It’s a Banana Split Kind of Weekend

Maybe you’ve had a long week. I know we here at the farm have—big harvests, small harvests, sudden intense rainstorms, launch of a new database… we are just Spent.

Luckily for all of us- at least, those who live within a 50-mile radius of central Bucks County- our friends and neighbors and oWowCow have a weekend of wonders planned. It is Banana Split Weekend at “The Cow,” featuring a special homemade topping of local peaches and blackberries. Delicious (like, super-delicious) ice cream, formed into that awe-inspiring creation known as the banana split? I’ll definitely be heading out to oWowCow at some point this weekend!

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With locations in Ottsville and Wrightstown, oWowCow is our go-to treat stop for Blue Moon employees here in Buckingham. We also carry pints of their ice creams at our Pennington Farm Market, so the farm crew there does not get neglected. (Banana caramel, cinnamon bourbon, kava strawberry sorbet? Definitely not neglected!)

John Fezzuoglio is founder, owner, and Chief Ice Cream Maker at oWowCow. He makes each batch- with flavors ranging from Chai Cream to Chocolate Jalapeno- by hand at the Ottsville store.

John is serious about the integrity of his ice cream and his brand, and takes incredible care in sourcing the ingredients locally. The dairy comes from happy grass-fed cows at Way-Har Farms in Berks County. Eggs come from Rick’s Egg Farm in Kintersville and Gail Hooker’s hens in Durham. The lavender (in my favorite honey lavender ice cream) comes from Peace Valley Lavender Farm in Doylestown. The peaches for the banana split topping this weekend come from Amy and Gary Manoff at Manoff Market Gardens in Solebury, and the blackberries come from a gentleman named Lamar in Kintersville, who has been growing organic blackberries for decades.

If you are out of town this weekend (because why else would you miss Banana Split Weekend?), next weekend is Bacon Weekend! John and his team will be making bacon ice creams and toppings using 36 pounds of organic nitrate-free bacon from Hendricks Farm in Telford.

Pretty impressive, right? Just wait until you try the ice cream!

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By | August 23rd, 2013|News|0 Comments

Farm to Camp Out- September 20-21, 2013

Join us in Pennington September 20-21, 2013 for our first Farm to Camp Out.

This will be a fun and casual family-orientated event, filled with grilled pizza, farm tours, fun kid’s activities and s’mores and storytelling by the campfire. All this followed by a sleepover on the farm (bring all of your own camping supplies), and a farm fresh breakfast.

Interested in attending? Call or stop by our Pennington Farm Market- 609-737-8333, at 11 Willow Creek Drive.

 

See you by the fire!

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By | August 19th, 2013|Events|0 Comments

Meet the Farmer: Brett Kroszner

Brett Kroszner

Today we introduce you to the man who puts the green in your favorite micros: Brett Kroszner, Buckingham Farm Manager. Brett’s may not be the first face you see when you stop by, nor the first voice you hear when you call, but his conviction and dedication are present in every package of greens we sell, every delivery we make, every smile we bestow.

Brett got his start at Blue Moon at the tender age of 12. Having grown up next door to the Lyons, he was frequently enlisted to mow grass, tend Kathy’s flower garden, and pack boxes on order days. It was here he learned the value of a hard day’s work, and the monetary reward that comes with it.

“They were basically a second family to me,” Brett says of the Lyons. “Chris and I were inseparable.” (Chris being the youngest in the Lyons’ brood). He was like the little brother I never had. Growing up with only one neighbor you tend to be very close with them.”

After graduating Kutztown University in 2010 with a degree in Business Management, Brett returned to Blue Moon, working part time while searching for a job in his field. In February of the following year, Kathy, impressed with his work ethic, offered him the position of Farm Manager.

“I was kind of overwhelmed as I didn’t expect it,” Brett says. “It was an opportunity to have a fulltime job in the management field with a company I have a good background with, and a lot invested in. I was grateful that they asked me.”

Between supervising two production teams, hiring, training, performing quality control, researching potential new products and packaging systems, organizing and maintaining greenhouses, and in general overseeing the myriad operating systems of a modern farm, Brett is kept thoroughly busy. Throw in three delivery teams to coordinate, employees to schedule, and inventories to manage, and you can understand why he’s rarely seen without some sweat on his brow.

“I manage stress well on the job, and am able to adjust in ways to make sure everything is done in the most effective manner possible,” he points out. “Keeping a sense of humor helps me and the employees get through anything. And the fact that my heart is completely dedicated to the business. They’re like family to me.”

In his spare time, Brett enjoys improving his recently-purchased Wrightstown home, playing sports, working out, going to concerts and sporting events, and spending time with his new dog, Durango. He’s also known to lend a hand to darn near anyone who asks, and even to cut a mean rug from time to time.

“I have a very active personal life, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be active in my professional life too, being able to be outside and mobile,” Brett says. “And the best part about it is I’m right in the middle of Bucks County. Can’t take this area for granted.”

Nor can we take him for granted.

Thanks, Brett!

By | August 16th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Make a Stand.

2013-08-02 007hhhhIn the fall of 2012 something radical happened in the Blue Moon sales office: Rebecca and I threw our chairs out the window. Well, okay: we didn’t actually throw our chairs anywhere, but we did push them to the far side of the office. It was something we’d often fantasized about—instead of sitting while working, standing. Every other day it seemed another major media outlet was sounding the alarm over the health hazards associated with prolonged sitting. We decided it was time for a change.

The history of the chair, and sitting more generally, is a revealing one. Only after the 16th century did what we know as the modern chair become common anywhere; prior to that, most folks, if they did sit, did so on benches or stools. Though really it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that the chair achieved the near-universal ubiquity with which we Westerners now associate it. Whereas in ancient times it had been a means for ruling classes to convey superiority over their subordinates (think thrones or sedans), the chair was now an indispensible part of daily life. Desks were designed around the chair, as were dining tables. Churches, concert halls, and town halls all required sitting in some type of chair. Colin McSwiggen, writing for Jacobin Magazine, points out that, “as chairs became prevalent in schoolrooms, they became a tool for teachers to control the movement of children, whose healthy tendency towards activity made them difficult to teach.” The chair was changing who we were as people, and not always for the best.

Indeed, recent research shows that prolonged sitting has lead to a number of health problems, including obesity and something called ‘metabolic syndrome’, a cluster of conditions including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, and, yes, even larger posteriors. Sitting also raises the risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease. None of which, experts agree, can be offset by extra time at the gym. The only solution is to spend less time sitting.

Having worked for years in standing-intensive retail jobs, Rebecca and I knew we were physically capable of ditching our chairs, but just how was unclear. There was no shortage of standing desks on the market, but they were expensive and didn’t jive with our aesthetic. So we enlisted the help of Blue Moon handymen Carl Ruppert and “Uncle Jim” Rappo to design and build a pair of standing desks which were at once functional and attractive.

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To be sure, the transition was not an easy one—several weeks had to pass before our legs adapted—but we knew right away   we’d made the right decision. The chronic pain in my neck decreased, and I felt more limber, alert. Rebecca reported       similar results. What’s more, standing made us feel in control, as though instead of reacting to the day’s events, we were enacting them. The only downside was the steady stream of confused glances and perplexed comments leveled by coworkers and visitors. One of our crew-members even asked if Jim and Kathy were making us stand. We soon learned that these were teachable moments—Did you know that sitting 11 hours a day raises by forty percent your risk of dying over the next three years? And little by little perceptions began to change.

Since we abandoned our chairs, the standing desk has seen its status as Hottest New Trend trumped by the ‘walking desk’, an upright workstation with a treadmill. All over the world, people are giving their chairs a rest. What about you? Are you ready to make a stand?

By | August 2nd, 2013|News|0 Comments

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