In September Greensgrow Farms gets back into the normal swing of workshops and events. The farmstand continues to burst with great produce which will be the center of a dinner at the farm next week. From one of our Community Kitchen grads- Birchtree Catering returns to the farm with their local inspired monthly Supper Club!
Our Fall Workshop schedule has shaped up really nicely – Philadelphia Magazine named it the Best Event Calendar for Health Nuts! We have a new event at Greensgrow on September 27–it’s our first ever garden centered flea market that we’re calling the “Garden Shed”–an End of Season Garden Swap & Sale. It’s the perfect time of year to shed your extra garden goodies! Swap, barter, trade or sell your extra tools, plants, pots, seeds, bulbs and books. We’re looking for vendors-so –share the news! It should be a fun and festive day to enjoy the change of season.
Birchtree Catering & Design Supper Club • Sept 10
Birchtree Catering & Design’s monthly Supper Club continues this September at Greensgrow! They invite the public to experience their locally-sourced menus, enjoy their unique designs and live music, and visit some of Philadelphia’s finest small venues. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and dinner on September 10th at the farm. Learn more about Birchtree Catering & Design, as well as their monthly Supper Club, get tickets here.
Beekeeping 101 • September 13 • 12–2pm
Registration Required. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or just thinking about starting a backyard beehive, this workshop will give you through the ins and outs of managing honey bees. Don Shump, owner of the Philadelphia Bee Co. and Greensgrow’s beekeeper, will be on hand to share his years of experience as an apiarist in Philadelphia. Don will walk you through a beekeeper’s typical first year so you know what to expect, and he will tell you what local resources are available to help you succeed. Plenty of time will be allotted for discussion; please be prepared to ask questions. The class will touch base on Bee Biology, Bee Behavior, Hive Management, Swarming, Equipment and Bee Products.
More and more people are getting involved in beekeeping these days as we become more aware of where our food is coming from, to make their own honey, have some of their own pollinating buddies for their gardens, and to offset die offs of honey bee populations in recent years. Find out what it’s all about!
Location: Greensgrow Farms, 2501 East Cumberland Street
Homemade Chevre & Ricotta Workshop with Shady Apple Goat Farm • September 20 • 12–2pm
Registration Required. Laurie Jenkins, co-owner of Shady Apple Goats in Flourtown, Pa comes to the Greensgrow Community Kitchen. You’ll learn to make simple delicious cheeses perfect for your appetizer tray or to give as a homemade holiday gift.
The class begins with a basic discussion of milk . . . you cannot make good cheese unless you understand some fundamentals of milk! Then goes through the basics of making Chevre; culturing, setting up, draining the curds, preparing the final cheese and some hints for creative flavoring and packaging. We will also learn how to make goat’s milk ricotta and ideas as to how to take these basic cheeses and make other things like chevre truffles, baked chevre, ricotta salads.
Everyone will take home a roll of chevre seasoned with one of many salt options and fresh herbs as well as the recipe for chevre we are making in the class. Also included is a catalog for New England Cheesemaking Supply where class participants can purchase some of the supplies needed to make chevre and and many other cheeses.
Shady Apple Goats is a small urban farm with a herd of milk goats and a small thriving cheese and dairy CSA. Visit them online here: www.shadyapplegoats.com.
Location: Greensgrow Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
Garden Shed: End of Season Garden Swap & Sale • September 27th • 10am–3pm
Shed your extra garden goodies at Greensgrow’s first Garden Shed! Swap, barter, trade or sell your extra tools, plants, pots, seeds, bulbs and books. Dividing your bulbs and hostas? Cluttered with cuttings? Have enough gloves for the whole neighborhood? Time to shed!
We will have live bands, food trucks, the farmstand and lots of fun for all! Come see what treasures have been hiding in the shed.
We will have a curated donation table for those of you who would like to get rid of a few odds and ends but cannot participate in the event. You can drop off the morning of the event between 10-11am. We will take useful items; plants in good health, tools in good working order, etc. We probably won’t take broken pots, plastic containers (recycle those), etc.
Vendors: Garden related items only!
Price: $15 per 10 foot space.
For more details on vending garden goods and to reserve a table: