Celebrating National Honey Month

It’s time to make your favorite cup of tea and visit your local beekeepers, because September is National Honey Month! The National Honey Board is an organization that was created and is overseen by the Department of Agriculture, and they established National Honey Month in 1989 as a way to celebrate and appreciate bees and…

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Wooden charcuterie board with nuts, cheeses, meats, crackers, olives, and jam.

Tips for Building the Ultimate Charcuterie Board

Everybody loves a charcuterie board. After all, they’re packed with savory meats, tasty cheeses, and crunchy crackers. What’s not to love? Putting together a delicious and Instagram-worthy charcuterie board can be your magnum opus as a chef and as a host, but despite what you might believe based on the hand-carved solid oak charcuterie boards…

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Picture of the design of the 2022 B.A.R.N.OPOLY Board.

Berks Agricultural Resource Network Kicks-Off Summer B.A.R.N.OPOLY Challenge

To kick off a summer full of delicious local eats, Berks Agricultural Resource Network (B.A.R.N.) kicked off their B.A.R.N.OPOLY challenge Monday at Rose Lawn Bistro in Reading. Guests Berks County Commissioner Michael Rivera, MBA, Bill Evans on behalf of Senator Judy Schwank, and sponsor Scott Hauseman of Fulton Bank joined the celebration, acknowledging that Pennsylvania…

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How Can a Home Garden Save You Money?

Spring is finally here, and that means the growing season is about to start! People everywhere are gathering up their garden tools and getting ready to break ground on their vegetable gardens for the year. If you’re a gardening newbie, growing your own fruits and vegetables in the backyard might seem like it’s more trouble…

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Berks Ag Conservation Practices

On December 29, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), a historic and comprehensive “pollution diet.” The TMDL is the largest ever developed by EPA, encompassing a 64,000-square-mile watershed. A TMDL is a planning tool that provides the calculation of the maximum amount of a particular…

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The Power of Shopping Local

It’s hard to believe that in the United States, food travels an average of 1,500 miles from farm to table. Meanwhile out of every retail dollar spent on food, only 15 cents returns to the farmer or rancher. Our supply chain is squeezing every last penny out of the American farmer. This is not economically…

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B.A.R.N. Seeks Nominations For 2022 Excellence In Agriculture Awards

B.A.R.N. Seeks Nominations For 2022 Excellence In Agriculture Awards The Berks Agricultural Resource Network, B.A.R.N., is actively seeking nominations for the award categories below intended to acknowledge and encourage excellence in agriculture-related matters across Berks County. Awards will be presented at the B.A.R.N. and Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Local Holiday Gift Guide Launch Celebration, located…

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Twenty Frozen Treat Shops in Berks County

1. TWILIGHT CREAMERY & BAKERY Located in Womelsdorf, the family run business of Twilight Creamery & Bakery provides an assortment of both refreshingly delicious ice cream flavors and satisfying homemade bake goods.  77 Main St., Womelsdorf, PA (484) 930-5908 2. THE CONE ICE CREAM SHOP  Found in Wernersville, The Cone ice cream shop is nearly…

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Shop At These Local Farmer’s Markets

This summer, pick up the freshest, tastiest fruits and vegetables available in the Greater Reading Area by shopping at your local farmer’s markets. Farmer’s markets pick produce and fruits at the peak of their growth. And because the goods offered at farmer’s markets are typically locally grown, you’re supporting your community, and your area farmer’s…

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5 Great Tips for a Successful Garden

The spring season is the perfect time to get gardening, and the rich soil in the Greater Reading Area is ideal for growing personal veggies, spices, and herbs. Though the weather still hasn’t been very consistent here in Southeast, PA, every local knows that steady, warmer, brighter days are just around the corner! Now is…

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