As a reminder Harvest will be closed Friday, December 25th.
We will reopen at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 26th for your shopping convenience.
"We're all just ingredients. What matters is the grace 
with which you cook the meal."  ~ Erica Bauermeister
What's new in the store?

Corn Maize Tortillas
From Shagbark Seed & Mill
Ohio grown, Ohio Made
Located in the cooler case
Featured Vendor / Producer:   
Kokosing River Surf Club
The Kokosing River Surf Club delivers an upbeat and exciting show at festivals, clubs and other events.  Mixing a wide variety of Classic Rock from the 50's to the late 70's, blending in a dose of Blues and a touch of Country, the Surf Club will keep you on your feet and rockin' the night away.  Covering hits from Jerry Lee Lewis to the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad to Joe Walsh, Creedence Clearwater Revival to The Rolling Stones, these seasoned musicians offer an exciting and interactive show.  The surf club promises a quality musical experience.  See their current schedule at

Stop into Harvest to pick up a T-Shirt before attending their next gig.
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 Holidays at our usual times for those days of the week.
Food Facts


1. Two cups a day can extend your life. Researchers aren't sure why, but people who drank this amount or more daily lived longer and were less likely to die of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease as were coffee abstainers, according to a study from the New England Journal of Medicine .

2. It gives your memory a kick. The caffeine in a cup or two of java doesn't just perk you up in the moment-it enhances your memory up to 24 hours after you drink it. This provides an assist when it comes to forming new memories, reports a Nature study.

3. It reduces pain. A Norwegian study found that office workers who took a coffee break felt less neck and shoulder pain during the workday. (That's your excuse to get up and move!)

4. It keeps your brain sharp over time. Make a mental note of this: 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day can help prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging, leading to a 65 percent decrease in developing Alzheimer's or dementia, according to a recent study.

5. There's a cold brew boom. Practically unheard of a generation ago, iced coffee and cold coffee drinks now make up almost 25 percent of all coffee store menu items.

6. Billions of cups are sipped a day. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day. That's equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. U-S-A!

7. You can reuse the grounds. Only 20 percent of the coffee you pour into your coffee maker gets used, leaving the rest of the grounds destined for the trash can. But they have tons of reuse potential! A few ideas: Leave a batch in your fridge as a deodorizer, or rub a fistful between your hands as a natural skin exfoliant.

8. Coffee obsession is taking over. How much do we live the stuff? Consider the results of a new survey: 55 percent of coffee drinkers would rather gain 10 pounds than give up coffee for life, while 52 percent would prefer going without a shower in the morning than abstain. And 49 percent of coffee fans would give up their cell phone for a month rather than go without the stuff.

9. Most coffee is made and consumed at home. But when we do go out for a cup, we're most likely to head for the nearest Starbucks, McDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts. These three chains are tops for national coffee sales.

10. It may have been the first energy food. Legend has it that coffee was discovered in Ethiopia centuries ago; locals at the time supposedly scored an energy boost from a ball of animal fat infused with coffee.

11. It can power your workout. If you hit the gym in the a.m., dosing up on coffee can help you take advantage of the caffeine jolt.


What does Fair Trade mean?

Fair Trade is a global trade model and certification allows shoppers to quickly identify products that were produced in an ethical manner.

For consumers, Fair Trade offers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping. For farmers and workers in developing countries, Fair Trade offers better prices, improved terms of trade, and the business skills necessary to produce high-quality products that can compete in the global marketplace. Through vibrant trade, farmers and workers can improve their lives and plan for their futures. Today, Fair Trade benefits more than 1.2 million farming families in 70 developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Globally, the Fair Trade network certifies coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa, fresh fruit and vegetables, sugar, beans and grains, flowers, nuts, oils and butters, honey and spices, wine and apparel, and certified ingredients are now used in ready-to-drink beverages, body care products and spirits. In the United States, Fair Trade Certified™ products are available in more than 50,000 retail locations.
Fair Trade principles include:
  • Fair prices and credit: Democratically organized farming groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price (or the market price if it's higher) and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farming organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions and sustainable wages. Forced child and slave labor are strictly prohibited.
  • Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible to eliminate unnecessary middlemen and empower farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
  • Democratic and transparent organizations: Fair Trade farmers and workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade premiums, which are funds for community development.
  • Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarships, schools, quality improvement and leadership training, and organic certification.
  • Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers' health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.


Smoky Black Bean Soup

Makes: 6 servings, 1 1/3 cups each
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours (not including bean-soaking time)

  • 1 pound dried black beans* (2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil*
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped*, 1/3 cup reserved for garnish
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 large cloves garlic*, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups brewed coffee*
  • 1 ham hock* (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt**, plus more if needed
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt* for garnish
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  1. Pick over beans; rinse well. Place in a large bowl with cold water to cover by 2 inches. Let soak for at least 6 hours or overnight. (Or use the quick-soak method: Cover the beans with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil; simmer 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 1 hour.) Drain.
  2. Heat oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add all but 1/3 cup of the onions, bell pepper, celery, jalapeño and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are beginning to brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add cumin and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add the beans, water, coffee, ham hock (if using) and bay leaf; cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Skim off any foam that rises to the top, reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the beans are very tender, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. If using, remove the ham hock and set it aside to cool; remove the bay leaf. Stir in salt.
  3. Puree about half of the soup in a blender or food processor until fairly smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Return the pureed soup to the pot and heat through. If desired, cut meat off the ham hock, trim away any fat and chop the meat into small pieces; stir back into the soup.
  4. Serve the soup garnished with the reserved chopped onion, a dollop of sour cream (or yogurt) and cilantro, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days; thin with a little water if necessary after reheating.

Per serving: 298 calories; 8 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 43 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 15 g protein; 15 g fiber; 423 mg sodium; 768 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Folate (64% daily value), Vitamin C (50% dv), Magnesium (31% dv), Potassium (22% dv), Iron (21% dv), Vitamin A (16% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 fat


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

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!
Upcoming Events

Christmas Day (Harvest is Closed)
New Year's Eve

January 2016
New Year's Day (Harvest is Closed)

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 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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