September 16, 2015  *  Weekly Newsletter No. 90

Food allergies are becoming more and more common across the board.  If you have food allergies, be sure to talk to us about them and we'll work with our existing vendors and seek out new vendors to bring you products that fit the needs that our customers have.     ~   Clint

"The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out 
with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one."  ~ Erma Bombeck


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Featured Vendor / Producer:
jC's Sweet Tea, LLC
jC's Sweet Ice Tea was born out of a desire to share a little piece of Southern life with those who aren't lucky enough to experience it on a daily basis. Ohio resident Jacquelyn Chapman is a Southerner at heart. She was born, raised and educated in South Carolina and Alabama. After relocating to Ohio, she would often go back home to Greenville, South Carolina for holidays, family reunions, and other special occasions. Great food and drink were staples of these gatherings. Her family's authentic, Southern-style sweet tea made a big impression on Jackie and she decided that this tea was too good not to share with the world - at least her portion of it. And so the idea was born and Jackie began formulating her own unique recipe.
Jackie started modestly. She would make her rendition of the tea for church gatherings and special occasions. Then one day her pastor, Rev. Dr. Charles E. Booth, said to her, "Sister Jackie, you should be making this tea and selling it!" This was just the encouragement Jackie needed to start the process of producing her tea for distribution.
After ordering a sandwich at Creole Kitchen in Columbus, OH, she remarked to the restaurant's owner and chef, Chef Henry Butcher, that the sandwich "would taste even better if I could wash it down with some of my sweet tea!" Chef Butcher asked Jackie to bring in some tea so he could try it. She did, and he loved it. Chef tested the tea with customers, and they loved it too. So jC's Sweet Ice Tea became available for purchase at the Creole Kitchen.
jC's Sweet Ice Tea has since gone through all the typical hurdles of becoming a small business - compliance testing, branding and marketing. It has been a lot of work, but their tea is now available in additional retailers and restaurants around Central Ohio. Despite this growth, jC's Sweet Ice Tea remains true to its roots and its original purpose - to make a pure, all natural, taste of the South available to the masses.

What's New in the Store?

Gluten Free Pizzelles
From Black Stump Farm

Available in traditional Anise flavor

What can you find in Harvest right now?

Blue Pumpkins

Blue pumpkin are known for their exceptionally sweet flesh which when cooked has a smooth, favorable texture.

Nutritional Value - Produce with bright orange flesh like the blue pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene which is converted by our bodies into vitamin A.

Applications - Blue pumpkins can be used as you would any fresh pumpkin. Their sweet flavor lends itself well to pie fillings, scones and cakes. Alternately you can use roasted pieces in risottos, salads and pasta dishes. Cook till soft and use as a filling for ravioli or incorporate into dough when making gnocchi. Dice and add to curries, soups and stews. To showcase its unique exterior color slice into wedges leaving the skin attached and serve roasted or grilled.

Maple Glazed Roast Pumpkin


  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup*

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil*

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme*

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 -  2 to 2 ½ pound pumpkin*, unpeeled, seeded, cut into 10 wedges

  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

  • Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine the maple syrup, oil, thyme and allspice in a small bowl. Place the pumpkin in a large roasting pan. Add half the maple syrup mixture and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining maple syrup mixture. Roast for a further 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender and golden.

*These ingredients can be found at Harvest @ The Woodward

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

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
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

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