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Slippery Rock Community Farmers and Makers Market Opens for the Season May 6th!

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ and Makers Market will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 6th at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock). Get to know the folks who grow your food and create various handmade items, each Saturday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon through the end of October.

Because all produce offered at the market is locally grown, shoppers might expect to find asparagus, rhubarb, herbs, and early spring greens, as these become available during the month of May. Vegetable, fruit, and flower seedlings and plants for transplanting into gardens and landscape beds will be featured at the beginning of the market season. Vendors also will offer a variety of fresh and preserved foods, including grass-finished beef, goat milk fudge, jellies, breads and other baked goods. Unique handcrafted items, such as natural soaps, hair and skin products, knit items, jewelry, and decorative pieces will be available as well.  New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact srcfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.

In addition to products for sale, the market schedules live music; informative speakers and displays; and activities for children throughout the season. Keep up with what’s happening at https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM. Call the farmers’ market hotline with questions: 724-374-3276. Better yet, come see for yourself what the market has to offer.

Slippery Rock Slow Food December Event

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Join Slippery Rock University’s Slow Food chapter on Thursday, December 1st from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. Community members, as well as students, are welcome to attend.
A Chili cook-off is the theme for this month. Everyone is encouraged to make and bring their own special recipe, and there will be voting for the best bowl at the end of the event. Participants also are asked to bring their own place setting (plate, cup, utensils) to reduce disposable waste.
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Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of sharing good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible.  Learn more at https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

Slippery Rock Farmers’ Market Vendors and Volunteers Wanted

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Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2016 season, which will begin May 7th and continue through the end of October. A planning and organizational meeting for the upcoming season is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building at 174 South Main Street, Slippery Rock. (It’s the yellow building along the alley between the Main Street storefronts and the big, public parking lot.) All current and prospective vendors and anyone who wishes to volunteer or support the market are encouraged to attend, in order to provide input and ideas to the market management committee. To grow the market, we need and will appreciate your help!

March Slow Food Event Features Wine and Cheese

logo Slow FoodJoin Slippery Rock University’s Slow Food chapter on Thursday, March 31st from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. Community members, as well as students, are welcome to attend.
This month’s theme is “Let’s get cheesy.”  Participants are asked to bring a cheese-inspired dish to share, as well as their own place setting (plate, cup, utensils) to reduce disposable waste. Those who are over 21 are welcome to bring their own wine or beer to enjoy with the meal.
Mark Ciotti will give a presentation on home wine making.

 Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of sharing good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible.  Learn more at https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

Find fresh, high quality local foods throughout the winter!

NWPAGAlthough most seasonal farmers’ markets have closed, Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative offers opportunities to purchase local foods, including fresh produce, high-quality meat and eggs, and value-added products throughout the winter months:

Winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares are available, along with several additional meat options, for pickup twice a month from December through March.

A web-based Winter Market gives members the chance to purchase additional products of their choice online from November 27, 2015 through mid-May 2016.

Northwest Pennsylvania Growers is a cooperative of farmers from Butler, Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, and Venango counties dedicated to providing fresh, natural/organic, local produce every season of the year. CSA shares and Winter Market orders are delivered to locations in Butler, Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage, New Castle, and Slippery Rock for pickup by members. For details about the options, check the Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative website at http://www.nwpagrowers.com/

 

Slow Foods events begin for fall semester at Slippery Rock University

It’s back to school time, and time again to begin the series of campus/community Slow Food dinners. Generally scheduled on the last Thursday of the month, the first will be held this week, Thursday, August 27th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM. The event will take place at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), 165 Elm St., Slippery Rock, located next to the public parking lot across from the SR Fire Department. Students and community members are welcome to attend.
Participants are asked to bring a theme-related dish to share, that represents and celebrates sustainably, locally and ethically grown, seasonal, fresh or home-prepared, rather than processed, foods. Also, in order to reduce the waste of disposables and model sustainable practices, please bring your own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, utensils, and cup or mug.
Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of sharing good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that maked this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA
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Slippery Rock Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared the week of August 2-8 “National Farmers Market Week.” According to Secretary Vilsack, “Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support farmers and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms and proMay 16 2015viding Americans with fresh, healthy food.”

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market invites consumers to visit on Saturday, August 8th during this commemorative week, as well as every Saturday (9:00 AM until 12:00 noon) through the end of October at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock).

Locally-grown tomatoes and peppers are appearing at the market now, as well as summer squash, cucumbers, beans, greens, potatoes, onions, and garlic. Local, grass-finished beef for grilling, eggs, baked goods, preserved foods and unique, hand-crafted items also are available. Get to know growers and crafters to see (and even sample) all that they have to offer.

In addition to items for sale, the market schedules live music, activities for children, and informative displays related to food, gardening, health and sustainable living. On Saturday, August 8, Debbie Sale, of Jennings Environmental Education Center, will offer information and activities suitable for all ages related to the importance of bees. The display will include a live honeybee observation hive!

Keep up with what’s happening at the market at https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM or call the farmers’ market hotline with questions: 724-374-3276.

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is open for the season!

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is now open for the 2015 season every Saturday morning from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock). Get to know the folks who grow your food and support the regional economy by patronizing your local farmers’ market.

The market features a variety of fresh and preserved foods, including vegetables, fruits, meats and baked goods. Particularly at the beginning of the season, vegetable, herb, fruit, and flower seedlings and plants will be sold for transplanting into gardens and landscape beds. Unique handcrafted items, such as soaps, lotions, home products, candles, and jewelry, also are available.  New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact srcfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.

In addition to items for sale, the market schedules informative speakers and displays related to food, gardening, health and sustainable living; live music; and activities for children. On May 30th, the Butler County Master Gardeners will bring an informative display, answer gardening questions, and offer plants for sale. Keep up with what’s happening at the market at https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM. Call the farmers’ market hotline with questions: 724-374-3276. Better yet, come see for yourself what the market has to offer.

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market Seeks New Vendors

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2015 market season with a planning and organizational meeting on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 PM at the Slippery Rock Alliance Church, 530 Kiester Road, Slippery Rock. All current vendors and market supporters are encouraged to attend, in order to provide input and ideas to the market management committee and hear about upcoming developments. New and prospective vendors are especially invited to come learn about plans for this year’s market. The market will open on May 2 and run until the end of October, on Saturday morinings, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon at Rock Falls Park.

March 26th Slow Food at SRU

MarchSlowFoodFler (3)The Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University will hold its next event on Thursday, March 26th at 6:00 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. Students and community members are all welcome to attend.

Foods for this month’s dinner will feature “coffee as an ingredient.”  Bring a dish to share, made from a recipe that includes coffee as more than just a beverage.  In order to reduce disposables and model sustainable practices, attendees are asked to bring their own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, eating utensils and cup or mug.

During the dinner, Tim Gebhart, who works at a sustainable farming operation, will offer information about growing fruit trees.

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA.