BCFA Summer Farm Tour: Bucks County Apiaries & Freedom Farms

WHERE: Freedom Farm &
Bucks County Apiaries

5812 Haring Road, Plumstead Township, PA
(GPS: Use Doylestown, PA 18902)
Enter the farm at 5812 Haring Road. There will be a large cow sign at the end of the driveway.


WHEN: Wednesday, June 3.
Dinner starts at 6 pm; tour starts at 7 pm.

WHAT TO BRING: For dinner: a dish to share, utensils, plates, cups, and something to carry away your trash with. For the tour: Please wear proper footwear (read: mud!) and if bringing children, they must be under adult supervision.
ABOUT THE FARM: This farm has heritage breeds of goats, pigs, sheep, chickens and cows that are grass-fed, and plays host to Bucks County Apiaries (honeybees).

Note: There is a chance that the bees may not want to come out of their hives, if the weather stays chilly and wet like it has been the past few days. If this is the case, we will still visit the hives and learn about the honeybees, but may not get to seem them at their most active.


FAQ:
There is rain in the forecast. Is there still a tour? Yes! If it's not pouring buckets at 5 pm, the tour is still on. There is shelter at the farm in case of unexpected showers.

Do I need to sign up ahead of time? No! Just show up.

What if I don't want to do dinner? If you don't want to come to the potluck, no problem. Join us at 7 pm for the tour!


What do I bring for the potluck? People bring salads, fresh fruit, baked goods, snacks, casseroles, soups, pasta dishes, desserts - you name it. Bring an index card saying what's in whatever you bring so other people know what to expect.

MORE ABOUT THE TOUR:

The Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, Bucks County chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local® and Doylestown Food Co-op announce the 2015 series of popular farm evenings that introduce consumers to the local small-scale producers who put the freshest foods onto our tables via direct sales, community-supported agriculture operations (CSAs), farmers’ markets, farm stands and other venues.

The 2015 series opens Wednesday, June 3, with a visit to Bucks County Apiaries at Freedom Farm, 5812 Haring Road in Plumstead Township (GPS: Doylestown PA 18902). While the tour is free, donations to offset the cost of BCFA’s programs are strongly encouraged.

Come get up close and personal with honeybees and also meet the non-buzzing critters who reside on this large farm.  

Chuck Pressler started Bucks County Apiaries http://www.buckscountyapiaries.com/ a couple of years ago after years of gradually developing his interest in and knowledge of beekeeping. He has established hives around Bucks County on properties that use natural agriculture practices, and all of his honey is “hive to table” – no heating or other processing, providing the freshest, purest honey with all the flavor and health benefits still intact.

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Farming partners James Simkins and Daryl Derstine raise all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free grass-fed animals on Freedom Farm, which is made up of three contiguous farms totaling 300 acres, most of it in preservation with the help of Plumstead Township. Red Angus cattle, Cheviot sheep, Boer goats, Duroc pigs and a variety of chickens are rotationally grazed on pastures planted with grasses chosen to grow consistently health beef cattle.

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After the potluck meal at Freedom Farm’s barn, Simkins and Derstine will take visitors on a brief tour of one part of the farm and answer questions as the group walks out to the beehives – where farmer and beekeeper Chuck Pressler will describe his operation and answer questions. Please wear footwear appropriate for the walk from the parking area to the beehives and note that it is not handicapped accessible.

The evening’s pot luck meal runs from 6:00 to 7:00pm, with the tour to follow. Visitors are expected to bring a dish to share with others and their family’s own eating equipment, beverages and seating, and they should expect to carry out their own trash. This educational and entertaining event is appropriate for school-aged children who are under an adult’s careful supervision.

Any cancellations due to severe weather will be posted on the BCFA website and Facebook page. For more information: 215.621.8967 or BucksFoodshed.org.

The series continues with two more summer farm evenings:

July 1, Wednesday

Snipes Farm and Education Center

890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville, PA 19067

http://www.snipesfarm.org/

The Snipes family and their forebears have been farming in Lower Bucks since 1682. Learn about the “fertility loop” of animals grazing cover crops in fallow fields ahead of vegetable production.

 

August 5, Wednesday

Tinicum CSA

1073 River Road, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

http://www.tinicumcsa.com

Farmers John Crooke and Stefan Streit grow vegetables in the fertile bottomland soil overlooking the Delaware River, seeking to give value to their CSA members, build the soil, grow nutritious and delicious vegetables and create a livable existence for themselves and their families.

WHEN
June 03, 2015 at 6pm - 9pm
WHERE
Freedom Farm, 5812 Haring Road, Plumstead Township, PA (GPS: Doylestown, PA 18902)

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