Mid-August and the farmers’ markets are bursting with local bounty. And thanks to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the week of August 7 through August 13 has been named National Farmers’ Market Week. Now, if only we could get the feds to support small family farms more and build up regional food systems (an article in the Huffington Post shares some interesting data about small farms and their impact on regional economies).

Especially with the cooler weather this week, you can find practically any vegetable at local farmers’ markets, stands and year-round farm markets: Beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, cabbage (green and purple), carrots, celery, chard, collards, sweet corn, cucumbers (salad and pickle), edamame beans, eggplant, fennel, field peas, fresh cut herbs, garlic, leeks, lettuce, okra, onions (purple and fresh), peaches, pears, peppers (hot and sweet), potatoes, radishes, raspberries, scallions, summer squash, tomatoes (all kinds) and zucchini. In addition, many markets have cheese, meats, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, and local artisanal food stuffs and goods. For a listing of all local farmers’ markets click here and for a listing of farm markets and stands, click here.

The other big news this week is the opening of the 63rd Annual Middletown Grange Fair, held in Wrightstown (just north of Newtown) beginning on Wednesday, August 17 and continuing through Sunday, August 21. This is Bucks County’s version of a state fair and is not to be missed. It’s a lot of fun for both kids and adults – lots of well-raised, beautiful animals, amusement rides, exhibits and “fair” food (you know what I mean; funnel cakes, burgers, hot dogs, etc.). Food-wise the highlight of the week is the chicken dinner which includes roasted chicken, corn on the cob, fresh tomato, mashed potatoes and a biscuit. Stop by and wander the fair. It’s a blast. See our post on the Grange Fair in 2010. For more information, see the Middletown Grange website.

For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County. Have a relaxing and delicious weekend. Follow Bucks County Taste also on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, August 12:

  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [1-7 pm]
  • Teen Battle Chef (class) @Resurrection Lutheran Church, Horsham [1 – 4 pm]
  • Summer BBQ @ Lumberville General Store, Lumberville [3 – 7 pm]
  • Ottsville Farmers’ Market, Linden Hill Gardens, Ottsville [4-8 pm]
  • Beer Tasting, Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [4-6 pm]
  • Friday Wine & Music @ Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington, NJ [5-8 pm]
  • Spaghetti Dinner @ Delaware Valley Fire Co, Erwinna [5:30 – 7:30 pm]
  • Wine Concert Series @ The Market at DelVal, Doylestown [6 – 9 pm]
  • Wine Concert Series @ Shady Brook Farm, Yardley [6 – 9 pm]
  • Friday Night Fireworks Express – New Hope/Ivyland Train, New Hope [6:15 – 10:30 pm]
  • Brewery NIght @ Fonthill Museum, Doylestown [7 – 10 pm]
  • Summer Wine & Music Series @ Crossing Vineyards & Winery, Washington Crossing [7 – 10 pm]
  • Summer Fireworks in New Hope/Lambertville – New Hope, PA & Lambertville, NJ [9:30 – 10:30 pm]

Saturday, August 13:

  • Doylestown Farmers’ Market, Doylestown [7 am-12 pm]
  • Perkasie Farmers’ Market, Perkasie [8 am – 12 pm]
  • Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market, Plumsteadville [9 am – 12 pm]
  • Wrightstown Farmers’ Market, Wrightstown [9 am-1 pm]
  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [9 am-4 pm]
  • Peach Festival @ Manoff Market Gardens, Solebury [10 am – 4 pm]
  • 2010 Gewurztraminer Release Weekend @ Alba Vineyard, Milford, NJ [12 – 5 pm]
  • Wine Tasting @ Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [12-6 pm]
  • Beer Tasting @ New Hope Beverage, New Hope [3-7 pm]
  • Second Saturdays in Frenchtown – Frenchtown, NJ [3 – 9 pm]
  • Second Saturdays in New Hope – New Hope [3 – 9 pm]
  • Dinner @ Plumsteadville Fire Co., Plumsteadville [4 – 8 pm]
  • Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing @ New Hope/Ivyland Train, New Hope [5 – 7 pm]
  • Saturday Wine & Music @ Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington [5-8 pm]
  • Summer Dance (class & food) @ Serenity Day Spa, Doylestown [7 – 11 pm]

Sunday, August 14:

  • Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market, Hellertown [9 am – 1 pm]
  • Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market, Flemington, NJ [9 am-1 pm]
  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [10 am-4 pm]
  • 2010 Gewurztraminer Release Weekend @ Alba Vineyard, Milford, NJ [12 – 5 pm]
  • Saving the Herbal Harvest: Vinegars, Pickles & Mustards @ Tinicum Herb Barn, Erwinna [1 – 4 pm]
  • Beer Tasting Train @ New Hope/Ivyland Train, New Hope [3 – 4 pm]
  • Hunt for Wild Elderberries with Wildman Steve Brill, Huntingdon Valley [4 – 6 pm]
  • Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing @ New Hope/Ivyland Train, New Hope [5 – 7 pm]

Monday, August 15:

  • Mini-Carnival @ Chubby’s Dairy Barn, Plumsteadville [6:30 – 9 pm]
  • Soupcon Salon by Kindle Cafe @ Manon, Lambertville, NJ [7 – 9:15 pm]

Tuesday, August 16:

  • Langhorne Farmers’ Market, Langhorne [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Chicken 101 – Seasonal Recipes @ Carlow Cookery, Doylestown [7 – 9 pm]

Wednesday, August 17:

  • Pierogy Wednesdays @ St. Anne Ukrainian, Warrington [9 am – 12 pm]
  • 63rd Annual Middletown Grange Fair, Wrightstown [10 am – 10 pm]
  • The Farmers’ Market @ Playwicki Farm, Feasterville [4 – 7 pm]
  • Global Dinner @ The Cafe at Rosemont, Rosemont, NJ [5 – 8 pm]
  • Complimentary Beer Tasting @ the Copper Leaf Grill, Buckingham [5 – 9 pm]
  • Homemade Pasta (class) @ Casa Casale, Lahaska [6:30 – 9 pm]

Thursday, August 18:

  • 63rd Annual Middletown Grange Fair, Wrightstown [10 am – 10 pm]
  • New Hope Farmers’ Market, New Hope [2:30-6:30 pm]
  • Uncle Dave’s 94 cents Ice Cream Cones @ Shady Brook Farm, Yardley [3 – 9 pm]
  • Lower Makefield Farmers’ Market, Lower Makefield [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Clam Bake @ Logan Inn, New Hope [5 – 9 pm]
  • Sushi Night in the Wine Cellar – The Inn at Lambertville Station, Lambertville, NJ [6 – 10 pm]
  • Canning and Preserving @ Carlow Cookery, Doylestown [7 – 9 pm]
  • Love & Lunacy Actors’ Net Cabaret Dinner Theatre @ Yardley Inn, Yardley [ 7 – 9 pm]

For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County. Follow Bucks County Taste on Facebook and Twitter.

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