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Tessa DeMaster

Growing up on my family's farm in Pennsylvania, I never would have pictured the life I live at Willow Haven farm. As a kid I spent summers in our large family garden we called, “The Truck Patch”. I helped mom every summer, picking beans, weeding, and cutting fruit and vegetables for the hundreds of jars of canned and frozen produce we put up. Now I spends less time out in the field and more time in the kitchen doing the same preserving for my own farm family. Farmer Reuben values my many hours doing much of the behind the scenes marketing, writing emails to cultivate customers and capturing the farm story each week. I'm always learning along the way in my quest to improve the farm experience for each of her current and future farm members in our 500+ member, year-round customized farm box delivery program. Reading our stories will connect you with your food in a way you never experienced before. Someday soon you will want to fit local food into your life and we'll be here to help you.

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Tired of Pain? How I helped Farmer Reuben

Hi Reader, Grimacing with pain and walking slowly, Farmer Reuben entered the kitchen. "I didn’t do anything hard this morning." Moving empty market boxes and twisting and lifting was all it took to strain Reuben’s back and send him to the house to rest. The story continues... We Are Open! Saturday: 9 AM - 3:00 PM Vince's Special Stone Ground Organic flour baked into BRICK OVEN BAGELS** Pastured Pork Sampler only 99.00 ** Click over to my blog for: My heart warming moment at the Member...

Hi Reader, "Your pigs are out!" When our neighbor's daughter shouted through our screen door, I didn't even jump. Chasing animals back home is what our kids grow up doing. The animals only want one thing too. To go home! The story continues... We Are Open! Saturday: 9 AM - 3:00 PM Vince's Special Stone Ground Organic flour baked into Honey Wheat, French CountryMaple Pecan Scones ** Pastured Pork Sampler only 99.00 ** Wellness Class on July 20 Continue reading for more: Electric Fence...

Hi Reader, Imagine you are 6 years old. What's the first thing you want to do when you get out of bed in the morning? Keep thinking. At 7 am I emerged from my room to a silent house. This is not normal. I called my kid's names. No response. I checked all the rooms and all the beds. No one. Were they outside in the yard? The swings hung still and the slide was empty. The story continues... We Are Open! Saturday: 9 AM - 3:00 PM Vince's Special Stone Ground Organic flour baked into Sourdough...

Popular Brick Oven Pizza Nights at the Farm are Reuben's favorite events and one of his favorite meals. Every time he says, "Where else can you get pizza like this?" No where, Reuben. No where. But you can come enjoy this very special pizza with Farmer Reuben! Mas of Massimiliano's Homestead will be serving up fresh, flavorful pizzas crafted with ingredients right from our fields, baked, as you watch, in our wood-fired brick oven. ARTISINAL PIZZA MENU: June 14. 🧀 New York cheese with or...

Hi Reader, When I found out that Vince drove almost to Ohio to an organic farm and flour mill, I can't say I was shocked. He does that kind of thing. (Ok. I know Ohio isn't 9 hours away but he had to drive back too, right?) Asking "WHY?" was the next obvious action. The story continues... We Are Open! Saturday: 9 AM - 3:00 PM Vince's Special Stone Ground Organic flour baked into Olive Rosemary, Honey Wheat, Baguette, Brioche, Mocha Chocolate Chip Scones** Organic Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves...

Hi Reader, Fresh, crisp lettuce and vitamin packed kale is already being picked. Napa cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, radish and rhubarb are next. Organic strawberries from Farmer Leroy will ripen in this hot weather and be ready for Market Box members any day. (Members get first dibs!) Nutrient dense greens are bursting with life in our field. I'm using them in my 5 day Detox smoothies this week: kale, cilantro, lemons and even greenhouse grown cucumbers are perfectly timed. Cherry tomatoes...

Hi Reader, I finally did what I promised. Taking my girls out for birthday shopping kept being delayed because of farm activities. I said I would take them last Saturday, but I got pulled into setting up a tent at Rodale’s Spring Market event. Even a unique situation on the farm last night caused me to detour as we started to drive away. A fight. The story continues... We Are Open! Saturday: 9 AM - 3:00 PMFresh Brick Oven Sourdough Bread: Onion Rye, Ancient Grains, Honey Wheat, Baguette,...

Hi Reader, A snake in the greenhouse! Terrified? Not at all. Farmer Reuben welcomed the garter snake and the sense of security it gave us. You see, if a snake is present, we can be sure that the mice will stay away and our newly planted seeds will be safe. Unfortunately, the snake must have moved on because earlier this week... The story continues... We Are Open! Saturday: 9 AM - 3:00 PMFresh Brick Oven Sourdough Bread: Olive Rosemary, Onion Rye, Cranberry WalnutFresh Veggies: Rhubarb,...

Hi Reader! The young, aspiring reporter met Reuben and Bill at a boring township meeting. Now Olivia Marble is following this lead wherever it takes her. After the zoning meeting in Upper Macungie Township, a young lady with a microphone attached to her iphone stopped Farmer Reuben and Bill Kuklinski, the owner of the building at 8150 Hamilton Boulevard. After that interview she looked up our farm and found out about our Foster A Chick program. She came out to the farm to see the families...

Hi Reader, Can You Grow One Thing? The only thing better than a Market Box is growing your own food. Which you should do! "We encourage every one to grow at least one vegetable at home" Farmer Reuben explained at Earth Day. Why? So you can experience the freshness and satisfaction of picking food from the ground and putting it in your mouth immediately. Cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are perfect for this but even a planter of lettuce, herbs or kale is great too. Reuben's first farm job,...