August 3, 2016
ISSUE | FARMING Best to grow food I was glad to read that Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale is still farming and did not sell out to developers ("Cash crop," Sunday). Rather than converting farmland to miniature golf courses, however, it would be better for the owner to try growing food instead of feed. A diverse produce farm that uses sustainable farming practices, or a dairy that grazes cows on grass (which cows should eat instead of grain), generates more income for farm families than selling commodity feed grain and provides local food that's fresh, nutrient-dense, and flavorful.
January 11, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Maple syrup, pulled pork, cotton candy. Honey ice cream, potato doughnuts, rib-eye sandwiches. And, of course, the famous milk shakes. "This," said Breanna Anderson, pointing with her fork to her surroundings. "The food court. " That's what it's about at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, where thousands turn out each year for livestock competitions, shopping, and, of course, the eats. On Saturday, young kids, reminiscing parents, and giddy teens filled the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg for opening day of the show.
December 17, 2015 |
Nothing else gets Janet Page into the holiday spirit like a visit to the Kimmel Center for a Christmas concert with the Philly Pops. "It's so pretty and festive," the boomer show-goer said. "And the Philly Pops program is grand. " A hop-skip away at the Academy of Music, Barbara Edelstein was shepherding granddaughter Audrey Melnick, 12, plus pal Samantha Woolworth, on their seventh annual visit to the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker . "I never get tired of the dancing," Melnick said.
October 14, 2015 |
It offers a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and hayrides, but Milky Way Farm at heart is a dairy business that's been run by the Matthews family for more than a century. Lately it hasn't been easy. Wholesale milk prices continue to fall; expenses continue to rise. The Matthews have had to sell a few of their cows. In short, the 103-acre farm in Chester Springs, Chester County, has a lot in common with other dairy farms across the country. "We can't just be dairy farms anymore," said Carolyn Eaglehouse, 47, whose father and stepmother, Sam and Melba Matthews, own Milky Way. Eaglehouse helps run the farm with her sister and brother and their families.
September 25, 2015 |
The truck: Mike Sullivan, owner of the Cheese E Wagon, has built a new truck called Smooth Cow. You can see it on Drexel University's campus from the other end of the block. The paint job features yellow dripping into pink, dripping into purple, with fruit on the bottom and a crazy-looking cow holding an ice cream cone. So, yeah, you shouldn't have a problem finding it. Concept: Smooth Cow, which just hit the road last week, will satisfy your sweet tooth, either through natural fruit smoothies ($3 for 16 ounce; $5, for 24 ounce)
January 10, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - While Punxsutawney Phil's appearance is a harbinger of spring (or not), January's weather prognosticator is the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. The event's arrival, regulars will tell you, often ushers in deep winter's harshest week, with snow and frigid temperatures. But fear not, Farm Show fans and first-timers, all the action - from baby-duck races to pulling contests by giant draft horses - takes place under the roof of Harrisburg's sprawling Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.
June 5, 2014 |
HARRY CARAY was a man about town. A guy who liked to stop in a local taproom and hoist a few with friends. And, oh, what friends. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg was recently given access to one of the late broadcaster's diaries in which Caray detailed a stretch during 1972 in which he went barhopping for 288 straight days. Naturally, he wasn't alone. Wilt Chamberlain, Jack Benny, Don Drysdale, Gale Sayers and Jack Dempsey were among his drinking buddies.
April 14, 2014 |
It was December 2013 when my plane dropped from the sky. We collectively clenched, wondering if our seat cushions really floated, and slammed down onto what I hoped was the runway. The pilot's voice filled the cabin. "We made it!" The woman next to me squeezed my hand and I thought, "Were we not supposed to?" When we passed several goats penned alongside the runway, I realized this was just how one landed on the tiny island of Grenada. Grenada is in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, about 90 miles off the coast of Venezuela.
February 17, 2014 |
With a turn of her head, Doris Thorn can look out across 127 acres of farm fields, and nearly 84 years of memories. "I'm told there's a bald eagle out there," she said recently in Chesterfield, Burlington County, glancing toward the snow-cloaked irrigation pond where her great-grandchildren flock on hot summer days. Her son's house is over there. That's her grandson's house back there. And those fields and barns outside her window are reminders, too, of her childhood on a dairy farm: of rounding up cows on horseback with her brother, squirting milk from an udder into a kitten's mouth, and their father nursing a sickly newborn lamb to health, warming it in the oven and feeding it with a milk bottle.