The Philly Farm & Food Fest will take place on Saturday, April 8 this year with the VIP/Industry Preview Hour kicking off at 10 a.m. and General Admission opening at 11 a.m. As always, there will be plenty to see, taste, learn, and do before the doors close at 4 p.m. but it never hurts to have a game plan heading into this community celebration of farmers, food artisans, and food lovers.
Since we recently opened exhibitor registration we’re feeling extra excited about this year’s farmers and makers who already hopped on board to join the April 8 celebration and showcase their local goods, services, and knowledge to the eager attendees. Here are some 2017 exhibitors (below), complete with an insider fact serving as good reason to add them to your “to-do” list for the day. Time to get tickets (if you didn’t already), start planning, and stay tuned for more to come!
Like many small businesses, Newkirk Honey experienced a slow start, selling primarily to friends and family near Scranton, PA. After one faithful, freezing cold day when a buyer from Di Bruno Bros. recognized the premium product at a Phila Flea Market, Newkirk Honey took off. Husband and wife team, Jason and EunJin Newkirk, are now seasoned beekeepers with their products available in several states and their skills honed in so much so that they can recognize issues by the smell or sound of a hive.
A leading purveyor of premium tahini – a paste made from 100% roasted and pressed sesame seeds – Soom Foods is women-owned, co-founded and operated by three sisters who love to eat and value health and quality. Chef Michael Solomonov swears by Soom Foods Tahini as a must-have ingredient for his famous hummus. For those looking to recreate the star chef’s dish in their own home, or perhaps some other tahini-inspired dish, Soom Foods serves up a plethora of authentic recipes on their website.
During the first half century of running Hidden Hills Dairy & sister company, Hidden Hills Jerseys, the Sollenberger family developed a herd of cows that was nationally recognized for high production and superior genetics. In the fall of 2005, the herd was dispersed at public auction that drew widespread attention. Now their cheese lands on dishes all throughout Philadelphia, including the Bon Appétit-blessed pie at Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown.
Esteemed restaurant critic Craig LaBan recently noted their Farm Sharp as “one of the purest expressions of French-style chèvre around – tangy, herbal, moist, and great for cooking. The preferred goat cheese canvas for many local chefs.”.
Newly opened in 2016, this small-batch, family-owned bakery specializes in delicious treats, offering gluten-free menu items in bite-sized proportions. The inspiration and passion for Sweet Ladybug Baked Goods began with an old family recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Bread which owner, Elizabeth Miles, discovered in her grandfather’s cookbook when she was just 10 years old.
Their Chesapeackles recently made Saveur’s Gift Guide to the “Very Best Pickles”. Easily one of their most unique products to date, this product is more than just a clever name. It is Epic’s way of honoring the joyful experience of steamed crabs in the summer, but in pickled form. They are spectacular alone but try them in a bloody mary for a real treat.
Beyond their amazing artisanal, award winning goat cheeses, Yellow Springs focuses heavily on sustainability and conservation landscaping. They’re highly devoted to environment preservation, including waterways and woodlands in both the residential and rural areas. Their awards, to name just a few, include a 2008 Best Marinated Goat Cheese, a 2010 1st place for their Nutcracker™, 2nd place for their Red Leaf™, and the 2011 2nd Place for their Fieldstone, all from the American Cheese Society. Their Cloud Nine also took first place at the 2015 PA Farm Show for surface-ripened cheese from goat milk and second overall in the inaugural cheese competition.
Almost as as well known as the name, ReAnimator’s bag design featuring a skeleton-and-alchemist has been recognized around the world. The bags were designed by Philly resident Mike Almquist, who has also done work for Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Specializing in seasonally rotating single origin coffees and blends, their beans have earned quite a reputation and their brick and mortars in Fishtown and Kensington Quarters are equally adored as well.
Sundry means “of various kinds; several”. Starting in January 2017, Sundry will begin their first Sauce of the Month Club and Mystery of the Month Club, shipping sauces and spices made monthly of the finest things Pennsylvania has to offer, and exclusively to its members. Their products are always made in small batches using local ingredients when available, crafted in house and fresh as fresh can be.
The name Hazel & Ash, came from Celtic Tree Astrology: a theory that the time and season of our birth molds our personality. Druidism is a religion that believes trees provide a sacred place for spirits. The tree that is associated with your month and time of birth is your Celtic Tree sign. Offering a range of specialty organic and artisanal foods – salsas, jams, jarred goods, preserves – and now body products, the husband and wife duo crafts each item with a passion and knowledge for healthy, local and organic, promising a premium product each time.
Recently named one of the best apple orchards in the tri-state area by New York Daily News and a contender for the Edible Philly’s 2017 Local Heroes Awards, this fourth-generation family business also runs a year round farm market at their Berks County farm that keeps their community stocked with fresh food. In addition to selling their apples, tree fruit, berries and various home-grown produce, their Morgantown Farm Market also carries a variety of products, like coffee, cheese and honey, from some of the area’s standout makers.
This non-profit devoted to sustainable world food production holds regular meetings covering crucial agricultural topics. If you’re interested in generating productive dialogue to obtain a better understanding of the best land use policies and food systems but you’re not a member of PSPA, you can request a spot at an upcoming meeting by filling out this form. One upcoming topic will cover On-Farm Bioenergy, Biofuels & Biochemicals Via FarmBio3 Fast Pyrolysis Mobile Technology.
Known for their improving the living and working conditions of low wage workers in PA, FOF has been around for more than thirty years. In addition to providing direct legal assistance since 1975, the nonprofit also trains and provides education to other organizations on the legal rights of farmworkers, mushroom workers, landscaping workers and food processing workers.
PF3 would not be possible without the support of regional and national sponsors that are dedicated to our local food system. Their support offsets the cost to both the exhibitor and the attendee. They don’t do it for the fame, they do it for the cause, and we are proud to work together with them to make this event happen every year.