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Business of the Week: Faust Family Produce

Fall harvest is in full swing at Faust Family Produce in Lower Nazareth Township.

Fall will officially be here in a mere four days, bringing with it a chill in the air and a change in the scenery. But that’s not all -- in Lower Nazareth Township will be providing a variety of the season's greatest delicacies.

“We’re getting into apples, pears and winter squashes, like butternut and acorn,” said Matt Reiss, the owner of Faust Family Produce, adding that he primarily grows vegetables on his 45-acre farm -- peaches, apples, pears and plums come from a local orchard.

According to Reiss, the Faust farm is currently growing several autumn crops, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and multi-colored Indian corn. Winter potatoes will soon be available as well.

The best fall sellers at Faust Family Produce are pumpkins -- which are just beginning to glow that orange luster -- and flowers, like mums and asters.

In 2000, Faust Family Produce opened in its current building at the side of Route 191. The idea for the store came a year earlier, according to Reiss, when the farm began selling produce from a wagon that boasted the original owner’s name.

“We decided to keep the Faust name," said Reiss, an in-law of the original owner, Ed Faust. "They’ve been farmers here forever."

In addition to produce, the store sells cookies, pies and Moravian sugar cake from and in Nazareth. Rosenberger’s Iced Tea and cider from in Hellertown is also sold.

A unique item sold at Faust Family Produce is homemade honey -- made by several beehives kept on the property.

“I [keep the beehives] for the pollination of everything, but we have a beekeeper collect the honey,” Reiss said.

As for summer crops you may still be craving, Faust Family Produce isn't completely out of stock. Watermelon, peaches and sweet corn -- a Faust-family specialty, according to Reiss -- are still available while supplies last.

“This year, [Hurricane Irene] took a toll on us,” Reiss said. “The summer crops ended earlier than usual.”

Faust Family Produce is at 523 Nazareth Pike in Lower Nazareth Township. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted.

The seasonal business closes at the end of October, after the final fall harvests.

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