April, and now May, showers haven’t gotten Scott Case down.
“As soon as you get a couple of nice days, all of a sudden it just breaks loose and everybody plants and things go,” Case said. “We’ve watched this happen before.”
Case, the owner of Patchwork Farm and Greenhouse, celebrated the 25th anniversary of setting up the greenhouse in State College this year. It opened at the 387 Benner Pike location on April 25 and runs until July 3. Previously, the greenhouse had been located at the Nittany Mall lot.
All of the plants found at the greenhouse are produced by the farm.
Case and company can also be found at the Boalsburg farmers market from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and the downtown State College farmers markets from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.
“As greenhouse season ends for us, the vegetable production just keeps getting larger and larger,” Case said during Tuesday’s market in Boalsburg. “Today we had spinach and lettuce and it will keep growing and growing as more and more produce becomes ready.”
The Patchwork Farm Greenhouse is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
More than a ballpark estimate
Thanks to a new weather site, fantasy baseball owners have another scouting report at their fingertips.
MLB DFS Weather began in April near the beginning of the MLB season. The site provides detailed weather reports for the day’s slate of games. Pittsburgh Pirates fans, for instance, can check if the wind is blowing out toward center field at PNC Park or if an impending shower may threaten a postponement or a delay. For fantasy owners, losing a day’s starting pitcher can mean the difference between a win or a loss, according to Mark Paquette, one of the founders of the site.
Paquette, a former meteorologist, worked on long-range forecasts in his previous position. With daily fantasy sports, a multibillion-dollar industry, the turnaround is much quicker.
“They look anywhere from six to 12 months in advance — that’s what I would do,” said Paquette, who lives in Boalsburg. “This is the complete opposite. This is six to 12 hours in advance.”
According to ESPN, daily fantasy sports have been banned in five states and “recently contested” in 11 states. In Pennsylvania, a legislative bill regarding daily fantasy sports has been introduced and is under review, according to PBS Frontline.
About 57 million people played fantasy sports last year, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs report for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
Lending a paw
With National Pet Month in full swing, Weis Markets is again conducting a program to keep the tails wagging.
Officially launched at the end of April, the Paws for Pets program “collects monetary donations, pet food and supplies for local animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout the month of May,” according to a release.
The annual program, which is in its eighth year, offers customers the option of donating amounts up to $5 at the register, purchasing Paws for Pets reusable shopping bags for $2 or making contributions online at WeisMarkets.com. The proceeds benefit local animal shelters.
According to the company, customers can also buy pet food, bowls, cat litter, collars and leashes, toys and treats, pet care products and some cleaning items to give to shelters by placing them in “a specially marked collection cart near checkout.”
All 162 stores are participating in the program, with some planning to host “animal adoptathons” during May.
Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy