Tait Farm spreads local flavor in Waring Dining Commons

University Park, Pa. -- Students walking into Waring Dining Commons for dinner on Oct. 20 were introduced to the sweet and spicy flavors of Penn State's local fare.

Tait Farm, located in Centre Hall, Pa., presented a spread of its most delicious chutneys and chocolate sauces during dinner in the West Halls commons. The event was a part of Food Services' PA Pride series, which helps expose local farmers and companies to students.

Kim Tait and Cindy Law from Tait Farm organized the table and spoke to students about each of the many flavors on hand.

"I think it's good for students to get a little taste of Pennsylvania," Tait said. "All of our products were made on our farm, and we try to get our ingredients from as close to home as we can."

Students enjoyed unique flavors of chutney like ginger peach, mango and celebration, which is a mixture of dried fruit. According to Tait, the spreads are of an Indian origin and contain a "sweet, spicy and savory flavor."

"We wanted to bring in flavors that students would like," she added. "We also wanted to include some seasonal tastes, and I think we did that with the cranberry chutney and the raspberry chocolate sauce."

Tait Farm and Food Services has worked together for nearly five years. You can find Tait Farm jams at the all-natural convenience store Sisu's peanut butter and jelly bar (in West Halls), as well as in some sandwiches at HUB Dining locations (HUB-Robeson Center).

"Working with local companies is very exciting," assistant manager Paulette Wilkinson said. "They use whole berries and you can definitely taste the difference."

Wilkinson added that, "providing locally purchased food in the dining commons is important to Food Services, and that the PA Pride Series is a great way to introduce students to what our area has to offer."

The next PA Pride Series event will be held during dinner on Nov. 6 at Findlay Dining Commons. The commons will feature local farmers from Hogs Galore and have local sausage and pork available for diners.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010