Thornton Farmer’s Market

Thornton Farmer's Market
Entrance to the Thornton Farmer’s Market on Glen Mills Road.

It was towards the end of the season last year when I became deeply appreciative of the Thornton Farmer’s Market. It’s not because I realized what a habit it had become to share a great chicken barbecue with my son after a tennis match at Thornbury Park every Saturday,  or buying a freshly cut bouquet of homegrown flowers from Maxine, or knowing that the locally produced honey is helping everyone’s flowers and vegetables. It’s wasn’t the homemade baked and canned goods or the really cool jewelry. My appreciation stemmed from seeing friendly and familiar faces week after week. Not of just the vendors, but of my neighbors. We eat lunch under the canopy and kids learn about growing their own food or get to pet an alpaca. Collectively, we are all doing something to lower carbon footprints, eat healthier and help the environment. We are advancing our local connection, which can get lost in our busy lives of electronic devices and on-demand ordering of food and clothing. Everything slows down at the Farmer’s Market. At the Farmer’s Market we know where things come from and who makes them.

The commitment of the vendors who not only make the goods, but show up every Saturday, eager to serve in good weather and bad, is a testament to their dedication. They define one of the great aspects of our community and are a bright spot in my week. When the market closes for the season, its followers eagerly await the annual Holiday Market, which was an instant success several years ago, much to the credit of Donna Wetterlund, organizer of the Thornton Farmer’s Market and Holiday Market.

If there ever was a world disaster, these would be the people I’d like to be stranded with. They know what to do and how to do it. Each has their own gift, whether it is growing produce or making handmade soaps, clothing or dog treats. This is sustainable living at its best.

In my mind, Thornbury wouldn’t be Thornbury without the Thornton Farmer’s Market.

The Farmer’s Market opens on Saturday May 12th and continues most Saturdays through October and is located in the open field adjacent to Thornbury Park on Glen Mills Road. Hours are 10am-1pm,  so mark your calendars and check out the following small businesses:

Here is a complete list of the 2018 vendors:

  • Bob Yoder– Yoders Country Packages- Angus Beef, beef jerky, plants, veggies and eggs, Corn, hanging baskets and annuals, mums and pumpkins
  • Edie’s Sweet & Savory Pastries: pies, cookies, artisan bread, quiches and pot pies (opening up a shop in downtown West Chester)
  • Lisa of Yes, I Can– relishes, jams, jellies, pickles, BBQ sauce, batter breads, eggs
  • Roxanne of RockSands– pottery and jewelry
  • Maxine’s Flowers: fresh-cut flower arrangements, hand dyed linens
  • Rich of Heartstone Orchard: native plants, herbs, heirloom tomato plants, vegetable plants, perennials, orchard fruit, peppers and tomatoes
  • Van of The Artistic Garden: miniature succulent gardens, table top gardens, concrete garden ornaments
  • Carmen of Carmen B’s Honey: local raw honey in various sizes
  • Erin of EG’s Homesewn: custom aprons for children and adults, kids activity table
  • AJ of Cocky Gourmet Confections: nut and seed brittles and toffee
  • Thomas of Gladiolus Farm– veggies, flowering plants, corn, pumpkins
  • Pam of Trotter Hill Alpacas, Wool, yarn, felt, woolen products including shoe inserts, clutch purses, toys, Alpaca Petting Pen, spinning demos
  • Tim and Terry of Urban Essence Salon and Spa– handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs, home fragrance
  • Richard’s Puzzles-Handcrafted wooden puzzles for young and old
  • Nate’s Funky Photos–  Photographs of local scenes, postcards and luggage tags
  • Deb- Debbydos: Crystal Towers for gardens
  • Margie’s PawPaw Fruit: September ripe pawpaws
  • Eleanor’s Peonies: Cut peony stems, rootstock of award-winning peony varieties 
  • Phyllis of Phylydoll’s Cards: Greeting cards, Stationery sets and paper-crafted desk sets and gifts.
  • JB’s Afrikan: Tribal baskets, jewelry, totes, prepared food, assortment of produce, iced tea
  • Dan of Fireworks Mobile Woodfired Oven: woodfired pizzas, salads, beverages, cookies, vegetarian pita sandwiches prepared on site
  • Donna of Bruno Bits Dog Treats: handcrafted artisan style dog treats in gourmet flavors, dog shampoo and dog bone pillows
  • Naomi of Three Sisters Mac and Cheese: Southern Style baked macaroni and cheese.

Stay connected with the Thornton Farmer’s Market on their Facebook Page!

I hope to see you there!

 

 

Native Plant Sales and Events in Delaware and Chester County

After that surprise spring snowstorm early April, it’s nice to finally hear the familiar hum of lawn mowers, and the most welcome sign of spring, tulips and daffodils dotting the local landscape. And for the serious gardeners, signs for local native plant sales! Plant Sales in Delaware and Chester counties

Every gardener knows that the best plants are the tried and true plants grown in a local garden or carefully selected by educated Master Gardeners. Going to a local plant sale is a great source of information and networking for novice gardeners as well. You’ll meet local gardeners who are happy to share their experience with particular plants .

Garden Geeks by Pam Cloud
This sign says it all!

At a local plant sale, you’ll find the regulars such as lilies and hostas, but you’ll likely also discover a few unusual treasures that are not carried in stores.

At a local plant sale, the salespeople are usually volunteers, and they are passionate about their hobby: gardening. They will know which plants do well in the sun or shade and also which deer resistant plants the deer will eat anyway.

With Earth Day right around the corner, here are a few local gardening events to get your spring planting off to a good start.

 

Media

Tyler Arboretum Benefit Plant Sale is held on the beautiful site of Tyler Arboretum in Media Pa. At Tyler you can stroll through the amazing grounds and see a wide collection of native species thriving in same the environment you would be planting in. Each season brings something new to its rich and diverse plantings, many of which you will see growing on the grounds of the arboretum.

Date: Saturday, May 7th  9am-3pm

Take the kids to see the tree houses and walk through the trails. Admission to the Arboretum is free to everyone for Saturday’s event!

Where: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media Pa.

Shameless Plug: If you’d like to live close to the Arboretum, I have a listing at 66 Vineyard Lane that is within walking distance to Tyler’s entrance as well as the multi-use trail at Ridley Creek State Park!

66 Viineyard Lane in Media
Stop by for a refreshment, free plant and chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Wedgewood Gardens!

66 Vineyard Lane will be open from 11am-3pm on Friday. Stop by and see how convenient this home is to Tyler Arboretum! Visitors will receive a free plant while supplies last and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Wedgewood Gardens!

Providence Garden Club Annual Plant Sale . This plant sale has been going on for well over 60 years and is held on the campus of Williamson College of the Trades in Middletown township. Funds raised through this plant sale are donated to various environmental programs in the local community and throughout the region. This year’s plant sale will feature plants that attract pollinators such at butterflies and birds so you can create your own backyard sanctuary.

Date: Friday April 29 (9am-2pm) & Saturday April 30 (8am-1pm)

Where: 106 S. New Middletown Road, Media Pa. (1/2 mile north of the Granite Run Mall)

Last year I spotted this unusual plant at the plant sale. With only two left, I purchased it on the spot!

Providence Garden Club Media Pa.
Disporum Flavens, aka “Mary Bells.”

Aston

Red Hill Farm  is open for a tour and a taste test some of their offerings this season. You can pick up some plants for your vegetable garden too! Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and an assortment of herbs and cut flowers will be available for sale. See you at the farm!

Date: May 7, 1pm-4pm

Where: Red Hill Farm, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston PA

Click here to read my previous post about Red Hill Farm!

West Chester

Friends of Everhart Park Annual Plant Sale to support Everhart Park. This sale has been going on as long as I can remember; I lived across from the park 20 years ago and used to contribute to this sale.  I still have the same Elephant Ears that I purchased way back when for $5. They have created many babies and the original bulb is about the size of a soccer ball! You’ll find lovingly grown plants that have been divided from local residents’ gardens so you know they’ll do well in yours.

Date: Saturday May 7, 10am-2pm

Where: Everhart Park,  park around Brandywine and Miner Streets in downtown West Chester.

The Paula Coyne Plant Sale/ West Chester Garden Club – great selection of native plants, herbs, vegetables. Find your treasure from members’ gardens. Also for sale in the garden boutique–gifts for the gardener, including hand made leaf castings!

Date: Thursday, April 28, 9am-4pm

Where: Landhope Farms  in Kennett Square at the intersection of Rees 82 and 926.

Newtown Square (Willistown Conservation Trust)

Rushton Farm Spring Plant Sale

A model of sustainable agriculture, open space and natural resource protection, this 6 acre farm is nestled within the 86 acre Rushton Preserve in Willistown Township. This farm has never been exposed to pesticides and herbicides. Stock up on organically grown vegetables and flowers, grown right on the Farm.

Date: May 7 & 8, 10am-3pm

Where: Rushton Farm, 911 Delchester Road, Newtown Square

Composting in Glen Mills, Thornbury township

Did you know that almost 2/3 of our landfills are comprised of organic materials such as yard waste, food scraps, paper and wood waste? While throwing all of these materials in the trash, millions of dollars are spent each year on plastic bags filled with “enriched” garden soil.

What if you could kill two birds with one stone by diverting landfill waste and creating your own rich compost at the same time? Your lawn and kitchen scraps are the only ingredients you need to produce your own”black gold!” Learn how it’s done at an upcoming free seminar in Thornbury! Your plants will love you for it!

Free Composting Seminar – sponsored by Thornbury’s Environmental Advisory Council and held at the township building in Thornbury Township. Presented by Sam Barnett of the Master Gardeners and Penn State Extension

Date: Saturday, May 14th from 1pm-2pm

Where: Thornbury Township Building, 6 Township Drive (off of Cheyney Road), Cheyney Pa.

Free Composters to the First Ten People to sign up!!

Thornbury Township
Thornbury Township Municipal Building on Township Drive in Cheyney, Pa.

Pamela Cloud is a Realtor (and avid gardener) with Coldwell Banker Preferred in Media Pa. serving the Western Philadelphia suburbs, with expertise in Media, Glen Mills and West Chester.

 

Farmer’s Markets in Delaware and Chester Counties

 
Petes Produce West Chester
A great selection of Lancaster and locally grown tomatoes at Pete’s. Did you know that Pete’s also donates to the Chester County Food Bank?

There is nothing better than the smell and taste of freshly sliced tomatoes on a hot July afternoon. And, there is no reason anyone should have to eat tasteless, faded pink tomatoes this summer when local farmers are brimming with “fresh-from-the-field” offerings. With so much farming going on in our own back yard, it’s easy to find anything from corn to kale to watermelon almost every day of the week.

Here is a list of local farmer’s markets, farm stands and CSAs available to you in the West Chester-Glen Mills-Media area. Open fields and rolling hills have long been a hallmark of Delaware and Chester counties. Buying from local farmers helps keep it that way! Buying locally also helps the environmentally conscious among us reduce their carbon footprint. I have also noticed that many of the farms listed here donate a portion of their crops to local food banks.

If you have children, open markets can be a lot of fun too, as many of them have tasting stations where you can sample melons and other goodies! And you’ll never hear any pleas for gum or candy at the checkout, because there is no gum or candy at the checkout! Not that your kids would notice, because there are so many other tantalizing treats from which to choose; the sweetest thing you’ll find is local honey, real fruit smoothies and homemade cookies! We typically do not make it to the checkout with a full carton of anything!

Take a look and see what’s available in your area!

Wolff's Apple House
Wolff’s Apple House on Route 452 in Media offers produce from many local farmers.

Delaware County Farms

Booth's Corner Honey
Take your pick–there are so many different types of honey to choose from at Booth’s Corner!
  •  Hillside Farm in Media – located at the Elwyn campus in Middletown Township. if you are not a member, you can still stop by and consider a membership for next year!
  • Media Farmer’s Market – Media Theatre Parking Lot every Thursday (May-November)  from 3pm-7pm
  • Newtown Square (PRC) Farmer’s Market-Wednesdays from 3pm-6pm at Mostardi’s Nursery on West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, Pa.
  • Thornton Farmer’s Market (Saturdays 12pm-3pm) follow the signs to the field on Glen Mills Road near Thornbury Park in Thornton, Pa. Fresh flowers, produces, home made jams and crafts. For a list of vendors, click the link.
  • Indian Orchards, Middletown Township-you can pick your own raspberries, blueberries and other fruit at this family owned farm. Vegetables are organically or sustainably grown.
  • Red Hill Farm in Aston-run by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, this CSA is farmed on some of the last remaining undeveloped land in Delaware County.
  • Wolff’s Apple House, Pennell Road in Middletown Township. If you are lucky enough to live near Wolf’s, you’ll enjoy a great shopping experience filled with fresh produce, plants and gourmet delights all year long. Although Wolf’s no longer grows their own produce, their products are typically grown locally.
  • Linvilla Orchards in Middletown township.  This is so much more than a farm stand, with animals, a full store and activities for children all year long.
  • Booth’s Corner in Boothwyn. If you can’t find it here, you probably can’t find it. From shoes to furniture to fresh meats and produce, Booth’s Corner is a cornucopia of treasures to be experienced at least once in your lifetime.
  • Swarthmore Food Co-op, Swarthmore — A sustainable food coop since 1937.

I recently came upon an interactive website regarding the impact of factory farming in the United States. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Delaware County has zero factory farms! Better for the people, better for the environment we live in. Source: Factory Farm Map by Food and Water Watch.

Hillside Farm CSA Elwyn
As you drive by Pete’s , you’ll see these sunflowers growing right on Route 926!

Chester County Farms 

Chester county has long been known for its farms and agriculture.  Who doesn’t love driving past a field of sunflowers or zinnias?  If you see them growing, more than likely they are for sale inside!

If you’ve moved to the area (or won’t move away) because you like the rolling fields and farmland as your backdrop, supporting your local growers will insure the land stays that way. Access to open spaces is not only good for you, but many people clamor for it, meaning that real estate near open space is almost always in demand.

Amber Waves of Grain by Pamela Cloud
Rolling wheat fields on Route 926 in West Chester.

If you’re thinking of moving to the Philadelphia suburbs, see homes for sale in the West Chester~Glen Mills~Media area, or visit any of these Open Houses this weekend! And, if you are thinking of buying or selling, please call me if you would like more insight  in to the local real estate market or guidance with your real estate transaction. Find me at www.pamcloud.com.

Have I missed anyone? Please contact me if you don’t see your favorite farmer, CSA or farm stand on this list!

Happy Eating!

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