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Local, regional and national food news from the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance
Bucks County Foodshed Alliance

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For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.
Sat Apr 12 Wrightstown Farmers' Mini-Market - Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA [10 am - 11 am]
Sat Apr 12 Beekeeping with YellowBee Honey - Blue Moon Acres, 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ [11 am - 12:30 pm]
Sat Apr 19 Doylestown Farmers' Market - W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA [7 am - 12 pm]
Sat Apr 19 Families Cook Together: Let's Eat a Rainbow - Fallsington Friends Meeting, New Falls Road, Levittown, PA [10 am - 12 pm]
Sat Apr 19 Meet the Author: Chef Ian Knauer - Blue Moon Acres, 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ  [11 am - 12:30 pm]
Sat Apr 19 Local Earth Day Fair - Bucks Country Gardens, 1057 N Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA [11 am - 4 pm]
Fri Apr 25 A-Day 2014 - Delaware Valley College, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA [12 - 5 pm]
Fri Apr 25 Ottsville Farmers' Market - Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA [4 - 8 pm]
Sat Apr 26 Doylestown Farmers' Market - W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA [7 am - 12 pm]
Sat Apr 26 Earth Day and Potluck Lunch at the Farm! - Snipes Farm and Education Center, West Bridge Street, Morrisville, PA [9 am - 12 pm]
Sat Apr 26 A-Day 2014 - Delaware Valley College, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA [9 am - 5 pm]
Sat Apr 26 Wrightstown Farmers' Mini-Market - Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA [10 am - 11 am]
Sun Apr 27 A-Day 2014 - Delaware Valley College, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA [9 am - 5 pm]
Fri May 2 First Friday at Blue Moon Acres Market - 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ [4 - 7pm]
Fri May 2 Ottsville Farmers' Market - Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA [4 - 8 pm]
Sat May 3 Doylestown Farmers' Market - W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA [7 am - 12 pm]
Sat May 3 Wrightstown Farmers Market Opening Day - Wrightstown Township Municipal Building (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Newtown, PA [9 am - 1 pm]
Wed May 7 Derek Fell presents ‘Grow This! Not That!’ - Newtown Park & Recreation Department, Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA [7 - 9 pm]
Fri May 9 Ottsville Farmers' Market - Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA [4 - 8 pm]
Sat May 10 Doylestown Farmers' Market - W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA [7 am - 12 pm]
Sat May 10 Wrightstown Farmers Market Opening Day - Wrightstown Township Municipal Building (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Newtown, PA [9 am - 1 pm]
Sat May 10 Beekeeping with YellowBee Honey - Blue Moon Acres, 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ [11 am - 12:30 pm]
For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here
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Become a member of the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance.

Our mission is to foster and expand a local, sustainable food supply in Bucks County, and to connect producers and consumers. Right now we are also working on establishing a Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter in Bucks County.

Our goals:
- Improve the variety, amount and availability of fresh, healthy and delicious locally grown food.
- Support local farmers’ ability to grow and market food.
- Be the “go-to” place for trusted information about locally produced food in Bucks County.
- Increase demand for local, sustainably grown food.

Click here to become a BCFA member. Thanks for your support.
It's Not Too Late! Sign Up for a CSA Today

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” In short, it’s a way for consumers to buy into an agricultural enterprise, receive fresh, natural food seasonally and support our local food system. The first CSA in Bucks County – Anchor Run Farm – opened over ten years ago. Now there are eleven CSAs available to Bucks County residents. Here's a list of all the CSAs in Bucks County, with contact information and details.
Bucks County Seasonal Farmers' Markets Openings

Spring is here and so are our seasonal farmers' markets. First to open will be the Doylestown Farmers' Market, now in it's 39th year, on Saturday, April 19, from 7 am to noon. This market boasts over 25 diverse vendors and continues every Saturday through November 22 in downtown Doylestown on S. Hamilton St., between W. Oakland Ave. and W. State St. The Ottsville Farmers' Market will open on Friday, April 25, from 4 - 7 pm. The market takes place in front of the Barn at Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Road in Ottsville. Then on Saturday, May 3, the Wrightstown Farmers' Market begins its season at 2203 2nd Street Pike, next to the Wrightstown Township Municipal Building. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm, through November 22.
Gardening for the Bees

The first day of Spring has officially arrived! Now is the time to start getting ready for your wonder-garden that will magically appear...You’ve been drooling over glossy pages of beautiful plants cruelly sent to gardeners during dark, grey February –- but make sure you plant things that aren’t invasive and that will support your local butterflies and native bees. Here are some resources to help you plant the right stuff.

How to Start a Worm Bin

You too can give a new life to your own garbage — and avoid landfills — if you compost. Even if you live in the heart of the city you can transform your edible trash into useful dirt. The two best options for composting in any urban, suburban or rural household are indoor worm bins or outside compost boxes.To start your own worm bin, all you need is newspaper, a bin and a pound of red wiggler worms. Click here for more information and composting products.

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It

One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification, reports Wired.com. After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn. Read more here.

Blooming Glen Farm Seeks Farmers' Market Staff

Blooming Glen Farm is looking for a few good vegetable vendors! They need help on Saturdays at their farm booth at the Wrightstown Farmers Market from 7am until 2pm, from May until Thanksgiving. Necessary skills: physical ability to lift 30-40 pound crates, excellent customer service skills, knowledge and experience with cooking and eating seasonal veggies, reliability, a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. Compensation: $10/hour, plus vegetables. Email Tricia at bloomingglenfarm@verizon.net to apply.
Veg-E Systems hydroponic vertical farm
Walmart to Sell Organic Food, Undercutting Big Brands

In a real game changer, Walmart has announced that it is putting its muscle behind Wild Oats organic products, offering the label at prices that will undercut brand-name organic competitors by at least 25 percent. The move by Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer and grocer, is likely to send shock waves through the organic market, in which an increasing number of food companies and retailers are seeking a toehold. Read more in the New York Times article here.

Philly corner stores
Reviving a Lost Tradition in the Northeast: Growing Grain

A group of farmers and bakers are once again growing grain in the Northeast and using it to bake breads with vibrant flavor. A vibrant group of bakers, millers and farmers in America’s Northeast, are helping to revive a lost tradition — grain grown locally, milled locally, used by local bakers to create whole-wheat breads that taste like the bread eaten by our grandparents, before the advent of highly processed flours that can sit on grocery store shelves for months on end. Read more in this article in Modern Farmer.

 
Food Deserts Aren't the Problem

Bringing a bounty of fresh produce to impoverished “food deserts” is a lovely idea. But the idea isn’t borne out by evidence. Study after study has shown that the fresh-food push does nothing to improve the health of poor people, who continue to live markedly shorter and sicker lives than better-off Americans. In fact, researchers who focus on health disparities have suspected for decades that people who live in poverty die early because of the stress of poverty itself rather than the poor health choices low-income people make. Read more about the research here in Slate.com.

Inside the Milk Machine: How Modern Dairy Works

With the rise of factory farming, milk is now a most unnatural operation. The modern dairy farm can have hundreds, even thousands of cows. Today’s average dairy cow produces six to seven times as much milk as she did a century ago. Cows spend their lives being constantly impregnated in order to produce milk. But does it have to be this way? As dairy farmers in the United States struggle to make a living, a new kind of operation has taken hold — one that puts animal welfare and small-scale operations at the heart of the business. It’s an experiment in progress, but during visits to a number of upstate New York operations, there were signs that this “new milk” could be a viable way forward. The lingering question is: Will consumers pay more to know where their milk comes from? Read more here in Modern Farmer.

Americans Find Doing Their Own Taxes Simpler than Improving Diet

Americans are interested in food and health related issues, with nearly all saying that they have given at least a little thought to the healthfulness of their diet, physical activity, and the safety of their food, reports the International Food Information Council Foundation. In an environment where media reports are constantly highlighting concern over the “obesity epidemic” and seemingly contradictory news stories tout and condemn various nutrients, many consumers acknowledge that it can be hard to know what to believe. This could explain why over half of Americans believe it is easier to figure out their income taxes than to figure out what they should and shouldn’t eat to be healthier. View this fascinating study to learn more.

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