I hope you'll join me in supporting the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County's fund-raising efforts to preserve Barnard's Orchards in Newlin Township, which is a treasure in our increasingly built-up area and a key part of Unionville's agricultural heritage.
I've written about Barnard's iconic farm market many times in this column. Nearly 30 years ago I was introduced to their cider and sweet corn by a Unionville native, and I have been hooked ever since.
I stopped by the orchard the other morning in hopes of buying blueberries (no luck; they'd sold the last of the season just hours earlier), and asked owner Lewis Barnard about his plans. He explained that the conservancy is trying to raise $38,000 to cover the legal costs, filing fees and other expenses it is incurring in the process of placing an agricultural easement on the farm to protect it against development.
You can help in several ways.
1. Send a check to The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, 541 Chandler Mill Rd., Avondale PA 19311.
2. Donate online through the Land Conservancy's razoo.com site: "Funds for Farms: Conserving Barnard's Orchard."
3. Buy tickets to the Saturday, Aug. 27, "Brandywine in White" event, where you bring your own picnic dinner and drinks and dress all in white (they're not kidding about that). The outdoor location is kept secret until Aug. 25. Tickets are available online at the Brown Paper Tickets website and more information is on the "Brandywine in White 2016" Facebook page.