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.
August 7, 2015
Dairy downtown The weekly farmers' market at High Street on Market has been bringing in a slew of special guests for tastings and cooking demos. This week it's Berks County's Valley Milkhouse, a dairy making cheese, yogurt, butter, and buttermilk. Check out the cultured buttermilk, made with nothing but pasteurized cream, cultures, and salt. Valley Milkhouse buttermilk, $7 for a quart Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., outside High Street on Market, 308 Market St., Philadelphia, 215-625-0988.
July 31, 2015 |
Dairy-free and delish If you're keeping Kosher, have a dairy allergy, or just really like cookies, check out Nomoo Cookie Company. The Pipersville bakeshop makes especially good dairy- and preservative-free gingersnaps with molasses and crystalized ginger, and double-chocolate cookies with Belgian chocolate and espresso powder. - Samantha Melamed Nomoo cookies, $3.29 each at Carlino's Specialty Foods, 2616 E. County Line Road, Ardmore, 610-649-4046. Order by the dozen ($19.95)
April 27, 2015 |
In South Philadelphia's Newbold neighborhood, Anna Maria and Carmen Vona have renovated the historic Abbotts Alderney Dairies building at 1715-1719 McKean St. The couple own and operate a business in a rear building on the parcel, which takes up nearly the entire block. But they have renovated 10,000 square feet in the two-story front structure, facing McKean and Colorado Streets, into apartment and office space at a cost of about $400,000. The Vonas did most of the work themselves.
March 20, 2015 |
Robert James Harbison 3d, 92, of Lafayette Hill, who guided his family's dairy business from horse-drawn delivery routes to a modern-day business merger, died Sunday, March 15, of complications from a stroke at the Hill at Whitemarsh. In 1947, he joined Harbisons Dairies, becoming president and CEO in 1952. He was the fourth generation of Harbisons to lead the dairy founded by Robert Harbison in 1865. Under his leadership, Harbisons Dairies in Kensington grew to about 700 employees, with 385 home-delivery milk routes and six plants.
January 16, 2015 |
CAVEMEN had all the time in the world. Those single-minded Homo sapiens didn't have to worry about multitasking or time clocks. Which is why weary home cooks following a gluten-free diet - or simply trying to feed their families fresh, healthful food - may say "paleo-schmaleo" when trying to follow in our ancestors' knuckle-dragging steps. The much-hyped paleo diet - or lifestyle, if you will - tosses out the agricultural products incorporated into the human diet over the past, say, 10,000 years in favor of a whole-foods approach to eating meat, plants and seafood that dates back to cave-dwelling days.
January 9, 2015
SLOW-COOKER COCOA Mars' upscale, old-fashioned American Heritage brand offers this extra-rich recipe that calls for three kinds of dairy and grated chocolate with origins in 1750. 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 pint heavy cream 6 cups whole milk 12.72-ounce package American Heritage Chocolate Finely Grated Chocolate Drink Put all ingredients in a slow cooker. Set on low and stir frequently. You do not want the milk to scald. Cook for approximately 2 hours or until the chocolate is melted.
September 19, 2014 |
The old laundry paddle is retired, wedged beside the blackboard in our kitchen, a totem now. Its handle is sawed off to utensil-height, a hole drilled in it for hanging, its blade worn smooth as river stone. Fritz Blank, who once used it to stir his grand copper pots, bequeathed it to me - autographed, for good measure - as he was packing up his haute French classic Deux Cheminees at 12th and Locust, getting ready to decamp with his cat Bobo to Thailand. That was seven years ago. And it hasn't stirred since: It seemed unseemly to dunk the thing - so accustomed to the likes of truffled sauce Perigord - in our more prosaic chicken paprikash, fish stews, and Frog-Commissary vegetarian chili.
July 5, 2014 |
Having weathered the economic ups and downs of farming and, yes, the weather itself, members of the Linvill family are celebrating what they call their crowning success: surviving 100 years in a volatile business. These days, the family stead in the heart of Delaware County is as much county fair and education as it is produce, but from all indications it is a thriving enterprise. Growing from a 10-cow dairy farm dairy to a 300-acre fruit-and-vegetable complex on West Knowlton Road in Middletown Township, Linvilla Orchards has evolved into quite the popular venue.
May 29, 2013 |
Search the term milkman on Google, and a San Diego mash-up artist appears as the first hit. ("Milkman" plays "electro-hip/hop fusion" music and operates his own lasers.) Kevin Decker, 20, of Voorhees, is the right age to be a Milkman fan, but he's never heard of him. Decker is instead the real thing, something few of the electro-hip/hop generation have ever seen. He is a door-to-door milkman. "I always wear the white shirt," he said last week as he started his afternoon delivery run through Mount Laurel and Marlton.