It’s September already?!? Okay, I said it and got it out of my system. Mind you, this weather is pleasantly like September but I don’t want to jinx it by prancing around shouting my glee – which is what I really feel like doing. Windows open, breezes, comfortable nights, sunny days.
Like this weekend. Sunday may be a little warm, but I’ll still take it. What a perfect weekend to get out and enjoy the end of summer, which let’s be honest, we are all looking forward to after the heat and humidity we’ve had. There are still lots of local veggies and fruits to be had, and decent weather to can, blanch and freeze it. Or just go and sit on a patio somewhere, sipping a nice drink and toasting another beautiful evening in Bucks County.
Please LIKE us. As some of you may know, we are running a contest right now on our Facebook (FB) page. It’s pretty simple. If you are already on FB, go to “Bucks County Taste,” join the page as a friend (click the “LIKE” button on the top of the page), and post a comment on the wall with these words,
“I love Bucks County Taste and I want free local food.” Why? Because you will have a chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to a local farmers’ market OR a personal chef OR a local restaurant, all of your choosing. Second prize (there’s more??) is a $25 gift certificate to the same. So go to our FB page today and “LIKE” us! Click here.
This Wednesday, September 1, the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance brings to a close its 2010 series of summer farm potlucks and tours at WoodsEdge Wools Farm where they raise elite-fleeced llamas and alpacas in specific color groups. The first alpaca breeding farm in New Jersey, WoodsEdge also has one of the largest herds of suri llamas in the world, representing a wide diversity of genetic lines. Today, with more than 300 llamas and alpacas and three decades of breeding experience, the Walkers offer September’s tour-goers a glimpse into their unique world. The potluck begins at 6:30pm at the Stockton farm, followed by the 7:30 pm farmer-guided tour. No RSVP needed; just bring a dish. Directions at www.alpacasllamaswoodsedge.com.
What’s else is on tap this week? Try the Biergarten Evening at Fonthill Museum on Friday evening. There will be a tutored tasting of seven German beers as well as a variety of beers from the Mesquito Grille and Keystone Homebrew at the conclusion of the tutored portion of the evening. German cuisine samples are being provided by Newportville Inn, Otto’s Brauhaus and Cabot Cheese, and there will be lively German music too! Admission is $40, $34 for members. Registration is required. Contact 215-345-0210, ext. 123.
If you love beer, then there is another (monthly) opportunity awaiting you at The Spinnerstown Hotel. On the first Wednesday of every month the host a “Meet the Brewer” night, complete with a great dinner. This Wednesday it’s featuring four beers from the Lehigh Valley’s Brew Works brewery, paired with a traditional crab boil, all for $45 per person. The foam starts at 7 pm. Contact the hotel to RSVP.
Still foaming at the mouth? Then make sure you buy tickets for Newtown’s 5th Annual Beerfest on October 16th. Great beer, food, and music on a fall day. Get your tickets soon because they usually sell out. See their website for more info and to purchase tickets.
What can you expect to find produce-wise this week at local farm markets? Apples, Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Berries, Broccoli, Butter Lettuce, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Chard, Sweet Corn, Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Green Beans, Kale, Kohlrabi, Melons, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Nectarines, Sweet White Onions, Red Onions, Parsley, Peaches, Peppers (green, red, hot), Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Romaine lettuce, Salad Mix, Scallions, Shallots, Summer Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatillos, Tomatoes (cherry and slicing), Turnips, Watermelon, Wax Beans, and Zucchini.
In addition, many local farmers’ markets have vendors selling: pastured pork, beef, and chicken; cheeses and yogurt from pastured animals (cow, goat); pastured eggs; bread and baked goods; preserved products; handmade soaps and lotions; honey; maple syrup; organic, fair trade, locally roasted coffees; prepared foods and fiber products, and even seafood.
For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County. Have a lovely, luscious weekend.
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Friday, August 27th:
Forecast – Sunny, 80°
- Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [11 am – 7 pm]
- Warrington Farmers’ Market @ Valley Square, Warrington [3 – 6 pm]
- Ottsville Farmers’ Market @ Linden Hill Gardens, Ottsville [3 – 7 pm]
- Beer Tasting @ Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [4 – 8 pm]
- Friday Happy Hour @ Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington, NJ [5 – 8 pm]
- Friday Night un(Wine)d Concerts, Doylestown [6 – 9 pm]
- Summer Wine Concert Series @ Shady Brook Farm, Yardley [6 – 9 pm]
- Summer Music Series @ Crossing Vineyards and Winery, Washington Crossing [7 – 10 pm]
- Biergarten Evening @ Fonthill Museum, Doylestown [7 – 10 pm]
- Barbara Trent @ The Centre Bridge Inn, New Hope [7 – 11 pm]
- Kindle Cafe Supper Club’s Fireworks Picnic Serenade, Lambertville, NJ [7:30 – 9:00 pm]
- Bob Egan @ Bowman’s Tavern, New Hope [8 pm-12 am]
Saturday, August 28th:
Forecast – Sunny, 86°
- Doylestown Farmers’ Market, Doylestown [7 am – 12 pm]
- Perkasie Farmers’ Market, Perkasie [8 am – 12 pm]
- Indian Valley Farmers’ Market, Telford [8:30 am – 12:30 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 – 3 pm]
- Heirloom Tomato Tasting, Doylestown [10 am – 5 pm]
- Wine Tasting @ Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [12 – 5 pm]
- Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing, New Hope [5 – 7 pm]
- Chef’s Farm to Table Dinner with Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton, Ottsville [5 – 8 pm] SORRY, SOLD OUT.
Sunday, August 29th:
Forecast – Sunny, 92°
- Breakfast Buffet @ Plumsteadville Fire Co., Plumsteadville [7 am – 12 pm]
- Breakfast @ Haycock Fire Company, Quakertown [8 am – 12 pm]
- 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 – 3 pm]
- Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyards, Milford, NJ [1 – 4 pm]
- How Sweet It Is: Pairing Wine and Chocolate, Washington Crossing [2 – 5 pm]
- Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing, New Hope [5 – 7 pm]
Monday, August 30th:
- 94 Cents Cookie Night @ Chubby’s Dairy Barn, Plumsteadville [6 – 9 pm]
- Great Italian Cooking (Hands-on class), Doylestown [6:30 – 8:30 pm]
Tuesday, August 31st:
- Langhorne Farmers’ Market, Langhorne [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
Wednesday, September 1st:
- American Legion Meals on Wednesdays, Quakertown [11:30 am – 9 pm]
- The Farmers’ Market @ Playwicki Farm, Feasterville [4 – 7 pm]
- Complimentary Beer Tasting @ the Copper Leaf Grill, Buckingham [5 – 9 pm]
- Summer Farm Tours: WoodsEdge Wools Farm, Stockton, NJ [6:30 – 9:00 pm]
- Meet the Brewer @ The Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown [7 – 10 pm]
Thursday, September 2nd:
- Capital City Market, Trenton, NJ [11 am – 2 pm]
- Healthier Hearts Farmers’ Market, Trenton, NJ [12:30 – 5 pm]
- Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market, Flemington, NJ [3 – 7 pm]
- Lower Makefield Farmers’ Market, Yardley [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
- New Hope Farmers’ Market, New Hope [3:30 – 7 pm]
- Springtown Farmers’ Market, Springtown [4 – 7 pm]
- 94 Cent Ice Cream Cone Night @ Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream, Yardley [5 – 9 pm]
- Lobster Night @ The Centre Bridge Inn, New Hope [6 – 10 pm]