Celebrate National Flour Month with Castle Valley Mill

March is also National Flour Month and it's a good time to think about the flour you are using. If you visit our local farmers markets then you know who your vegetable farmer is and you know who your meat farmer is. But who is your wheat farmer?? Have you ever thought of that? What's in that 5 lb bag of shelf stable flour you buy at the grocery store? And who grew it, and how? What level of quality is this flour and what effect does it have on my health? 

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National Poultry Day

March 19th is National Poultry Day (yes, really) and we'd like to highlight that fact that we connect you with local, pasture raised poultry (and everything else local) through our two farmers markets.

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Triumph Farm Dinner

Our friends at Triumph Brewing are hosting their second farm dinner. Two of our board members attended the first dinner and had high praises for its deliciousness. We highly recommend you attend this one if you can. 


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Ramping Up for Ramps

Every Spring my fellow chefs and I eagerly await ramps - nature's trumpet blast that Spring has actually arrived. Since these wild alliums/leeks are foraged, highly perishable and scarce, we plan nervously and excitedly the many ways we will use them "this year", to correct any misdeeds or lack of preparedness from last year. Ramps are the New Year's Eve party of vegetables. And you hope you get invited to this exclusive party. We guard our sources like our social security number, maybe even closer. We get a little nuts but ramps are one of the first Spring vegetables and have such a fleeting moment. Asparagus lasts a while but ramps, you're lucky if you get two weeks. If they were cultivated perhaps the anticipation would not be so great. But they are wild and we are crazy... for them. 

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Doylestown Farmers Market Opening Day

Doylestown Farmers Market's opening day is Saturday April 20th from 8 am to 1 pm. Join us for all of your favorites and new vendors too!

 

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Growing Herbs through the Seasons

On February 5, 2019, Bucks County Foodshed Alliance presented "Growing Herbs through the Seasons" at the Newtown Township Building in Newtown. The program was led by Linda Shanahan, Co-owner of Barefoot Botanicals. Linda taught the 60+ attendees how to grow herbs for culinary and medicinal use all year round. 

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Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup

January is National Soup Month and the brisk weather makes it the perfect time to curl up with a warm bowl of soup. Try this recipe for a hearty winter vegetable soup. Remember that many of these ingredients can be found locally at Wrightstown Indoor Winter Farmers Market, Winter CSAs, and the Doylestown Food Market. Enjoy!

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DIY Cold Frame Gardening

Adapted from The Fruit Guys Community Fund

Cold frame gardening can extend your growing season. Traditionally cold frames were placed against the south facing wall of a heated green place. They are the perfect place to grow cool weather crops and to harden off seedlings each Spring before transplanting them outside.

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Organic Agriculture

Excerpted from Food Print

Organic farming relies on managing the farm ecosystem, employing practices that improve soil health and avoid external outputs. Organic practices are based on:

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Reverse Sear Cross Rib Roast Recipe

By Chef Kelly Unger

Ingredients: 
  • 3lb Hershberger Heritage Farm Cross Rib Roasts
  • 3-4 tablespoons of Offbeat Gourmet Chipotle Dry Rub or seasoning of your choice
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
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