September 23, 2015  *  Weekly Newsletter No. 91

We apologize for any inconvenience that our freezer malfunction may have caused.  If you do not see an item that you are looking for please ask, as it may be tucked into the back of another freezer.     ~   Clint

"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness." ~ Elsa Schiaparelli


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Featured Vendor / Producer:
Reach For The Jars

Ginny Lapin has been a "Jammer" for 40 years. She learned the art of making jams by watching her mother stir pots of glistening, jewel colored fruit (raspberry, peach, blueberry). She enjoyed the "fruits of her labor", the taste of Summer, on toast and pancakes in the Winter.

Alongside her paying professions of attorney and RN, she made jams, preserves, marmalades and butters in the Spring, Summer and Fall when fresh fruits are at their best - often giving them to friends and family as gifts and "thank you's". Ginny feels giving a home-made gift makes people feel nurtured and appreciated.

Ginny picks fruit for her products at local farms whenever she can so she has quality over the fruit that she uses. When available she uses peaches from her very own peach tree in her yard. She uses high quality vinegars and spirits. She's proud to say that her products are "More fruit less sugar", meaning sugar is never the first ingredient listed on the label as you will find with many other jams and preserves.

Now that she is retired, she can spend more time creating tempting new flavors and combinations year round. Ginny says, "Let me nurture you and treat you like my friends and family. Please enjoy my products and I look forward to hearing your suggestions."

Look for Ginny's "Reach For The Jars" label products in the jams and jellies section of Harvest.

What's New in the Store?

Sassafras Syrup
From Simple Products LLC

Try it on pancakes, to flavor tea or coffee, to make cocktails and more

What can you find in Harvest right now?

Apple Butter

It's Fall and the apples are ripe, the perfect season for Apple Butter. We have several vendors offering their delicious versions of this spread.

Apple Butter Spice Cake

  • 1 tablespoon butter*, melted
  • 1 cup apple butter*
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil or 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg*, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter*, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 -1 1/2 tablespoon hot water (or more)

  1. Combine flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. Combine butter, apple butter, sugar and oil in large mixing bowl. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add in the raisins, buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour into a lightly sprayed or greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan and level the batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Cool on rack 25 minutes or until just warm.
  8. Combine glaze ingredients and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake or spread thinly and then let cake cool completely.

Note:  Can substitute Greek yogurt* for buttermilk if you like.

*These ingredients are available at Harvest @ The Woodward

Get out and explore what's 
happening  around  Knox County:

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.

Tours available during First Friday Events

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.

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

Class List:

Diabetic Class
Information:  Learn about healthy eating if you are diabetic, pre-diabetic or taking care of a diabetic family member / friend.  A healthy snack will be provided.
Cost of Class:  FREE
Date:  October 1, 2015 (Thursday)
Time:  6:30-8:00 pm
Location:  The Place @ The Woodward, 120 South Main, Mt. Vernon
Presented by:  Rebecca Metcalf, CNP, CDE 
         (Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator, Experienced Herbalist)
How to Register:  Register at Harvest @ The Woodward

Chicken Basics Class
Information:  Learning the basics of raising a flock of chickens.
Cost of Class:  $10 prepaid
Date:  October 3, 2015 (Saturday)
Time:  4:30-5:30 pm
Location:  The Place @ The Woodward, 120 South Main, Mt. Vernon
Presented by:  Veggies & Eggs by Dan
How to Register:  Register at Harvest @ The Woodward

Cooking With Fall & Winter Squash Class
Information:  Learning to cook Fall and Winter squash such as pumpkins, hubbard, butternut and more.
Cost of Class:  $10 prepaid
Date:  October 6, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time:  7:00-8:00 pm
Location:  The Place @ The Woodward, 120 South Main, Mt. Vernon
Presented by:  Bonnie Snyder of Our Garden
How to Register:  Register at Harvest @ The Woodward

Cooking Local Class
Information:  Learning to cook seasonally using local ingredients
Cost of Class:  $10 prepaid
Date:  November 14, 2015 (Saturday)
Time:  4:30-5:30 pm
Location:  The Place @ The Woodward, 120 South Main, Mt. Vernon
Presented by:  Fox Hollow Farm
How to Register:  Register at Harvest @ The Woodward

Farm Field Days
Fox Hollow Farm

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
April through November
2:00-7:00 pm

Fox Hollow Farm
20060 Gilmore Road
Fredericktown, OH 43019

On Farm Booth to purchase eggs or meat

Farmers on hand to answer questions and give guided tours of the fields, gardens, bee hives, herds of animals and talk about their practices

Trails, yards and fields open to explore and enjoy

Live demos of milking, egg collection, mushroom harvesting, draft horse work and more

On-farm prepared food, usually appetizers and snacks made with home grown goodies

Tons of baby animals in season

Lots of other events - check out their Facebook page for more information

We appreciate all the enthusiasm and continued support that you - our customers - have given us at Harvest. If you have any requests, comments or suggestions, feel free to e-mail us at  
or if you prefer, use our FEEDBACK FORM .  
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Store Hours
Monday -Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday - Closed

Store Manager:  Clint A. LeVan