Perhaps one of the best ways to experience an area is through local food. And for the Poconos it does not get more local than the Josie Porter Farm, an organic CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) and farm store nestled in the quaint village of Cherry Valley. In addition to growing their own seasonal crops, the farmer’s market offers “healthy, whole foods from local and regional sources, a local food hub that offers honey, maple syrup, meat, cheese, eggs, salmon, and more.”
Whether you are planning a meal at your local Airbnb rental, a quick BBQ for a camp site, or are looking for a snack to pick up before a day hike in the Delaware Water Gap, the Josie Porter Farm is worth the trip. The winding Cherry Valley road will take you past small homestead operations, tree farms, and horse stables with the Appalachian range backdrop.
A small flag is raised at the entrance of the farm to signal that the store is open. Take a moment to explore the flower garden and with permission take the trail back to see the food plots. There you will find rows of potatoes, garlic, kale, carrots, squash, sunflowers and beets, to name only a few. Inside large high tunnels the herbs, tomatoes, peppers chards, and other warm climate produce are housed.
The appeal to the Josie Porter Farm is far beyond the trending farm-to-table concept. The farm practices were founded by past owner Josie Porter, whose legacy as a biodiverse permaculturist led to the founding of the JP Biodynamic Institute. Taken from the website,
“Biodynamic growers recognize the soil itself to be alive and that human health and vitality depend upon the health and vitality of the soil. The concept goes beyond the term "organic." The mission of the farm is to connect people to the earth through agriculture, education and community.”
So what does this mean for the flavor of their produce? To find out, you have to taste for yourself!
[See more information at www.josieporterfarm.com, or find them on Instagram @josieporterfarm. To see more Poconos agricultural experiences, check out the hashtag #PoconoFarmTour by @brunettefarmette.]
Article by Amber Stahl, Travel Writer and Photographer.
Photos by Amber Stahl