Posts by: Rich Baringer

The taste of summer

On July 27, 2011 By

There are lots of things to like about this time of year. Nice weather (recent 100 degree days excluded), baseball, summer vacations, fresh veggies and herbs from the garden. In my mind, though, the true taste of summer is a fresh, ripe, juicy tomato.

Give me a shaker of […]

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Dam Good Cafe

On July 7, 2011 By

You may have heard about the historic Perkasie Carousel at Menlo Park. Well, there’s another carousel in Perkasie—a restaurant carousel.

The building at 1167 Dublin Pike (Rt. 313) in Perkasie has housed a number of restaurants over the years—the Swiss Chalet, a hoagie joint, and the Back to the ‘50’s […]

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This post has been updated for 2014. For a current list of PYO strawberry farms, please click here.

by guest blogger Rich Baringer,

Finally!  For most of the year, we’ve had to buy our 5-year old son, Jake, those supermarket strawberries from California or […]

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Who’s hungry?

On May 17, 2011 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer,

We’ve all heard this at one time or another: “Eat your peas! There are starving children in Africa!” It’s cliché, but true—millions of children and adults are going hungry all over the world. We see the pictures of African villages and those in war-torn countries all the time. […]

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Springtime Spears

On April 27, 2011 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer,

Even thought the weather hasn’t been reminding us, it is springtime.  And that means fresh, local veggies are starting to appear.  How long we’ve waited.

One of my favorite spring vegetables is asparagus.  Oh, you can buy South American spears all winter in the grocery stores, […]

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Ramping it up

On April 20, 2011 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer,

It’s the time of the year for things to start ramping up from the Deep South to Canada. We’re right in the middle of the brief time that ramps, or wild leeks, are available in forests all along the East Coast.

Ramps grow in bunches in the […]

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What a Crock!

On February 10, 2011 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer,

This time of year is perfect for cooking in a Crock Pot—stews, soups, tender meats, even desserts—with minimum effort.  You come in from the cold to a house full of delicious smells and a steaming bowl of true comfort food waiting for you to dig […]

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Scones with a passion

On December 16, 2010 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer

The first thing that you notice when walking into J. Scones bakery in Doylestown is the incredible aroma. It’s just how a good bakery should smell. All sorts of scents hit you—chocolate, fruit and that good old “baked goods smell.”

Once your knees stop wobbling […]

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FRESH again!

On November 13, 2010 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer,

In case you missed the screening back in June, there will be another showing of Fresh: The Movie on Tuesday, December 7 at the Health & Wellness Center by Doylestown Hospital on Rt. 611 in Warrington.

The program begins at 6:30 pm with the screening […]

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Bucks County Biscotti

On October 25, 2010 By

Have you ever had a Bucks County Biscotti? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing. As I write, I’m eating one of their Classic Anise Almond and it’s delicious. Subtly sweet with tiny anise seeds that give a little punch of licorice flavor and great texture. They’re really outstanding.

Everything—and I […]

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Not just for carving

On October 17, 2010 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer

When I was a kid, my grandfather, who was quite the farmer, would always make personalized pumpkins for me, my sister and our cousins. When the pumpkin was very small, he would use a pen knife to carve our names and a little picture—by just slightly scoring the […]

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Ground cherries

On September 5, 2010 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer

Back in May when we bought the plants for our veggie garden, we found ground cherry plants. Neither of us really knew what they were, but it was something different, so we bought a few.

The overwhelming response I get when I mention ground cherries […]

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Becker’s Corner

On August 17, 2010 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer,

For as long as I can remember, the little roadhouse on the corner of Old Bethlehem Road and Rt. 563 near Lake Nockamixon State Park, was known as Cappie’s.  It wasn’t the kind of place that I frequented, but it was sort of an institution until it closed […]

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A circus in your mouth

On August 3, 2010 By

This post was updated on July 29, 2014

By guest blogger, Rich Baringer,

Remember this Seinfeld episode?

Kramer: Well, they’re in…
Jerry: What’s in?
Kramer: The Macanaw peaches, Jerry!  The Macanaw peaches!
Jerry: Ah, right.  The ones from Oregon that are only ripe for two weeks a […]

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Spit it out!

On July 26, 2010 By

by guest blogger Rich Baringer

It’s just about time for watermelons to start appearing in our local farm markets.  In many ways, watermelon seems like the all-American fruit—a staple at our summer picnics.  It actually originated in Africa where it was cultivated by the Egyptians.  It wasn’t […]

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