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Finally! A good weekend forecast. Or should I not jinx it?

SummerAs usual, lots of good things happening this weekend. I think the Linden Hill Farmers’ Market, which just opened at the end of May, has had the most rainy days. So, please, go check them out, Fridays from 3:30 to 7:30 pm in Ottsville.

Crossing Vineyards and Winery is continuing their outdoor music series with the brass ensemble, Nassau Brass. General admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Wine and cheese, or a home-style buffet is available from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm ($25 per person + tax, includes V.I.P. reserved seating). Also, Sangria Sundays continues at the Chaddsford Winery and Tasting Room in Lahaska (Peddlers Village).

The Indian Valley Farmers’ Market  will be hosting the 2009 Field to Table Festival from 10 am to 3 pm in Telford. This year the festival will feature a “Berried” Treasure berry contest.  Bring your best Berry Creation to be judged the winner.

Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details on any of the events below. Have a lovely weekend.

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Dad at the grillEven more tedious than the constant rain is talking about the constant rain. So, with a typical summer forecast for this weekend – chance of thunderstorms – let’s move on.

Time to take Dad out for some fun this weekend – and food and wine. There are three venues doing wine-related events this weekend. On Friday night, both Crossing Vineyards in Washington Crossing and Shady Brook Farm in Yardley are pairing music and wine, while Chaddsford Winery is pampering Dads the whole weekend at its tasting room in Peddler’s Village.

Also in Peddlers Village, Earl’s (formerly Earl’s Prime) has changed its concept, incorporating locally-produced and -grown food into their new contemporary cuisine menu. On Sunday, Father’s Day, they’re offering Dads a complimentary brunch or dinner. What a deal! See their web site for the coupon and their new menu.

Some fun community events include the Joyful Noise Music Festival in Haycock with all proceeds going to the Quakertown Food Pantry, as well as two firehouse breakfasts – one in Riegelsville and one in Plumsteadville. Shady Brook Farm is also doing a Father’s Day BBQ on Sunday if Dad is not in the mood to clean the grill.

If you haven’t a chance to yet, be sure to watch our video of the Wrightstown Farmers’ Market, where you’ll hear vendors describing their products – then you can meet them in person on Saturday at the market, or at some of the other farmers’ markets throughout the county.

Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details on any of the events below.

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This is what they call a British summer. Rain, cool temperatures, with the sun popping out every now and then just to tease you. The really annoying part is that according to my sister, England is getting our summer weather right now. It’s just not fair. Even the farmers are getting tired of this weather.

Strawberry field at Anchor Run CSA, WrightstownBut there is lots of cool stuff happening this weekend. Crossing Vineyards and Winery is kicking off their Outdoor Summer Music Series on Friday night with the Lynn Randall Quartet doing the Great American Songbook. There are two Strawberry Festivals happening, one in Hatboro and one in Quakertown. And, of course, there’s still plenty of pick-your-own strawberries around too (see our post below). The Milford Township Volunteer Fire Company will be finishing up their week-long Carnival, and in addition to a firehouse breakfast at the Ivyland Volunteer Fire Company, there’s a chicken BBQ dinner at the Chalfont Firehouse.

Last but not least, don’t forget to stop in at your local farmers’ market this week. In addition to the weekend markets listed below, Springtown has their market on Wednesdays, Lower Makefield and New Hope are on Thursdays. Local veggies and fruits include healthy greens (lettuce, chard, spinach, radish, collard, mustard, broccoli rabe), radishes and turnips, and, of course, strawberries.

Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details on any of the events below.

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

Nope, not talking about Christmas. Throughout Bucks County, May and June will be filled with the opening of seasonal farm markets. Here’s our rundown.

Vegetables

Weekly markets:

  • Springtown: Wednesdays from 3  to 6 pm, Springtown Firehouse, 1030 Main Street/Route 212 (begins May 6th)
  • New Hope: Thursdays from 3:30  to 7 pm, New Hope-Solebury High School, 180 W. Bridge Street (begins May 7th)
  • Lower Makefield: Thursdays from 3:30 to  6:30 pm, Edgewood & Heacock Rds (begins June 4th)
  • Linden Hill: Fridays from 3:30 to 7:30 pm, Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd in Ottsville (begins May 29th)
  • Wrightstown: Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, 2203 Second St Pike (near the township bldg.) (begins May 23rd)
  • Doylestown: Saturdays from 7 am to 12 pm, W. State & Hamilton Streets (already in full swing!)
  • Plumsteadville Grange Market: Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm, Route 611, just north of Stump Rd (begins June 6th)

Check our calendar for more details and directions.

Here’s a listing of year-round markets,  roadside and “pick your own” farms that you might want to check out. This is not a comprehensive list. I “cherry-picked” (no pun intended!) ones opening in May/June. Please see the Penn State Cooperative Extension, Bucks County for more information.

j03137291Active Acres Farm: Specialty plants, bedding plants, perennials, hanging baskets, hay & straw, strawberries, peaches, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, melons, onions, cornstalks, ornamental corn, mums, gourds, rides to the pumpkin patch*, barnyard animals, educational school tours, Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride. *Pick-your-own: May-October Every day
881 Highland Road, Newtown 18940
215-968-2192

Bechdolts Orchard, Inc.: Peaches, pears, apples, plums, nectarines, tomatoes, peppers.
2209 Leithsville Rd/Route 412, Hellertown 18055
610-838-8522
Spring & fall hours – 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Summer hours – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Bolton’s Farm Market: Turkey: parts, sausage, ground, cutlets; chickens, beef, berries, sweet corn, cantaloupes, tomatoes, peaches, other fruits and vegetables, milk in glass bottles. No hormones or drugs used on animal products. Phone orders taken.
Route 113, Silverdale 18962
215-257-6047
Market: Year round, Monday – Saturday.

Brumbaugh’s Farm: Strawberries*, raspberries, peas*, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, herbs, lettuce, melons, cucumbers, cut flowers, asparagus, mums, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, hanging baskets, bedding plants, Christmas wreaths. *Pick-your-own
2575 County Line Road, Telford 18969
215-723-3508
Market: April – December, Monday-Saturday

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Carousel Farm Lavender: Lavender plants, flowers, Lavender products-soaps, candles, creams, essential oils. Organic.
5966 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville 18934
917-837-6903
Open from May to December; call for hours

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An impulse turn is what happens when we’re driving along and one of us says, “Let’s turn in here,” to check out a place we’ve done no research on, just because, for whatever the reason, it seems like a good idea at the time. Last week, as we were driving home from Trenton, Lynne thought we should turn into Crossing Vineyard and Winery at 1853 Wrightstown Road in Washington Crossing. All I can say is Lynne has good impulses.

Photo cpurtesy of Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Photo courtesy of Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Walking up the path into the winery is kind of like walking into a piece of California. The vineyards beyond the path, the warmth of the wine store, the cool of the barrel room where wine tastings are held all have the feel of Napa Valley. Later on Tom Carroll, Sr.,  Crossing’s president, told us that was no accident: From the beginning, he, his wife Christine and son (and vintner) Tom, Jr., wanted to bring California-style, world-class winemaking to Bucks County.

Tom is a friendly, engaging man. We ran into him by accident, after we’d finished Impulse #1A – a wine tasting, which is among the most rewarding ways to spend $8 that I’ve experienced in a long time. His family’s energy seems to infuse the place: From the moment we walked in, we noticed how everyone around was engaged in friendly conversations about wine and food: staff members with customers, of course, but also customers with customers and staff members with staff members. Everyone was perfectly content to talk, no one’s in any hurry.

Photo courtesy of Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Photo courtesy of Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Crossing’s wines have won medals around the world, something Tom detailed for us with quiet pride. We’ll be talking to the Carrolls in more detail soon. In the meantime, check out the Crossing Web site for more of their story, and if you’re in the area stop in and taste some wines for yourself.

See more details about the vineyard’s numerous events, and other happenings, at our calendar, Food Events in Bucks County.

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