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About the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance
BCFA, founded in 2006, works to strengthen our farming economy and improve availability of local, healthy, sustainably grown food by connecting farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in education, government, healthcare and business in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. General meetings, open to the public, are held throughout the year at venues around the county. BCFA is supported by donations and supporter dues. BCFA also oversees the new Bucks County chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local® and manages the year-round Wrightstown Farmers Market at 2203 Second Street Pike, open every Saturday, 9–1, May through November, and Wrightstown Winter Market, held 10–11 on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, December through April.

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The Spring 2016 Newsletter is here, featuring news about us, including our upcoming events, big news from Wrightstown Farmers Market, and many local-food related articles. We hope you enjoy!
BCFA E-Guide Coming Soon!

The new BCFA E-Guide will be your local foods guru. It will be live on bucksfoodshed.org and will include all you need to know about Bucks County Farms, Farmer Markets, CSAs, Wineries, Restaurants, and more! 
Wrightstown Farmers Market Bucks Happening Finalist
 
We are thrilled to announce that the Wrightstown Farmers Market has been named a 2016 Finalist by Bucks Happening as one of the BEST farmers markets in Bucks County!
 
Wrightstown Farmers Market is sponsored by the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance. Together we strive to facilitate connections between local, sustainable farmers and consumers.

Today, the market supports a diverse array of more than 25 vendors of organic vegetables, fruit, artisanal breads, cheeses, local honey and pastured animal products free of antibiotics and hormones. The flavor, purity, quantity and quality of the offerings are incomparable in Bucks County.


In addition to the regular season—which runs from 9-1pm every Saturday, rain or shine, May-November—the Wrightstown Winter Farmers Market is held 10-11am on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays, December-April. Stop by year-round at 2203 Second Street Pike, next to the Wrightstown Township municipal offices. We look forward to seeing you there! 

To view Wrightstown Farmers Market on the 2016 Happening List, click here.
For more information about Wrightstown Farmers Market and to sign up for our newsletter, visit our website; check out our facebook page for weekly updates.

Congratulations to Perkasie Farmers Market on your win. Thank you, Bucks Happening and all Bucks County voters!
 
BCFA 2016 Programs
 
Join us at our upcoming programs!
 
Wednesday, April 6, 7-9pm: Square-Foot Gardening, Master Gardener & certified Square-Foot Gardening instructor Wayne Brunt - Doylestown Mennonite Church, 590 N. Broad Street, Doylestown
 
Wednesday, May 4, 7-9pm: Container Gardening, Penn State Master Gardener Jeanne Mantell - Location: TBA
 
Wednesday, June 1, 6pm: Summer Farm Tour Series I: Farm Tour & Potluck - Durham Glenn Farm, 6200 Durham Road, Pipersville, PA.
 
Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm: Doylestown Food Market Farm Fresh Film Series: Tapped – Film and Discussion about the bottled water industry - County Theater, 20 East State, Doylestown
 
Wednesday, July 6, 6-9pm: Summer Farm Tour Series II: Farm Tour & Potluck - Rolling Hills Farm, 133 Seabrook Road, Lambertville, NJ 08530
 
Wednesday, August 3, Summer Farm Tour Series III: Farm Tour & Potluck - Manoff Market Gardens, 3157 Comfort Road, New Hope, PA 18938
2016 Fresh from Bucks County Farms

Bucks Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter is contributing in a small way to 2016 Fresh from Bucks County Farms, the popular consumer resource booklet produced by Bucks County’s Penn State Extension Service, which distributed all 10K copies last year and will increase the print run this year. 

Along with the list of farms selling their products direct to consumers via various markets and farmstands, this year’s booklet is set to include a page on the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and BFBL Bucks, BFBL icons next to all farms who are Bucks BFBL Partners, and a list of those eating establishments in Bucks that are BFBL Partners and source from county farms. 

This gave impetus to Bucks BFBL to sign up a number of new Partners and gave us a platform for greater inclusion in future issues. Thanks, Bucks County Extension!



 

Lower Makefield Farmers Market Looking for Market Manager

Lower Makefield Farmers Market is looking for a Market Manager to join their team. 
 
From Lower Makefield Farmers Market:
“The success of our market depends on the kindness of volunteers. We have been very fortunate over the past couple of years to have a wonderful team of LMTers. We now need somebody new to manage the team as well as additional volunteers who will all manage the farmers market this coming year.

It is a rewarding way to be a part of your community, and give back to one of the things that makes our local area such a great place to live - with our farms, our craftspeople and our artisans! By supporting our market as a patron or/and as a volunteer, you ensure that our local farms remain a centerpiece of our community.

This weekly gathering represents an opportunity for true "farm to table" dining, community interaction and a wonderful place to witness what is great about LMT. Whether you are new to the market or a long time patron, please consider joining us and get involved. The market depends on volunteers!”
 
For more information email LTMFarmersMarket@gmail.com.
Can we eat our way out of climate change?
 
A recent study at Oxford University questioned if the “whole world adopted a healthier diet, could that also significantly combat global warming?”
 
The agricultural sector accounts for 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The largest culprit is livestock, specifically cattle. Beef production generates 9 to 27 times the amount of climate change pollution than producing an equivalent number of calories growing vegetables, beans and nuts.
 
In addition to the environmental concerns, red meat consumption is linked to many health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and certain cancers. 

 Oxford Univeristy’s study concluded that the less meat the world consumes, the better our collective health is and the better the health of our climate.
 
“We do not expect everybody to be vegan,” said Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food, “[but] adopting healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets can be a large step in the right direction.” 
Reasons to start your garden from seeds
 
“Start small and scale up as you encounter success. Start by planting things you like to eat.” —Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardener International
 
Reasons to choose seeds
  1. Save money: seedlings cost around $4 and more, seed packs cost around $2 and can last 2+ years
  2. More control over food supply: when you grow from seeds, you know what soil, fertilizers and any chemicals you are using and where you have followed sustainable and organic practices.
 
However, growing from seed requires a bit more work.
 
Tips for starting from seeds
  1. Wait until the expectation for frost has passed for your area before transplanting.
  2. Seedlings need a minimum of five to six hours of sunshine per day.
  3. Help prepare plants for transition by “hardening off” the seedlings. Do this by setting them outside in their pots for a few hours each day over the course of a week before planning them in the ground. Keep them out of direct sun and wind during this phase.
 

All About Bone Broth
 
Health trends come and go, but bone broth is here to stay. It has been around for a long time—in your grandmother’s grandmother’s kitchen, boiling away on the stove—and remains a staple in modern homes.
 
Bone broth can be made from the boiled bones of beef, poultry or fish and is high in amino acids and nutrients that boost energy levels and even weight loss.

Sourcing the right bones is important. Look for bones from local farmers, organic butchers and organic food sources. Add bones, water and vinegar to a pot and let it cook for many hours into a rich broth. You can also use pressure cookers and slow cookers for convenience.
 
Bone broth can be consumed on its own or used as a base for many recipes. Either way, it boosts energy and revitalizes you with many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, which help to detoxify the body. Use it as a miracle cold and flu cure, to help reduce insomnia, and much more!
 
The Health Benefits of Nettle

“When in doubt, give nettles.” —David Hoffmann, herbalist
 
Nettles have been consumed as food, medicine and even spun into fiber for hundreds of years. This nutrient-dense herb has many uses. Nettles contain protein, can aid in digestion, clean the blood, detoxify the liver, are a strong source of iron as well as other vitamins, minerals and fiber, and contain an antihistamine that helps with allergy symptoms.
 
So how does one herb do so much? Because nettles are linked to protein absorption in the body, they facilitate the breakdown of protein into nutrients and energy. By improving digestion and absorption, nettles trigger improvement in allergic reactions, illness, general energy level and stress.
 
Nettle Tea
Pour a quart of boiling water over 1 cup of dried nettles; stir. Cover and let steep overnight. Strain and enjoy. Optional: add lemon juice and honey.
 
Locust Light Farm currently has nettles available at its farm in New Hope.
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