Bucks Food Calendar: August 9, 2013

BASILBasil is in abundance this year. I’m reminded every time I walk by my herb garden. “Got to do something with it,” I mumble to myself. And then I forget.

Listening to the radio in the car yesterday I heard a piece about basil pesto. If you are an afictionado of this pasta staple, you know that you are supposed to use pine nuts. But have you seen the price of pine nuts lately? According to the story on NPR, they are now going for $60 to $120 per lb. And you’re also supposed to shy away from any but Italian pine nuts due to recent scares and just plain bad-tasting pine nuts from other countries (or is this a conspiracy cooked up by the Italian agriculture ministry?)

Pistachio Pesto; photo Nathan Hoy, for Julia CroceBut all hope is not lost. Many people are experimenting with use of other nuts (or none at all). In yesterday’s story, Julia della Croce, author of Italian Home Cooking, suggests using pistachios (here’s her recipe). Other people commenting on the post suggest sunflower seeds, pecans or walnuts. Or basically whatever fresh nuts you have in the cupboard. Bon appetit!

Here’s an update on the new veggie/vegan/pescaterian restaurant Hearth in New Hope. Beginning this Monday, August 12, they will offer Farm Market Mondays every week, a $30 prix fixe dinner featuring the freshest and most seasonal ingredients available locally. To learn more about Hearth, see the post on Bucks County Taste.

Old York Cellars in Ringoes is having another Virtual Vine Online Wine Tasting evening on Thursday, August 15 and this one I’ll be able to participate in! (Missed the last one.) Vintner Scott Gares will provide a guided wine tasting of Old York Cellars 2011 Chardonnay and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at the winery and online.

Virtual Vines Online Wine TastingSo how do you participate in this event? First, you can experience it in person at the winery. There will be wine paired with food samples from The Kitchen, and chocolate from Laurie’s Chocolate. But here comes the neat part. You can also participate from home by purchasing ahead of time a tasting package (including two bottles of wine, chocolates, and food-pairing suggestions, for $40) and tune into a Livestream video broadcast on Thursday evening. To make it even more fun, invite friends and cook up some of the meal suggestions.

The idea is to virtually experience the wine tasting through the video broadcast and through Old York Cellars’ social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’ll be sipping and nibbling, and posting my thoughts too. The event begins at 7 pm, with another wine tasting at 8 pm. Also, $1 per participant will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.

watermelon cutTo market, to market. New this week…watermelon and raspberries. Look also for (lots of) basil, beets, blackberries, cabbage, cantaloupe, celery, cherry tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, dandelion greens, eggplant, garlic (fresh), heirloom tomatoes, green and sweet peppers, hot peppers, lettuce and lettuce mixes, okra, onions (fresh), parsley, peaches, potatoes (new), radishes, rosemary, scallions, shallots, string beans, summer squash, Swiss chard, thyme, tomatillos, turnips, and zucchini.

You’ll also find eggs from pasture-raised chickens, baked goods, pasture-raised beef and pork, cheese, yogurt and lots more. See our listing of area farmers’ markets for the one near you.

On the radar…

  • 65th Annual Middletown Grange Fair – Middletown Grange, 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown, PA [Friday, Sat & Sunday, 8/16-18]]
  • Fonthill’s Brewery Night “Eat and Drink Local” – Fonthill Museum, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA [Fri, Aug 16, 7 – 10 pm]
  • Yardley Restaurant Week, Yardley, PA [August 19 – 25]
  • Doylestown Food Co-op Farm to Table Dinner – Honey Hollow Farm, 2799 Creamery Rd, Solebury, PA [Sat, Aug 24, 6 – 9:30 pm]

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

Bucks County Food CalendarFriday, August 9:

  • Stockton Market – 19 Bridge St., Stockton, NJ [3 – 7 pm]
  • Ottsville Farmers’ Market – Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA [4 – 8 pm]
  • Beer Tasting, Phillips’ Fine Wines, 17 Bridge St, Stockton, NJ [4 – 8 pm]
  • Spaghetti Dinner & Cruise Night – Delaware Valley Fire Company, Headquarters Road, Erwinna, PA [5:30 – 7:30 pm]
  • Wine and Music Under the Stars – Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ [6 – 9 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 – 9 pm]
  • Lumberville General Store Supper Club – Lumberville General Store, 3741 River Road, Lumberville, PA [6 – 9 pm]
  • Music & Merlot – Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [6 – 9 pm]
  • Friday Night Fireworks – New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ [9:30 – 10:30 pm]

Saturday, August 10:

  • Doylestown Farmers’ Market – W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA [7 am – 12 pm]
  • Sergeantsville Farmers’ Market – Across from Delaware Township Building, Route 604, Sergeantsville, NJ [8:30 am – 12 pm]
  • Perkasie Farmers’ Market – 7th and Market Sts, Perkasie, PA [9 am – 12 pm]
  • Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market – Plumsteadville Grange, 5901 Easton Rd (Route 611 & Keller’s Church Rd), Plumsteadville, PA [9 am – 12:30 pm]
  • Wrightstown Farmers’ Market – Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA [9 am – 1 pm]
  • Stangl Factory Farmers’ Market – Stangl Factory, 12 Mine Street, Flemington, NJ [9 am – 2 pm]
  • Stockton Market, 19 Bridge St, Stockton, NJ [9:00 am – 4 pm]
  • Peach Festival – Manoff Market Gardens, 3157 Comfort Rd., Solebury, PA [9:30 am – 5 pm]
  • Peach Festival – Peddlers Village, Route 202, Lahaska, PA [10 am – 6 pm]
  • Summer Sangria – Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ [12 – 5 pm]
  • Wine Tasting – Phillips’ Fine Wines, 17 Bridge Street, Stockton, NJ [12 – 6 pm]
  • Beer Tasting – New Hope Beverage, 6542-K1 Lower York Rd (Logan Square), New Hope, PA [3 – 7 pm]
  • Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing – New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA [5 – 7 pm]
  • Music & Merlot – Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [6 – 8 pm]
  • Lumberville General Store Supper Club – Lumberville General Store, 3741 River Road, Lumberville, PA [6 – 9 pm]

Sunday, August 11:

  • Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market – Dvoor Farm, Route 12 Circle, Flemington, NJ [9 am – 1 pm]
  • Frenchtown Farmers’ Market – Kathee’s General Store, 4 Kingwood Avenue, Frenchtown, NJ [10 am – 2 pm]
  • Stockton Market – 19 Bridge St., Stockton, NJ [10 am – 4 pm]
  • Peach Festival – Peddlers Village, Route 202, Lahaska, PA [10 am – 6 pm]
  • Summer Sangria – Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ [12 – 5 pm]
  • How Sweet It Is: Pairing Wine and Chocolate – Crossing Vineyards & Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA [2 – 4 pm]
  • Jazzy Sundays – Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [2 – 5 pm]
  • Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing – New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA [5 – 7 pm]

Monday, August 12:

  • Burger Night – Wycombe Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • Farm Market Mondays – Hearth, 7 East Ferry Street New Hope, PA [5 – 10 pm]
  • Monday Wine Special plus Surf & Turf – Yardley Inn, 82 E. Afton Ave., Yardley, PA [5:30 – 10 pm]
  • Half Price Burgers Night – Continental Tavern, 2 North Main Street Yardley, PA [6 – 10 pm]

Tuesday, August 13:

  • Langhorne Farmers’ Market – Jesse Soby American Legion Post, 115 W. Richardson Ave., Langhorne, PA [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Cheese Steak Night – Wycombe Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • Wings and Yuengs – Jamison Grill, 2600 York Road Jamison, PA [5 – 9 pm]
  • Food, Wine, Beer & Spirits Tastings – Old Bethlehem Road Hotel, 243 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown, PA [6 – 9 pm]
  • Sushi Night in the Wine Cellar – The Inn at Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ [6 – 10 pm]
  • Food for Thought: Book club – Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S. Main Street, Doylestown, PA [6:15 pm – 8 pm]
  • Literate Epicures of Newtown – The Newtown Bookshop, 2829 South Eagle Road Newtown, PA [7 – 8:30 pm]
  • Fajitas and Margaritas – Carlow Cookery, Doylestown Shopping Center, 432 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA [7 – 9 pm]

Wednesday, August 14:

  • 65th Annual Middletown Grange Fair – Middletown Grange, 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown, PA [10 am – 5 pm]
  • Specialty Keg Tappings – Isaac Newton’s, 18 South State Street, Newtown, PA [12 – 9 pm]
  • The Farmers’ Market @ Playwicki Farm – 2350 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, PA [3 – 6 pm]
  • Wings & Yuengs – Wycombe Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • Kids Eat Free Night – Jamison Grill, 2600 York Road Jamison, PA [5 – 9 pm]
  • Burger Night – Jamison Grill, 2600 York Road Jamison, PA [5 – 9 pm]
  • Supper Club – The Raven, 385 W. Bridge St, New Hope, PA [6 – 10 pm]

Thursday, August 15:

  • 65th Annual Middletown Grange Fair – Middletown Grange, 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown, PA [10 am – 5 pm]
  • Lower Makefield Farmers’ Market – Veterans Square Park, Edgewood and Heacock Rds, Lower Makefield, PA [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Community Hero Night – Wycombe Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • Weekly Wine’d Up – Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ [5 – 8 pm]
  • Mexican Night – Jamison Grill, 2600 York Road Jamison, PA [5 – 9 pm]
  • Sicilian Summer Dinner – Casa Casale, #1 and #2 Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA [6:30 – 8:30 pm]
  • Old York Cellars Virtual Vines – Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ [7 – 9 pm]

Coming up:

  • 65th Annual Middletown Grange Fair – Middletown Grange, 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown, PA [Friday, Sat & Sunday, 8/16-18]]
  • Fonthill’s Brewery Night “Eat and Drink Local” – Fonthill Museum, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA [Fri, Aug 16, 7 – 10 pm]
  • Yardley Restaurant Week, Yardley, PA [August 19 – 25]
  • Doylestown Food Co-op Farm to Table Dinner – Honey Hollow Farm, 2799 Creamery Rd, Solebury, PA [Sat, Aug 24, 6 – 9:30 pm]

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

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Lynne–

    I love toasted almonds in a pesto. Not exactly cheap, but less expensive than pine nuts. I have heard that some people have some sort of reaction to pine nuts from China. Never met anyone who did, though.

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