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Bucks County Foodshed Alliance Benefit at Hortulus Farm

This has been quite a busy September for Hubby and me.  Among others, a visit to the US Open, where we got to witness Andy Roddick’s last win ever; my cousin’s graphic arts-inspired wedding in Manhattan; and Hubby’s sister’s Fingerlakes wedding extravaganza.

You would think that was enough excitement for one month, but the grand finale was this past weekend at a benefit raising money for the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance.

The BCFA is a fantastic organization that works to provide a network among farmers and consumers to educate and promote the value of local farming to a sustainable, healthy food system.  A favorite summertime weekend activity is visiting one of their two farmers markets and having a Flint Hill yogurt smoothie or Solebury Orchards cider donut for breakfast, while filling up my bags with Blooming Glen produce, Purely Pastured and Lima Farm meats, and Mainly Mushrooms fancy mushrooms and shallots.  Find out more at http://www.buckscountyfoodshedalliance.org.

Not only was I privileged to take part in organizing this event, but I was put in charge of what else?  Food!  I got to play caterer for a day for over 175 attendees (well over our target).  It was a great opportunity to network with farmers that provided a wealth of fantastic ingredients, plan a complete hors d’oeuvres menu around local food, get a great idea for Christmas presents (pumpkin chutney), and cook – with ample help – for my biggest party ever.

Me with BCFA Director Jane Magne

We couldn’t ask for a better turnout.  The event took place at Hortulus Farm in Wrightstown, a 100-acre dairy farm that over the last 30 years has been converted to an amazing horticultural center with fountains, unusual pheasants and peacocks, and swan-filled ponds.  One of the owners, Jack Staub, gave a vegetable tour during a short rain shower and afterwards we were gifted with a beautiful rainbow right over the barn.

I’ll be posting the recipes this week to give you some fall nosh inspiration and appreciation for all that is still around on the farm this time of year!

The seemingly neverending food line

Wines from Buckingham Vineyards, Wycombe Vineyards, and Rose Bank Winery

The Coffee Scoop and Flint Hill Farm represent!


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