Fair Food Farmstand
12th and Arch streets, inside Reading Terminal Market
Market stars: This homegrown stand (less a farmers’ market than a grocer, really) has a large selection, but among the constant favorites are Griggstown Quail Farm’s potpies; the turkey version has more flavor, but the chicken iteration has more—mmm—sauce. What the regulars know: Go ahead and bring your Visa. It’s the only market on this list where you can put everything you buy on your card. Year-round, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Fairfoodphilly.org.
Chestnut Hill Growers Market
Winston Road and Germantown Avenue
Market stars: Lititz’s Fahnestock Family Farm’s big, beautiful, pesticide-free tomatoes—and, come midsummer, peaches and apples. Snack on: Market Day, a favorite at other markets, will be joining Chestnut Hill Growers Market every other week this year, bringing its canelés—adorable little French pastries with a light, flaky outside and a velvety-rich center. You’ll want to buy some extras to take home, too. April 30th to November 19th, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Farmtocity.org.
22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Market stars: Nottingham’s Country Side Bakery’s traditional apple dumplings. They’re made the old-fashioned way—with lard—for a flakier crust. Farmer to meet: Bill Weller of Orchard Hill Farm, who specializes in unusual fruits. (Ever tried a Bavarian Saturn peach?) By midsummer, he’ll have the biggest, sweetest doughnut peaches you’ve ever eaten. May 5th through November 17th, 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Headhousemarket.org.
Germantown Avenue and Walnut Lane
Market stars: Wyck House fruits and veggies, and anything from the awesome selection of herbs and greens. Pick up some eggs, too, fresh from the chickens right on the property. What the regulars know: The market is in front of the historic 18th-century Wyck House, which is open to the public. Get a tour of the house and the garden where your food is grown, and say hi to the chickens that laid those eggs. May to November 20th, 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Headhousemarket.org.
Under the Gay Street Bridge, accessible via Taylor Alley
Market star: Meat from Bucks County’s Backyard Bison. Lean, healthy steroid-and- hormone-free meat, complete with recipes from the farmers. Snack on: Cupcakes from Iced by Betty, who bakes ’em in flavors ranging from zucchini to butter vanilla with red raspberry filling to lime infused with key lime curd. May 7th through November 19th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays; in winter, 10 to 11:30 a.m. two Saturdays per month. Phoenixvillefarmersmarket.org.
Hamilton and West State streets
Market star: Fresh produce from Kintnersville’s Trauger’s Farm Market. The 38-year veteran of this back-to-basics farmers’ market is a longtime favorite with an enormous, pesticide-free range of fruits and veggies and three generations of farmers selling them. What the regulars know: In the springtime, take the little ones by to pet Gull Cottage’s adorable baby guinea hens and chicks. April 16th to November 19th, 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Doylestownfarmersmarket.com.