Last year when I attended the Philly Farm and Food Fest, it was a bit overwhelming. Bringing the kids along didn’t help either because I had to keep them occupied while I chatted with vendors. This year, I left the kids at home, brought a friend and a cooler, and met up with other friends. And we ate our way through the Fest. It was so delicious. I’m still licking my lips over the bacon caramel ice cream from O Wow Cow.
I met a number of local producers and farmers which I will be writing about over the coming weeks. If you’re in the city and want to compost, I found a company that will pick up your kitchen scraps and return them as compost for window boxes and container gardens. I met the beekeepers behind the Zip Code honey, plus brought home a jar to try myself. I have a number of farms I’m planning on visiting over the next 2 months; I’ll be sharing what each farm offers.
My first stop was Lancaster Farm Fresh, a coop/CSA with delivery points all over the Delaware Valley. I used to order from them, and stopped for some reason. Now I’m kicking myself for stopping because the pick up is 5 minutes from my home. Talk about convenient! I’ll be calling office this week to get my old account active again. My friend picked up local raw honey from LFF – 2 lbs. for $8. She was happy, too.
I loved these bird nesting balls hanging up at the WoodsEdge Wool Farm stall. I think my Girl Scout troop would have fun making some as a craft and Earth Day project.
These are fiddlehead ferns from Plowshare Farm. I did not buy these, however I bought about 1/4 lb. of ramps which I am planting today. Ramps run about $14 to $18 lb. Native to North American, ramps are a wild onion which add a unique pungent onion/garlic flavor to dishes. The leaves are milder than the bulbs. They can be chopped up and frozen for later use.
My biggest excitement for the festival – learning that I won one of the raffle prizes offered by Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)! The prize includes 7 packages of mostly chicken and one turkey, all from Eberly’s.
I also received 5 flavors of Knobview Farm’s Garlic Sea Salt (I’m thinking grilling!), a soup mix package and Italian Plum with Lemon Rind jam (not picture) from Christina Maser Pantry, Natalie’s Soft Granola Bars with Hemp, and Organic English Breakfast Tea and a pound of Costa Rican coffee (not picture) from Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters (West Chester, PA).
In addition, I picked up an order of chuck roasts and eye rounds from WyeBrook Farm and 2 packages of shin bones from another farmer. The grassfed roasts were $7/lb. and the shin bones were $3/lb. I also brought home 2 2-lb. bags of spelt and emmer kernels to try.
I am so excited for the beginning of the Farmers Market season, not to mention getting my vegetable garden planted!