Local Wine Farmers Encourage Young Agri-preneur
|255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, PA. When asked what advice they were glad they ignored, Galen and Sarah Troxell of Galen Glen Winery respond, “it’s too cold on your farm to grow classic European grape varieties.” As they continue to dominate international wine competitions for these varieties, it’s proof that one must follow their heart when becoming an agri-preneur. Peter Salerno, a member of the Galen Glen vineyard crew, is just beginning his journey as an entrepreneurial farmer with the recent purchase of his Foothill Farm. Peter has big dreams for the tree farm that he purchased earlier this year. His plans are to continue to care for and sell some of the 15,000 trees already on the land. In 2016 he plans to also plant 6,000 additional saplings and start a 30-member vegetable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). He looks forward to helping local families who invest in the CSA enjoy their weekly shares of vegetables. For the Troxells it is important to encourage farmers because, “local farmers make eating fresh and local very easy, as opposed to consuming products that are transported thousands of miles by tractor trailer, train or even boat.” Peter wants to bring awareness to connecting with your farmer and food, noting “this is something that doesn’t happen in the local grocery store.” His ‘big picture’ includes generations of the Salerno family sharing Christmas trees and healthy, locally-grown food with the community. Salerno has been working at Galen Glen Winery since the spring and also attends classes at The Seed Farm in Emmaus. The Troxells state that “every day that Peter is working with us we give him words of wisdom, appropriately named ‘the lesson of the day.'” One of the most important lessons they have imparted is, “have a good plan and leave emergencies to be emergencies; do not create your own emergencies.” Salerno states other advice that has impressed him is to stay positive, “Don’t get down on yourself. Farming is tough. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.” Salerno hopes to one day inspire other future farmers the way the Troxells and his instructors at The Seed Farm have influenced him. When asked why he chose farming, he stated, “Farming to me creates a relationship with the Earth, plants and animals. You can’t get that in other jobs.”
Foothill Farm is located at 937 Mill Road in Lehighton. If you are looking for a fresh Christmas tree, visit Peter and his family beginning Black Friday, November 27th through December 23rd, 9am till dusk. They will help you select a perfect tree and while you sip delicious hot chocolate and dine on an array of cookies; they will cut, bail, drill and shake your tree before loading it onto your vehicle. While at the farm you can also register for their 2016 vegetable CSA.
|Galen Glen Winery is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Andreas Pennsylvania and was the only winery listed by Zagat in the “Top Ten Reasons to Drive to the Lehigh Valley.” They were recently named “Best Winery-Pennsylvania” by the New York International Wine Competition in Manhattan and The Morning Call’s, Reader’s Choice 2015 “Best Winery and Vineyard.” The vineyard is on the family’s double-century farm and is full of history. The tasting room’s knowledgeable and engaging staff always make your visit enjoyable. They are open year round. The tasting room hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, noon to 5pm. Plan to spend some time drinking in their exceptional views and award-winning wines with some locally-made cheeses or bring your own snacks.
For more information about the winery’s other award winning wines and other upcoming events, please visit the website www.galenglen.com or “Like” on Facebook at Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery and follow on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @galenglenwine and Instagram #galenglenwine. The tasting room may be reached via telephone at 570-386-3682. The staff looks forward to meeting you and your family and helping you create unforgettable memories at Galen Glen.