Locally Grown, Nutritious (or at Least Delicious) Food at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair

Reader Contribution by Susan Melgren
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Food. I couldn’t stop thinking about it at the MOTHER EARTH
NEWS Fair in Seven Springs,
Pennsylvania, this past weekend. It
seems that everywhere I turned, there was some delicious treat just waiting for
me to devour it.

A quick trip to the main food court found grass-fed burgers,
free-range chicken and vegetarian options such as tofu kabobs and vegetarian
falafels. I found the locally grown roasted sweet corn hard to resist (and apparently so did this fair goer)!

Roasted sweet corn anyone?

For the health conscious, fresh fruit and vegetables were
well in stock. The Fruit Stand served up bushels of local, organic whole fruit,
while Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offered delicious samples of their heirloom
fruits and vegetables. Organic Valley also passed out
free samples of their organic string cheese.


The Fruit Stand was stocked with locally grown apples, peaches, plums and nuts.


Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offered bite-size samples of heirloom and organic apples, watermelon, tomatoes and more!

Those looking for a sweet treat or healthier samples of
typical fair food didn’t go away disappointed! Hit ‘n’ Miss Ice Cream served up
delicious homemade chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon ice cream paired with apple
dumplings and warm brownies. Lancaster Trading House offered Hempzels, hemp-seed
pretzels awash in cinnamon and sugar. Smooth Ride Smoothies whipped up
delicious smoothies (imagine pumpkin pie in liquid form) using their
pedal-powered bike blenders. Even sweet maple-flavored cotton candy could be
found over at Paul Bunyan’s Sugar Camp booth! 


Homemade chocolate ice cream and apple dumplings? Yes, please!


Who could say “no” to a cinnamon-and-sugar-covered hemp pretzel?


Smooth Ride Smoothies served up delicious smoothies from the back of their bike-powered blender all weekend long!

Paul Bunyan’s Sugar Camp made delicious cotton candy sweetened only with pure maple syrup.