Hey, Hay! Township, Farmer Agree Again on Mowing
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Local farmer Ryan Lehman (at top), who for years has offered Lower Pottsgrove the chance to keep its field at the northwest corner of North Pleasant View and Bliem roads mowed during the year, has won the opportunity again. The township Board of Commissioners, during its May 3 (2021; Monday) meeting, authorized him to repeat the work.
Both commissioners and Lehman like the repetitive deal. It relieves the township Public Works Department of the burden to keep the field – which someday may be home to what would be called Pleasant View Park – trimmed and free of overgrown hay.
Lehman uses his farm tractor and implements for the job, and does not charge the township a dime. Under the agreement, he keeps the several large bales of harvested hay (below) and sells it to mushroom growers in Chester County and elsewhere.
The area Lehman may mow in future years, if and when he wins the contract once more, is expected to shrink slightly on its south end closest to the Spring Valley Farms housing community. The state has obtained a right-of-way for a sliver of the hay field along the north side of Bliem Road. The additional acreage will allow it to straighten Bliem, and eventually connect it directly to the intersection of Pleasant View and Pruss Hill roads.
Archive photos from The Post