Please Join Us for Our First Holiday Open House

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Please join us for our FIRST Holiday Open House at our Pennington Farm Market on Friday December 13th from 4 PM to 7 PM.  The event is FREE.  Each attendee is automatically entered into a raffle for a Blue Moon Acres Farm Market gift basket! This night our store launches a brand new selection of beautiful, quality, hand-made crafts by Blue Moon’s own Kathy and Alissa Lyons. Enjoy complimentary wine and locally-sourced, from-scratch, Organic eggnog. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served including vegan Blue Moon butternut squash soup, local cheeses, organic fruit, Eat This preserves, and fresh bread. For dessert, meet our producer, Lisa Leleu, of Enlightened Chocolates and sample her vegan, raw “happy chocolate” morsels. Don’t be skipping dessert; it’s local and delicious: Griggstown pecan and pumpkin pie slices, Laurie’s Chocolates hot cocoa, hot tea, and Coffee Scoop coffee! Jim Arkus will strum his festive, catchy tunes while you shop, eat, and drink at this cozy event. Gift baskets discounted all night and a portion of the markets proceeds donated to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Guests can also contribute food donations, if they wish.

Have you RSVP’ed yet?  C’mon over and be merry!

By | November 27th, 2013|Events|0 Comments

Exciting New Restaurant Coming to Doylestown!

 

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Genevieve DiFilippo is about to realize a life-long dream—again.

The owner of the Geneveive’s, the popular Panini shop in downtown Doylestown, is opening another restaurant.

“Since I was 14, I always wanted to have my own restaurant,” she says.

Her new place will be called, simply, Genevieve’s Kitchen, and will feature a fusion of seasonally-inspired Mediterranean and Italian dishes.

“Basically it’s going to be a BYOB with a very simple, one-page menu, and an emphasis on sustainability and local produce,” she explained. “As a chef, I’m really down-to-Earth; I’m all about taking food and preparing it in the simplest fashion.”

Genevieve’s Kitchen will occupy the now-vacant Vine and Fig Tree Bistro space on East State street, a virtual hop, skip, and a jump from the Panini shop. Though the décor is still on the drawing board, she envisions a blend of contemporary and rustic—“crisp, clean, and intimate; but not stuffy.”

“Any time you have multiple rooms, the challenge is making them flow into one another,” she says.

Genevieve got her start as a sauté chef in a local restaurant, and then went on to study formally at L’Academie de Cusine in Gaithersburg. After a stint at an international food service company, she decided to follow her dreams and open her own place.

“I’ve been really lucky. I wouldn’t be where I am today if people didn’t take the time to help me. With my partner, and my family, and all the people I have around me, I truly believe I can make this thing work.”

She hopes to go live before Christmas. The restaurant will serve lunch, brunch, and dinner.

 

 

 

By | November 22nd, 2013|News|0 Comments

Eating is an Agricultural Act

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this statement by Wendell Berry- “Eating is an agricultural act.”

What does it mean?

It’s a statement of individual empowerment.
It’s recognition of consumer power.
It reminds us that all humans are involved in agriculture, as we all eat.
It demands that we eat with a greater understanding of all that is at stake.
It tells us that “what’s for dinner” has far greater implications than what is on the plate.

For me, it meant that today I picked up some lunch at None Such Farm Market instead of WaWa.

What does it mean for you?

By | November 15th, 2013|News|0 Comments

How ‘Bout Them Apples!

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, the old saying goes.

But what if that apple is local, recently-picked, and grown with love? Could it do more than just keep the doctor away? Could it spark a revolution?

Amy Manoff of Manoff Market Gardens thinks so.

“A well-grown apple is the most basic thing,” she says. “It doesn’t need to be cooked, sauced—it doesn’t need to be anything. It’s easy nutrition. All you have to do is eat it. And if it’s been grown right, it’ll surprise you.”

Nestled amid the rolling farmland of Bucks County’s Solebury Township, Manoff Market Gardens is one of those sleepy rustic stores that call to mind a simpler era, an era before supermarkets, blinking coupon dispensers, and automated checkouts. Fruit stacked in wooden crates, mason jars on modest shelving, hand-written signs, and a yellow lab dozing by the register. The customers all know Amy, and know each other too. It’s the kind of market that makes you want to open your own.

“I have amazing customers who drive all the way out here,” Amy reflects. “I’m not on some major road, so people have to put me on their list; they have to make a point of coming here. It’s pretty special.”

Though MMG is known for their mouthwatering strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and over 2 dozen varieties of peaches and nectarines, what really struck me—lover of all things autumnal that I am—was their apples.

As of this writing, they have 11 unique varieties for sale: Northern Spy, Jonathan, Staymen, Cortland, Macoun, SunCrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Cameo, Manoff Golden, Fuji, and Gala.

And there are five more soon to come online: Keepsake, Braeburn, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, and Gold Rush.

“And with the Fuji,” Amy says, “we actually have two kinds—early and late, and the late Fuji is a super sweet, very crunchy apple that’ll last all winter. I’ve had late Fujis the following March that were still crunchy and delicious.”

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Having gotten by on supermarket-bought apples for most of my life, I was amazed how tasty Manoff’s were. There were all these subtle flavors, all these nuanced notes I’ve never experienced before. The apples were crisp, firm, and intoxicatingly aromatic. It was like biting into a fresh fig for the first time: you never want to go back.

“I would never eat a Granny Smith from a supermarket,” Amy says. “They’re picked before they’re ready, so they end up kind of flat. Ours have an amazing flavor, nice and tart, a go-to apple for chefs. We can let them hang to the right moment and then just bring them into the store.”

Quality isn’t the only reason Amy eschews the supermarket scene; supporting the local economy holds equal sway.

“People understand that when they buy locally, they support the farmer. But the other side of it is that the money’s staying here: the farmer shops locally, hires local people, and so on.”

In the end, though, it all comes back to the apple.

“My favorite eating apple,” Amy reveals, “is the SunCrisp. It looks like a sunset, tastes like a pear; it’s crispy and juicy. For baking, my favorite is the Jonagold. It makes a great pie, it’s neither too sweet nor too tart, it doesn’t disintegrate, and it’s really easy to work with.”

The apple revolution may not be televised, but you can experience it firsthand at Manoff Market Gardens. Join the uprising against bland, generic apples and help keep markets like Amy’s fortified for generations to come.

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By | November 8th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fall Food Festival Pictures

Thank you to all who came out to our Pennington farm last Saturday in support of Local, Organic Food and fun! The weather was beautiful and the food from Chive Café & Catering delicious. Our friends from Door to Door Organics Tri-State met plenty of new faces and so did we! Thanks, also, to those of you who were the FIRST to contribute to our Winter Market Dollars program to help us fund the construction of a new greenhouse!

To learn more about supporting us through our Winter Market Dollars program, please click here.

 

Here are some photos from the day’s festivities:

 

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By | November 7th, 2013|Events|0 Comments

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