{Recap} Philly Farm & Food Fest

Philly Farm & Food Fest

When I think about Philly and food, I think about soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, scrapple, DiNics, the Italian Market.  I don’t typically think farm, but that all changed at the Philly Farm & Food Fest.

After taking my children on their very first train ride, a la Septa, we arrived in the city just a few blocks from the Philadelphia Convention Center.  It was a beautiful walk and an opportunity to experience all things city.  Then we entered the convention center, and it was more 4H and county fair than anything I’ve ever experienced in Philadelphia!  I loved it!

We had an opportunity to taste our way through the numerous vendors at the show – bacon jam (my personal favorite), bourbon bacon popcorn (my husband’s favorite), soups, cookies, fresh mozzarella, stone ground corn & wheat, ice cream, ice pops, and the list goes on and on.  All of the foods were grown or produced in and around the Philadelphia region.  There were CSAs and community farmers’ markets promoting the upcoming growing season.  You could even shop for plants to grow your own garden, in addition to the tasty treats through out the Philly Farm & Food Fest.

And in case you think this is an adults only food show, there was plenty for the children to do as well!  Whole Foods had set up a miniature grocery store for the children to “shop” in.  The many purveyors also took the time to answer my children’s many questions about how things grow, what’s in that, and how’d you make that.

The highlight for David & Emily was the screening of Watermelon Magic, and meeting the star, Sylvie, while doing watermelon themed crafts.  We had a chance to talk to the film maker, and meet his daughter Sylvie who is the star of the movie, which explains the science concept of plant growth, and celebrates the benefits of growing your own food in a way that is appropriate for elementary students of all ages (David is in Kindergarten and Emily is in pre-school and it was appropriate for them, as well as much older children, like Steve & I).  If you want to see Watermelon Magic, check out the Liberty Science Center or the Franklin Institute.  

Since the Philly Farm and Food Fest is a once a year event, you want to make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss next year’s event.

Disclosure: I attended the Philly Farm & Food Fest on a media pass.  All opinions about his event are my own.

 

Greater Philadelphia Gardening & Homesteading

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Greater Philadelphia Gardening & Homesteading is a Facebook group open  to anyone in the greater Philadelphia area who is interested in gardening/backyard homesteading. Members of all experience levels are welcome.

This forum will be for:

  • general discussion on the topic of gardening/backyard homesteading
  • sharing tips & tricks
  • posting articles
  • sharing seeds/bulbs/cuttings
  • group order from seed catalogs/nurseries
  • swapping supplies
  • sharing the bounty (you know when you can’t eat another zucchini)
  • sharing our accomplishments/photos

Please note, that in order to be approved as a member of the Greater Philadelphia Gardening & Homesteading Facebook group, you must have your profile picture set as public and live in the greater Philadelphia region (DE, NJ, PA).  If your location is not set to public, you will receive an email from the admin asking where you reside.

Doing Just One Thing DOES Make A Difference

earthdayplanetLet today be the day that you refocus on keeping our Earth beautiful and healthy, if not for yourself, then for the future generations.

Doing just one thing DOES make a difference…

  • Walk to the store instead of drive
  • Carpool to work
  • Take public transportation
  • Do all of your errands at once
  • Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic
  • Recycle your papers, cans, glass, and plastics
  • Pick up a piece of trash on the sidewalk
  • Change a light bulb to a CFL or LED bulb
  • Use a real cup or mug instead of a disposable
  • Use a towel instead of paper towels
  • Buy items with less packaging
  • Fix the leaky faucet
  • Turn the water off when you brush your teeth
  • Buy organic
  • Support your local agricultural economy
  • Keep your car properly maintained (more fuel efficient & fewer emissions issues)
  • Plant a tree
  • Grow some of your own food, even if it is just herbs on the window sill
  • Use a rain barrel to water your garden

What is your best Green Living tip?  Share it below!

$25 for $50 Worth of Plants and Gardening Supplies at Kirshner’s Garden Center – Wrightstown

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As a wannabe gardener, I am excited about today’s Groupon to Kirshner’s Garden Center. For just $25, you get $50 to spend on plants and gardening supplies – perfect for fall mums, or even planting your bulbs & shrubs for next spring.

The fine print:

Expires 90 days after purchase.
Limit 1 person. Limit 1 visit.
Valid in-store only. Not valid for bulk or sale items.

Go here to grab this deal for Kirshner’s Garden Center.

Mother Earth News Vegetable Garden Planner – FREE for 30-Days

Screen shot of the Mother Earth News Vegetable Garden Planner Tutorial.

If you are thinking about putting in a garden, you need to check out the Mother Earth News Vegetable Garden Planner.

When you create your account, you include your zip code.  This allows the program to customize planting and harvest schedules to your location.  That means someone in Maine is planting at a different time then someone in Pennsylvania simply because of the length of your growing season.

With the Garden Planner you can design your garden beds around your entire house.  You can layout your entire landscaping plan with as much or as little detail as you like.

One of the benefits of the Garden Planner is that it sends you personalized emails reminding you when to sow your seeds indoors, when to plant in the ground, and when to harvest.  The emails also include other helpful hints and details about what to expect over the next two weeks in your garden.

This planner is free for the first 30 days, and then you have the option of a one-year subscription for $25.

Join Recycle Bank & Be Rewarded for Living Green

recycleabankI just love all the ways to earn free points on RecycleBank!

  1. Sign up with RecycleBank
  2. Click on “Earn Points” at the top.
  3. Read different green living articles, and interact with earth friendly brands to earn points.

You can redeem your points for a number of great rewards including these discounted rewards:

  • $10 off $50 Macy’s purchase
  • $2 off $7 Yes To purchase
  • $10 off $100 at ShopRite
  • $5 off $10 at U-Konserve

Not familiar with RecycleBank?

RecycleBank is a curbside pickup recycling program that lets you earn points for recycling.  The points can be redeemed for a variety of great items.  Even though the pickup program is only available in a few areas, anyone can sign up online (for free)!