All pumpkins and squash from Our Garden are on sale now for 25% off!
Stop in today and take advantage of this great sale on their already low prices.
"She lived frugally, but her meals were the only things on which she 
deliberately spent her money. She never compromised on the quality of her groceries, 
and drank only good-quality wines." ~ Haruki Murakami
What's new in the store?

From Tricia's Sweets
Dig into peanut butter bliss with a Reese's Cake or
enjoy berry delight with a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake 
Second Saturday
January 9th

Stop into Harvest on Second Saturday to a variety of products.  The following vendors will be in the store to sample their products and answer your questions:

Dutch Creek Goat Farm (Amy) - Sampling Goat Milk Fudge

Hilltop Farm - Sampling Pork Chops
Featured Vendor / Producer:   
Paint Valley Farms
Paint Valley consists of a few small farms owned and operated by Amish farmers in Beach City, Ohio. The goats have a natural, non-GMO diet. No weed sprays are used in the pasture fields, and neither growth hormones, antibiotics, or other performance enhancers are given to the animals. Goat milk is nutritionally wholesome with minimal fat. It is also higher in vitamins and calcium than cow's' milk.  

Although goat milk, like cow's milk and human milk, contains lactose, many people with lactose intolerance can drink goat milk. Why? It has been hypothesized that the reason lies in goat milk's superior digestibility. Goat milk is more completely and easily absorbed than cow's milk, leaving less undigested residue behind in the colon to quite literally ferment and cause the uncomfortable symptoms of lactose intolerance.

It may also be that the person is not lactose intolerant at all, but instead is allergic to the major protein of cow's milk ... alpha S1 casein protein. The symptoms are almost identical to those of lactose intolerance. Both goat milk and human milk lack this offending protein.
The digestibility of goat milk can be attributed to its casein curd, which is both softer and smaller than that produced by cow's milk. The smaller and softer the curd, the more easily accepted by the human digestive system.

Another significant difference between cow's milk and goat milk is found in the composition and structure of fat. The average size of goat milk fat globules is about two micrometers, as compared to 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 micrometers for cow's milk. These smaller sized fat globules provide a better dispersion and a more homogeneous mixture of fat in the milk, another factor in making goat milk easier to digest.

Goat milk contains more of the essential fatty acids (linoleic and arachidonic acids) and a higher proportion of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids than cow's milk. The fat in goat milk may be more readily digested and absorbed than cow milk because lipases attack ester linkages of such fatty acids more readily than those of longer chains. And, unlike cow's milk, goat milk does not contain agglutinin; as a result, the fat globules in goat milk do not cluster, which helps facilitate digestion and absorption.

Goat milk is an excellent option for any person who is cow milk or soy milk sensitive and is necessarily concerned with obtaining adequate calcium from a natural dietary source. Goat milk is also an excellent source of dietary calcium important in the prevention of high blood pressure, osteoporosis and other bone-related problems. For menopausal women, goat milk provides 13% more calcium than cow's milk and can be consumed comfortably even by those women with milk sensitivity.

While it is often recommended that children who have problems digesting cow's milk change to vegetable protein soy-based milk, that is not always the answer. An estimated 20%-50% of children with cow milk protein intolerance will react adversely to soy proteins. Goat milk is a natural milk that children like and can consume comfortably, even if they are sensitive to cow's milk and/or soy milk.

The nutrient composition of goat milk is very different than that of cow's milk. In addition to containing 13% more calcium than cow's milk, goat milk also has 25% more vitamin B-6, 47% more vitamin A, 134% more potassium and 350% more niacin. Goat milk is also higher in chloride, copper and manganese and contains 27% more of the essential nutrient selenium.
Food Facts


Popcorn might be the world's most versatile snack. It can be dressed up with cheese, caramel, butter, salt or more exotic flavors. It can be sweet, savory or both, and it's easy to grab by the handful for quick transport to the mouth. But popcorn is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of snacks -- one minute it's the healthiest choice around (Low in calories! Whole grains!), the next it's getting banned for containing trans fats.

When prepared with just the right ingredients, popcorn is low in calories, heart-smart, and surprisingly chock-full of healthy nutrients. Adding to popcorn's wholesome reputation, researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania reported this week that popcorn has more antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables.

Polyphenols have been linked to a reduction in heart disease and certain cancers. And, since it's 100% whole grain, popcorn is also a great source of fiber -- you get 5 grams in a 4-cup portion. That's pretty darn impressive for a snack food.

Popcorn will never be a replacement for produce, which is brimming with essential nutrients and antioxidants not found in grains. But it's still a terrific, low-cal munchie. And you do need to steer clear of varieties doused in butter, oil, and/or salt, ingredients that negate the health perks.

Movie theater popcorn is the worst culprit of all. A recent report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest revealed that a medium tub at Regal theaters has 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat - three times your daily allotment. Plus, because of the way these varieties are packaged, it's easy to polish off several servings of the stuff in one sitting. (For example, a typical bag of microwave popcorn is 10 cups, and a small movie theater popcorn is about 11 cups.)   Chomping through an entire container (easy enough to do when you're totally distracted by whatever's on screen) is the caloric equivalent of eating three McDonald's Quarter Pounders - before you factor in the extra fat and calories from the greasy, buttery topping they squirt on top.

Your best bet is "naked" air-popped popcorn, made with a hot air popper. Popped without any oil, this diet-friendly snack "weighs in" at just 30 calories per cup. That's a steal in the snack world, considering a cup of potato chips will cost you 150 calories and the same portion of "snack mix" clocks in at 220.
Microwave popcorn is convenient, but it has its drawbacks, even if you choose the light or low-fat varieties. Diacetyl and related compounds used in "artificial butter flavoring" can cause lung disease when inhaled in large quantities, such as by factory workers employed at microwave popcorn manufacturing plants. And most microwave bags are coated with PFCs (perfluorinated compounds), chemicals that have been shown to suppress immune function in children and cause cancer in animals. In fact, most manufacturers are working on phasing out use of this chemical.

To make air popped popcorn - simply pour 3 to 4 tablespoons plain kernels into a brown paper lunch bag, fold over the top of the bag twice to seal it closed, and microwave for about 2 minutes, or until the popping slows to a few seconds between pops. (Cook time will vary from depending upon the microwave, so it may take you a few tries to figure out the perfect pop time for your unit.)
If you're looking to add some personality to your popcorn, experiment with these ideas:
  • Lightly mist with olive oil and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper
  • Sprinkle with chili powder and a dash of coarse sea salt
  • Top with nutritional yeast, a vegan source of vitamin B-12, for a cheese-like flavor
  • Make traditional air-popped corn into a modest-calorie sweet treat by mixing one cup of popcorn with dark chocolate shavings and a dusting of cinnamon
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Salted Maple Popcorn

1 cup organic popping corn* (unpopped)
3 T. butter* - separated into 2 T. and 1 T.
1/3 cup maple syrup*
1 tsp. vanilla
Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea salt**
3 Tbsp Bacon*, cooked crisp and chopped into tiny bits

Pop the popcorn in your favorite popper (author's method - melt 2 tbs of butter and pop the kernels in that on the stovetop).

In a small saucepan, melt the remaining Tablespoon of butter and the real maple syrup together, whisking until combined. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Add 3 Tbs of Finely chopped crispy bacon to the syrup mixture.  Pour over the freshly popped popcorn, tossing gently to coat all pieces. Sprinkle with salt, let it set about 10 minutes for the the flavor to incorporate the popcorn and then enjoy!

Yield, about 6 cups of Maple Popcorn

*These ingredients can be found at Harvest right now
**Flavored Salts are available at Harvest that would go well with this recipe

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:  

You can still purchase Cat's Meow Village Keepsakes 
of the Knox County Infirmary

Local Historian Aubrey Brown is selling Cat's Meow Village Keepsakes of the Knox County Infirmary as a fundraiser to purchase an Ohio Historical Marker to commemorate the poorhouse.  If you would like to purchase one, we have them in the store at Harvest.  If you simply want to help make the Historical Marker a reality you can always make a donation, 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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