Best Summer Bites for Happy Valley Visitors
It’s no secret that Happy Valley is home to a variety of farmers’ markets and all-natural eats, and some of our favorite fresh-food vendors are pulling out all the stops for the upcoming spring season. You’ll even find some brand-new restaurants in town that are sure to offer up a selection of fabulously fresh, spring-inspired menu items.
One of these newer options is Café Verve, where the mastermind behind the eatery, Heather Smith, has carefully curated an all-vegan menu. She plans to start sourcing local breads and produce this season, to complement the menu’s range of amazing masterpieces. From beautiful smoothies to the veggie-filled Buddha bowls, guests can enjoy a little bit of it all here, all healthful and light.
If you’re traveling with a pack who insists on some carnivorous options, you can meet halfway, at Fiddlehead Café. The salad and soup restaurant isn’t necessarily new, but they do have some newer items on the menu that could strike your fancy. For those looking for light, meat-free options, new alternative protein selections include quinoa, and the greens section is widening, so you can customize your salad in even more ways. Nearby, sister restaurant Irving’s has a new temptingly sweet wrap on the menu, filled with caramelized bananas, peanut butter and candied walnuts.
Another downtown salad spot is newly-arrived Tazzah Fresh, where you can build your own hearty option with a variety of greens, proteins and toppings, from brown rice to shrimp to avocado to everything in between. Better yet? There’s a juice bar that locals are raving about!
Looking to eat outdoors in a lovely Bellefonte setting? Wine and Café on the Park is a newer addition to the local food scene, and it’s quickly gaining momentum. Grab an al fresco table and enjoy the nearby waterfront before taking a stroll around downtown. The menu is a mix of standard café food and locally grown and bottled wines from Happy Valley Winery.
Recently, Toftrees Golf Resort restaurant The Field opened up again after a short closure for remodels. Their farm-to-table menu features regionally created Amish cheeses, local breads and even everyone’s summer favorite in the Valley – milkshakes made with ice cream straight from Berkey Creamery!
Harrison’s Wine Grill always has a nice selection of locally sourced menu items, with many ingredients found growing or raised right within Centre County or a neighboring region. You can find no fewer than 15 locally sourced dishes on the dinner menu! Vegetarians and omnivores alike will love the abundance of options!
Of course, you can always plan a picnic filled with the freshest ingredients you can find. The Friends & Farmers Online Market makes it possible, so you can order all your favorite fruits, veggies and locally made products from wherever you are, and then pick up your bounty on your way out to one of the many picturesque, Happy Valley spring spots.
If you’re in a shopping mood, head to one of the regional famers’ markets. Newcomers are amazed at the selection of different markets to choose from, whether you prefer to stick to your neck of the woods, or you’d rather branch out and see what all of the more than six farmers’ markets have to offer. Some farms will even allow you to come straight to the farm itself – it doesn’t get any fresher than picking your own fruits and veggies right out of the patch! Way Fruit Farm is one of several, and you can head out to the fields as early as June for pick-your-own strawberries, followed by pick-your-own cherries later in the season.