JenniferHetrick

JenniferHetrick

Jennifer Hetrick considers herself a language thrower of sorts. Having graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a degree in philosophy and English writing, she also writes for Berks County Living Magazine, Lehigh Valley Business, the Central Penn Business Journal, and the Copper Development Association’s Copper in the Arts. In the past, she's written for The Reading Eagle, Berks-Mont Newspapers, Lancaster Farming, The Merchandiser, and the Limerick-Royersford-Spring City, Perkiomen Valley, and Phoenixville Patch websites. In 2010, she started her own positive-only local news publication known as News, Not Blues, based out of Boyertown. Throughout each year, she donates contemporary poetry books to the Boyertown Community Library through News, Not Blues, including books by Berks County poets. In 2011, she had a creative nonfiction essay about her mother published in the book Western Pennsylvania Reflections: Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie. In 2015, she published her first book of poetry as the labors of our fingertips: poems from manufacturing history in berks county volume one through Foothills Publishing. This is part of a three-year poetry project where she interviews older seniors about their memories of working in factories and mills. She also teaches poetry. Her blog the garden harlot easily explains her penchant for hiking and photographing scenes of plants from unexpected viewpoints. A lot of her freelance writing involves focusing on farms, local food, sustainable energy and green-speak.

Recipes So Easy They're Hardly Recipes

Recipes So Easy They’re Hardly Recipes

Being too busy to live nowadays, which is often a norm in our culture, means that we don’t always have time or energy to make meals that take a lot of effort. Many jobs requiring employees to do the workloads of several people and living in a culture where accomplishing tasks is more valued than resting […]

Beautifying Gardens in Winter & Prepping Ahead for Spring

Beautifying Gardens in Winter & Prepping Ahead for Spring

Even though winter is just around the corner, that doesn’t mean gardens can’t have value during the cold season. In fact, several Wolff’s Apple House employees attended the Independent Garden Center Show East in Baltimore, Md., last year and heard Martha Stewart speak about this exact point and how a lot of people just don’t realize […]

Seed-Saving in September (and Later into Autumn, too)

Seed-Saving in September (and Later into Autumn, too)

One especially worthwhile perk of investing energy in gardening is the freebies which sometimes reward you the next season. This can happen without much effort on your part thanks to seeds of certain flowers dispersing and finding their way into the soil. But did you know you can also make a conscious effort to save […]

Summer Savvy Succulents & A Jam Recipe, Too.

Summer Savvy Succulents & A Jam Recipe, Too.

With the first day of summer starting this week, it’s the season of succulents. Nan Reinert’s background in operating Chubby Pickle Farm in Robeson Township, Berks County, means she is plenty versed in succulents. Through the farm, which is her backyard, she raises 85% of the food she eats, growing everything within a small space, […]

Making a Moon Garden

Making a Moon Garden

When the night sky shines bright light down into your backyard, it’s a wordless hint that a moon garden just might be a good fit for the space. Holly Cusumano of Phoenixville is the chairman of the Philadelphia Unit of the Herb Society of America and has designed moon gardens at both her old home in Coventryville and where […]

Cultivating Greens and Making An Easy Arugula Salad

Cultivating Greens and Making An Easy Arugula Salad

Despite chilly, rainy days in the recent weeks of early spring, May will soon be showing us the brighter and warmer days which are perfect for planting garden greens. When it comes to cultivating different kinds of leafy greens to join into your meals, Robyn Jasko of Kutztown has the perfect background to give great […]

Watering Smarts: Proper Plant Watering

Watering Smarts: Proper Plant Watering

While watering plants may seem basic enough as a task in spring, summer and autumn months, it’s often the case that people mean well but don’t know they’re watering incorrectly. As the farm femme behind B & H Organic Produce in Caernarvon Township, Erica Lavdanski does her best to educate her customers and anyone she […]

Edible Landscapes: Planting for the Palate

Edible Landscapes: Planting for the Palate

Adding plants with beautiful colors, textures and shapes to flowerbeds and garden space always makes sense, but joining permanent edible landscape plants to your yard is another bright idea that can benefit your family at the kitchen table. Anne-Marie McMahon, founder and owner of Sugarbush Nursery in Robeson Township, Berks County, gladly advocates installing edible landscape […]

Another Kind of Art – Winter Flower Arrangements

Another Kind of Art – Winter Flower Arrangements

A few weeks ago while outside with my dog as he enjoyed a piddle break, I found myself standing close to my garden, suddenly compelled to cut off pieces of my Trumpet Vine plant’s branches. It was the dried, broken open seedpods on them which had my brain stirring. I quickly understood that an art […]

Talking in the Language of Flowers

Talking in the Language of Flowers

Speaking is often something done without words, though we sometimes don’t realize it. The same can be said for the Victorian language of flowers, which lets us communicate to those in our lives through something as simple as flowers we hand to someone we care about. Symbolic meanings of flowers are said to date back […]

Gabbing in Garden-Speak

Gabbing in Garden-Speak

Nan Reinert of Chubby Pickle Farm in Robeson Township, Berks County, is always happy to help others learn about smarter and more efficient ways to garden, knowing quite well just how stressful this therapeutic effort can become if you take on too much. “I am passionate about growing and getting people to grow,” she says […]

Farm Film of Media Premieres January 16 and 17—Watermelon Magic

Farm Film of Media Premieres January 16 and 17—Watermelon Magic

With much respect given to what farms are to us, director and producer Richard Power Hoffmann is proud to bring the premiere of his film Watermelon Magic to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. this week. The Hoffmann Family resides in Media, Delaware County and is known to frequent Wolff’s Apple House for […]

Deck Those Halls: The Charm of Great Local Décor

Deck Those Halls: The Charm of Great Local Décor

Greenery known so well in December is ready to become cozily arranged local decor in your home. Wolff’s Apple House can help with that, especially if you’re looking for Christmas trees with the best quality and Pennsylvania-growing in the history of their trunks and needles. Christmas trees at Wolff’s are sourced from Hill Farms in […]

Soups and Prepared Foods: Go-To Grabs that Go Great around the Holidays

Soups and Prepared Foods: Go-To Grabs that Go Great around the Holidays

Soups and other prepared foods are something you can easily pick up at Wolff’s Apple House to suit colder-season temperatures as they make their way into chillier months. And these are also great around holidays, thankfully. Wolff’s own chef, Chuck Smith, reflects thoughtfully on the value of soups before and into winter. “Soups in general […]

In the Time of Turkeys This November

In the Time of Turkeys This November

In the month of all things turkey, Wolff’s Apple House carries fresh farm-raised turkeys from Esbenshade Turkey Farm in Paradise, Lancaster County. The Esbenshade Family has been raising turkeys since 1858 and with that fact in mind is the oldest turkey farm in the country. Wolff’s own chef, Chuck Smith, says he feels great knowing […]

Repurposing Pumpkins and Delighting in Slices of Pumpkin Roll

Repurposing Pumpkins and Delighting in Slices of Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkins are wonderfully alluring in autumn, but repurposing makes them interesting on a whole other level aside from how we often look at them as Jack-O-Lantern-bound or warmly baked into pie, bread or pumpkin roll (but we’ll let the anticipation of palate-worthy bites of pumpkin roll simmer for a little while.) For those who have […]