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NEWS
July 10, 2008 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Bishop VI, 98, a man with his head in the law and his heart in dairy farming, died June 27 at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. Mr. Bishop had lived in Radnor and at Ogston, the family's 1,000-acre dairy farm in Columbus, Burlington County, where he grew up and where he became one of the most respected herdsmen of Jersey cows in the country. Mr. Bishop also was a respected lawyer, practicing for Dechert in Philadelphia from 1936 until he retired in 1976, heading its fiduciary department for many years and once serving as its managing partner.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2007 | By Joseph N. DiStefano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shares of J&J Snack Foods Corp. fell yesterday after the Pennsauken baker and frozen-drink maker said high flour and dairy costs had eaten into quarterly profits. J&J shares lost 4.68 percent of their value, closing at $33.00 in Nasdaq trading, after the company said sales rose but profits fell in the three months ending Sept. 29. The company's products include soft pretzels, cookies and Slush Puppie frozen beverages. The price of wheat "took off like it was shot out of a cannon, and yes we got caught," chairman and chief executive officer Gerald B. Shreiber told investors in a conference call.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2007
Jeffrey Roberts, author of "The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese," will lead a tasting of cheese and beer from 6-8 tonight at DiBruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St., Center City. $45, 215-665-9220, ext. 237. At 6:30 tomorrow night, Roberts will compare American and British cheddars at the Tria Fermentation School, 1601 Walnut St., Center City. $50, 215-972-7076. At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, he'll appear at the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets. And at 7 p.m. Oct. 29, he'll do a book signing at the White Dog Cafe, 3420 Sansom St. Down at the farm Hendricks Farms cheese is available at a handful of area restaurants and at the Headhouse Square market in Center City.
NEWS
July 6, 2007 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gilbert P. Thompson, 88, of Phoenixville, a dairyman who became a successful golf-course owner, died of renal failure Sunday at home. For more than 20 years, Mr. Thompson operated Maplecroft, a dairy farm, milk-processing and home-delivery operation, and retail store in Phoenixville. In 1981, Mr. Thompson sold his cows and, with his six sons, developed Pickering Valley Golf Course, which opened in 1985 on the site of his former farm. Several years later, he told a reporter that he knew absolutely nothing about the game, but that since opening the course, he observed that golfers were "filled with good spirits" when they headed out to play.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2006 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Holsteins rushed nervously out of the long, white cattle truck into their new home, a Bucks County barn that had been empty for seven years. Unlike the 24 cows that arrived Monday from Union County, Rich Wendig, 22, appeared perfectly calm in his ragged, graying John Deere cap - especially for a young man who has just signed on for a life of rising in the middle of the night to milk cows. Wendig - who did not grow up on a farm, but has wanted to be a dairy farmer since childhood - is getting an opportunity that most aspiring dairy farmers can only dream of: financial backing to help build a $70,000 herd that totals 40 cows.
NEWS
June 16, 2006 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Yardley mother had been sitting on the steps of her favorite ice-cream parlor, eating her cone and plotting. "I plan to be there at least once a week before it closes," she said later. "I'm just buying things and putting them in the freezer and hoping" that all that accumulated ice cream lasts and lasts and lasts. When the Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar closes forever - at 10 p.m. on Labor Day - Patti Smialkowski hopes she will have enough ice cream banked in her freezer so that the parlor will not be a memory.
NEWS
February 12, 2006 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Steve Wassell, a Chester County resident, pulled up to the sliding-glass doors of the Swiss Farm store drive-through in Broomall and ordered six gallons of diet iced tea. Wassell, a Westtown-East Goshen police officer, was in Delaware County for training and decided to stock up on a favorite beverage at the familiar store with the red-topped silo. "I grew up in Marple Township," Wassell said. "We've been coming here since I was a kid. " He's waiting for a Swiss Farms in Chester County.
FOOD
October 27, 2005 | By Barbara Whitaker FOR THE INQUIRER
Oh, the elegant egg: simple in form, straightforward in content, a perfect little protein-filled package. Until recently, buying eggs involved only choosing between white or brown, picking a size, then opening the carton to see if any shells were cracked. But all that has changed. The egg section of the dairy case is crowded now with newfangled varieties - eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, organic eggs, fertile eggs, eggs pasteurized in the shell or laid by hens living "cage-free.
NEWS
September 14, 2005 | By Mario F. Cattabiani and Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Pedro Martinez Cruz milks cows for a living. He works 60 hours a week, takes home about $8 an hour, and sends every last dime he can spare back to his wife in Chiapas, Mexico. The 43-year-old, who lives in Lancaster, is at work by 6 a.m. and doesn't get home until 12 hours later. It's a hard job, he said, but he's gotten used to it. "Esta bien," he said yesterday with a shrug of his shoulders, indicating in Spanish that all was good. Still, Cruz's daily dairy reality is a far cry from the lucrative income that House Speaker John M. Perzel is making it out to be. The Philadelphia Republican is drawing fire - and ire - for what many are calling inaccurate and insensitive comments he made about milkers at a gathering of the Republican State Committee in Harrisburg on Saturday.
NEWS
July 29, 2005 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A cold, wet spring followed by a blazing early summer has blessed cornfields and peach orchards, though some crop and dairy farmers have been hurt. "I believe this is probably one of the best growing years for us in a long time," said John Yerkes, co-owner of None Such Farm, a vegetable and berry producer in Bucks County. And in Burlington County, Pete Johnson said "we're having a great year" in the fields of Johnson's Corner Farm. The June hay, however, was too damp, and the heat-stressed dairy cows aren't eating it anyway.
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