Two weeks ago I was able to attend the Philly Farm and Fest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. I only had a few hours to spend there, but wish I had more time. I met so many great local business owners and food producers. It is heartwarming to see the care put into producing good food using minimal ingredients locally. Over the next few months I hope to visit some of the businesses I met personally to find out more about what they do and to share that with you.
Here is a list of just a few of the businesses that I visited and especially enjoyed.
Brulee Bakery: a gluten-free French pastry company that uses organic and non-GMO ingredients. I tried the most delicious brownie. I was kicking myself for forgetting to go back purchase some to take home!
Truly Pure & Natural: local raw honey and hand crafted raw creamed honey produced near me in Telford.
Love Beets: producer of packaged peeled beets (no need to have stained hands any longer!) and beet juice without added sugar, which was delicious.
Sweet Note Bakery: gluten-free New York Style bagels (non-GMO, no preservatives, kosher, peanut & tree nut free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free).
Shiloh Farms: gluten-free wheat alternative flours.
Conebella Farm Cheese: farm fresh cheese and spreads.
The Cleaner Earth Company: eco-conscious home cleaning services.
Quarry Hill Farm: produces grass feed meats in Harleysville PA. All of Quarry Hill’s animals are never given hormones or antibiotics and are fed feed free of herbicides, pesticides, and GMO’s. You can also visit their organic restaurant the Mainland Inn.
Inspire Brews: small batch Kombucha
Artisan Exchange: a small business collaboration where space is provided to over 30 artisan food and food-related manufacturers in West Chester PA.
Mompops: vegan, no sugar added ice pops.
Stone & Key Cellars: wine and hard cider produced in Montgomeryville.
Wild Flour Bakery: wholesale commercial bread and pastry bakery. I loved their chocolate chip cookies!
My Milkcrate: a free mobile app that allows users locate and explore green, sustainable businesses in their area.
Simply Ghee: made with butter from Lancaster County grass fed cows.
Mother Earth Mushrooms: organic mushrooms produced in Landenberg PA.
Door to Door Organics: a food delivery company that you guessed it, delivers organic products to your doorstep.
The Bacon Jams: spreadable bacon, need a say more!
MoJo’s Pop Co: popcorn made from non-GMO corn from Lancaster County, popped with organic extra virgin coconut oil.
ObisOne: growers of organic black garlic. Have you ever heard of black garlic? I never did. What an exciting find. Apparently black garlic does not leave you with garlic breath or garlic seeping through your pours if you eat too much!
Caste Valley Mill: my neighbors who have talked about before. Castle Valley Mill produces flour grown from local grains that are stone ground.
Sun & Earth: non toxic cleaning products
Lastly, there were a number of CSA’s represented at the Philly Farm and Food Fest. I had a long conversation with a rep from Lancaster Farm Fresh, a year round organic CSA.