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Reasons to love the PA Wilds
January 29, 2024
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Reasons to love the PA Wilds

As we approach Valentine's Day, our hearts are filled with love... not just for our sweethearts, but also for the special place we call the PA Wilds! There are plenty of reasons to love this region: the awe-inspiring landscape that surrounds us, the family and friends we can share memories with, and the creative endeavors of our PA Wilds entrepreneurs. Our Pennsylvania Wilds region gives us plenty of reasons to love it, especially with its rich history and endless variety of natural beauty. Let’s take a moment and show some adoration and appreciation for the PA Wilds!

Jillia Ceramics expresses beauty of PA Wilds region through new product line
January 17, 2024
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Jillia Ceramics expresses beauty of PA Wilds region through new product line

Jillia English, owner of Jillia Ceramics, has partnered with the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship to create PA Wilds-inspired and branded mugs, which are available on the PA Wilds Marketplace. In addition to portraying the beauty of the region, a portion of proceeds from each PA Wilds-branded mug sold will help support the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship’s mission to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that strengthens and inspires communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Happy Cheese Lover's Day! Celebrate with cheeses from the PA Wilds
January 15, 2024
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Happy Cheese Lover's Day! Celebrate with cheeses from the PA Wilds

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day! Celebrated on January 20th each year, National Cheese Lover's Day is a time to incorporate some cheesy goodness into your life and "havarti" a "gouda" time. Our PA Wilds Marketplace makers, particularly Goot Essa, can help you celebrate this year in a delicious way.

2024: A new year for our PA Wilds Marketplace makers
January 4, 2024
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2024: A new year for our PA Wilds Marketplace makers

Our hearts are filled with hope and thankfulness as we enter into a new year for the PA Wilds Marketplace. This has been a year of continued growth, inspiration, and innovation for the PA Wilds Marketplace. The online platform was launched in 2021, and 2023 was a year where the marketplace found a solid base of makers who are selling their products and excited customers who are thrilled to be able to buy a locally handcrafted gift.

Goot Essa wins 2023 American Cheese Society award
December 5, 2023
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Goot Essa wins 2023 American Cheese Society award

Goot Essa has been honored with a prestigious award at the 2023 American Cheese Society (ACS) competition. Their gourmet Emanuel Vom Tal Kase was awarded 3rd place in the “Soft-Ripened Cheeses” category. This recognition is a testament to their artisanal cheesemaking expertise, and reflects their rich Pennsylvania Dutch cheesemaking heritage.

Of a Predatory Heart, outdoors memoir by Vietnam-era vet, sold through Kevin Coolidge storefront
November 28, 2023
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Of a Predatory Heart, outdoors memoir by Vietnam-era vet, sold through Kevin Coolidge storefront

Of A Predatory Heart by Joe Parry, a reprint of an outdoor enthusiast and veteran's short stories is now available on the PA Wilds Marketplace, under Kevin Coolidge's storefront.

Photos from an amazing autumn pop-up event at Village Eatinghouse
October 27, 2023
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Photos from an amazing autumn pop-up event at Village Eatinghouse

Although the weather was a little iffy, the October Pop-Up Kitchen and Marketplace on October 21 at Village Eatinghouse was a success! Folks enjoyed the hayride, fire ring, vendors, winery, and our own flavorful food! The day was perfect!

Shop Deals & New Products During The PA Wilds Makers Market Online Holiday Shopping Event, November 4
Get to Know Goot Essa
September 27, 2023
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Get to Know Goot Essa

Get to know one of our newest makers on the PA Wilds Marketplace... Goot Essa! Goot Essa began in 2001 when a group of Amish dairy farmers came together as a six-family cooperative. Their goal has always been to use their cheesemaking expertise to ensure every generation has the means to stay on the farm. In the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, “Goot Essa” means “good food” or “good eating.”

The psychology of why we buy souvenirs to remember our favorite places
September 12, 2023
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The psychology of why we buy souvenirs to remember our favorite places

Each time we return home from our travels, we typically bring something special back with us to help recall the memories we made there. What is a souvenir? Regardless of what the physical product takes the form of, it is simply a tangible reminder of an experience that you have had, like a vacation or a daytrip or a special occasion. These souvenirs can help you relive the positive emotions that are tied to that memory.