Posts Tagged ‘Fair Trade’

Here’s a test. Where can you find all these items?

All natural bakery items (no preservatives or hydrogenated oils), baked on the premises
Hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, poultry and pork, raised locally, and sold at a butcher counter
Fresh organic produce
Fresh flowers, grown across the street
Boars Head Meat and Cheeses, including deli sandwiches
Prepared foods, made on the premises, including entrees, sides, salads and dips
Local eggs and organic milk, and a full line of other dairy items (yogurt, cream, soy milk, butter, goat milk and fresh mozzarella)
Nelson’s, Ben & Jerry’s, and Ciao Bella ice cream
• Baked goods from J.Scones
Superior Pasta from Philadelphia
Martin’s chicken and turkey sausages (fresh on Fridays and no preservatives)
• Naturally-processed, fair trade coffee roasted in Bucks County by The Coffee Scoop
Max & Me Smoked Salmon
• A whole host of great grocery items

To be honest, I was a bit surprised to find all these things at None Such Farm Market, in Buckingham, on Route 263 (York Road). I’ve been living around here for eighteen years, and have shopped from time to time at None Such. It wasn’t until I sat down with Carol Routier, one of the managers at the market, that I began to appreciate what is going on at None Such. It’s not just a farm market anymore.

100_1903None Such Farm Market is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, sitting on land that has been farmed by the Yerkes family for over seventy years. Now in the hands of the third generation, the market is being co-managed by Rhonda and Karen Yerkes, wives of Scott and Jon Yerkes (learn more about their history).

There have been some changes, all for the best as you can see from the list above. The market has stuck to its roots – providing fresh, locally grown produce, flowers and plants – and then some. As you reach for the front door, notice the dry erase board directly to the right. It lists what’s fresh and new in the store. Then grab a basket or cart and just wander around.

The Yerkes and their staff have been listening to what Bucks County customers want – all natural products, a variety of interesting gourmet and everyday items, as well as “I just need to pick something up for dinner,” type stuff.

"What's growing" sign

"What's growing" sign

Another great addition is the big blackboard at the cash registers. It lists what’s going on at the farm across the street, including what’s being planted, growing and harvested.

As we’ve mentioned before, Mark and I are carnivores, so if you’re not, you might want to skip this paragraph. While all natural meat products have become more common, we’re very fortunate here in Bucks to have all natural meat raised locally. None Such’s cattle is raised on pasture and long grains, and sold fresh at the market. Take home the 6 oz. hamburger patties – they are wonderful, and they don’t shrink on the grill. The pork and poultry are also local, and are hormone- and antibiotic-free, something not always easy to find in central Bucks (especially in pork products).

Herbs and plants

Herbs and plants

There is so much more – catering services, great bedding plants and hanging baskets, a fresh flower fridge as you walk in to the right – that you’ll just have to check it out yourself. And now’s a great time since None Such Farm’s strawberries have just arrived. They are available for purchase in the market or you can pick your own (Monday – Sunday, 8 am to 12 pm; Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 5 – 8 pm). Nothing against California strawberries, but they’ve come a long way and they tend to be bland. Stop by None Such Market, buy some, and remember what strawberries are supposed to taste like.

The market is open Monday – Friday, 8 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 6 pm, Route 263, 4458 York Rd., Buckingham, 215.794.5201, www.nonesuchfarms.com

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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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Slow Food Bucks County is hosting a Valentine’s Day tasting event of Kallari Chocolate, an Ecuadorian Fair Trade company that produces chocolate from the cacao they grow. The event will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 14th at the Northampton Library, located at 32 Upper Holland Road, Richboro.

As Kimberly Kaufmann, Leader of Slow Food Bucks County, explains:

Ordinarily, ‘Fair Trade’ chocolate is made by large North American and European owned companies that pay a fee to a third party to be certified. Cacao beans used by conventional chocolate companies are warehoused or stored for years before they become chocolate. During this time, the beans are exposed to insects, worms, mold, and fungus all of which reduce the potency of the antioxidants and polyphenol compounds.

By purchasing Kallari Chocolate, Kaufmann says, consumers are taking a giant leap ahead of standard Fair Trade practices. Buying directly from the producer achieves higher income for all the local farmers involved.

Kallari Chocolate (pronounced kai-YAH-ri) produces chocolate from cacao beans harvested by a cooperative of Quichua farmers. A profile in the New York Times gives more background about this unique enterprise:

The cooperative uses an unusual blend of cacaos that grow on the Quichua land — fruity Cacao Amazónico, nutty Criollo, Forastero Amazónico, Tipo Trinitario and, most important, a rare variety that flourishes around their homes, Cacao Nacional.

“They have a certain smell and taste that is herbal, flowery but also savory, like black pepper,” Tomas Keme, a Swiss chocolate expert who consults for Kallari, said of the Cacao Nacional beans. “It’s the same taste I find in a Californian cabernet.”

So join us and other Bucks County chocoholics on Saturday, February 14th. There will be a member of the Quichua present to explain the Kallari operation and plenty of chocolate to taste. Slow Food Bucks County is asking for donations of $10 per person to pay for the Quichua family member’s travel expenses to the US.

RSVPs would be greatly appreciated at bucksslowfood@comcast.net.

Think of it as doing good AND eating chocolate. Kaufmann puts it best when she says,

By paying a bit more for a little taste of heaven, end-consumers of Kallari chocolate play a small role in increasing the standard of living in a developing nation, and are in return rewarded with a higher quality product.

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