Christmas goose will be in the store soon - reserve yours today!
"The average person is still under the aberrant delusion that food should be 
somebody else's responsibility until I'm ready to eat it."  ~ Joel Salatin
What's new in the store?

Treasured Scenes
Keepsake Ornaments
From Woodward Restoration Project
Proceeds from every ornament purchase benefits the Woodward Restoration Project.
Popup snow globes are $5.00 each and Treasured Scenes Ornaments are $20.00 each.

Featured Vendor / Producer:   
Vicki Justice
Vicki Justice has been sewing and doing other crafts for about 25 years.  In addition to sewing she crochets, makes handmade jewelry and other handmade crafts.

Vicki has always enjoyed making things, even as a small child.  About 25 years ago, she received a sewing machine for Christmas and it took off from there.  She has made and sold handbags, table runners, place mat sets and clothing. 

Her favorite holiday is Christmas and she loves to sew Christmas related items.  Available at Harvest this Christmas season are Vicki's handmade stockings.  Stop in and pick one up, Santa will be here soon!
Holiday Hours
Harvest's Holiday Store Hours:

Christmas Day, December 25 - Closed
New Year's Day, January 1 - Closed

All other days will remain business as usual.  We will open up the day after Christmas at our usual times for those days of the week.
Food Facts

Pure Maple Syrup vs. Honey

Pure maple syrup and honey are commonly labeled as healthy and natural sweeteners -- often as an alternative to sugar or sugar substitutes. Contrary to what some believe, there are few similarities between pure maple syrup and honey. Nutritionally, they vary widely in calories, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Honey and maple syrup are the most similar in calorie content. Pure maple syrup contains 52 calories per tablespoon. A 1-tablespoon serving of honey contains 64 calories. The numbers are similar in small amounts -- extrapolate that to 1 cup for baking, however, and pure maple syrup contains 819 calories in comparison to honey's 1,031 calories.

A tablespoon of pure maple syrup contains about 13.5 grams of carbohydrates. Of those, 12.4 grams are from sugars. These sugars are primarily from sucrose, which is a complex sugar that your body breaks down to the simple sugars fructose and glucose at a one-to-one ratio. Every tablespoon of honey contains 17.4 grams of carbohydrates, 17.3 of which are from sugars. These sugars are mostly from fructose with a bit from glucose and even less from sucrose. Between the two, maple syrup is healthier -- it has less overall sugar, and more importantly, less fructose. A diet high in fructose is detrimental to heart and liver health.

The fat in a tablespoon of pure maple syrup is 0.1 grams, with minute amounts of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Honey does not contain fat, and thus, contains none of the three subcategories of fat.

Vitamins and Minerals
The vitamin content of honey is notably higher than that of maple syrup. It provides a source of vitamin B-6 and vitamin C -- maple syrup contains neither of these. Honey also contains more than three times the amount of riboflavin than maple syrup. Maple syrup, on the other hand, contains more minerals than honey. It provides much more iron, calcium, zinc, manganese and potassium. Maple syrup also contains more sodium than honey. Honey does contain fluoride -- beneficial to dental health -- whereas maple syrup does not.

The antioxidant activity of honey and maple syrup is basically the same, both with "intermediate activity" according to an article in the "Journal of the American Dietetic Research Association." Antioxidants fight cancer-causing free radicals and slow aging.

Both honey and pure maple syrup have advantages and disadvantages. If you seek minerals and lower fructose, maple syrup is a good choice; for those who want the vitamin boost and no fat, honey is your best bet. Either way both should be consumed in moderation to prevent over consumption of sugars and calories.


Maple & Beer Braised Pork

Yields: 4 servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil*
  • 1 tablespoon butter*, divided
  • 1 lb. pork shoulder*, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 25 (about 2/3 lb.) pearl onions, peeled
  • 2 carrots*, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic*, crushed
  • 1 can (12 oz.) beer
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  1. In a 4-quart pan or Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, heat oil and half the butter until oil sizzles.
  2. Sprinkle the pork pieces with the salt. Brown the pork in the hot oil on all sides, about 10 minutes; remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the oil from the pan, add the vegetables and sauté  until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the beer, beef broth, pure maple syrup, soy sauce, bay leaf, thyme and browned pork.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover the pan and lower the heat. Simmer until meat is tender, about 1 hour. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs.
  6. Stir in remaining butter and adjust seasonings with salt, pepper and maple syrup as needed.

*These ingredients can be found at Harvest
Upcoming Events
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Woodward Opera House
is situated in the heart of Mount Vernon's Central Business District. This national landmark invites you to step back in time to the mid-1800s and experience history!
While viewing the Woodward, imagine what it must have been like to perform here.
Take in the 19th century architecture, admire the original paintings still hanging
on the walls, and if you listen closely and quietly, you may even hear a
fiddle or banjo picking out a familiar tune.

Knox County History
Licking County - Links

Harvest @ The Woodward

Harvest is pleased to announce that as part of our Local Foods Initiative that we will begin offering various classes to the public allowing you to learn more about your food and where it comes from.  Some classes may focus on helping you grow / produce / cook your own food, while others will focus on educating you on how the food that you purchase is grown / produced and brought to harvest.

Classes can be paid for by cash, check or credit card unless otherwise specified.

Upcoming Class List:

Cost of Class:  $
Presented by:  
How to Register:  

Guarantee Your Egg Nog Purchase!
If you want to guarantee your egg nog purchase, you need to contact the store (phone, email or in person) at least one week prior to when you want it.  Deliveries for Hartzler Dairy are made to the store on Thursdays.  Those customers who request a "hold" for egg nog will have product put aside for them and should ask for it.  All other customer's purchases will be subject to availability.  The egg nog season is short and fleeting - don't let it pass you by.  If you've not tried Hartzler Family Dairy's egg nog, then you don't know what you're missing!
You can still purchase Cat's Meow Village Keepsakes 
of the Knox County Infirmary

Local Historian Aubrey Brown began selling Cat's Meow Village Keepsakes of the Knox County Infirmary during this year's Christmas Walk as a fundraiser to purchase an Ohio Historical Marker to commemorate the poorhouse.  If you couldn't make it downtown to get yours during the Christmas Walk, you can still get one.  If you simply want to help make the Historical Marker a reality, every dollar is a dollar, and is appreciated.   Learn more...
Clint A. LeVan, Store Manager | Harvest @ The Woodward 

Store Hours:  Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun - Closed

You can also sign up by text!  Simply text LOCALFOODS to 22828

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