Unlike most families that spent their holiday “chilling and grilling,” I spent my Labor Day weekend camping upstate in Columbia County, NY connecting with nature and trying my hardest to get the “no service” signal on my phone to turn into 4G.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was driving down Route 22. We saw farm market after farm market, bursting with fresh produce, pies, cheese, meat, and eggs. Just like in Bucks County, a lot of these country living folks depend on community supported agriculture.
However you spent it, Labor Day was a great way to hit the refresh button and say farewell to summer. Kids are back in school, summer vacations are over, and it’s time to soak up all the nice weather before it gets too cold.
And although this week is a shorter work-week, there is still plenty to do and plenty to eat in Bucks County; keep reading and you’ll see what we mean!
Mondays Matter at Bowman’s. Hurricane Harvey has greatly impact families and businesses in Texas. There are many ways you can help the residents in and around Houston and Beaumont/Port Arthur by dining at Bowman’s in Bucks County. Each Monday in September, the restaurant will donate 10% of food sales to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey.
And, if you are looking for other ways to help those in need, see here for a list of places that are accepting donations or looking for additional support.
Own a piece of Peace Valley Winery. Now that it’s closing down, it’s time to get rid of all of the pieces that made up the Peace Valley Winery. If you want a memento (or a tractor), now is your chance. This Tuesday, September 5 is their auction, which starts at 10 am at Peace Valley Winery’s location in Chalfont. See here for auction details.
How ’bout them apples? One of the first signs of fall’s arrival are the return of apples. You can now begin picking your own apples at various orchards in and around Bucks County. For instance, Solebury Orchards welcomes its first abundant crop of Gala apples, which are a crispy, sweet flavored apple for eating. Their hours are Thursday through Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm. You can check out their market updates or head to the orchard for pick-your-own.
In a couple of weeks, we’ll issue our annual apple guide. Check out our Pinterest board “Falling for Food!” Let us know if you try any of our pinned recipes!
Fresh food from your farmers market. You don’t have to wait until the weekend to pick up your favorite market produce. There are plenty spots that are open during the week, like the Farmers Market @ Playwicki Farm, the Lower Makefield Farmers Market, and the Milk House Farm Market. Other markets that are open week-long include Shady Brook Farm and The Market at DelVal, and the Doylestown Food Market. See our complete list of farmers markets in Bucks County here.
With all of that fresh produce, you’re going to need to know how to properly store it to get your money’s worth. Chef Rich Baringer shares how to select and store produce this season, so you’ll get the most out of your fresh veggies and fruits.
On the radar…
- First Harvest celebration: Sand Castle Winery is less than two weeks away from its 2017 First Harvest celebration. Enjoy a scenic tour of the vineyard and underground cellar, taste three different stations of wines and cheeses, and chocolates, and feast on picnic style food while playing outdoor games and jamming out to some live music. Contact the events coordinator at 610.294.8303 or check out their website for more information.
- Fall Brewfest: Be sure to grab your tickets for the Fall Brewfest at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Saturday, October 28, from 12:30-4:30 pm. This event will let you sample the many flavors of fall, everything from ciders and pumpkin beers to sours and IPAs will be yours to sip. They will also have food trucks on-site offering treats to complement the beers on tap.
- FARMSHARE – Rolling Harvest farm-to-table event: Spend the night at the beautiful barn at Gravity Hill Farm in Titusville, NJ on October 14. This delicious gathering supports the work of the Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, which connects local farmers with neighbors in need. Food, wine, beer, a silent auction, and other activities are included. Tickets are $90 and sell out fast. See here for ticket details.
And, for more details on any of our food calendar events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County, or click the “continue reading” link below.
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Here are some of the places we’ve dined since October 2014
The Golden Pheasant Inn (Erwinna, PA)
Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Distillery with Jamie Hollander Gourmet (Bristol, PA)
The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (Buckingham, PA)
The Hattery Stove & Still (Doylestown, PA)
Bowman’s Tavern (New Hope, PA)
Maize Restaurant (Perkasie, PA)
Quinoa Peruvian & Mexican Restaurant (Doylestown, PA)
Caffe Galleria (Lambertville, NJ)
Hotel du Village (New Hope, PA)
Hamilton’s Grill Room (Lambertville, NJ)
Lumberville General Store (Lumberville, PA)
Liberty Hall Pizza (Lambertville, NJ)
Royal T’s at the Mansion Inn (New Hope, PA)
Comfortfood & Kitchenette (Morrisville, PA)
Bowman’s North (Riegelsville, PA)
Wycombe Vineyards (Buckingham, PA)
Fancy Fig Café (Wrightstown, PA)
For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County.
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