Monday, April 30, 2012

Look Who's Coming to Market

New Season - New Logo - 

As promised - today we're introducing our farmers and food artisans for the 2012 EGFM season. Sit back and relax - this is a long, impressive list of the best the area has to offer.

Many of our market participants are returning from last year - we cannot thank them enough for taking a chance with us in our first season. We are so happy to have them back with us, including:

Blueberry Hill Farm - Peg and Clyde Dearoff  grow gorgeous berries and veggies in Lancaster County - longest lines at the market!
Carmen B's Honey - Local honey, East Goshen Honey, fresh from Carmen Battavio's hives.
Chile Spot - Jeff's spicy creations include a variety of hot sauces, salsas and jams.
Dia Doce - Thais is our cupcake queen, winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars! She offers new flavors every week using many local ingredients - she always has gluten free, lactose free, and vegan options.
Ellen April Handcrafted Soap - Ellen's soaps and lotions are a market favorite - she offers an extensive variety of scents to please everyone.
Frecon Farm - This Boyertown orchard brings beautiful fruits to our market - berries, cherries, stone fruits, apples, pears and more; did I mention cider? 
Fresh A Peel Hummus - Richard and his sister make hummus - great hummus - in a variety of flavors.
Golden Valley Coffee Roasters - Coffee roasted right here in West Chester, Golden Valley is certified fair trade and organic; and is also bird friendly.
Good Spoon Seasonal Food - Kate makes delicious seasonal soups for our market, and, this year is adding side salads to her list of offerings.
John & Kiras - Chocolate, need we say more? Made in Phlladelphia using local ingredients whenever possible. Decadent - worth it!
Laura's - Laura brings her small batch biscotti and granola to our market. Her biscotti flavors change with the season.
Lindenhof Farms - Axel and family raise pastured livestock for market - beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkeys; and eggs! Their chicken and turkey pies are a market favorite.
Livengood Farms - Dwain and family have a beautiful farm in the heart of Lancaster County. They bring a wide variety of produce to our market grown using organic practices.
Market Day Canele - Featured in Food and Wine last year, Gil has mastered the canele, a confection from the Bordeaux region of France. They also offer a weekly special sweet and savory tart, and a few other specialities.
Mompops - Issa is a summer staple at our market - he makes popsicles using many local ingredients in his creations. Everyone loves cooling off with a popsicle from Mompops!
My House Cookies - Don't let the name fool you - Marie brings not just cookies, but all sorts of delicious baked goods to our market - pies, brownies, scones, quiche, and more. 
Naughty Nutty Love - Denise makes nut butters - peanut, almond, and more - fresh roasted and ground to perfection. 
Philly Fair Trade Coffee Roasters - You can pick up this robust coffee, roasted fresh in Philly, from Nem at the Market Day Canele tent.
Pureblend - Kari offers a wide variety of loose teas, and her speciality matcha blends, at market. Thirsty - she'll mix up a cup of tea to enjoy at market.  She also carries a line of seasoned salt. 
Ridge Valley Farm - Maple syrup - Jim is our maple syrup farmer. Every pancake deserves real maple syrup, and Jim offers the best.
Saint Peters Bakery - Pete and Melanie joined us for our winter market and quickly became a huge hit. Melanie bakes hearty breads, croissants, and more. Home of the Bakery - St. Peters Village in northwest Chester County.
Schaeffer's Flowers - Bev and Denny grow flowers, beautiful flowers, for our market. It's hard to leave the market without picking up a bouquet.
Shellbark Hollow Farm - East Goshen's own goat farm brings their delicious goat cheese to our market.  Pete and his sister Donna (co-coordinator of the EGFM) produce a variety of goat milk products - cheese, yogurt and kefir.
Vernalicious - Verna will be back, offering her delicious dinner options - picnic in the park or take it home - everyone is talking about her Banh Mi sandwiches.
Veronica's Doggie Delights - every dog knows that you need to head to Veronica's tent to get the best doggie treats - whimsical, and according to my four-legged friends, delicious!

And now for our new market participants: 
All Star BBQ - Ken will be happy to prepare your dinner for you! A new "ready to eat" vendor, Ken has an impressive BBQ set up and an extensive menu to please all!
Birchrun Hills Farm - Sue will be joining our market this year and we couldn't be happier! Sue will have artisan cow's milk cheeses, veal, speciality sausages and more.
Burkholder Organics - From Kutztown, PA, the Burkholder family farm is certified organic! They grow a wide variety of veggies and some fruits, including figs!
Ellen's Jams - Burkholder's Organics will be offering beautiful jams, preserves, and pickled produce from Ellen - also from Kutztown.
Jack's Jams - Jack offers a wide variety of jams, jellies, preserves and pickled produce made from local ingredients.
Jenny and Frank's Artisan - Gelato - - - Italy's nod to ice cream - made with fresh, local ingredients. A little taste of Italy in East Goshen Park! Ciao!
Ka Chi - Welcome a new food truck to our "ready to eat" menu - Korean specialities! This truck is a huge hit on the WCU campus. Rice bowls, Korean tacos, bibimbap, kimchi fried rice - yum!
Mesa Fresh - Hola! EGFM has a taco truck - offering an extensive menu of Mexican favorites. Perfect for dinner in the park, or take home a menu sampling!
Oley Valley Mushrooms - Angela and Joe grow mushrooms, blue ribbon mushrooms - shiitake, white trumpet, oyster, portobellos, and more. 
Philly Bill's Dills - Pickles, perfectly pickled cucumbers, fresh pack pickles, crispy, briney, delicious!
Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream  - check your diet at the door - locally sourced ingredients in a magical concoction of ice creamy goodness ... swoon!

I'm exhausted - what am impressive collection of farmers and food artisans!

Thursday, May 3rd from 3 PM - 7 PM in the East Goshen Park!!!
See you there! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Making Progress

Making progress with our new signs!
Need to finish tomorrow!
Thanks to Mark and the Municipal Works Team 
for building these great sandwich boards.
Painters: Lisa, Donna, Kelly, Greg!

Earned Reward!
Shellbark Hollow Goat Cheese 
Served with ...
Grilled ...
Oley Valley Trumpet Mushrooms
Livengood Farms Asparagus and Scallions
Sprinkled with Pureblend Lava Salt

Spring - Bring it on!

See you in the East Goshen Park this Thursday 
3 PM -  7 PM

30 farmers and food artisans

Serving Dinner - All American Grill!
Cinco de Mayo! 

Tomorrow - meet all of our market participants - old and new!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Philly Farm and Food Photos!

The calm before the storm!
 EGFM at the Philly Farm and Food Fest,
yesterday, at the Philly Convention Center.
 Take a close look at our display!
 Everyone kept telling us we had the nicest display in the Fest!
 Its easy when we have such great producers and products to work with.
Everyone loved the block of shitake mushrooms!
 And the fresh honey comb was a big hit,
 We tried to feature as many of our vendors as possible,
 Our display was sheer eye candy!
 Thousands attended the Fest and EGFM put our best foot forward.
 We were the only suburban farmers' market in attendance.
 Made lots of new acquaintances and met a number of potential producers for EGFM.
 It was a good day, and a lot of fun!