The annual October Farm Tour in Berks County is scheduled for October 18, 2014 and will be featuring farms and agricultural businesses in the Twin Valley region of southern Berks County (Caernarvon, Robeson, and Union townships). The event is sponsored by the Berks Agricultural Resource Network, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the county’s agricultural industry and related food industries. Organized in 2008, B.A.R.N. has hosted this event for six years with assistance from the Office of Agricultural Coordinator and others.
As in prior years, tour participants will purchase a tour booklet the day of the tour beginning at 8:30 a.m. and can visit all sites or select the ones they want to see between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The cost is still $10 per family vehicle. Tour booklets will be sold at Plow Farms, 4339 Morgantown Road, Mohnton, PA 19540, 610-856-7740; Weaver’s Orchard Inc., 40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown, PA 19543 610-856-7300; and Twin Valley High School Agriculture Department, 4897 Twin Valley Road, Elverson, PA 19520, 610-286-8650...
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READING (September 19, 2014) --- Penn Street Farmers Market, located outdoors in the 800 block of Penn Street, Reading, is pleased to be able to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase the freshest local fruits and vegetables from farmers that are certified organic, sustainable or conventional. “Our customers have a variety of choices when they come here to shop,” explained Sheila Miller, Berks County’s agricultural coordinator.
Farmer vendor Donna Stoltzfoos brings certified organic vegetables from Lancaster County, along with her frozen pasture raised pork products that include bacon, ham and sausage. Sunrise Farm, Oley and Bog Turtle Creek Farm, Reading, practice sustainable farming methods when raising their vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Sunrise Farm also sells pastured poultry to customers by the piece or whole chicken.