Our 15 Favorite Farmers’ Markets

So long, plastic and pesticides and gleaming, icy produce aisles: Philly’s farmers’ markets are changing everything

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.

Fairmount
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
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.

Phoenixville
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.

Doylestown
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.

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  • Stephanie

    Another great place that I found some of the most unique items and fresh foods is at the Lancaster County Farmers Market in Wayne. It’s a little far but ABSOLUTELY worth it!!! Awesome baked goods at the Ultimate Bake shoppe, grogeous flowers @ market fresh, and meat that is out of this world. I wont go to a regular grocery store now!!!

  • Jennifer

    You missed the Lansdowne Farmers Market (http://lansdownefarmersmarket.com/)! Our market has 15 fabulous vendors and a featured artist of the week. There is also live music every single week. You will find local, in-season vegetables, fruits, and herbs, including organics and heirlooms; pasture-raised meat and poultry; free-range eggs; hormone-free cow and goat milks, yogurts, and cheeses; freshly baked breads and pastries; cupcakes; salads, entrees, and desserts for eating at the Market or taking home; infused oils; coffee, tea, and sodas; honey, cider, and fruit butters; plants and flowers. Come and visit, you won’t be disappointed.

  • John

    The sentiment expressed in the sub-head of your article seems to say that local farmers use neither “plastic” or “pesticides” in the course of production. Can you verify that?