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January 25, 2017 * Newsletter # 161
"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." - James Beard
Street Closure Notice
We have been informed that South Main Street will be closed between Vine Street and Gambier Street intermittently to allow for needed construction of downtown businesses.  This street closure will not affect your ability to access Harvest.  If you need assistance getting your groceries to your car, please call ahead and we can tell you the best time to come so that we can have someone available to help with those needs.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
In 2009, Joanne Starr became quite interested in the Cricut line of products from infomercials; she would watch them when she couldn't sleep.  Soon, she would tell herself that the project they displayed were surely something that she should be able to replicate.  So, Joanne purchased her first Cricut machine.  When she retired from her full-time profession as a Registered Nurse in 2010, she started making cards from home.  After several people encouraged her based on her workmanship, she decided to begin selling her finished pieces.  This new hobby took off when she started selling her cards at Harvest at The Woodward in 2012.  She must absolutely love her hobby as she now owns 4 Cricut machines!

Joanne's cards are available every day at Harvest for writing a note card or any occasion that you need.  Each holiday she brings out cards especially tailored for that holiday
Pocket Pies
Windy Meadows Farm
  • Homebaked Goodness
  • Layers of delicious puff pastry filled with delicious fruit filling
  • Available in Apple, Cherry or Peach!
Weekly Recipe #161

Maple Salmon


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup*
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic*, minced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pound salmon*


  1. In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.
  2. Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Weekly Recipe

*Indicates an ingredient that can be found right now at Harvest

Food Facts:  Ohio's Forgotten Fruit, The Paw Paw

The Paw Paw is the largest, edible fruit native to the United States.  It's actually a member of the tropical custard apple family that has willed itself to live in the temperate Northern U.S.  It is native to 26 Eastern U.S. states and even up into Ontario, Canada.  While many people have never heard of, let alone tasted a Paw Paw in our current time, it was once a staple of both the Native Americans and the Pioneers settling the area.  Native Americans even used the tree's fiber for cordage and rope.  The fruit is usually three to six inches long. The flesh is pale to bright yellow and contains a network of glossy, dark brown seeds.  Its flavor is quite pleasant, often described as a cross between a mango and a banana.  This author would agree with that description, with the opinion that the riper the fruit the more "mango-ee" the flavor tends to be and the softer the texture.

Sarah Bir, from SeriousEats.com, describes the Paw Paw in this most sensuous way:  "A pawpaw is a homely, unassuming thing on the outside; it's possible to unwittingly pass a tree laden with half a dozen of the things. But let's say you notice the pawpaws, and reach for a ripe one. The best way to enjoy a pawpaw is right there in the woods, tearing into it as if you had claws. Rip the skin away, slurp the pulp, and spit out the seeds. It's a gooey, sensuous, primal experience. You have now eaten from the tree of earthly knowledge, and guess what? It tastes really good."

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There are towns named after the fruit in Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma.  Many children who grew up in West Virginia (or visited relatives there) fondly remember a song about the native fruit: 

"Where, oh where, oh where is Susie?
Where, oh where, oh where is Susie?
Where, oh where, oh where is Susie?
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch.

Pickin' up paw-paws; put 'em in your pocket.
Pickin' up paw-paws; put 'em in your pocket.
Pickin' up paw-paws; put 'em in your pocket.
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch."

Paw Paws are pollinated by certain species of flies and beetles.  Bees show no interest in their flowers in general.  Even though the flowers are "perfect", meaning that they are both male and female, they do not self-pollinate.  Those who choose to grow them sometimes have to hand pollinate using a paintbrush.  Paw Paws have a relatively short shelf life and bruise easily.  For these reasons you won't find them on your Supermarket shelves.  But things may be changing.  40 years ago, plant scientist, Neal Peterson, got his first taste of a Paw Paw and thought it rivaled the very best of peaches.  He set out to grow a Paw Paw that consumers would buy and succeeded in finding 6 cultivars that are up to the task.

Other food scientists are starting to notice the Paw Paw as well for it's nutritional possibilities.  Rob Brannan, from Ohio University, published a study that found the antioxidant count of Paw Paws to be pretty high; rating it around the level of a cranberry or a cherry in antioxidant value.  The Kentucky State University began a research project on the Paw Paw, even developing their own cultivar, the KSU-Benson.  KSU Pawpaw research efforts are directed at improving propagation methods, developing orchard management recommendations, conducting regional variety trials, understanding fruit ripening and storage techniques, and germplasm collection and characterization of genetic diversity.

by: Emily LeVan

Local Events Calendar

Upcoming Events:
January 2017
26  Chautauqua:  Dwight D. Eisenhower
26  Apps Under The Stars - Learn to use smart devices to navigate the night sky, track satellites & more
27  Zumba - Mt Vernon Public Library 2-3pm
28  Contenders 4-H Club Auction
29  Silver Screeners Classic Movies:  The Magnificent Seven (PLMVKC)

2  Morrow County Chamber Business Forecast Breakfast (public welcome)
11  Apps Under The Stars - Learn to use smart devices to navigate the night sky, track satellites & more
14  United Way (Morrow County) Annual Valentine's Dinner
16  Keep Calm & Color On: Adult & Teen Coloring Program (PLMVKC)

Recurring Events:

**Second Monday Every Month 4:00 pm 
- Sewing With Lisa at The Public Library of Mt. Vernon & Knox County

**Every Thursday Evening 5:00 - 8:00 pm
- McBingo at McDonald’s 535 W. Marion Rd, Mt. Gilead - FREE Bingo with food prizes

**Every Friday 10:00 - 11:00 am
- Yoga Fridays at The Public Library of Mt. Vernon & Knox County

**Every Friday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
- ZUMBA at The Public Library of Mt. Vernon & Knox County

Find more great things to do here:  
Knox County History  ~  Knox County - Quick Links  ~  
Morrow County - Quick Links  ~  Licking County - Links

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About Us
Harvest at The Woodward is located inside the historic Woodward Opera House.
The Woodward Opera House is America's Oldest Authentic 19th Century Theater still standing (there are no original pre-19th-century theaters in America).  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1975, the Woodward Opera House is situated in the heart of Mount Vernon's Central Business District.  Find out more about the Woodward Opera House - click here.  Follow the Woodward Opera House on Facebook.  Harvest at The Woodward is dedicated to bringing Ohio products to our customers while maintaining a commitment to offer the very best products possible.  Use the Social Media Icons above to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
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