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Fresh from the marketI started this feature last week, and will list for you throughout the local growing season the kinds of vegetables and fruits available at many local farmers’ markets.

Here’s this week’s freshly picked vegetables: Asian turnips, basil, beets, cabbage, chard, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, fresh garlic, green beans, green peppers, herbs, hot peppers, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, parsley, radishes, scallions, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini.

Freshly picked fruit: blueberries, raspberries, peaches and possibly blackberries and nectarines.

Thanks to Robin Hoy of the Wrightstown Market for her help on this list.

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For an enlightening and provocative inside look at how our food is being produced in the U.S. food industry and who’s “in the kitchen,” the new documentary Food, Inc. is showing at the County Theater, 20 E. State St. in Doylestown through this weekend.

The film opened in New York last month and is beginning to make its way around the country. It is directed by Robert Kenner and co-produced by Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food). Robert Kenner is a 1968 grad of Solebury School, so we’ve got some real local ties to the film’s fame!

Showtimes are:
Thursday 4:00 and 9:35 pm
Friday 6:25 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:15 and 6:25 pm

It’s rated PG and is 1 hour and 34 min. It’s a MUST SEE for everyone who cares about our food, our health, our economy, our environment and human and animal rights.

Thanks to Robin Hoy, manager of the Wrightstown Farmers’ Market, for this information. (Sorry I was late putting this up; the movie has been showing all week.)

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Fresh from the marketI’m starting a new feature for the growing season. “Fresh from the market this week…” will alert you to the kinds of vegetables and fruits you can expect to find at area farmers’ markets. Hopefully it will help you plan the week and maybe even try some new things.

Here’s this week’s freshly picked vegetables, available at many local markets: Asian turnips, basil, beets, cabbage, chard, collard greens, cucumbers,  eggplant, fennel, fresh garlic, green beans, green peppers, herbs, hot peppers, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, parsley, radishes, scallions, summer squash,  and zucchini.

Freshly picked fruit: blueberries, black raspberries, raspberries, peaches and apricots.

Thanks to Robin Hoy of the Wrightstown Market for her help on this list.

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Bucks County Taste has moved! See this post on our new server. 

Ice creamEveryone has their favorite ice cream place. Usually it’s local, and maybe because it’s associated with sweetness and warm summer evenings, people tend to be fiercely loyal.

That’s why we are not going to rate ice cream purveyors in Bucks County (ha!), or even attempt to be comprehensive in our list. But for those of you interested in wandering the county, comparing vanillas, chocolates and peanut butter-chocolate-graham-whatever swirls, here’s a short list, starting in Upper Bucks and moving south. We did, however, skip franchise places, like Rita’s and Dairy Queen, as good as they might sometimes be.

Thanks to our new guest blogger, Rich Baringer, for his research in Upper Bucks, and to various other friends who have recommended their favorite places.

We hope to update this list as we get a chance to visit them, and add more information, so please let us know your favorite place, and why you love it. Send us an email, or drop a comment below.

Rosemarie’s Italian Ice (Quakertown), 304 W. Broad Street, (215) 536-3220
“A million flavors” of ice cream, plus water ice and gelato.

Grida’s (Richlandtown), 36 N. Main St, (215) 536-2691
Good old-fashioned walk-up food stand. Great place to hang with friends or pick up to take home. Locally owned for over forty years, with a big menu in addition to ice cream. Soft-serve dipped in chocolate is a favorite.

Banana SplitSundae School (Hilltown), 401 W. Schoolhouse Rd., (215) 723-4123‎
Housed in the old Pennview Schoolhouse – they even have the names and pictures of those who attended school there. Lots of Hershey’s ice cream flavors as well as smoothies, sundaes, Italian ice, candy, ice cream cakes, and chocolate covered bananas. Very friendly staff with an old-fashioned feel inside and outside seating for hanging out.

Owow Cow Creamery (Ottsville), at the intersection of Routes 536 & 412, near Rt. 611
All natural, organic, small batch, handcrafted ice cream, “Italian” style (think rich and dense) made on-site sourcing ingredients from local farms. Twenty flavors. Outside seating. Just imagine – you can eat healthy, great ice cream and support local farmers.

Chubby’s Dairy Barn (Plumsteadville), right behind the Plumsteadville Inn, near the intersection of Route 611 and Stump Road, 215.766.7554
Very family- and community-oriented (hosting Cruise nights, local kids sports teams, movie viewings, ice cream cookie nights), serving Nelson’s ice cream (from Royersford). Extremely friendly staff – even have treats for dogs who visit.

Del Val Creamery @ The Market  by Shady Brook Farm at Delaware Valley College (Doylestown), 2100 Lower State Road
Locally made by Uncle Dave’s ice cream  in Yardley (who also sells at Shady Brook Farm Market). Made from 100 percent super premium Jersey cow milk, from independently owned Pennsylvania dairy farms and using Shady Brook produce – like raspberries, strawberries and peaches – in the ice cream whenever possible. See our story on the Del Val Market.

Soft ice creamPigadilly’s (Lahaska) Peddler’s Village, Shop #53, 215.794.2122
Sixteen hard and nine soft-serve flavors, gelato, baked goods and other light food. Great Peanut Butter Swirl.

Dilly’s Corner (Centre Bridge), on River Road (Route 32), north of New Hope, right at the Centre Bridge-Stockton bridge
Another local favorite that has been there for years. Ice cream, milkshakes and a grill menu. Watch for our upcoming review.

Sweet Pea Creams & Confections (Newtown), 254 N. Sycamore St. (Goodnoe’s Corner), 215.968.0466
Own-make ice cream in 22 flavors, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes and pies, and homemade candies.

Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar (Newtown) 4 South Sycamore Street, 215.968.3544
The tradition continues. Goodnoe’s was the place to go for ice cream for 40 years, back when Newtown was surrounded by farms. Now the next generation is making ice cream again, using the family recipes. The recently opened store sells their homemade hand-dipped ice cream in 12 flavors, offers 15 kinds of sundaes, and milkshakes.

Tanner Brothers Dairy (Ivyland/Richboro), 1070 Hatboro Road, 215-357-1716
Tanner’s had been in business for over 100 years as a working dairy farm so you know the ice cream is fresh. Their produce selection and prices are great too, year-round.

Uncle Dave’s (Yardley) at Shady Brook Farm,  931 Stony Hill Road, 215-968-1670
Locally made from 100 percent super premium Jersey cow milk, from independently owned Pennsylvania dairy farms and using Shady Brook produce – like raspberries, strawberries and peaches – in the ice cream whenever possible.

Ice cream floatYardley Ice House (Yardley boro), 77 S. Main St., 215.321.9788
Family-owned and run. Gourmet Italian Water Ice (in 22 flavors), gelati, soft serve custard, milk shakes and malts, ice cream sundaes, blend-ins and ice cream floats.

Dairy Delite (Levittown), 972 Woodbourne Rd, 215.547.1636‎
This hugely popular ice cream place has several locations in Lower Bucks. From what we’ve heard, portions are big and the lines are long. Thanks to Donnie at The Pineville for this tip. Gotta check it out.

And on the other side of the river…

It’s Nutts (Titusville), 1381 River Road, 609.737.0505
Convenient for Bucks County folks in Upper Makefield and Washington Crossing area. Good ice cream, interesting flavors, outside seating right off of River Road/Route 29.

See more local food stories at www.buckscountytaste.com

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Driving to Linden Hill Gardens for the Bucks County Slow Food Farm to Table Dinner the evening of June 26th, Lynne and I got caught in one of this summer’s downpours. As the black sky flashed blue bolts of lightning and gray rain blew sharply across the road, we imagined ourselves huddling beneath a tent with a bunch of good natured souls trying to make the best of a wet situation.

barnWe needn’t have worried. Kimberly Kaufmann, of Slow Food Bucks County, and Kristen Perry, of the Kitchen Potager at Linden Hill Gardens, had set the dinner up in the lovely stone barn of the Gardens’ owner, Jerry Fritz. As we ran from car to barn, Jerry himself pulled open the door to welcome us inside.

About forty people attended the dinner, and since we all had a common interest – good food – introducing ourselves and chatting wasn’t much of a chore. But we were a bit distracted, not by the rain, but by Pit Master Hugh Mangum’s pulled pork, marinated chicken and dipping sauce cooking in the wood smoker outside. Let’s let chef Ron Spada speak for himself:

With the main course came home-made Buckwampum Egg Noodles, Swallow Slow Food Dinner - June 2009Hill Farm Kale Casserole and Milk House Farm Market Beet Salad, by Linda Jacobs of Soup to Nuts Caterers in Washington Crossing, Rise Bakery Artisanal Baked Bread, and ice cream from oWowCow Creamery in Ottsville and fruit pies by Tabora Farm & Orchard in Chalfont.

Kimberly and Kristen are hoping to stage another farm to table dinner later this summer. We’ll pass on the details as soon as we get them. We’ll see you there.

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We brought our Flip to the Wrightstown Farmer’s Market on its opening a day a couple of weeks ago, because we figured the best way to get a feel for the market was to hear from the vendors themselves. So, without further ado…

Vendors you’ll see on the video and what they offer…

The Happy Farm: raised-on-pasture  poultry, lamb and eggs

Tall Pines Farm: naturally-raised vegetables, fruits and plants

Flint Hill Farm: naturally-raised chevre cheese (goat and cow), butter

The Coffee Scoop: organic, fair-trade locally-roasted coffee beans

Milk House Farm Market: vegetables, eggs, honey

Naturally @ Holben Valley Farm: pasture-raised, grass-fed beef

Amberland Farm: chemical-free vegetables, flowers and perennials

Great Harvest Bread Company: bread and baked goods

Purely Farm: organically pastured pork, lamb and chicken

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Linden Hill Farmers MarketBucks County is getting a new farmers’ market this weekend! Join in the grand opening festivities of the birth of the Linden Hill Farmers’ Market on Friday, May 29th from 3:30 – 7:30 pm. The market takes place on the grounds of Linden Hill Gardens by the old barn and is sponsored by Kimberton Whole Foods. Markets will take place weekly until October 30th and will also include community events and live music.

This week the market will highlight the vendors and feature live music from “WHEELS“, a local band performing blues, country, & classic rock covers as well as grass-roots original music. Jerry Fritz will host garden walks of Linden Hill Gardens at 6:00 pm. Updates may be found at the following websites and the participating vendors are listed below. 
www.lindenhillgardens.com   www.thekitchenpotager.com    www.kimbertonwholefoods.com

Current list of participating vendors:  (* indicates partial season)
Backyard Bison: Bison Meat, Fiber & Hides
Barefoot Gardens: Seasonal vegetables, medicinal herbs and flowers
Berger Farm & Buckwampum Homestead: Eggs & Seasonal Vegetables 
Brad’s Veggies & Raw Chips: Vegetables & Raw Chips 
Brig O’Doon Coffee House: Whole bean coffee, fresh baked goods & raw milk fruit smoothies
*Bucks County Preserves: Unique flavored jams and jellies
*Blackstone Studio: Folk Crafts 
Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods: Gourmet Jams and Jellies, baked goods including gluten free products
*Cote & Co.: Prepared foods, local ingredients
*Cuper Studios LLC, Nanc Conner & River Otter Pottery: Hand-thrown pottery, produce paintings, hand-made jewelry 
The Kitchen Potager: Culinary Plants & Herb Arrangements
Linden Hill Gardens: Garden Gifts & Plants 
Marie’s Soap Company: Handmade soap & skin products
Milk House Farm Market: Eggs, Honey, and Seasonal Vegetables
*Myofasial Release:
Massage Therapy
Nita Baker: Seasonal stromboli and baked goods
Owow Cow Creamery: Artisanal Small batched Ice Cream
*Natalie Searl Photography: Vegetable & Poultry Photography
*Peace Valley Lavender Farm: Lavender Products
Purely Farm Pastured Meats:
Pastured pork & chicken, brown eggs, sheepskins 
Rise Bread: Artisanal Baked Bread
Rocky Top Farm: Wool yarn, hides, finished knit items
Tabora Farm & Orchard: Bakery goods & seasonal fruit
WoodsEdge Wools Farm, LLC: Alpaca & Llama products and honey products
 
Community events scheduled for June:
June 5th – Lawn Game Day – you do not need to wear whites, but be prepared for croquet, bocce and badminton to kick off strawberry season!
June 12th – Community Strawberry Recipe Competition – sign up to compete for the strawberry crown
June 19th – Egg Races (BYOS – bring your own spoon) 
June 26th – Slow Food Post Market Picnic at 7:00 pm. ($35 per person, $15 for children under 10, reservations required: kp@thekitchenpotager.com)

Linden Hill Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 3:30 – 7:30 pm 
8230 Easton Road (Route 611)
Ottsville, PA 18942

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