Want to learn how to grow mushrooms?  We will be having a class this Saturday, April 16th from 4:30-5:30 pm, presented by Fox Hollow Farm.  Stop into Harvest to register.  Class cost is $10.00
"The problem is we are not eating food anymore, we are eating food like products." ~ Alejandro Junger
Upcoming Events

April 2016

Mushroom Growing Class
A Harvest @ The Woodward class series - see below for more information
Freewill Donation
Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church, Mt. Gilead
Kenyon College

Selover Public Library, Chesterville
Everyone age 55+ is welcome
The ECO Center (Educating Children Outdoors)
Caledonia, OH
The ECO Center
Caledonia, OH

Woodward Opera House
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 of the Woodward Opera House are available during the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, First Fridays events, and Mount Vernon's Christmas Walk. Special group tours may be arranged by calling 1-800-837-5282 or (740) 392-6102. For current information on the project or to contact us, visit our website, www.TheWoodward.org


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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 us and 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:

Class: Mushroom Class
Information:  Our host Fox Hollow Farm will discuss the specifics of growing mushrooms.
Cost of Class:  $10
Date:  April 16, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Location:  The Place @ The Woodward, 120 S. Main St., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050
Presented by:  Fox Hollow Farm
How to Register:  Stop into Harvest @ The Woodward!

What's new in the store?

Fruit Pies & Cobblers
From Kaiser Farms Chic Bakery

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Vendor Spotlight:   
Sheila Bars
Sheila Bars are the creation of Sheila Gibbons of Dublin, Ohio.  Sheila is a certified health and nutrition coach who prepares healthy items for her clients to try in case they do not like kale or have not tried quinoa.  In doing this, a common request was, "I need something quick and easy."  So, Sheila started making protein / energy bars in her kitchen.  The bars were so well received that they are now a whole separate business called Sheila Bars.

Using only premium ingredients, organic and local products like honey and berries whenever possible, Sheila handcrafts each batch with love.  The bars are made in a certified Gluten Free facility in Columbus, Ohio.  They are soy, wheat and dairy free.  Though they may contain tree nuts and peanuts.

Available in two sizes and four flavors, Sheila Bars are sure to please any taste buds.

Harvest Almond * Peanut Butter * Blueberry Bliss * Mango Colada
Granola Raisin Cookies

  • 1 cup butter*, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups granola*
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda, stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, stir in the granola, raisins and peanuts. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are lightly browned around edges. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

*These ingredients can be found at Harvest right now

Food Facts


Granola is an extremely popular breakfast and snack food with a wealth of health benefits, including its ability to lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, aid in weight loss attempts, improve your heart health, increase energy, prevent anemia and promote proper organ function. Intake of granola also helps to lower blood pressure, increase cognitive activity, improve skin quality, build stronger bones, manage diabetes, stimulate new tissue and hormonal growth, and even prevent cancer.

Granola is traditionally composed of rolled oats, which are oat groats that have been pressed flat and lightly steamed, as well as honey, nuts, and puffed rice. The entire mixture is baked until crispy and can then be taken anywhere quite conveniently for an energy-boosting snack. Most commonly, granola is regularly used by people on-the-go, as well as by hikers, campers, and outdoor-oriented people who don't have a refrigerator for their food, and don't want to worry about crushing anything that they plan to eat.

When eaten at home, granola is often combine with yogurt, honey, strawberries, bananas, and other types of fruit, or mixed in with other cereals to boost their nutritive value. It developed in a number of ways, both in the United States and Australia. It has seen surges and declines in popularity over the years, but the advent of the "granola bar" was when it truly hit the mainstream around the world. It is now widely used because of its undeniable health benefits, convenience, delicious taste, and versatility in various meals.

Nutritional Value of Granola
The long list of health benefits commonly attributed to granola is mainly due to its content of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, including, but not limited to, dietary fibers, sodium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, vitamin-E, vitamin-C, niacin, vitamin E, iron, and thiamin. Those health benefits are explained in greater detail below.

Health Benefits of Granola
Digestion: As a digestive aid, granola is almost unmatched. It is commonly consumed by people who want a boost in their fiber content, because granola contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Dietary fiber is a beneficial part of anyone's eating habits because it regulates digestion of food. It adds bulk and weight to bowel movements, making them more solid and easier to pass along the digestive tract. It also stimulates peristaltic motion, which is when the smooth muscles in the intestinal system contract, thereby moving food further along, while also causing the release of gastric and digestive juices, relieving stress on the entire system. Soluble fiber is good for alleviating symptoms of constipation, which can lead to a bevy of health issues, including colorectal cancer, indigestion, heartburn, and excess flatulence. The insoluble fiber can harden up loose stools and reduce the occurrence of diarrhea. Furthermore, fiber can improve heart health by literally scraping the arteries clean of dangerous LDL cholesterol or omega-6 fatty acids that can lead to heart conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Weight Loss: One of the best parts of eating granola is that it is a lightweight, yet filling, food that delivers a seriously healthy boost to your body in a number of ways. It is very low in cholesterol and sodium, both of which are culprits behind chronic obesity. Also, the fiber in granola makes the body feel full, because it bulks up food and absorbs water. Therefore, it reduces appetite and inhibits the release of ghrelin, which is the hormone that makes the body feel hungry. This can help to prevent overeating, which is common for obese people, as well as those on diets which leave them hungry at unusual times of the day.

Reduce Cholesterol: The soluble fiber in granola is a known way to reduce harmful LDL cholesterol and promote the spread of healthy cholesterol (yes, it does exist!) throughout the body. By reducing harmful cholesterol in the bloodstream, you prevent the development of plaque in your arteries and veins. This sort of plaque can result in increased blood pressure and strain on the cardiovascular system. Be sure to buy granola that is not supplemented with hydrogenated oils, however, as they can increase the levels of negative cholesterol and reduce positive cholesterol, thereby negating the effects of the dietary fiber in granola. Many preparations of granola include nuts like almonds and walnuts, which are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids (also known as good cholesterol or HDL cholesterol).

Boost Energy: The other reason that many outdoor hikers and campers take granola on their trip is that it is a concentrated form of energy, and will help give you that extra boost when you need it most. It doesn't fill your body with sugars, which will eventually cause you to crash and feel sluggish, and instead, it gives you manganese, which is one of the least talked about but most integral minerals in the body. It is important for the liver, kidneys, and metabolic activity. It stimulates the tissues, and the proper distribution of resources throughout the body. Proper metabolic function means that your body is working efficiently, and your energy needs can be accounted for.

Cancer Prevention: Granola contains low levels of vitamin-C, which is a natural antioxidant that generally boosts the immune system, stimulates the white blood cells, and can prevent cancer from forming or metastasizing. However, the real connection that researchers are focusing on now is the importance of manganese in the prevention of cancer. The high manganese content of granola is shown to have major antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are beneficial compounds that seek out free radicals, the by-products of cellular metabolism that can mutate healthy cells into cancerous ones by changing the DNA structure. By eliminating free radicals with antioxidants like manganese, you can reduce the chances of getting cancer, heart disease, and many other dangerous conditions.

Prevention of Anemia: Anemia is a serious condition that affects millions of people all around the world, but many of them don't realize they are suffering. Basically, it is a deficiency of iron in the blood, which is an essential part of building red blood cells. Anemia can result in excess fatigue, headaches, cognitive malfunctions, depression, and intestinal disorders. Granola has a significant amount of iron, so it counteracts many of the symptoms of anemia. Some ready-made granola is even further enriched with iron supplementation, versus granola that is made at home.

Cognitive Activity: People often say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that it keeps your brain working throughout the day. That is especially true if you add granola to that, since it reduces blood pressure in the body. By being high in potassium and low in sodium, granola helps with hypertension by acting as a vasodilator. When blood pressure is lowered, the veins are loosened, stress on the system is reduced, and increased blood and oxygen flow can occur. Increased oxygen flow and blood to the brain can boost cognitive function and increase the speed of nervous response and the formation of neural pathways. This is the same reason that bananas are often called "brain food", because their potassium levels stimulate high mental functioning.

Granola's effect on reducing blood pressure obviously helps heart health as well, by relieving the strain on the cardiovascular system, and also lowering the chances of atherosclerosis, strokes, and other potentially deadly conditions. You should supplement the potassium content of granola with fresh fruit, a delicious and common combination for breakfast or on the go for a snack.

Vitamin-E content: Granola is a good source of vitamin-E, also known as alpha tocopherol, and a single serving can provide you with almost 20% of your daily requirement! Vitamin-E affects a number of bodily processes, including the protection of skin from premature aging and wrinkles, strengthens capillary walls and improves heart health, increases blood flow to extremities so hair follicles and nails retain their integrity, and also helps to protect your skin from sunburn. If you do get sunburn, it can help reduce the associated pain and redness! Overall, the large amount of vitamin-E in granola alone makes it a great choice for a breakfast booster!

Manganese Content: The manganese content of granola is astonishingly high, and the effects that it can have on the body are quite impressive. In terms of diabetes management, manganese is a regulator for blood sugar in the body, and can stimulate or inhibit the release of insulin. By regulating the blood sugar levels, it can reduce the chances of spikes and drops that can make life so difficult for diabetic patients.

Besides its effects on diabetes, manganese also is a co-factor in the production of energy from food. It also plays a major role in the production of blood-clotting factors to increase the speed of wound healing, sex hormone production and regulation, as well as the production of new tissues to speed up cellular and organ repair. Basically, granola has benefits on your body that had never imagined!

A Few Words of Warning: That may have been an impressive list of health benefits, but granola can have some harmful effects on the body, and there is some controversy about eating too much of this powerful food. Granola is basically carbohydrates cooked in fat, which can produce some chemical molecules that the body cannot digest. However, different preparations of granola can result in many different chemical compositions. Also, the puffed rice which commonly is included in granola has little nutritional value but does act as a filler and a source of empty calories. Look for varieties that have no puffed rice, and you can avoid that negative side effect. Inulin is a common polysaccharide that is made of indigestible fructans, and it can take the body time and energy to digest it properly. This may result in some bloating or flatulence initially, followed by a marked improvement in digestion.

Eat granola in moderation, pay attention to your body, and be patient; it is definitely good for you over the long term!

Source: OrganicFacts.net

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