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Life changing cookies from Tin Man Sweets

Posted by Robin Abel on

Do you have seasons in life where you're just drowning?  In general, May is the month that parents rethink their desire to have kids with all the baseball, band concerts, extra band practices, soccer, projects that need finished by the end of the school year, and everything else life throws at us.  This May was completely overwhelming for me that I felt like I was drowning all day long with no end in sight. Then we had this small natural disaster of flooding in Zelie... you may have seen it on every news channel created.  What a month!   As...

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Fresh, local produce is now available

Posted by Robin Abel on

There is nothing like fresh, in season, local produce!  It tastes better, it's healthier, and it's only around for a short time so you're really got to scoop it up while it's available!   While it's a great thing to get excited about local produce, I have other reasons to celebrate this season.  Spring means connecting with those farmers that have been hiding during the winter.  There are quite a few farmers I'm looking forward to seeing on a regular basis again. 1. Ferris Farm - a locally owned and operated family farm grows some great produce in New Wilmington...

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Beeswax wraps are going to save the world!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Well, maybe not save the world exactly but beeswax wraps can certainly help reduce your waste.  How?  Instead of using plastic wrap to cover leftovers or putting your sandwich at lunch in a plastic bag, you can use beeswax wraps.  Here's a few basic questions about these amazing new kitchen must haves.   1. What is a beeswax wrap?  A natural alternative to plastic wrap that typically combines cotton and bees wax.  2. What can I use these wraps for? Covering bowls with leftovers, wrapping sandwiches for lunch, folding to carry fruit and other snack items, and making you smile...

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CSA sign ups are open and excited to welcome you!

Posted by Robin Abel on

What?  You don't know what a CSA is?!?  Let me introduce you to a great way to get fresh local veggies and support your local community at the same time!  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Early in the spring (right NOW people!!!), households sign up for a "share" of vegetables from a local farm or a group of farms.  With early sign ups, farmers get seed money (literally) to plan their crops, it gives farmers a better idea of demand, and gives a good idea of where delivery will be available.  When produce begins, farmers pack up their produce...

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Loose Leaf tea is becoming a new favorite

Posted by Robin Abel on

I'm not much of a hot beverage person.  It might be a consistency issue, or a temperature one, or I'm just crazy.  Any answer will be acceptable.  But lately it's been growing on me because I've found better products taste so much better (shocking, I know!).   We work with two coffee supplies, both whom are wonderful!  Last year when I was picking up an order at Allegheny Coffee and Tea, the owner suggested we bring in a mix your own loose leaf tea section to Penn Pantry.  He said it's a fun thing for customers and since we're small...

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