August Tidbits

Glass of Cool BeerBeer, beer and more beer. If you are a fan of craft beer, click now to Bucks County Taste’s newest food map. Everyone knows that the craft beer movement has exploded in the last 10 years, and Bucks County is no exception. Breweries seem to popping up every month, as well as restaurants and stores with great craft beer selections. Here’s our latest food map, full of local breweries, brew pubs, restaurants and beer stores. Cheers!

Fresh, local rice? From New Jersey? Jim Lyons, who with his wife, Kathy, have owned Blue Moon Acres Farm for over 20 years, has been quietly cultivating rice on their farm in Pennington, NJ. Last year they grew Arborio rice and now they have added long grain brown rice for offer in their stores in Buckingham and Pennington. Rice that has been husked just before being placed on the shelves is healthier and tastier, explains Jim Lyons. “Rice goes rancid so easily, especially brown rice. There is such a difference in taste between freshly husked rice and what is in supermarkets. I’ve even compared our rice to Trader Joe’s and Lundbergh.”

Blue Moon Acres_brown riceCelebrate the rice harvest at a special dinner at Blue Moon Acres’ Pennington Farm on September 14 featuring food made with certified organic rice. The evening begins at 4 pm with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music, and a farm tour, followed by a delicious meal created by Chef Max Hansen with the farm’s rice and many other seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The 1st Annual Yardley Restaurant Week began just last night and continues through this Sunday, August 24. This is a great opportunity to try some of Yardley’s best restaurants including Canal Street Grille, Charcoal Steaks BYOB, The Continental Tavern, Trattoria Rosa Bianca, Vault Brewing Company, Vince’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, and The Yardley Inn. The restaurants are offering a discounted prix fixe menu featuring some of their unique signature dishes. Lunch is $15 per person and dinner costs only $25 per person. They are also running a social media photo contest with a winner selected from each Yardley restaurant. For more details, please see the Yardley Restaurant Week website.


Want fresh, local food year round? Then consider joining and/or supporting the Doylestown Co-op. The co-op opened its first brick-and-mortar store in downtown Doylestown on State St. in January, full of locally produced and grown food, much of it organic. In fact, seventy percent of its sales are from local farmers and producers.

As beautiful and bountiful as the volunteer-built store is now, this is only phase one. Membership has grown from 250 to 460 households, and non-members shop the store as well. Now the co-op needs help to purchase more refrigeration, make improvements to the store and website, and retain professional marketing services. With even just a small donation, you can help this important outlet for local food grow. Click here to go to the co-op’s crowdfunding campaign.

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