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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.

SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER

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The Summer 2016 Newsletter is here, featuring news about us, including our upcoming events, news from Wrightstown Farmers Market and the Doylestown Food Market, and local-food related articles. We hope you enjoy!
BCFA hosts 2nd Annual Bucks Foodshed 5K at DelVal U. Sept 3
 
 BCFA and BFBL is hosting its 2nd Annual Bucks Foodshed 5K & 1-mile Fun Run on Saturday, September 3, on Delaware Valley University’s campus.
 
All proceeds benefit Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to building a resilient local food system in our community through education and collaboration.
 
Participants can register online (use link at BucksFoodshed.org/5K) through August 31 or in person on race day. The race fee is $25 for the 5K or the one-mile Fun Run until August 20; after August 20, the fee is $30 for either race. A nominal service fee applies for online registration.
 
The event is rain or shine, and no refunds can be issued.
 
Registration/check-in on race day opens at 7:30am. The Fun Run sets off at 8:30 and the 5K at 9:00. GPS: 700 E. Butler Av., Doylestown PA 18901. Enter campus at Admissions Drive from New Britain Road.
 
For more information: BucksFoodshed.org/5k or BCFA5K@gmail.com.

Bucks County Foodshed Alliance 2016 Farm Tour Evenings
Continue with Manoff Market Gardens Aug 3

 
The 2016 Farm Tour and Potluck series comes to a close Wednesday, August 3, with a visit to Manoff Market Gardens, 3157 Comfort Road, New Hope 18938. While the tour is free, donations to offset the cost of BCFA’s programs are strongly encouraged.

For 31 years, Gary & Amy Manoff and their children have been farming this preserved Heritage Conservancy property in Solebury. They grow white & yellow peaches & nectarines, 25 varieties of apples and 6 strawberry varieties plus pumpkins & squashes, berries and flowers. Manoffs’ farm market is stocked with gifts, baked goods and other products.

For updates and more information visit Manoff Market Garden’s Facebook or manoffmarketgardens.com

The evening’s potluck meal runs from 6:00 to 7:00pm, with the tour to follow. Visitors are expected to bring a dish to share with others and their family’s own eating equipment, beverages and seating, and they should expect to carry out their own trash.

This educational and entertaining event is appropriate for school-aged children who are under an adult’s careful supervision.
 
Any cancellations due to severe weather will be posted on the BCFA website and Facebook page. For more information: 215.621.8967 or BucksFoodshed.org.
At the Wrightstown Market: What’s in Season


Produce – corn, blueberries, eggplant, tomatoes, snap beans, peaches, golden and red beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, fresh garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, cabbage, onions, red potatoes, romaine, scallions, summer squash, Swiss chard.

Herbs – Basil, cilantro, chives, dill, parsley, thyme, mint, sage

Mushrooms – locally grown and foraged

Flowers – mixed bouquets and sunflowers

Meats – pastured beef, pork, chicken

Eggs/Dairy – free range eggs, fresh cow milk cheeses

Baked goods – wood fired oven breads, cookies, and other baked goods using local ingredients

Prepared Foods – soups, salads, sandwiches, pickled, fermented, canned/jarred goods
 
Plus – coffee, honey, dog treats, crafts, pottery, homemade soaps, and other gift items 

Visit Wrightstown Farmers Market every Saturday 9am-1pm at 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown. 

Doylestown Food Market hosts Celebrity Farm to Table Dinner

Doylestown Food Market is hosting their Annual Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner August 13 at 6pm. The dinner will take place at Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope 18938.

The celebration will feature the incredible food produced by our local farmers and the cooking prowess of two chefs. This event will feature Chef Keith Blalock of PA Soup and Seafood and Penn Taproom, and Chef Kevin Blalock of Lookaway Golf Club.

The Annual Celebrity Chef Farm to Table event benefits the mission of the Doylestown Food Market to help make local food accessible to everyone.
For event updates: http://farmtotable.doylestown.coop/

Tickets are on sale: http://farmtotable.doylestown.coop/tickets_2016_celebrity_chef_farm_to_table
$95 for non-members. $75 for members of the Doylestown Food Market.
All About Bucks County Taste

Bucks County Taste is a flourishing online resource devoted to the food of Bucks County. Publishers Lynne Goldman and Mark Feffer invite readers to discover, explore and share all the information provided about farms, markets, restaurants, bars, wineries, small producers and local merchants that Bucks County has to offer.
 
The BCFA Board is so grateful to Bucks County Taste for sponsoring our 2016 Farm Tour Series. Visit buckscountytaste.com for many foodie-related articles and a weekly Food Calendar that details the tantalizing tastes of our local food establishments.
 

Working together with Local Farmers and Doylestown Food Market to solve a duck egg surplus



Shout out to Lori Wicen of Wicen’s Farm in Furlong, PA, Andrea Haines, store manager at the Doylestown Food Market, and Susan Pierson and Lisa White at the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance. 

These women recently all worked together to help each other. It all started when Lori Wicen contacted BCFA because she had too many duck eggs in hand. Her ducks produce roughly three dozen eggs each day! She wanted to sell them so she could make a profit and keep Wicen’s Farm in her family.

When Lori told Susan about  all of the duck eggs, Susan called Lisa, who also sits on the board of the Doylestown Food Market. Lisa knew to call Andrea. After a phone call, Andrea eagerly stocked the Co-op’s fridge with Lori’s duck eggs. 

Andrea isn’t just doing Lori a favor; selling the eggs helps keep the Doylestown co-op in business because it only sells locally-grown and produced goods.

“It really comes down to our mission statement; our mission is to help local farmers. [Selling Wicen’s eggs] helps us on the path of fulfilling our mission statement,” Haines said. 

In the end, it is a win-win for all. Lori earns profit to keep the family farm running, and the BCFA and Doylestown co-op are able to implement their mission to act as a resource for local farmers. 

Go check out the shelves stocked with duck eggs and other healthy items at the Doylestown Food Market located at located at 29 West State St in Doylestown, across from the Doylestown Inn.!
 
-Sabrina Ramano, Volunteer

Farm Spotlight: Milk House Farm

Bucks County Taste profiled Farmer Brenda Slack of Milk House Farm. Slack practices organic farming, meaning that she does not use pesticides and does not include hormones in her livestock’s feed. Slack raises 1000 chickens and 150 ducks that produce eggs and 400 that will be turned into meat. 

Besides farming animals, Slack grows a wide variety of vegetables, including 45 types of heirloom tomatoes, 18 types of winter squashes and 24 types of pumpkins and gourds.
 
 
Before becoming a full-time farmer, Slack worked as a therapist and farmed on the side, growing a garden and selling some produce at her street-side cart. In 2009, after her therapist position began to take an increasingly large emotional toll on her, she switched careers and became a full-time farmer on the land that has been in the family since 1850.

We would say that becoming a Bucks County farmer was a great choice! You can visit her website here.

Better, you can visit Slack’s beautiful farm at 1118 Slack Rd., Newtown PA, 18940, and pick up organic, locally grown food!

5 Types of Basil

Here are five of the many types of basil. Learn their distinctive flavors, uses, and how to tell them apart.

Holy Basil – Also known as tulsi. Holy Basil is used in Ayurvedic medicine and is considered an adaptogen with many health benefits. Holy Basil has a clove scent and a peppery taste. Used in herbal teas, soups, and stir-fry dishes.

Genovese – The best basil to use for pesto. Genovese is the classic, large-leaf, Italian basil. The leaves are highly aromatic.

Lemon – The Lemon Basil plant has small leaves with a strong lemony scent. Lemon Basil goes well in fish, chicken, vegetable, and even fruit dishes.

Siam Queen – A type of Thai basil with a licorice flavor and aroma. Tastes great in Thai food, curries, fish, and beef dishes.

Red Rubin – A large-leaved purple basil. Beautiful color contrast in a green garden. Red Rubin basil is flavorful and fragrant. 

Natural Insect Repellent Recipe

Go without the chemicals and make your own!
Ingredients:
  • 16 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 16 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 16 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • ½ cup organic soybean base oil
Instructions:

Add essential oils to bottle, and then add soybean oil. Close bottle and shake. Let sit one hour before using. Store at room temperature away from light.

The Doylestown Food Market, located at 29 West State St., carries essential oils for your recipe. Or if you don’t feel like making your own, they also carry a natural locally sourced bug stray by Barefoot Body. 

How to store root vegetables

Root vegetables are full of phytonutrients and can be available to be eaten year round – if they are stored properly!

Make sure to store root veggies in a cool, dark, moist area, either in the basement or garage. Trim off the greens before storing – the greens are great sautéed in olive oil with a little garlic. Eat the smallest roots first, because they will go bad first. 

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