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Events

We have some great events coming up a the farm over the next month (our annual Harvest Fest Potluck celebration Sunday October 8th, as well as an Autumn Equinox ritual on Sept. 21st.) and a pressure canning, soup making class this weekend. Read on for more details!

SOUPS ON- PRESSURE CANNING

Sunday September 17, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Class Cost: $45

Soup season is coming! Marian from the Farm to Jars Learning Center will cover flavorful stock making and pressure canning in this hands on class Sunday Sept. 17th, 10am-1pm. Learn how to make full flavor stocks, which are the base of so many recipes. Use them in soups, gravies, casseroles and so such more. Now imagine having a full pantry and freezer filled to mealtime easier without all the sodium and additives.

We will be chopping, dicing and simmering to make a vegetable and a chicken base soup. And while you enjoy a nice bowl of soup with homemade biscuits, you will be watching a step by step demonstration on Pressure Canning. This canning method can be used for all low acid foods; soups, meats, and vegetables. We will discuss using safe tested recipes, PH, equipment and storage.

Class includes step by step instructions on using a Pressure Canning, recipes, tastings and a jar to take home. Class will run approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. Register and pay online.

AUTUMN EQUINOX RITUAL

Thursday September 21, 2017
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Free Family-Friendly Ritual

“The earth has music for those who listen.” Reginald Vincent Holmes

Join us to honor Mother Earth as she welcomes autumn!
Let us come together and connect in gratitude for the harvest through song and the offering of our blessings as we stand upon fertile farmland.

Offered by Rebekah Barnes of Rooted Rhythms.  Hosted by Blooming Glen Farm, Perkasie, PA

We will move through a facilitated family ritual together, celebrating the harvest of autumn through song, and creating a cooperative woven tapestry on the garden loom as an offering of gratitude for worldwide healing. Please arrive at 6:15 for parking and walking out to the field
All are welcome! Registration appreciated for planning.

Blooming Glen Farm HARVEST FEST!

Rescheduled for Sunday October 22nd, 2017
2:00 pm- until dark

Save the date! Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm is our annual fall harvest festival at Blooming Glen Farm! Activities and festivities begin at 3pm, community potluck will begin @5:30pm and go until dark.  Join us to celebrate a season of farm fresh food and community connections.

This event is free to attend, however we will charge a small fee to enter the potato derby ($5), to taste the pies ($2), and if you wish to decorate a pumpkin to take home ($5). These fees cover our costs only. Thank you!

From 3-5 pm, join us for wagon rides, garlic seed social, potato derby, scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating and more!

Dance along to live music. Line up to vote in our annual pie bake-off!

**We need pie entries- the more the merrier, and no experience necessary. seriously- we’ve had amateurs, children and home bakers alike all take home the trophy over the years. Pies will be entered to win both the popular and judges vote. The winner of the popular vote will receive the large ceramic pie trophy to enjoy and display for one year (Stanley cup style!). The judges vote winner will also receive a special prize (and major bragging rights!). Email us if you are interested in entering (or volunteering to serve samples), or sign-up in the CSA distribution room.

Bring a potluck dish to share for the community potluck (seriously folks, with this group of food lovers, you can guarantee this will be one of the best potlucks you will ever attend), as well as all your picnic needs- aka plates, utensils, beverages, picnic blankets, folding camp chairs, etc.

Volunteers are needed to help with the various crafts and activities, and pie entries wanted for the pie bake-off! We did not hold the harvest fest last season, and many of you were disappointed, so it is back by popular demand. But we really can’t do it alone, we just don’t have the staffing. Please (pretty please) sign up in the distribution room. Help us make this an awesome celebration! (Just a reminder that the actual farm season goes into November, so this is not the end by any means! Your CSA pick-up will continue, as will the farmers markets we attend.) We hope all our CSA members and loyal farmers market customers and their friends and families will join us on October 8th at 3 pm! This is a sunshine event only, and it will be cancelled if the forecast calls for steady heavy rain. Check our facebook page the weekend of, if in doubt. Hope to see you there!

Post and photos by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen farmer and co-owner. Tricia and her husband Tom have been farming together since 2000. Blooming Glen Farm is celebrating its 12th season bringing high quality certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and cut flowers to our local community.

“The earth has music for those who listen” ~Reginald Vincent Holmes

What: Vernal Equinox Ritual
When: Sunday, March 19, 3-4pm
Where: The fields of Blooming Glen Farm, 98 Moyer Rd, Perkasie, Pa
Led by: Rebekah Barnes, Rooted Rhythms

Join us to honor Mother Earth as she welcomes Spring!
Let us come together and connect with her awakening energy of renewal through song and the offering of our blessings as we stand upon her fertile farmland.

We will move through a facilitated family ritual together, tapping into the surging spring energy of Mother Earth through song, creating a blessing sculpture out of wood, the element of spring and offering gratitude to her for worldwide healing.

Please arrive at 2:45 for parking and walking out to the field
All are welcome!

This is the first in a series of Earth Rhythm Rituals we will hold throughout the year, celebrating the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices. Vernal Equinox Ritual, Sunday March 19, 3 pm; Summer Solstice Ritual, Wednesday June 21, 7 pm; Autumnal Equinox Ritual, Thursday Sept. 21, 6:30 pm; Winter Solstice Ritual, Thursday Dec. 21, 5 pm. Join us as we honor the rhythms of Mother Earth on the Wheel of the Year. We will come together to connect with the seasonal energy of our sacred planet.

Free Family-Friendly Ritual
Registration appreciated for planning

Offered by Rebekah Barnes of Rooted Rhythms
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rootedrhythms/
Hosted by Blooming Glen Farm, Perkasie, PA

Save the date! Sunday, October 11th at 3pm is our annual fall harvest festival at Blooming Glen Farm! Activities and festivities begin at 3pm, community potluck will begin @5:30pm and go until dark.  Join us to celebrate a season of farm fresh food and community connections.

From 3-5 pm, join us for wagon rides, garlic seed social, potato sac races, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making and more!

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Dance along to live music by local bluegrass favorite, Goose Creek Pioneers. Sip locally roasted coffee from The Coffee Scoop. Line up to vote in our annual pie bake-off!

**We are still looking for pie entries- the more the merrier, and no experience necessary. Pies will be entered to win both the popular and judges vote. The winner of the popular vote will receive the large pie trophy to enjoy and display for one year (Stanley cup style!). The judges vote winner will also receive a special prize (and major bragging rights!). Email us if you are interested in entering (or volunteering to serve samples), or sign-up in the CSA distribution room.

2015 pie bake-off winners of the people's choice vote!

2015 pie bake-off winners of the people’s popular vote!

At this year’s festival, our artist in residence, mosaic tile goddess Katia McGuirk will be leading a clay loom craft at the festival- we love her community art projects! (We are seeking yarn donations for this activity). We will also be unveiling her newest creation- a little free farm library! We are so excited for this addition to the farm. This beautiful creation will live nestled in the discovery garden. Help us stock it with children’s themed nature and garden books- donations accepted in the CSA room. Bring a book to the festival to swap, and join us for story time in the garden with Lauri @4pm. We are also super thrilled that local illustrator and nature writer Kim Kurki, author of the beautiful National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide will be here with her books for sale, as well as her inspirational nature display and a lovely hands-on craft.

Bring a potluck dish to share for the community potluck (seriously folks, with this group of food lovers, you can guarantee this will be one of the best potlucks you will ever attend), as well as all your picnic needs- aka plates, utensils, beverages, picnic blankets, etc.

Fall Fest 2012

Harvest Festival 2012

Volunteers are needed to help with the various crafts and activities, and pie entries wanted for the pie bake-off! Please (pretty please) sign up in the distribution room. Help us make this an awesome celebration- we can’t do it alone! (Just a reminder that the actual farm season goes into November, so this is not the end by any means! Your CSA pick-up will continue, as will the farmers markets we attend.) We hope all our CSA members and loyal farmers market customers and their friends and families will join us on October 11th at 3 pm! This is a sunshine event only, and it will be cancelled if the forecast calls for steady heavy rain. Check our facebook page the weekend of, if in doubt. Hope to see you there!

Post and photos by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen farmer and co-owner. Tricia and her husband Tom have been farming together since 2000. Blooming Glen Farm is entering its 10th season bringing high quality certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and cut flowers to our local community.

Bring a gently used cookbook to Blooming Glen Farm Saturday, April 27th at 3:00pm for Blooming Glen Farm’s second annual spring cookbook swap and food tasting adventure. The catch? You must bring a dish to share made from a recipe from the cookbook you are bringing to swap. 

Your cookbooks reflect your changing tastes, so if you no longer indulge in butterlicious cupcakes (really?) or you have one two many vegetarian cookbooks, maybe someone from the community will have just what you’re looking for now. But for sure, one of your well-loved but no longer active cookbooks can find a new home, and you can be inspired by the recipes in someone else’s old favorite. 

If you don’t have a used book on your shelf that you want to swap, check out the local thrift stores, or splurge on a new copy at the bookstore in town!  You may even have a food memoir with recipes in it that you’d like to trade. You may bring a few extras as well, as there will be a surplus trade table. Please try to bring well-loved cookbooks- ones that you would be proud to pass on to a friend.

How will this swap work? To determine the order of cookbook selection, come prepared for some “family feud” style fun. Participants will be broken up into teams to answer fun farm facts and veggie trivia. Winners of each round will select a cookbook to take home, until all cookbooks are gone. (**You must bring a cookbook to leave with one- however, all family members are welcome to participate in the trivia fun.) Tasting will begin promptly at 3:30, trivia and swap begins at 4:00. (**Please arrive around 3:00 to be ready for tasting by 3:30.)

New this year: Children are asked to participate by bringing their three favorite recipes. Photocopy and bring 10 copies of each recipe. Children will assemble their own cookbooks and leave with new favorites.  

Bring to the Cookbook Swap and Food Tasting Adventure:

  • The cookbook you wish to swap.
  • Children can bring 10 photocopies of each of their three favorite recipes.
  • delicious dish for the tasting, to tempt swappers to choose your cookbook. Remember to select a recipe from the cookbook you are swapping away. (Bonus: Tasters’ favorite dish will win a door prize!)
  • A notecard to be displayed with your dish with the following information on it: your name, the name of your dish, the main ingredients, and the name of the cookbook you have brought with you to trade.
  • A beverage and place settings for you and your family.
  • An appetite for farm fun and trivia!!

Come on out and meet other food lovers in our farm community; taste new recipes and leave inspired and ready for the farm season ahead with a new favorite cookbook in hand! Please RSVP to the farm by April 22nd if you will be attending.  Email: info@bloomingglenfarm.com

 

We’re excited to announce that Outstanding in the Field  is returning to Blooming Glen Farm for the third time, on Saturday, September 22. Chef Josh Lawlor from The Farm and Fisherman in Philadelphia will be cooking the night’s meal. The Farm and the Fisherman was a 2012 James Beard semifinalist for “Best New Restaurant” in America, and was ranked #4 out of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia: 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine. Tickets go on sale on March 20, the first day of Spring! Tickets for these events sell out quickly- last year’s dinner sold out in 24 hours! Join the OITF mailing list to get updates leading up to the release date.

September 2012 – Blooming Glen Farm. Photo Credit Jim Deneven

Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure following the sun and the seasons east across the country, setting their long table in fields, barns, beaches, ranches and vineyards. Their mission is to promote local food and agriculture and get people out to the farm to see where their food is coming from and meet and celebrate the producers and food artisans. Almost all the food for the dinners are sourced locally, sometimes within inches of your seat. Their long table has graced farms from Hawaii to Florida, and even has headed oversees to partner with the esteemed chefs at the famous Noma restaurant in Denmark. (Read about it in their blog.) This year, they will take their long table to 34 states and 3 Canadian provinces for a total of more than 80 events. And Blooming Glen Farm in Bucks County is one of them! The last two dinners at Blooming Glen Farm drew people from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Join us in the field for a farm dinner experience not to be missed. Tickets available on the Outstanding in the Field website on March 20.

Are you adventurous in the kitchen or do you prefer to play it safe? Do you enjoy poring over recipes from cookbooks of all kinds or do you keep to your tried and true food formulas? Will a full color food photo sometimes leave you drooling then racing to the kitchen? Are your bookshelves overflowing or in need of a cookbook makeover? What about seeing what others in your community are cooking and tasting a bit of everything?

Bring a gently used cookbook to Blooming Glen Farm Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm for a spring cookbook swap and food tasting adventure. The catch? You must bring a dish to share made from a recipe from the cookbook you are bringing to swap. 

Your cookbooks reflect your changing tastes, so if you no longer indulge in butterlicious cupcakes (really?) or that well-intended macrobiotic phase is over, maybe someone from the community will have just what you’re looking for now. But for sure, one of your well-loved but no longer active cookbooks can find a new home, and you can be inspired by the recipes in someone else’s old favorite. 

If you don’t have a used book on your shelf that you want to swap, check out the local thrift stores, or splurge on a new copy at the bookstore in town!  You may even have a food memoir with recipes in it that you’d like to trade.

How will this swap work? To determine the order of cookbook selection, come prepared for some “family feud” style fun. Participants will be broken up into teams to answer fun farm facts and veggie trivia. Winners of each round will select a cookbook to take home, until all cookbooks are gone. (**You must bring a cookbook to leave with one- however, all family members are welcome to participate in the trivia fun.) Tasting will begin promptly at 3:30, trivia and swap begins at 4:00. (**Please arrive around 3:00 to be ready for tasting by 3:30.)

Bring to the Cookbook Swap and Food Tasting Adventure:

  • The cookbook you wish to swap.
  • delicious dish for the tasting to tempt swappers to choose your cookbook. Remember to select a recipe from the cookbook you are swapping away. (Bonus: Tasters’ favorite dish will win a door prize!)
  • A notecard with the following information on it: your name, the name of your dish, the main ingredients, and the name of the cookbook you have brought with you to trade.
  • A beverage and place settings for you and your family.
  • An appetite for farm fun and trivia!!

Come on out and meet other food lovers in our farm community; taste new recipes and leave inspired and ready for the farm season ahead with a new favorite cookbook in hand! Please RSVP to the farm by April 22nd if you will be attending.

Email: info@bloomingglenfarm.com

 

What a rainy week ahead: four inches already and it’s only Tuesday evening. I’d be lying if I said we weren’t worried about the latter part of the season as we look out over our flooded fields. We are desperately hoping for a long stretch of sun and dry weather soon. There’s plenty of crops looking sad out there sitting in our soggy cold clay soil. We are seeing disease spreading rapidly in the late cauliflower, seedlings emerging only to be washed away, radishes splitting from too much water, and portions of our potato crops rotting in the saturated soil. You wouldn’t know it from the bountiful share this week, however. The offerings are starting to change a bit as we start to see an overlap of late summer crops and early fall crops. For example, there’s still plenty of eggplant, peppers and tomatoes in the share, but also the first cabbage, french breakfast radishes and escarole. Enjoy the bounty, and pray for sun!

CSA share, week 15.

Just a reminder to save the date: Our annual Fall Fest is Saturday October 8th, from 2-5 pm followed by a potluck dinner until dark. This year we are flipping the script a bit and having a contra dance during the festival. Contra dancing is simple walking steps accompanied by a caller who calls out what steps to do as the dance progresses. All the while, this is done with great music, good humor and wonderful company, our incredible CSA members! The festival will also include open mic opportunities so if you are a musician and interested in sharing your talent, please email the farm. Sign-ups for helping with crafts at the festival will be posted in the distribution room. Small children’s sized clothing donations for scarecrow making are appreciated (long sleeves and long pants, are perfect for stuffing with straw.) The popular pie bake-off contest will also be happening, so start brainstorming your entries now!!

Photos and text by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen farmer and co-owner.

Outstanding in the Field is coming to our farm on their 2011 tour! AND YOU CAN COME TOO!

 

What exactly is Outstanding in the Field? A gaggle of chefs and organizers with a roaming restaurant on wheels who are passionate and very literal about “farm to fork”. The ingredients from the meal are almost all local and often sourced from the host farm (in this case, it will be our delicious Blooming Glen Farm veggies) within inches from your seat and prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. Diners will take a tour of the site and then settle in at the long table with local farmers, producers, and culinary artisans.

Join us in the field on Saturday September 24th at 3pm! The guest chef for this amazing five course meal will be Mitch Prensky from Supper, in Philadelphia. Ingredients for the family style menu will be sourced from our farm, as well as from other local producers and food artisans.

Event details are posted on the Outstanding In The Field website on Friday, March 11.
Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 20, the first day of Spring!

You might want to sign up on their mailing list so you get a reminder about the schedule release. With national name recognition and a mailing list in the thousands, these events typically sell out very quickly.

Be sure to peruse their website- you’ll quickly see why we are so excited to be hosting this event! We hope you’ll join us at the table!

We are so excited to announce that Therapeutic Herbalist,  Susan Hess, will be packing up her informative herbal foundation course normally held at her beautiful farm — Farm at Coventry — and bringing it to Blooming Glen Farm this spring! In a first- time, condensed ‘unplugged’ six month version of Susan’s popular nine month course, we will explore basic herb knowledge suitable for a broad range of culinary, craft and health uses utilizing wild and cultivated plants!

This is a special and rare opportunity to participate in Susan’s popular herbalism program close to home, so don’t miss out!

Class in session at Farm at Coventry

Topics will include: Practical planting, harvesting and drying methods, basics of making simple home remedies and identifying useful and edible wild weeds.  Simple overviews of herbs for digestive system, nervous system and immune system health with a fall focus on cold and flu season remedies will be covered. Basic natural first aid will also be discussed as well as any specific student suggestions.

A large three ring binder will be provided the first day of class and abundant informative handouts, recipes and specific herb profiles will be handed out monthly.

Join us one Sunday per month for six months April – September

Dates: April 3~May 1~June 5~July10~August 7~September 11

10:00 -3:00 PM,  one hour lunch break

Please bring bagged lunch ~ Herbal beverages and snacks will be provided

Dress appropriately for weather! We will be outside and in the garden shed!

Tuition:

Paid in full before April 3rd -$500

Payment plan: $150 deposit before April 3rd ~ followed by 3 payments of $150 Note: Minimal supplies fees may be added on take-home project days

Space is limited so sign up now!

To register mail payment to Susan:

Make checks payable to ‘Farm at Coventry’ 1333 Ridge Road Pottstown, PA 19465

For more information about Susan, the ‘Farm at Coventry’ herbal product line, ‘Homestead Herbalism’ first and second year courses on the farm and 2011 Herbal Hands workshops please visit www.FarmatCoventry.com

Questions? Please call Susan at 610-469-9591 or email farmatcoventry@aol.com