Not sure what it is about Penn State fans, but they are a loyal bunch. I should know, I’m one of them. Even when we visit the ol’ Blue and White, I think most tend to hang out on or around campus. . . .the Creamery, the Rathskellar, Hi-Way Pizza. But there are some really great places just a few miles away from Happy Valley and Tait Farm is one of them. This spring at the Farm to Table conference here in the ‘Burgh, I tasted some super delicious Apricot Butter from the Tait Farm booth. So good. When I looked at the jar, I noticed the farm was really close to PSU, in Centre Hall (not the dorm complex, but the town.) I knew I had to find a way to get there really soon. So last week, on a very unconventional route back from Philly, I stopped at Tait Farm Foods right there on Rt 322 before my obligatory walk through the Penn State Campus. I sure wasn’t disappointed.
Right when I stepped inside, a delivery of a freshly picked batch of asparagus arrived, then, still dewy spring greens were delivered followed by bags of spicy stir fry greens. Yahoo. You see, my day is made by fresh produce, cheese,etc. A new diamond necklace? A day at a spa? Who cares? Not me.
The log cabin market is filled with jams, spreads, dressings .. . all made at the farm. They carry lots of other locally made products as well as bread from Gemelli Bakery in downtown State College.
And the plants! The healthiest, most beautiful things I’ve seen in a while. I have the brownest thumb on the planet, but the herbs were so pretty that I ended up with a flat of them in my trunk for the drive home. So if you’re going to visit your kids at Penn State or will be driving up for the Arts Festival in July, it’s only a few minutes outside of town and definitely worth the detour.