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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: The Jersey Jerry Broomsquire

One of the best parts of Chadds Ford Days is all the unique crafters that attend, each bringing an artistic and distinctive element to the festival.  Below you will find an interview with one of our longstanding crafters, Sam Moyer, who brings skill, art, and history together in broom making.  

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up, etc.?
I grew up on a farm near Hershey, PA.  I attended Hershey High School in the Agriculture Program, then Hershey Jr. College.  I received my BS in agriculture from Penn State, my MS in poultry genetics from the University of New Hampshire, and then my Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Minnesota.  I taught genetics at Northeastern University in Boston, and I retired from teaching biology and genetics at Burlington County College, Pemberton NJ.

How many years have you attended Chadds Ford Days?
I have attended Chadds Ford Days for 25+ years, and I have been making brooms for 35 years.

What is your craft and how did you get started in it?
My craft is broom making. I was interested in the genetics of the plant, which is a type of sorghum, and so I developed a multicolored, machine harvestable broomcorn, again a type of sorghum from 1983 to 2006.

Do you use any local goods in your craft?
I plant 1.5 acres broomcorn on a preserved farm, in Burlington County, NJ, and use this to make my craft.  I also make the broom handles from scrap/reclaimed wood.

What is it you want people to remember about your craft/how do you seek to inspire people?
I am proud to craft art that you can use and I hope to make sweeping a pleasure.

How do you seek to impact the community with your business? 
I seek to reduce plastic use and also to reduce the use of foreign imports.

What in particular can we look forward to seeing at your booth this Chadds Ford Days? 
woven topsdemo with winder.  wrought iron

Photos courtesy of Dr. Sam Moyer, Ph. D.

Check out the links below to learn more:

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Mompops

We are pleased to have Mompops joining us for Chadds Ford Days this September 12th-13th. This business started as a mother-son operation, and it is a delicious and healthy way to beat the humid heat of the summer. Their fruit pops are 100% Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, GMO Free, Low Calorie, with No Additives, No Preservatives, No Concentrates, and they are all made in Small Batches. Every single pop is handmade with care, making these yummy treats truly something to be savored. And they’re all less than 100 calories! Mompops are dedicated to providing healthier snack alternatives to the youth, and they are one of the few who make this alternative so enormously tasty. Make sure to learn more about them at the links below, and, of course, check them out at Chadds Ford Days this fall! and

Mom Pops

That wraps up the food lineup for Chadds Ford Days 2015. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of Chadds Ford Days!

Photo courtesy of Mompops

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream

Nothing quite says summer like the smooth, creamy taste of ice cream. Maggie Moo’s will be bringing its own unique spin to your favorite ice cream treats this year at Chadds Ford Days on September 12th-13th.  As inventors of the ice cream cupcake, ice cream pizza and several specialty ice cream flavors, Maggie Moo’s has been a community staple since 1989. It has been featured on the Food Network for these creations and has been consistently honored with The National Ice Cream Retailers Association’s Blue Ribbon Award. Don’t miss out on this classic summer dessert at Chadds Ford Days 2015!

Check out more ice cream possibilities and meet Maggie herself at the links below: and

Photo courtesy of Maggie Moo’s

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: The Meat House

Continuing our featured food vendors for this year’s  Chadds Ford Days on September 12th and 13th, we are presenting to you: The Meat House.

The Meat House was founded in 2003 in New Hampshire as a venture seeking to reclaim the art of the neighborhood butcher. Today, they have expanded to become so much more, serving meat, produce and a wide variety of grocery items. They offer everything from savory choice cuts of meat to delicious ready-made meals and deli sandwiches.  With barbequing as the traditional summer ritual, what better place to find all of your food grilling needs than your local Meat House. Click the links below to learn more about them and visit The Meat House stand at Chadds Ford Days this September! and

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: The Mushroom Café

The Mushroom Café is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee, have breakfast and lunch, and savor mushroom specialties. We are so thrilled that they are bringing their delicious food to Chadds Ford Days this September 12th and 13th.  As one of the many local restaurants featured at this year’s festival, the Mushroom Café brings its expertise of providing mushrooms of all varieties and unique flavors to the community. What better way to sample dishes from these traditional Pennsylvanian mushroom connoisseurs than at Chadds Ford Days? We hope to see you there!

Learn more about The Mushroom Café by clicking on the links below: and

Photo courtesy of Brandywine River Antiques Market

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Brandywine Prime

Continuing our countdown to this year’s Chadds Ford Days on September 12th-13th, we are highlighting our neighbor down the road on Old Route 100, the amazing Brandywine Prime.

Brandywine Prime features contemporary American cuisine with sophisticated and savory meals presented in its steakhouse and tavern. The restaurant is located in the 300-year-old Chadds Ford Inn, which holds a lot of significance in the development of the Chadds Ford community. The site served as both the original house of the first proprietor, Francis Chadsey, and later, as the tavern owned and operated by his son, John Chads (the namesake of Chadds Ford).

This direct connection between Brandywine Prime and The Chadds Ford Historical Society makes it the perfect addition to celebrating our 50th Chadds Ford Days this fall. Blending its delicious cuisine in steaks, seafood and sandwiches with its historic atmosphere, Brandywine Prime is the perfect place to experience a taste of the local heritage.

Check out the video below for a review of Brandywine Prime by Victoria Wyeth and then click the links below for more information: and

Photo courtesy of Brandywine Prime

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Brandywine Catering

Meet one of the restaurants who will be joining us this fall for Chadds Ford Days:

Brandywine Catering

This wonderful company is right around the corner from the Chadds Ford Historical Society, and we are pleased that they will be joining us for Chadds Ford Days this September 12th – 13th. They offer a wide range of food selections, all of which are executed with skill and with flavor. They are dedicated to bringing wonderful food, caring professional service, and a passion for detail with them wherever they go. Check them out at the link below:

Photo Courtesy of Brandywine Catering

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: The Historical Society’s Funnel Cakes

This week, we will be featuring the local restaurants making an appearance at this year’s Chadds Ford Days on September 12th – 13th. What better way to kick off the food highlights than with the Historical Society’s own funnel cakes!

Does anything immediately fill your mind with fond memories of summer more than funnel cakes?  Funnel cakes are not just a fun treat; it’s a tradition at the Historical Society! To prove it, here is a throwback picture of our wonderful volunteers selling funnel cakes at Chadds Ford Days 1985.

funnel cake 1982They are one of the many delicious items to look forward to on the menu for Chadds Ford Days.  We will be joined by six amazing local restaurants, who will each bring their own unique food styles to the table.

Don’t forget to snag a funnel cake or two!