Doylestown Food Market Celebrates “Growing” Potential with Third Annual Farm to Table Dinner

CelebrityChefThe Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner promises to be a unique celebration of Bucks County’s “growing” potential and the community that supports it. The event takes place at 5 p.m., September 17, at Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. Autumnal festivities will include locally sourced food, wine, beer and kombucha tastings, live music and an auction of items from the community.

“The Doylestown Food Market Farm to Table Dinner is a wonderful way to sample the bounty of Bucks County while meeting new friends and learning more about our locavore efforts with existing friends,” says Farm to Table Dinner regular Patrick Kennedy, owner of Superior Woodcraft, in Doylestown.

The Farm to Table Celebrity Chef for 2017 is Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant, in Perkasie, who cultivated his skills in several of Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurants before opening Maize in 2009. This year, he will dazzle dinner guests with innovative recipes based on fresh, seasonal ingredients from Bucks County farms.

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Doylestown Food Market Hosts Third Annual Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner

Chef Matt McPhelinChef Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant, in Perkasie, will prepare a farm-to-table meal at the Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner at 5 p.m., September 17, at the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. The event will benefit the Doylestown Food Market. It is the market’s largest fundraiser of the year and will showcase seasonal preparations from local Bucks County farms.

McPhelin graduated with honors from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, then refined his culinary skills in the award-winning kitchens of Philadelphia’s best restaurants before opening his own restaurant in 2009. Like the Doylestown Food Market, Maize supports local farms and features innovative recipes based on fresh, seasonal, locally grown ingredients.

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Doylestown Food Market Presents Final FED Talk

carrotsgreens_4885567_l.jpgDoylestown Community Programs, the educational, nonprofit branch of Doylestown Food Market, presents the last talk of its FED Talks 2017 series, from 7 to 9 p.m., June 8, at Doylestown Mennonite Church. Connie Guerin, MA, MS, will present Mental Health Myths and Food Addiction.

Complimentary snacks will be provided as Guerin discusses the growing mental health epidemic and its connection to food addiction. Attendees will learn about the relationship between food and emotional states, the effect that the food industry has on mental health and how eating clean, natural food creates a sound mind and body.

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Doylestown Food Market Presents Local Live

PrintDoylestown Food Market presents Local Live, a celebration of local music and local food, from 4 to 10 p.m., April 9, at Puck, 1 Printers Alley, Doylestown. Local Live will also feature a silent auction and cash bar. All proceeds benefit the Doylestown Food Market.

Throughout the evening, guests can savor fresh dishes sourced from local farms and enjoy a variety of local musical groups and dancing. The show opens at 4:15 p.m. with folk duo Too Many Crooks. A five-piece acoustic group from Bucks County called Faith and Practice follows at 5:15 p.m. Jazz combo Andrea Carlson and the Love Police are on at 6:30 p.m. Acoustic and electric blues guitarist Seamus Kelleher is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Finally, the high-energy, classic funk, R&B and rock group Cherry Lane Band hits the stage at 8:45 p.m.

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Farm Fresh Film Series Continues with the Doylestown Food Market

eb_doylestownfood-groundops_1116The Doylestown Food Market, along with Delaware Valley (DelVal) University and Rodale Institute, is presenting the documentary Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields in honor of Veterans Day. Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m., on November 10, at DelVal’s Life Sciences Building.

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Co-Ops Come Up: In the Birthplace of the Cooperative Movement, Residents Embrace a Time-Tested Model

by Carrie Jackson and Karen G. Meshkov

In a world that seems to be getting bigger and busier every day, many people in the Philadelphia area and across the country are turning to cooperative businesses to form deeper connections with their community, and to feel a sense of ownership and control over the products and services that are a part of their lives. There are currently 30,000 member-owned cooperative businesses functioning in the U.S., serving 350 million member households.

coopCooperatively run businesses and organizations are nothing new to the Philadelphia area—Benjamin Franklin founded the country’s first in 1752. The Philadelphia Contributionship insurance company was established by firefighters on the premise that members would share the risks of insuring against fire damage. The business is still in operation today, and visitors can tour the historic site and museum in Old City. Clearly, this is an idea with staying power. Continue reading

Doylestown Food Market Hosts Second Annual Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner


On August 13, twin chefs Keith Blalock, of PA Soup and Seafood and Penn Taproom, and Kevin Blalock, of Lookaway Golf Club, will prepare a farm-to-table meal to benefit the Doylestown Food Market. The tented, rain-or-shine event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. The event is the Market’s largest fundraiser of the year and will showcase seasonal preparations from local Bucks County farms.

John LaSala, market board president and fundraising chair, says, “We knew it would be hard to top Chef and Mayor Ron Strouse, who we had at our premiere event last year. And then we thought of Keith and Kevin Blalock and realized how cool it would be to have local chefs who are brothers—twice as good; twice the fun!”

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The dining experience will be accompanied by a silent auction and live music by Cherry Lane Jazz Band. The event is BYOB with local beer, wine and kombucha “mocktails” sampling. Local wine will be available for purchase.

Honey Hollow, the idyllic site chosen for the annual event, is a National Historic Landmark and headquarters for the Bucks County Audubon Society.

Tickets can be reserved at Farm The cost is $75 for members and $95 for non-members, and all proceeds go to support the Doylestown Food Market on its path toward sustainability.

Founded in 2014, the Doylestown Food Market focuses on providing convenient, year-round access to local, healthy, fresh and organic products. The Market works closely with local producers and incorporates the feedback of member-owners in developing and designing the store. The Market is open to members and non-members alike.

The Market is currently accepting volunteers for the event as well as sponsorship inquiries from area businesses.

Event location: Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, 2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope. Doylestown Food Market location: 29 W. State St., Doylestown. For more information, call John LaSala at 908-337-9670 or visit

July 2016

38 Million Reasons to Give Up Bottled Water

by Lisa White

BottlePlasticTrashRecycle_12226117_lThe statistics are disappointing: 38 billion plastic water bottles aren’t recycled each year. But there’s no need to lose out on the health benefits of on-the-go agua. Switch to reusable bottles—and for all of the right reasons.

Create a fashion statement.
There are so many to chose from. At a local store or online from sites such as,,, and, reusable bottles can be stainless steel, aluminum, glass, polycarbonate or other plastics. Be certain the plastics or liners do not contain BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical linked to numerous health concerns.

Save money for important stuff.
Depending on materials and insulating properties, a high-quality reusable bottle generally retails from $5 to $30. reports that bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more per gallon than tap water. The average American currently spends more than $5 per week ($260/year) supporting this $100 billion a year industry. Thirty dollars versus $260 is an impressive return on investment.

Stay healthy.
Bottled water is not necessarily healthier or cleaner than tap water. Bottled water, often stored for long periods of time, may eventually contain more microorganisms than tap water. A lot of bottled water is “purified”, actually originating as drinking water from a municipal water system. Skip the pricey word games and drink the tap water that is rigorously tested by local, state and federal environmental agencies. If taste and purity are issues, invest in a water filter. Both PUR and Brita offer filtering products that effectively eliminate lead, chlorine, mercury and copper from tap water.

Be a hero to our land and seas.
Discarded bottles litter highways, clog waterways or end up in incinerators and landfills. Plastic in landfills can take up to 700 years to decompose. Microplastics fill patches of our ocean, as evidenced by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch we see in the news.

Save the dinosaurs.
OK, not the actual dinosaurs. Fossil fuels were created from organisms that lived long before the dinosaurs. But none of them are coming back any time soon. The Earth Policy Institute estimates that energy used to pump,process, transport and refrigerate bottled water consumes over 50 million barrels of oil annually, more fuel than is required for 100,000 cars in a year. Recycling those bottles uses additional energy and other resources.

Stand up for communities.
Bottled water is often diverted from communities that rely on that water for their livelihood or future. The bottling companies make profits, and the citizens of these areas are negatively impacted, sometimes even having to buy bottled water themselves when the non-diverted water from their taps is not safe.

Feel good.
Making the switch makes us part of the solution.

Lisa White is a board member and one of more than 550 households owning the Doylestown Food Market, in Doylestown. Check out their Lifefactory silicone-wrapped glass bottles, and don’t miss TAPPED on June 9, part of the Market’s Farm Fresh Film Series. For more information, call 215-348-4548 or visit

June 2016

Doylestown Food Market Presents Just Eat It

dtown market just eat itDoylestown Food Market will present the first feature of its annual Farm Fresh Film Series at 7 p.m. on March 10, at the County Theater, in Doylestown. Just Eat It, a documentary about food waste, traces the experiences of the filmmakers, who, after learning of the billions of dollars’ worth of food that is tossed out each year in North America, pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on foods that would otherwise have been thrown away.
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DIRT! The Movie Concludes Farm Fresh Film Series

dirt the movieThe Doylestown Food Market (formerly the Doylestown Food Co-Op), and the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance will conclude their 2015 Farm Fresh Film Series with a screening of Dirt! The Movie—directed by Gene Rosow and Bill Benenson and narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis—at 7:30 p.m., November 12, at the County Theater, in Doylestown.
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