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One Saturday this past May, we struck out with our friends, Sharon and Mark, to attend the 2nd Annual Breakfast on the Bridge in Perkasie, run by the Bucks County Covered Bridge Society.

One of the benefits of maintaining our calendar of Food Events in Bucks County is that I find all kinds of great stuff to go to. Case in point. Where else can you enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast (provided by Joseph’s Italian Market in Perkasie), sitting on a historic covered bridge, satisfied in both body and conscience? It was a lot of fun, as well as educational. Make sure to look for it next year.

Pasqualina's Italian Market & DeliOn our way to Perkasie, we passed Pasqualina’s Italian Market and Deli, in Blooming Glen, and I made a mental note to waylay our little culinary party on the way home. It wasn’t difficult. Sharon, as our intrepid readers may remember from previous posts, doesn’t need her arm twisted to stop at an Italian market.

Pasqualina’s is a gem. From the moment you walk in, it sparkles and beckons, enticing you with sights, smells and tastes. Cheeses, pastas, meats, olive oils and vinegars, homemade sauces and meatballs, Italian and Mediterranean groceries, and fresh hot and cold sandwiches – all in one compact, clean and inviting space.

First let’s get the Blooming Glen thing over with. You’re probably saying to yourself, “Blooming Glen? Huh?” It’s actually not as remote as it sounds to all you folks in Central and Lower Bucks. Go up Route 313, past Dublin, to Route 113, turn left (west) and go two miles. Voila. You’re there. There’s also a number of interesting food places on that stretch of Route 113, including Blooming Glen Catering (Big Bob’s BBQ), Tussock Sedge Farm Beef, Bolton Farm Market and the Blooming Glen CSA Farm.

Patty and Brian Gianfelice opened the market almost four years ago. Patty’s a native of Bucks and the couple raised their family just down the road. The market was Patty’s dream, and she nurtures it like a good Italian mother. (“Pasqualina” is her Italian name.)

“This is like one of my children,” she explains. “My name is on this. It was the name of my grandmother whom I adored, the best cook, the sweetest person. It has a lot of family strings for me.” Patty even has her cell number on her business card so customers can call if they have a question or need help with one of her recipes. Brian, who’s been married to Patty for many years, raising children and grandchildren, has come to appreciate her in a new way. “I’ve learned how incredibly talented my wife is because this is a very difficult thing to do. ”

Cheese samples at Pasqualina'sPasqualina’s has many delectable things, but let’s start with cheese since it’s my favorite, and their selection is deep and interesting (rivaling Wegmans). The market carries over 90 kinds of cheese – from Italian classics like asiago, parmigiano-reggiano, and mascarpone – to others from all over Europe. My newest favorite is Ravenno, a Dutch cheese with “the nutty, caramel flavor of parmesan yet the sweetness of gouda.” They’ve laid out small tasting stations throughout the store, with freshly cut pieces to try, and informational signs.

“We’ve cut over 8 1/2 tons of cheese,” says Brian, a bit surprised himself, including cracking more than one wheel of parmigiano-reggiano. It’s worth stopping by frequently since they always have something new, and Brian loves sharing and teaching about cheese.

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NOTE: The Wrightstown Farmer’s Market will have another “limited” market on May 9th. Regular markets begin on May 23rd, continuing through November 21st.

See more details about this event and others at our calendar,
Food Events in Bucks County.

The Wrightstown Farmer’s Market will have limited hours this Saturday, April 11th from 10 to 11 am but please put your orders in ahead of time by contacting the vendors directly. Here’s a list of who will be there, selling what and how you can reach them. The market takes place at the Wrightstown Municipal Building parking lot, on Rt. 232. Happy Holidays everyone!

Anchor Run CSA, Derek McGeehan & Dana Hunting. Organic vegetable seedlings including leeks, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, chard, kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, pac choi, lettuce, peas, beets, among others.  Call 215-598-1519 or e-mail at farmers@anchorrunfarm.com.

A Happy Farm, Tom Colbaugh.  Pastured chicken, duck, lamb and eggs. Day-range, pastured eggs (chicken and duck) and whole, pastured chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Grassfed lamb. RENT-A-CHICK for Easter! Call 610-306-2796 or e-mail The Happy Farmers at ahappyfarm@yahoo.com.

Bee Well, Grace Covey. Local raw and pasteurized honey, honeycomb, maple syrup, maple sugar and beeswax candles.  E-mail Grace at gcovey@comcast.net or 215-716-3640.

The Coffee Scoop, Warren and Karen May. Gourmet, fresh roasted organic, fair trade coffees. E-mail at warren@freshcoffeescoop.com or may5841@comcast.net  or call 215-766-7918, fax 215-766-9429.  Product info at www.freshcoffeescoop.com.

Ewe Can Do It, Judi Lehrhaupt and Janet. Pastured lamb, wool and crafts. Sale on leg of lamb – $4/lb and lamb chops @ $9/lb. E-mail them at shepherdess@ewecandoit.com or call 215-321-9159.

Flint Hill Farm Education Center, Goat and cow yogurt, cream cheese, goat cheeses  E-mail kathy@flinthill-farm.org  or go to www.flinthill-farm.org for more information.

Kaleidoscope Farm, Mike and Robin Hoy. Raw, organic yogurt, pastured eggs. Sorry, no bread this time.  Call 215-860-7081 or e-mail ecorobinhood@comcast.net.

Karibbean Kappra Body Care Solutions, Geoffrey Burgess. All natural handmade body lotions and pure shea butter.  E-mail Geoffrey at phyburg@yahoo.com or 484-554-7253.

Lilies and Lavender, Kate Sparks. Bouquets, tulips, lilies, alstroemeria, mums, amaryllis, iris, and paper whites. For more info: www.liliesandlavender.com or e-mail Kate at lily4me2@hotmail.com.

Marie’s Soaps, Brenda Olson or Marie (Brenda’s mom!). Handmade soaps and lotions, e-mail at mariessoap@aol.com.

Naturally @ Holben Valley Farm, Dennis and Carol Dorney. Pastured beef and eggs. Contact them at naturallyholbenvalleyfarm@hotmail.com or 610-298-2566.

Purely Farm’s Organically Pastured Meats, Joanna & Marc Michini. Pastured pork in a wide variety of retail cuts, pastured lamb – legs, shoulders, ground and chops.  Call 215-317-0889 or e-mail purelyfarm@verizon.net.

Tall Pine Farms, Wendi and Michael Skwara. Popcorn, Spring Vegetable and Herb Plants, Lettuce and Braising Mixes, Radishes and Applications for Farm Apprentices and Interns.  For info or orders (so we can approximate our harvest) please e-mail at TallPineFarms@gmail.com ASAP.

Woods Edge Wools Farm, Brent or Linda Walker. Alpaca socks, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves as well as blankets and rugs, and alpaca and llama yarns.  Baby sweaters, hats and booties made from our softest baby alpaca natural cream and white yarns can be brought on request for customers to see.  Call  609 847-2425 or e-mail  at  WWFAlpaca@aol.com.

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The Doylestown specialty food store and caterer,  Côté & Co., is sponsoring an Artisanal Beer & Cheese Tasting on Friday, April 24th at 7:30 pm [NOTE: Date change] at their store on 800 North Easton Road. Andy Jarin of B&B Beverages will explain the unique qualities of each artisanal beer selection and Anna & Jerry Perkins of Côté & Co. will discuss the cheese varieties, with plenty of time to chat inbetween courses. Admission is $40.00 per person, $75 for two people. Tickets may be purchased at the store or by contacting kristin.perry@me.com. Enjoy!

[NOTE: This is an update to a previous post.]

See more details about this event and others at our calendar,
Food Events in Bucks County.
 

 

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