by Allegra Avila
Doylestown Food Co-op Member Owner and Marketing Committee Chair
Amy Manoff of Manoff Market Gardens is gearing up for the high season. Starting in mid-May with six different kinds of strawberries and ending at Christmas with the last of their 25 apple varieties, Manoff’s provides the Doylestown and New Hope areas with some of the best fruit around. They are known up and down the East Coast for their peaches, and also offer a large selection of blackberries, raspberries and cherries.
Back when the Manoffs started farming 27 years ago there was no “buy local” movement – but Amy Manoff says “it’s easy to convince people of the value of local fruit – all they have to do is taste it to understand.” For the first six or seven years they were in business, the Manoffs visited weekly farmers markets and were one of the first farms in the area to sell to restaurants. But nowadays, the Manoffs are in the enviable position of being able to sell direct to the customer entirely from their own farm store. Even better, they claim some very loyal customers. Amy Manoff says: “We have customers who will go up to people in the supermarket and say – ‘Don’t buy that here – go down the road to Manoff Market Gardens!’” Even with such loyal customers and a product that speaks for itself, the Manoffs have still put in a lot of effort to help build the local food movement, and have enjoyed watching it grow so exponentially in the last few years.
Amy says the Doylestown Food Co-op will help Manoff Market Gardens in “gathering more people - the co-op will reach people who don’t have time to drive around to six different farms every week.” And I think we can all agree that benefits us all – the Manoffs will have a new place to sell their fruit, and we’ll all have even easier access to it.