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

Mark your calendar

For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.
September 13, 2012 School Lunches - a Fresh Approach - A la Maison Personal Chef Service @ The Solebury Club, 4612 Hugesian Drive , Buckingham, PA

September 15, 2012 "Rock Your Veggies" Farm Dance Party Fundraiser - Snipes Farm & Education Center, 890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville, PA 19067 

September 19, 2012 Sheep Management - Penn State Extension-Bucks County, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

September 20, 2012 Movie Night: Bitter Seeds - Wellness Works, 500 Horizon Drive Suite 503, Chalfont, PA 18914

September 30, 2012 BCFA Fall Garden Benefit at Hortulus Farm - Hortulus Farm, 60 Thompson Mill Rd., Wrightstown, PA 18940

For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.

Giving to food pantries

Interested in giving food to local pantries but not sure where to go? Click on this link to for a full listing of area pantries.

Help us help you

Consider making a donation to 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 are:
- 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 make an online donation. Thanks for your support.
Dr. Jackie Ricotta
Bucks County Farmers' Markets

Here are the local farmers' markets in Bucks County, in order of the day of the week on which they take place:

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 6:30 pm, Langhorne Farmers' Market, Jesse Soby American Legion Post, 115 W. Richardson Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

Wednesdays, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, The Farmers' Market @ Playwicki Farm, 2350 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, PA

Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:30 pm, BCFA's Lower Makefield Farmers' Market, Veterans Square Park, Edgewood and Heacock Rds, Lower Makefield, PA 19067

Fridays, 4:00 - 8:00 pm, Ottsville Farmers' Market, Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA 18942

Saturdays, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm, Doylestown Farmers' Market, W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA 18901

Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Plumsteadville Grange Farmers' Market, Plumsteadville Grange, Route 611 North, opposite Keller's Church Rd., Plumsteadville, PA

Saturdays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, BCFA's Wrightstown Farmers' Market, Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA

Saturdays, 9:00 - 1:00 pm, Perkasie Farmers' Market, 7th and Market Sts, Perkasie, PA
Just Label It: Know Your Food

Do you know if your food has been made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? No one does, at least not here in the United States. After two decades fighting to force U.S. food companies to tell consumers when their products are made with genetically modified organisms, activists in California have mounted what is potentially their most promising offensive to date, reports the Chicago Tribune. In November, voters in the nation's most populous state will decide whether to require labels on food and drinks containing so-called GMOs, or ingredients that come from plants whose DNA has been manipulated by scientists. Read more about Proposition 37 here and how large food companies - some of whom make many organic and "natural" food brands - are funding the opposition to Proposition 37. To learn more about the impact of GMOs, go to the Union of Concerned Scientists website. If you want to get involved and make your voice heard, go to

In this issue: As the seasons change

Autumn may be approaching but there's still plenty of beautiful fruit and veggies in Bucks County. Local farmers' markets and farm stands are bursting. Local apples are starting to come in too. Soon there'll be pumpkins!

In this month's newsletter, read an article by Bryan Furgison which examines how and why farmers' markets - once the only way product got to consumers - are seeing such a resurgence. Farm to table is happening in a big way at New Hope's Truimph Brewing Company as the restaurant's menu goes totally local, sourcing food from both local and regional farms.

The focus is on the farmer in three articles, one by Mark Bittman in the New York Times, offering action steps for making real food more widely available and supporting farmers. Lack of affordable land and climate change are two fierce challenges for area farmers, says Jared Flesher, in his piece on young New Jersey farmers.
PAFarmLink is offering one possible solution. The website connects those in Pennsylvania looking for land, and those wanting to sell or lease farmland.

While many in Bucks County have access to real, fresh, healthy food, that isn't the case for everyone. Malia Wollan captures the Faces of Food Stamps, in a photo essay with stories of veterans, senior citizens, farm workers, graduate students and factory workers, all on food stamps for the first time in their lives. The Food Bank of South Jersey has come together with local peach farms to produce a tasty peach salsa using peach "seconds" that would have gone to waste. They are selling the salsa to raise money for the food bank. Learn more here.

In California there is a ballot initiative - Prop 37 - to force food companies to label product that was made with genetically engineered organisms (GMOs). There is strong opposition and things are heating up. Learn more about GMOs and their impact in this newsletter. Also
join the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and health counselor Susie Beiler on September 20 at "Health Movie Night," a screening of the film, Bitter Seeds, about genetically modified seeds and their cultural, economic and agricultural impact here and abroad. The movie will be followed by a discussion focused on solutions and action steps. For more information and to register for this free event, click here.

Here in Bucks County, take a look at our monthly calendar of events and the list of all Bucks County farmers' markets.

Save the date. Enjoy wine and local light fare during an evening’s stroll through the spectacular decorative and kitchen gardens of Hortulus Farm in Wrightstown on Sunday, September 30. The benefit event features a talk on vegetable gardening by Jack Staub, self-guided tour of the grounds and a chance to view the owners’ collection of Bucks County Impressionist paintings in the Hortulus barn/office. Tickets can be purchased at
. For more information, click here.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for our last potluck and tour of the season. Bring a dish to share. Carpooling is strongly suggested.

October 3, Wednesday, 6 - 8:30 pm
Castle Valley Mill
Refurbished historic grain mill now in operation
1730 Lower State Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

See you there!

Farmers' Market
Changing the Guard: Returning to the Age of the Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Markets are on the rise in America. After decades of processed prepackaged foods, proliferation of fast food, and mass agriculture, there is finally again beginning to be a true market for the small farmer and healthy consumer. But how did we get away from these traditional farmers’ markets of the past in the first place? Farmers’ markets were the traditional way in which the American agricultural system distributed its products. As a matter of fact, this was the traditional way in which nearly all agricultural systems across the world functioned. Read more here.
Young Farmers
For young farmers: No land, but plenty of climate change to go around

It's widely ackowledged that we desperately need more young farmers in this country. In 2009, Jared Flesher picked up a video camera in order to start documenting something that looked hopeful. Young people with college educations — but absolutely no background in agriculture — were showing up on small organic farms in his home state of New Jersey, seeking training. In many cases, the self-appointed mission of these young people wasn’t just to farm, but to farm as sustainably as possible. Read his article about small organic farming, a new generation of farmers, the lack of farmland and the impact of climate change.
Farmers' Market
Celebrate the Farmer!

In the last 10 or 15 years, we’ve seen the best New York chefs scouring the Greenmarket weekly and setting up exclusive relationships with farmers throughout the Northeast; that kind of behavior is nationwide, says Mark Bittman in this NY Times Op-Ed article. While not everyone can afford to shop at farmers' markets, this is precisely why we need to support a herd of actions that will make it possible for more people to have access to real food, he says. Read more here.

Peach Salsa
Peach Salsa to help feed South Jersey's hungry

The Food Bank of South Jersey is partnering with Campbell Soup to produce and sell Just Peachy, a sweet salsa made from New Jersey peaches, in a new fundraising initiative. The product is expected to raise more than $100,000 and create a much needed revenue stream for the Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs.The salsa is made entirely with donated ingredients: Nearly a half-pound of fresh peaches plus crushed tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, cilantro and garlic are in each jar. More than 52,000 jars have been produced and will be sold at the Food Bank and soon at area retail locations. About 850,000 pounds of blemished peaches grown by farmers in the Eastern ProPak Farmers’ Cooperative of Gloucester County were used for the salsa.The fruit would otherwise have gone to waste. Read more here.

Triumph Brewing Company
A Local Triumph

Triumph Brewing Company is known for its house-brewed craft beers. Now it’s going local in a big way. If you’ve dined at Triumph’s New Hope restaurant you may have noticed a “Home Grown” menu that they have offered for the past couple of years, separate from their regular menu. The menu draws upon the bounty of Bucks and nearby New Jersey farms. All of that is about to change. The majority of the regular menu will now be sourced from regional farmers and producers, many of them within 25 miles of the restaurant. Read more here.

PA FarmLink
Pa. Farm Link unveils new website

Finding the right farm property can be a daunting task for a beginning farmer. Landowners looking for someone to lease or purchase their property are also looking for the correct person to take over the land. That’s why Pennsylvania Farm Link has unveiled a new website at that allows people to enter the Farm Link database online. A listing of beginning farmers looking for opportunities as well as a list of landowners seeking someone to lease or purchase their property is available online.
Kashi cereal by Kellogg
Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?

Organic food has become a wildly lucrative business for Big Food and a premium-price-means-premium-profit section of the grocery store. The industry’s image — contented cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy. Or rather, pure marketing. Big Food, it turns out, has spawned what might be called Big Organic. Over the last decade, since federal organic standards have come to the fore, giant agri-food corporations have gobbled up most of the nation’s organic food industry. Pure, locally produced ingredients from small family farms? Not so much anymore. Read more in this NY Times article here.
Faces of food stamps
The Faces of Food Stamps

For nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty – the highest in more than half a century – getting a meal on the table isn’t easy. One-in-seven now receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (better known as food stamps) but that barely covers the necessities, especially when assistance runs thin at the end of the month. By then, foods like peanut butter and pasta become a main course for those on assistance, half of whom are children. Some have been chronically poor, but many are the newcomers to federal food assistance — recent veterans, college graduates, once middle-class families in suburbia, and farm workers, who never imagined they would learn what hunger felt like. View this photo essay to see the "faces of food stamps" today and consider donating at your local food pantry.
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