For Philadelphia area residents, this is the season to experiment with becoming a locavore, and to enjoy all of the fresh-from-the-farm products grown locally in the Delaware Valley. Locavores are those who try to eat primarily products grown or raised within a narrow radius of their locale.
To encourage locavores in the Philadelphia area to get to know their local farmers, Fair Food Farmstand is organizing a summer farm tour series which would allow Philadelphia area residents and businesses to explore those farms that provide the food found in the local marketplace. Fair Food is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing local food to market all year round, and to promoting a humane sustainable agriculture system for the Delaware Valley. At its retail outlet in the Reading Terminal Market, Fair Food showcases produce, meats and dairy products from local farms.
The first event in the farm tour series is titled “Dining al Fresco…at the Farm” and takes place on Sunday, June 27th. It starts at 2 p.m. with a tour of Two Gander Farm and Apiary located in Oley, Berks County. Farmer and apiarist (a/k/a beekeeper), Trey Flemming, will lead the tour and demonstrate what it takes to raise quality honeybee colonies. Flemming farms 23 acres and has 60 to 65 hives from which he produces black locust, buckwheat and wildflower honey.
Following the Two Gander tour, White Dog Café chef, Eric Yost, will prepare a “Farm to Table Dinner” at 4 p.m. at Fox Hollow Farm in Douglassville, Berks County. The dinner will be held in the unique venue of a horse paddock where diners will be able to meet with farmers in an intimate setting over a 6-course tasting menu paired with American wines. The meal will also feature artisan cheeses from Shellbark Hollow Farm’s Nubian goats in West Chester, and Birchrun Hills Farm’s herd of Holstein cows in Chester County.
Tickets are $125 per person and include both the farm tour and the 6-course farm dinner and drinks. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
For More Information: Farm Tour & Dinner: Contact Andrew Welch from White Dog Cafe at 215-386-9224 or [email protected] for more information or for reservations.
Farm Tour Only: Contact Christina at Fair Food – [email protected]
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