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Mark your calendar

For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.

Tues June 25 (every Tues) Langhorne Farmers' Market - Jesse Soby American Legion Post, 115 W. Richardson Ave., Langhorne, PA [3:30 - 6:30 pm]

Wed June 26 (every Wed) The Farmers' Market @ Playwicki Farm - 2350 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, PA [3 - 6 pm]

Thu June 27 (every Thu) Lower Makefield Farmers' Market - Veterans Square Park, Edgewood and Heacock Rds, Lower Makefield, PA [3:30 - 6:30 pm]

Fri June 28 (every Fri) Ottsville Farmers' Market - Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA [4 - 8 pm]

Sat June 29 (every Sat) Doylestown Farmers' Market - W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA [7 am - 12 pm]

Sat June 29 (every Sat) Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market - Plumsteadville Grange, 5901 Easton Rd (Route 611 & Keller's Church Rd), Plumsteadville, PA [9 am - 12:30 pm]

Sat June 29 (every Sat) Wrightstown Farmers' Market - Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA [9 am - 1 pm]

Tues July 2 Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production - Lehigh County Ag Center, 4184 Dorney Park Rd # 102, Allentown, PA [3:30 - 8:30 pm]

Fri July 5 First Friday at Blue Moon Acres Market - 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ [4 - 7 pm]

Sun July 7 Canning & Preserving: Pickles & Corn - Flint Hill Farm & Education Center, 1922 Flint Hill Road, Coopersburg, PA [10 am - 12 pm]

Wed July 10 BCFA Board Meeting - TBD [7 - 9:30 pm]

Fri July 12 Introductory Beekeeping - Delaware Valley College, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA [9 am - 4 pm]

Sat July 13 BCFA Summer Farm Tour: Flint Hill Farm & Education Center, Flint Hill Farm & Education Center, 1922 Flint Hill Road, Coopersburg, PA [4 pm - 6:30 pm]

For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.

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.
A month eating vegan
What I learned from a month of eating vegan

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan set out on a month-long challenge to eliminate animal products from her family's diets. "Would we discover an entirely new way of eating? Experience a miraculous increase in vitality? Or crash and burn spectacularly over an irresistible salumi plate? And would any of us end up converting wholly to veganism?" she ponders. "One thing we all agreed on: We learned a lot. Now it’s your turn: I encourage — nay, dare — you to try the vegan experiment yourself. It’s challenging, surprising, and utterly worthwhile. But before you do, here are some of those lessons we learned along the way." Read more about what Elisabeth and her family learned in their month of veganism.
Wrightstown Farmers' Market Facebook page
Wrightstown Farmers' Market is going social

Check it out! Now you can get updates about the Wrightstown Farmers' Market on all your favorite social media sites.

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Flint Hill Farm goats
BCFA Summer Farm Tour: Flint Hill Farm

Goats, chickens, cows and a working farm. You'll see it all at Flint Hill Farm on Saturday, July 13 at BCFA's next Summer Farm Tour and potluck. The potluck will begin at 4 pm, with a tour of this special farm and educational center at 5 pm. The farm also has a store that sells all their dairy products (milk, goat and cow cheeses, yogurt) and farm-raised eggs so bring a cooler to pick up a few items.

Flint Hill Farm is in Coopersburg, PA, just north of Quakertown. We will be carpooling from the Doylestown Acme Shopping Center and the CVS in Wrightstown. For more information, click here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Would you like to take photos at our Summer Farm Tours to help us spread the word? Email Lynne if you are interested.
Penn State Bucks Farm Guide
Fresh from Bucks County Farms 2013 Guide is out!

Want to know where you can "pick your own?" Want to buy directly from the farmer who raises your food? Then you will want to check out the latest edition of Fresh from Bucks County Farms, published by the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Bucks County. This excellent guide gives you all the farms in Bucks County that sell directly to the consumer, including farmers' markets. Click here for the PDF, or stop by the BCFA table at the Wrightstown Farmers' Market for a hard copy.

Breaking the Grass Ceiling
Breaking the grass ceiling: Women farmers

For 56-year-old Tammy Burnell, who lost everything she owned in the 2008 Iowa floods, it’s the freedom to stand in the verdant fields of Burnell Farms in Royston, Ga., and call out to the heavens — and know no one can hear her.

Meet three of America’s female farmers, the most rapidly growing segment of the nation’s changing agricultural landscape. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service reported last month that the number of woman-operated farms more than doubled between 1982 and 2007. Add primary and secondary operators, and there are nearly 1 million women in farming, accounting for 30 percent of U.S. farmers. Read more about the growing number of women farmers here.
Banned food practices
7 dodgy food practices banned in Europe but just fine here

Last week, the European Commission voted to place a two-year moratorium on most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides, on the suspicion that they're contributing to the global crisis in honeybee health, reports Tom Philpott in Mother Jones. That got him thinking about other food-related substances and practices that are banned in Europe but green-lighted here. Turns out there are lots. Read about seven food practices that are banned in Europe but just fine here in the US.
Food waste
Don't judge a fruit by its color

Picture an idyllic family-run peach farm in rural Connecticut. There are rows upon rows stretching for acres with luscious and zingy apples, writes Julia Benedict in the Huffington Post, recalling her work on a farm. People came from all over to pick their own or drive up to the small wooden hut where they sold forty-two varieties of juicy peaches and sweet local blueberries. It was hard work, made harder by people's perception of the perfect peach. As much as they explained to customers that they only picked when the fruit was ripe, customers would still frown on the occasional blemish or split pit, used to supermarket shelves bursting with "perfect produce." Benedict explores the consequences of "perfect produce" and the food waste it generates. Read more here.
Rolling Harvest Food Rescue
Rolling Harvest Food Rescue: From farm to pantry

Four years ago, Cathy Snyder had an idea. Seeing the lack of food quality clients were receiving at a local food pantry, she wondered if local farmers had leftover produce they would be willing to donate to feed hungry people in Bucks and Hunterdon counties. They did, and were happy to see their hard work go to the hungry, instead of the compost heap.

Now Cathy and her volunteers receive donations from 18 local farms and deliver to over two dozen non-profit hunger relief organizations.Last year they received almost 50K pounds of produce and are on target to get 120K pounds this year. Interested in volunteering or donating, or simply learning more about this great organization? Go to their website.
Water use
Farm subsidies leading to more water use

Millions of dollars in farm subsidies for irrigation equipment aimed at water conservation have led to more water use, not less, threatening vulnerable aquifers and streams, reports Ron Nixon in the New York Times. From Wyoming to the Texas Panhandle, water tables have fallen 150 feet in some areas — ranging from 15 percent to 75 percent — since the 1950s, scientists say, because the subsidies give farmers the incentive to irrigate more acres of land.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program, first authorized in the 1996 farm bill, was supposed to help farmers buy more efficient irrigation equipment to save water. Researchers believe that the new equipment may be speeding up the depletion of groundwater supplies, which are crucial to agriculture and as a source of drinking water. Read more here.
NOSB rejects antibiotics
National Organic Standards Board decision a victory for organics

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has rejected a petition to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline to treat fire blight in apple and pear production beyond October 21, 2014. The decision is a victory for the organic standard and advances efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics.

The vote came after a long and controversial debate because some apple and pear growers do not believe they have adequate alternatives to antibiotics. Consumer and environmental advocates urged them to end the use of tetracycline as soon as possible in order to meet consumer expectations and to respond to mounting evidence that antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a serious threat to public health. Antibiotics are not allowed in any other types of organic food, including production of organic livestock. Read more here.
Feds: Many causes for dramatic bee disappearance

A new federal report blames a combination of problems for a mysterious and dramatic disappearance of U.S. honeybees since 2006. The intertwined factors cited include a parasitic mite, multiple viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition, genetics, habitat loss and pesticides. The multiple causes make it harder to do something about what's called colony collapse disorder, experts say. The disorder has caused as much as one-third of the nation's bees to just disappear each winter since 2006.

The federal report said the biggest culprit is the parasitic mite varroa destructor, calling it "the single most detrimental pest of honeybees." The problem has also hit bee colonies in Europe, where regulators are considering a ban on a type of pesticides known as neonicotinoids that some environmental groups blame for the bee collapse. The U.S. report cites pesticides, but near the bottom of the list of factors. And federal officials and researchers advising them said the science doesn't justify a ban of the pesticides yet. Read more here.
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