If you’ve been reading our newsletters lately or follow us on social media, you know by now that August is PA Produce Month. It’s a celebration of our Pennsylvania farms and the bountiful harvest that August brings.
I’ve also mentioned recently that growing fresh and healthy food for our community is in the Bedner DNA, and though a smaller part of our overall business, it’s one that we love! It’s with that enthusiasm that I announce a new venture we’re on– growing fresh vegetables in the greenhouse!
We are so excited to extend our growing season. Seeds have been ordered and planted. Some plants have been transplanted into the fields already. The rest are planted in the greenhouses and growing. The anticipated harvest for these new crops will be mid-October to end of January.
Here’s what’s growing and you can look forward to this fall and winter—
Zucchini and yellow squash
Once the frost comes and the fields are done, our new crops will be just about ready to take the place of the summer crop. How will you get this fresh produce? At the greenhouse! That’s right, we will not be closing after Halloween. Our store will remain open until just before Christmas. I’ll let you know some more about that next week 🙂
Did you know that a beautiful landscape can increase your home value by fifteen percent?
Join Russ Bedner this Saturday to get ideas for fall planting. Fall is a great time to add perennials, trees and shrubs to the landscape. Whether you want to freshen up existing landscape beds, or add new ones, the fall is the perfect time to do it! Russ will teach you about some basic landscape design principles and guidelines to take the guesswork out of what to plant.
Feel free to bring measurements and photos of your landscape to get suggestions.
All participants will get a $10 coupon off your next store purchase.
Excellent groundcover with clusters of the truest blue flowers in late summer; foliage turns a nice bronzy-red color in fall; flowers resemble that of woodland phlox.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard.
Plumbago is recommended for the following landscape applications;
General Garden Use
Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Thursday, August 20 @ 6pm Sandcast Leaf Birdbath Workshop
Saturday, August 22 @ 10am Landscape Design Ideas
Thursday, August 27 @ 6pm Potting with a Twist: Fall Containers
Saturday, August 29 @ 9:30am Yoga on the Farm Class held rain or shine in the outdoors, (we practice in a covered pavilion if it rains). There is no registration needed. Just show up at the greenhouse entrance by 9:20am. From there we walk together as a group over to our pond side yoga spot. Fee is $10 payable by cash or check to the instructor Kristen the day of. Bring a mat, large towel or blanket for the grass, and water. Join us!
This month we celebrate the peak harvest of most PA vegetable crops. To do that, we’re sharing each Friday this month we’re giving away a Ball Preserving Starter Kit and a $25 Bedner’s Gift Card on our facebook page.
Congratulations to Julianne Breen, the winner last Friday!
For a chance to win, look for and comment on our post this Friday morning. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced by 5pm Friday night.
PA Produce Month Recipe
Fresh Corn Polenta
Usually, polenta is made from boiled corn meal, and when it’s made right, it’s rich, creamy and comforting, fortified with plenty of butter and cheese. But, like most porridge-type dishes, it can be a bit rich, especially during warmer months. The PA Eats kitchen team developed this recipe, meant for the height of corn season in Pennsylvania (July through September), to show off polenta’s lighter side.