Harvest will have extended hours for the MVNU graduation
Friday, April 29th  *  10:00 am - 7:00 pm
"How often have the greatest thoughts and ideas come to light during conversations with the family over the evening dinner?"  ~ E.A. Bucchianeri
What's new in the store?

From Swainway Urban Farm
They may be tiny, but a 2012 study shows trendy microgreens punch well above their weight when it comes to nutrition.  Researchers said they were surprised to find microgreens were superior in nutritional value than the mature plants.  "To find that the levels were not only detectable but in some cases 4-6 times more concentrated than in the leaves of a mature plant, I find that quite astonishing."
Vendor Spotlight:   
Nature's Honey Tree
Tom and Diane Kruger were both raised on the farm and grew up involved in 4-H.  Tom was also in the FFA (Future Farmers of America).  They were high school  sweethearts who married in 1979 receiving a pig for a wedding present, it  was their start in the farming business.  However, agriculture is more than a business; it is a way of life.  Learning to care for the land and all  things growing is deeply instilled in this farming family.

The Kruger's raised two sons on "The Home Place" that was purchased in 1948  by Diane's grandparents.  It is still their home today, with hope that yet  another generation will choose to carry on  the tradition of nurturing the  soil.  They are now teaching grandchildren the joy of country living.

When the opportunity arose to start a new venture with honeybees, it simply  seemed like a good fit.  Out of that decision Nature's Honey Tree has  evolved.  Today maple trees in the woods behind the barn are tapped for  maple syrup and busy bees are buzzing around the farm while sweet honey is  being bottled.  They greatly desire for your family to receive the benefits  and  enjoy this wholesome harvest from nature!
Serves 1-2

1 large ripe but firm pear, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon butter*
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons maple syrup*
1 handful pecan halves, about 1/4 cup
Greek Yogurt* or Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)

  1. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add the pears, cinnamon, cardamom, and syrup and saute for 3 minutes, until fragrant and warm.
  3. Stir in pecans.
  4. Serve warm over yogurt. Or with granola and yogurt. For dessert, serve on top of vanilla ice cream.
*These items can be found at Harvest

Woodward Opera House

The past few months have been a rush of activity and excitement in The Woodward. Contractors have been swarming the interior (and exterior) of the facility, plans have been reviewed, corrected, and passed along.
During this time, a large quantity of dirt has been hauled out, along with the remaining debris. A few rooms have already had concrete floors poured in them. There have even been old walls torn down in the Annex to prepare for the up and coming construction.
In the coming weeks, be sure to check every couple of days to see the pictures of new construction as they happen.


Food Facts

Maple Syrup

There are several natural sweeteners that are preferred for use instead of the chemically prepared sugar that is common in most homes. There are those who prefer using honey instead of any other natural products of the same type. However, maple syrup is considered to be a better option given the low calorie count, as compared to honey.

The use of maple syrup is common and is incorporated in different meals. Therefore, it is considered as a key cooking ingredient for a number of food items. This syrup adds flavor to sausages, ice cream, different types of fritters, and fresh fruit, among others. It can also be used in pancakes where it is used as toppings, as well as on French toast and waffles, which are common delicacies in some states in America and parts of Europe. Due to its flavor and sweetness, it can be used as a sweetener to be used in baked beans, cakes, breads, and granola. Some wine manufacturers also consider using it in the winemaking process instead of honey.

The nutrients found in maple syrup include energy, water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. In terms of minerals, it contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, and zinc. Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6 are also found in maple syrup.

Health Benefits of Maple Syrup

Antioxidants : Maple syrup has various antioxidant properties that are essential for healthy living.  Antioxidants are important for the body as they neutralize free radicals, which may cause various health ailments. . Mitochondria are one of the cells that are responsible for energy production, but during this process, free radicals are produced within the mitochondria. This function requires enzymes that are prone to damage or harm by other microorganisms in the body. It is the function of the manganese mineral present in the maple syrup to supply the superoxide dismutase which is an oxidative enzyme. This enzyme helps in disarming the dangerous free radicals that are produced by the mitochondria when performing its normal metabolic functions.

Healthy Heart :  The health benefits of maple syrup also include giving you a healthier heart. It is one of the body's organs that is susceptible to different kinds of diseases such as stroke, atherosclerosis, and other cardiovascular conditions. The presence of zinc in the body is one of the best ways that has been proven to protect the heart against such diseases. Maple syrup contains zinc and its consumption may protect and prevent against various cardiovascular disorders. Zinc also enhances the performance of the endothelial cells by protecting them against damage due to the existence of excess cholesterol, together with other oxidized lipids. The blood vessels are comprised of different components among the endothelial cells, which form the inner lining of these vessels. A low level of zinc exposes the linings to injuries, which in return can affect the normal operations of the heart.

Male Health : The consumption of maple syrup may also help in maintaining male reproductive health. There are certain minerals, such as zinc, that are found in maple syrup that are useful for a healthy reproductive system, particularly the prostate gland. Reduction in the levels of the minerals increases the risk of disorders, such as prostate cancer. This is why it is advisable for men to always try to consume foods that contain the right amount of this mineral. Maple syrup is one of such food that is easy to acquire, readily available, and enjoyable as well!

Immune System : Studies carried out over the years have confirmed the importance of the presence of zinc and manganese in the body. A lack of these minerals could easily lead to a reduction in the number of white blood cells, which affects the response of the immune system. Supplementing these minerals is the only way known to restore their levels to the proper state. Maple syrup is a good source of both zinc and magnesium, which play a key role in strengthening the immune system.

Select and Store - Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is readily available in stores all over the world.  Be sure to store your maple syrup in a cool place before opening.  After opening, keep it in the refrigerator. Discard your maple syrup if you see any mold in the syrup.

Source: OrganicFacts.net


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Local Foods Initiative Classes

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. We've also had classes about health and nutrition.


We are looking for people who would like to host classes! If there is a subject that you are passionate about and you'd like to share your knowledge,please contact usand let us know! Classes do not necessarily have to be food related, if you have an idea please do contact us.

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

Upcoming Class List:

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Cost of Class:  $--

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How to Register:  Stop into Harvest @ The Woodward!

Historical Marker for the Knox County Infirmary 
Learn more about how you can make the purchase of a historical marker for the Knox County Infirmary happen with your purchase of a Cat's Meow limited edition keepsake.

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

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