Bucks Food Calendar: July 29, 2010

What’s up this weekend? Well, not the temperatures. Saturday is supposed to only be in the mid-80’s and sunny, and Sunday will be in the mid-70’s with some possible storms. I’ll take it! As will the fields and veggies and fruit…

Farm-to-Table Dinners. The Heritage Conservancy is hosting their 2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner at the Historic Lindsay Farm in Warminster this Saturday, July 31st. At $45 per person, with great local chefs like Earl’s Bucks County’s David Zukerman and Jamie Hollander, it’s a great deal. Click here to go the Conservancy’s website for more info.

Next weekend is an opportunity for another fresh, gourmet farm to table dinner, this one sponsored by Zone 7 (the New Jersey local food distributor). The dinner takes place on Sunday, August 8th at the Oak Grove Plantation in Pittstown, NJ (about a half hour north of Stockton, NJ) and features a meal prepared by Andrea Carbine of A Toute Heure, twice-nominated for James Beard’s Best Mid-Atlantic Chef. The dinner is part of a series of dinners, to take place through October at locations throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Guests will be treated to an intimate, farmer-led, “behind the scenes” tour of the fields, followed by a 4-course, fresh and seasonal meal prepared by one (or more) great restaurant chefs, with wines for each course included. Cost is $135 pp. See the website for ticket info.

Closer to home and more homespun, is the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance’s Summer Farm Tour this Wednesday, August 4th at the Milk House Farm in Newtown. It’s potluck at 6:30 pm, followed by a farm tour of this lovely property which produces a wide variety of vegetables, eggs, honey, preserves and crafts.

It’s time to preserve. Be on the look-out for a bunch of canning classes coming up in August and September. The Turnip Truck is running classes on canning peaches (August 4th), tomatoes (August 17 & 18) and hot peppers (September 14) at The Market by Shady Brook Farm at Del Val College. This Saturday, the famous all-natural, macrobiotic Chef Christina Pirello is teaching tomato canning at Pennypack Farm in Horsham (not sure if seats are still available; check their website).

Farm markets. If you haven’t ventured over to Flemington to check out the Dvoor Farm Market happening on Thursdays and Sundays, you now have new motivation. Bobolink Dairy is selling their exceptional cheese at Dvoor on both days. Bobolink just finished moving to a new farm in Milford, from Vernon, NJ. Their fine, artisanal cheese is simply some of the best cheese you can buy locally. Learn more about them at their website and stop by to welcome them to our neck of the woods.

Save that date…for zucchini racing. Yes, you read right. The Lower Makefield Farmers’ Market (Thursday afternoons) will once again sponsor Zucchini Racing on August 12th. The origins of zucchini racing remain shrouded in mystery. However, researchers have found that competitive zucchini speed events take place from Seattle to Texas to New England and countless places in-between. Zucchini races are hosted at a variety of venues such as farmers’ markets, county fairs, and even shopping malls. Anyone wishing to take the leap into competitive zucchini racing should possess the following: a zucchini, a sense of humor, creativity, and zucchini car building skills (because it’s hard to win if your zucchini racer falls apart before the finish line.) See our post about it last year (including racing rules), as well as pictures of the winners. May the best squash win.

What can you expect to find produce-wise this week at local farm markets? Basil, Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli, Butter Lettuce, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Green Beans, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mesclun mixes, Mustard Greens, Nectarines, Parsley, Peaches, Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Romaine lettuce, Salad Mix, Scallions, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn (white, bi-color), Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatillos, Tomatoes (heirloom, slicing, cherry…you name it), Turnips, Watermelon, White and Cheddar Cauliflower, Zucchini…and more.

Tune into the blog this week for more local food and recipes, stories and fun places to eat. Make sure to join our email list , Twitter and Facebook  page. Especially the latter because I often post little tidbits and late-breaking news there.

For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County. Have a delicious weekend.

Friday, July 30th:
Forecast – Sunny, 86°

  • 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]
  • Barbara Trent @ The Centre Bridge Inn, New Hope [7 – 11 pm]
  • Kindle Cafe Supper Club @ Rojo’s Roastery, Lambertville, NJ [7:30 – 9:00 pm]
  • Bob Egan @ Bowman’s Tavern, New Hope [8 pm-12 am]

Saturday, July 31st:
Forecast – Sunny, 85°

  • Doylestown Farmers’ Market, Doylestown [7 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]
  • Tomato Canning with Christina Pirello, Horsham [11:30 am – 1:30 pm]
  • Wine Tasting @ Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [12 – 5 pm]
  • Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyards, Milford, NJ [1 – 4 pm]
  • Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing, New Hope [5 – 7 pm]
  • Chef’s Farm to Table Dinner with Max Hansen, Ottsville [5 – 8 pm]
  • Beef & Beer Benefit @ Eagle Firehouse, New Hope [6 – 10 pm]
  • Farm to Table Dinner at Historic Lindsay Farm, Warminster [6:30 – 8:30 pm]

Sunday, August 1st:
Forecast – Showers, 76°

  • Breakfast Buffet @ Plumsteadville Fire Co., Plumsteadville [7 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]
  • Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing, New Hope [5 – 7 pm]

Monday, August 2nd:

  • 94 Cents Cookie Night @ Chubby’s Dairy Barn, Plumsteadville [6 – 9 pm]

Tuesday, August 3rd:

  • Langhorne Farmers’ Market, Langhorne [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Hunt for wild blackberries with Wildman Steve Brill, Horsham [5 – 7 pm]
  • Gluten Free / Healthy Living Support Group, Langhorne [7 – 9 pm]

Wednesday, August 4th:

  • 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: Milk House Farm Market, Newtown [6:30 – 9 pm]
  • Peach Canning Class, Doylestown [7 – 9:30 pm]
  • Meet the Brewer @ The Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown [7 – 10 pm]

Thursday, August 5th:

  • 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]
  • Sizzling Summer Grilling – Pork and Poultry, Doylestown [7 – 9 pm]
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  1. hope it doesn’t rain on sunday (even though i know we need it)! supposed to take some cousins blueberry picking and have a picnic – not sure what to do with twin 2-year-old boys and a 3-year-old girl inside all day!

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