … before winter hits!

Enjoy Local Microbrews, Tapas, and Burgers at Penn State Hotels this Summer

There’s nothing like the slow-paced days of summer in Happy Valley. Add chef-inspired grilled tapas, delicious burgers, PA beers, and local spirits to the equation and you have the perfect way to kick off a summer weekend.

Delicious Local Treats at Boalsburg Farmers’ Market

Got the munchies? Want the freshest produce? Ripest fruits? Cheese, milk or meats from grass-fed animals? Our local jewel, the Boalsburg Farmers’ Market, is open year-round on Tuesdays from 2–6 p.m. in historic Boalsburg. The Winter Market is held in the St. John’s United Church of Christ on Church Street and features plenty of dairy, baked goods, meats and salmon, winter veggies, apples and cider, eggs, pasta and more.

How the Friends & Farmers Online Market Changed the Way I Shop

As Marketing Manager of the Friends & Farmers Cooperative, I am a fully invested shopper of the Online Market. But I didn’t start out that way. At first, I bought only a few items a week—foods I that felt safe to try, like garlic, potatoes and spinach—and spent no more than $12-15 on each order.

Get a Taste of the Season

As summer winds down, Happy Valley prepares to share the harvest—bringing scrumptious fall flavors to local establishments. Many local restaurants, bars, and other eateries are adding a taste of autumn to their inventories and menus. Here are a few to try…

 

Cool Down with a Frozen Apple Cider from Otto's

Drink your way into fall with a special libation in Otto's featured drink rotation. Frozen apple cider is made with Barrel 21 Apple Eau de Vie, White Rye Whiskey, Keewaydin Apple Cider and Apple Juice with Orange and Vanilla.

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