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  • Galen Glen

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    Just a short, majestic drive from Allentown and Bethlehem lies one of the most beautiful places in the Lehigh Valley: the vineyards at Galen Glen’s winery. The rolling hills, beautiful farmlands, and untouched woods in Lehigh, Berks, and Schuylkill Counties make you feel like you’re in another country, in another time. People pay thousands of dollars to see these landscapes, but we’re lucky enough to experience them for the price of a few gallons of gas. 

    Galen Glen is near home, and that is exactly how you feel when you spend some time in their tasting room. The staff is incredibly inviting, headed by their tasting room manager Kathy. It’s also not uncommon to see owners Sarah and Galen pouring their wine for quests while they’re not overseeing the well-kept fields. I often bring out-of-town friends here because I know they will be breath taken, and they are every time. 

    I suppose I should also mention that their wine is fantastic. Not just fantastic, its world class. If you haven’t tried their wine yet, you’re missing out. They have something for everyone: light refreshing whites, dry complex reds, and more. They have mastered the art and science of viticulture, right here in the Valley.

    Don’t take my word for it. Here’s a list of all the awards this duo has won:

    2 gold medals at the 2015 Finger Lakes International, a Double Gold and Best of Class at the 2014 International Women's, Best Woman Winemaker at the 2014 Women's International, and 3 golds at the 2014 Riverside International, that's just to name a few.

    I recently had the chance to ask Sarah a few questions, and she was gracious enough to provide some really thoughtful and insightful remarks. See the questions and answers below, and then get out to the vineyard!

    Of all the places in the world, you chose the Lehigh Valley Region. Why did you decide to run your business here?

    Our magnificent property is in Galen’s family for over 200 years. We lived away from our farm for several years, working in corporate jobs. But Galen always felt an undeniable urge to return home to his land. He is a 6th generation farmer and was destined to be a winegrower. We are extremely proud to use the federally designated AVA (American Viticultural Area), Lehigh Valley, on our estate wines.

     

    What drew you towards operating a vineyard and winery, as opposed to other business and agricultural models? 

    We looked at numerous types of farming, from walnut trees (too long) to hunting grounds (too noisy) to hand crops (too shaley). Trips to Germany and wine from Hawaii via Galen's best friend collided to ultimately inspire us. Galen brought with him years of experience as a mechanical engineer combined with a natural ability to grow things from his youth. Sarah worked as a chemist, packaging liquid drugs, and transitioned to a new product, wine.

     

    What is your customers’ favorite wine?

    While there really isn’t a customer favorite wine per se, there is a huge customer wine trend - White wines & chillable reds in spring and summer and Red wines in fall and winter.

     

    What is YOUR favorite wine? 

    Our exquisite aromatic white wines – Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer and Riesling.

     

    What is one thing you’d like people to know about your business? (Could be about your operations, unseen challenges you face, work you do in the community, etc) 

    We farm wine. About 90% of our wine is grown on our land, which is not common for Pennsylvania wineries. This requires a tremendously dedicated vineyard crew and tasting room staff to help us grow, sell and educate consumers about our wines. We encourage guests to take our walking vineyard and winery tour for an appreciation of the talent required to operate a farm winery.

     

    Photo credit: Eden Troxell Photography

  • Bethlehem Food Co-Op Announces Member Recruitment Hire

    The Bethlehem Food Co-op announced today the hiring of business partners Carol Ritter and Laurel Blair Mikovits of CarolTalks to handle its membership recruitment needs as the organization continues its goal of opening a store in the Christmas City.

  • Local Food: The People's Kitchen

    The People's KitchenOne of the things we like to do here at the Bethlehem Food Co-Op is honor and recognize people that strengthen our local food economy. Billy Gruenewald certainly fits this category. He recently opened his breakfast and lunch spot, dubbed the People’s Kitchen, and it’s rapidly becoming a favorite among local diners. Located at the corner of Linden and E. North Streets, The People’s Kitchen provides high-quality, affordable options outside of the downtown area and in a densely-populated neighborhood.

  • Annual Craft Fair

    The Bethlehem Food Co-op will hold its 2nd Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, April 18 from 11am–4pm at Christ Church UCC, 75 E. Market Street, Bethlehem. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Budweiser's Super Bowl Commercial and What it Means

    Yesterday was Super Bowl Monday, the national demi-holiday celebrated in office break rooms throughout the nation. It’s marked by the tradition of criticizing the advertisements we willingly subjected ourselves to the night before. Nationwide’s horrific ad was king of the hill when it came to yesterday’s water-cooler talk. But I want to talk about Budweiser’s controversial commercial where they praise their “hard” method of brewing beer.

    Budweiser’s let’s-just-drink-beer-because-you’re-not-supposed-to-think-about-it Super Bowl ad is a true puzzle. The ad lambasts craft breweries that feature “Pumpkin Peach Ales,” but a quick Google search will show you that Budweiser just recently acquired Elysian breweries, one of the few craft breweries that actually do feature a Pumpkin Peach Ale. It could be a hidden nod of recognition to their own hypocrisy here, or a huge oversight. Either way, as the creator of the “Lime-A-Rita,” a margarita-flavored malt beverage, can Budweiser really pass judgement on odd-flavored beers?

  • We're Hiring!

    The Bethlehem Food Co-Op is seeking a part time Member Recruitment Coordinator who is passionate about local food, healthy eating, community-building, and the cooperative business model.  The individual hired will be an independent contractor for the Bethlehem Food Co-Op.

  • Bethlehem Food Co-Op to Announce Plans for First Staff Hire at January Event

    The Bethlehem Food Co-op will hold its next public meeting event on Monday, January 5 at the Charles Brown Ice House in Bethlehem at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the general public to learn more about this effort to open a community-owned grocery store and get a taste of the opportunities the Co-op will provide in addition to groceries.

  • Taproot Farms CSA

    Taproot_Farm_CSA.jpgThis past summer I participated in my first CSA with Taproot Farms. All I can say is: wow. The quality and consistency of the vegetables all summer was incredible, and the variance in crops was astounding. I received vegetables I had never even heard of before, which I will not list in order to save judgment from the more hardcore members among us. Trust me, the assortment was impressive.

    The CSA made every Thursday like Christmas, and Wednesday Christmas eve. We waited patiently to receive the email informing us of what would be in that week’s share. Thursday we rushed to our pick-up location, which was conveniently located in downtown Bethlehem at Lux Hair Salon on New St. As soon as we got the box home we eagerly inspected its contents, which was stuffed with items like escarole, Swiss Chard, kale, spinach, beets, carrots, potatoes, Sunflower shoots, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, watermelon, beans and much much more. The only problem we had was what to do with all this goodness!

  • Announcing an Energizing Cooperative Partnership!

    The Energy Co-Op is coming to the Lehigh Valley, and your enrollment can help the Bethlehem Food Co-Op!

    In the true spirit of Cooperative Principle #6 (Cooperation Among Cooperatives), the Bethlehem Food Co-Op and The Energy Co-Op have teamed up to help grow cooperative enterprise in our region. The Energy Co-op is coming to Bethlehem next month, meaning you can now receive your electricity from a member-owned cooperative and support PA renewable power. Even better, The Energy Co-Op has offered to contribute to our movement for each new member who mentions the Bethlehem Food Co-op! For each enrollment,The Energy Co-op will donate $43* to Bethlehem Food Co-Op! Click here to enroll today, and don't forget to mention BFC.

  • Neil Young, The Starbucks Problem and Local Solutions

    Neil-Young.jpgIn the Lehigh Valley, there are plenty of ways you can avoid GMO-laden coffees and also support coffee farmers around the world. In Bethlehem, there are no less than five sources of quality coffee, including The Joint, The Wise Bean, Back Door Bakeshop, Full of Crepe and Deja Brew. Whether you demand organic or would just prefer your coffee come from a friendly business, many local shops have smart options for latte lovers and black coffee drinkers alike. 

    Neil Young, famed folk singer/rock artist, made headlines about a month ago when he announced on his blog that he’s having a hard time finding a coffee supplier with a "Heart of Gold" saying ”GOODBYE STARBUCKS!”

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