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

814-237-4422; 1221 E. College Ave., State College

Dine fresh and local at Harrison’s Wine Grill. The restaurant’s chef, Harrison Schailey, worked and apprenticed with San Francisco Bay-area chefs and serves up his dishes with California-fusion style and locally-sourced ingredients. Harrison’s is a healthy and delicious choice for any event: their sides are easily interchangeable, and meals like “Just the Accompaniments” are rich in mouthwatering greens, char-grilled vegetables and a dinner salad of your choice. The restaurant features a new special menu each month, with flavors celebrating each season, making each meal and course extra special.

Café Lemont

814-321-4337; 921 Pike St., Lemont

Cute, homey Café Lemont serves up their foods made from scratch, and coffees roasted on site. The café makes sure to make you feel right at home with their hot soups, French caramel apple cake, snickerdoodle cookies and curried egg salad. It also offers gluten-free options like gluten-free scones, brownies and peanut butter bars. The kitchen makes sure to support the local community by using local sources like eggs from Green Heron Farm, teas from Pantheon Tea and breakfast sausage from Penn’s Valley Meat Market.

Sowers Harvest Café

814-867-1007; 21 E. Beaver Ave., State College

Organic and local ingredients, vegetarian options, gluten-free options, dairy-free options — the works are offered at Sowers Harvest Café. The 100-percent fruit smoothies have no sugars, no artificial flavors and no sweeteners. Signature coffees like the Cocoa Dusted Mint Latte and handmade soft pretzels leave customers raving.

Way Fruit Farm

814-692-5211; 2355 Halfmoon Valley Rd., Port Matilda

Way Fruit Farm sells their own apples, peaches, strawberries at their produce store. You can also stock up on locally-sourced meats, cheeses, milk, apple butter and salsas. Way Fruit Farm is known for their fall festival, but don’t miss their celebrations that commemorate the beginning of the growing season! Check out their fruit tree trimming workshop in April, and their apple blossom festival in May.

Boalsburg Farmer’s Market

218 N. Church Street, Boalsburg

Starting May 2, the Boalsburg Farmers Market showcases products that are locally grown or produced by the vendors who sell them. The weekly market runs every Tuesday from May 2 through the fall, offering honey, applesauce and cider, ice cream, wine sauces and soy products in addition to your typical produce. Not to be missed: their handmade soaps, balms, salves and wool products.

Friends & Farmers Online Market

Shop online at the Friends & Farmers Online Market and find yourself swept away by the options of juicy Jonagold apples, the pear butter, pumpkin butter or freshly-grown cilantro.

Downtown State College Farmers Market

Locust Lane off College Ave., State College

Some farmer’s markets are worth waiting for, and the Downtown State College Farmer’s Market is one of those markets. On Fridays between June and November, Locust Lane presents local vendors that provide products ranging from floral arrangements, fresh apples and cider, jams and cheeses and this year’s special feature of tacos and tamales.

North Atherton Farmers Market

On Saturdays from May-November, North Atherton Farmers Market meets in the Home Depot parking lot, offering up fares like seasonal berries, goat cheese, specialty breads, Fasta & Ravioli pastas and much, much more. Be sure to save some room for some of their prepared food vendors, and make it a farm fresh outdoor picnic!

Bellefonte Farmer’s Market

160 Dunlap St. & W. Lamb St., Bellefonte

Bellefonte Farmers Market is producer-only, with offering ranging from bison to fresh fruit and hanging plants. It’s held in the Gamble Mill parking lot on Saturdays.

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