Hot! That’s the word of the day. We’re looking at a weekend of thunderstorms (Friday) and temps in the low 90′s, followed by sunny and mid-80′s for Saturday and Sunday. Not bad. Guess summer is officially here.
Tomato sighting. Yes, it’s really true. I found an email in my inbox this morning from Milk House Farm Market in Upper Makefield. If you remember, farmer Brenda Slack was the first to have strawberries this year and I’m pretty sure she is the first to have local tomatoes (not from a greenhouse). Brenda is well-known for her fondness of heirloom varieties. Last year she had over 40 kinds of tomatoes; this year it’s 62! And twenty of those varieties are already producing fruit. Stop by the Milk House Farm Market at the farm, at the Wrightstown Farmers’ Market on Saturday and at the Stockton Market all weekend.
What else will you find at area markets? Local raspberries are showing up and maybe even some early blueberries, of which we don’t have many really local farms doing. If you want to know where to get and pick local berries, see our post from last June which lists farms and locations. Call ahead to be sure. Look too for cucumbers, but probably last of the snap peas, rhubarb and heat sensitive greens and brassicas like broccoli. Look for more cabbages, red beets, Asian turnips, kohlrabi, spinach, zucchini, summer squash, kale, lettuces, rainbow chard, bok choy, tat soi, collards, radishes, spring onions, fiddleheads, mushrooms, ramps, fresh garlic, garlic scapes, dill, parsley cilantro and other herbs.
Garlic abounds. This time of year you’ll see garlic scapes – the long, curly green sprout of the garlic bulb. To get garlic bulbs, one has to cut it off so that the bulb will continue to grow under ground. You can use the garlic scape the way you would garlic – as a seasoning in stir frys or with other vegetables, or in a pesto. I happen to know that Milk House Farm Market also has a ton of these (which means they’ll have lots of cured garlic in the fall. Yippee.) The other garlic you’ll see at markets now is fresh garlic. Most of the garlic we use is cured garlic – garlic that was harvested and hung to dry for several months – but fresh garlic is fun too. You use it the same way as you would cured garlic. Buy some and play around with it.
Another sign that summer is here is that the weekly pierogies at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Warrington will come to an end, to resume in the fall. (If you don’t know what the heck I’m referring to, read my post about the pierogi makers of St. Anne’s.) But…their annual Ukrainian Food Festival takes place this Sunday, June 24 from 12 pm to 6 pm. Have your fill of pyrohy (pierogi in Ukrainian), holubschi (stuffed cabbage), kielbasa, halushki (noodles with cabbage), hot dogs and more. The Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Philadelphia will also be performing. Food is for “eat in” or take out. See their website for more information.
Friday, June 22:
- Stockton Market, 19 Bridge St, Stockton, NJ [3 - 7 pm]
- Beer Tasting, Phillips’ Fine Wines, 17 Bridge St, Stockton, NJ [4 - 6 pm]
- Ottsville Farmers’ Market – Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA [4 - 8 pm]
- Friday Wine & Music – Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [5 - 8 pm]
- Friday Freestyle Flights of Wine – The Washington House, 136 N. Main Street , Sellersville, PA [5 - 10 pm]
- Wine Concert Series – The Market by Shady Brook Farm at Delaware Valley College, 2100 Lower State Rd, Doylestown, PA [6 - 9 pm]
- Wine Concert Series – Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley, PA [6:00 - 9:00 pm]
- Celebrating Picnic Dinner Dance – Pennridge Community Center, Rts. 113 & 152, Silverdale, PA [6 - 10 pm]
Saturday, June 23:
- Doylestown Farmers’ Market – W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA [7 am - 12 pm]
- Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market – Plumsteadville Grange, Route 611 North, opposite Keller’s Church Rd., Plumsteadville, PA [9 am - 12 pm]
- Perkasie Farmers’ Market – 7th and Market Sts, Perkasie, PA [9 am - 1 pm]
- Wrightstown Farmers’ Market – Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA [9 am - 1 pm
- Stockton Market, 19 Bridge St, Stockton, NJ [9 am - 4 pm]
- Wine Tasting – Phillips’ Fine Wines, 17 Bridge Street, Stockton, NJ [12 - 6 pm]
- Lansdale Beer Tasting Festival – Madison Street parking lot , 3rd Street and Richardson Ave., Lansdale, PA [1 - 4 pm]
- Beer Tasting – New Hope Beverage, 6542-K1 Lower York Rd (Logan Square), New Hope, PA [3 - 7 pm]
- Saturday Wine & Music – Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [5 - 8 pm]
Sunday, June 24:
- Breakfast Buffet @ Father Gallen Council 5494 – Father Gallen Council 5494, 998 Easton Road, Warrington, PA [7:30 - 11 am]
- Firehouse Breakfast – Haycock Fire Company, 850 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown, PA [8 am - 12 pm]
- Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market – Dvoor Farm, Route 12 Circle, Flemington, NJ [9 am - 1 pm]
- Stockton Market – 19 Bridge St., Stockton, NJ [10 am - 4 pm]
- Ukrainian Festival – St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1545 Easton Rd., Warrington, PA [12 - 5 pm]
- Pairing Wine and Cheese – Crossing Vineyards & Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA [2 - 3:30 pm]
- Jazzy Sundays – Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [2 - 5 pm]
Monday, June 25:
Tuesday, June 26:
- Langhorne Farmers’ Market – Jesse Soby American Legion Post, 115 W. Richardson Ave., Langhorne, PA [3:30 - 6:30 pm]
- Sushi Night in the Wine Cellar @ The Inn at Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ [6 - 10 pm]
Wednesday, June 27:
- The Farmers’ Market @ Playwicki Farm – 2350 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, PA [3 - 6 pm]
- Wine Down Wednesdays – Old Bethlehem Road Hotel, 243 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown, PA [6 - 9 pm]
Thursday, June 28:
- Lower Makefield Farmers’ Market – Veterans Square Park, Edgewood and Heacock Rds, Lower Makefield, PA [3:30 - 6:30 pm]
- Clam Bake – Logan Inn, 10 W. Ferry St, New Hope, PA [5 - 9 pm]
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