Behind the Fence: Homegrown Food Festival

August 9, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
6026 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Bob McKee

Behind the Fence festivals: Homegrown Food | Saturday, August 9, 2014 | 12-4pm

The Behind the Fence festivals invite the community to experience the best of Wyck’s programming in History, Gardening, and Farming. Join us to explore our 300+ Farm1year old house and landscape and learn how history intersects everyday life in our 21st century community. Energize your senses and feed your soul with music, demos, food, local vendors, tours, and children’s activities. Gather with us behind the fence to learn and do something new.

August 9 | Homegrown Food
Wyck’s home farm provides a weekly farmers market and an outdoor classroom for our community. Experience life on the farm and learn how history has influenced trends towards local eating and homesteading. Celebrate food and the impact it has on our diverse, urban communities.

Weavers Way Coop, Primex Garden Center, Door-to-Door Organics, Temple University School of Environmental Design, Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild

Festival Line-up

Miss Rachel’s Pantry
Zea May’s Native American inspired foods
Little Jimmie’s Coffee Roasters and Bakery

Fulljoy Band: Local Philadelphia-based Reggae Band
At 1pm Enjoy HOOPING with Leah Troiano. She will be set-up near the music with plenty of hoops for adults and kids to join in on the fun!

Explore the house, garden, and farm throughout the festival. The house will have special items from the Wyck collection on display, such as the fly fishing gear of Caspar Wistar Haines

Talks: Under the tent in the garden
12:30pm “From Cheese to Pickles: Preserving the Home Grown” Susan Plaisted, the Proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business, presents on the late 18th and early 19th century preservation techniques for the seasonal foods produced at home that were needed throughout the year for variety on the table.

1:30pm Marisa McClellan is a full-time writer, teacher, and blogger at Food in Jars (three times nominated by Saveur magazine for a Best Food Blog award, and winner of Best of Philly from Philadelphia Magazine). Her second cookbook, Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces is now Available. Her writing appears on The Food Network, Saveur, and Food 52. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband. Visit her at

2:30pm “Cooking with Honey” presented by Suzanne Matlock, President of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild.

Marketplace: Southlawn
1. Wyck Home Farm selling beautiful, chemical free produce. Katie will also have a tomato tasting and a station set-up for seed saving.
2. The Philadelphia Backyard Chickens
3. Instar Apiaries and Dawn Reid: Selling RAW local Germantown Honey and other natural, homemade products .
4. Shady Apple Goats
5. LSDrew Graphics, uniquely designed printed tees and scarves
6. Weavers Way Coop
7. Primex Garden Center
8. Temple University School of Environmental Design
9. Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
10. Urban Aquaponics Farming, a new, year round farming model. Stop by to learn more!
11. Door to Door Organics
12. Fifth of a Farm Creations
13. SHARE Community Programs
14. MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance)
15. Philadelphia Orchard Project (P.O.P.)
16. Megan Haupt vending reclaimed, recycled, reused Kitcheny items!
17. Wyck Roses with our Horticulturaliist Denise Forrest, sampling edible rose items and vending historic Wyck Roses from the garden.


Ongoing: Kerry Ann McLean will demonstrate simple fencing and staking using locally harvested withies to highlight the charm and ease of such structures and the appropriateness to Germantown, an area steeped in history.

3pm: Weather Dependent* Farmer Katie will show you the historic equipment she uses to manually till the soil. She will explain the when and why to soil tilling and then show you how!

We can’t wait to see you behind the fence! Festivals at Wyck are free and open to the public. We always welcome donations in order to continue to offer free community programming in Historic Germantown!

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