Michael Anastasio Produce, Inc.
Italian Market ｜911 Christian Street
When to Go: Year-round, Monday through Saturday.
Why to Go: Though Anastasio is primarily a wholesaler (it supplies many restaurants in the area), on weekends, staffers set up right in front of the Christian Street warehouse and offer the same fresh herbs, salad greens and Italian specialties to the general public that they sell to their restaurant clients.
Don’t Miss: Kennett Square is known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World” (because the world needs a mushroom capital?), but the variety of mushrooms on offer here could make it Philly’s go-to spot for edible fungi.
Farmer’s Daughter Farm Market
Spring City ｜3190 Schuylkill Road
When to Go: Year-round, seven days a week.
Why to Go: This market, not far from Phoenixville, started almost 30 years ago in the back of a pickup truck, selling the pickings from just a half-acre of sweet corn. Today that famous crop is grown on 40-plus acres and sold in a proper market.
Don’t Miss: The sweet corn obviously remains a big draw during the summer, and the homegrown, seasonal vegetables, beans and fruits are always worth the trip. But Farmer’s Daughter is also one of those farms that offer family events throughout the year, so if you’re looking for somewhere to pick pumpkins with the kids, this is the place.
Doylestown Farmers’ Market
Doylestown ｜25 S Hamilton Street
When to Go: Saturday mornings, April through November.
Why to Go: Perfect for your locavore sensibilities, since most of the vendors at the market come from within 15 miles. For those after more than just beets and kale, vendors offer prepared foods, baked goods, fresh flowers and meats.
Don’t Miss: Out of the 20-some vendors at Doylestown Farmers’ Market, not one but two stands specialize in pickles: Don of Don’s Gourmet Pickles has been making his classic (not Vlasic) bread-and-butters for more than 50 years, and Philly Bill’s Dills offers preservative-free dills. Pick your pickle first, then build a sandwich around it from the local breads, cheeses and produce.
Kennett Square Farmers’ Market
Kennett Square ｜101 East State Street
When to Go: First and third Fridays, December through April; every Friday, May through November.
Why to Go: For more than 10 years, cooks have been cashing in here on the bounty of this region: heirloom tomatoes, mountains of berries, cheeses, prepared foods, fresh veggies and meats from local farms.
Don’t Miss: The Rambling Roots Farm and London Vale Farm stands are some of the greenest out there: fresh herbs, collard greens, arugula, radishes and kale are all yours for the grabbing.
Upper Merion Farmers’ Market
King of Prussia｜175 West Valley Forge Road
When to Go: Every Saturday, May through November; every other Saturday starting November 23rd.
Why to Go: This is a producer- only market, meaning vendors must come from within a 100-mile radius and are only allowed to sell the breads, meats, fruit butters, ciders, sauces, and fresh fruits and vegetables they produce themselves.
Don’t Miss: The fresh guacamole and salsa prepared on-site by Anita’s.
Phoenixville Farmers’ Market
Phoenixville｜200 Mill Street
When to Go: Every Saturday, May through November; every other Saturday, December through April.
Why to Go: This market, which sets up every week under the Gay Street Bridge, is another that accepts only local growers and producers. You can pick up everything from John & Kira’s Chocolates and locally raised bison steaks to Asian pears, salad greens and all-natural vegetables.
Don’t Miss: If you get stressed out by all the local farmer and artisan stands, stop by Steve Waldman’s “Back to Health” massage stand, or Ocean Earth Wind Fire for an early-morning, family-friendly yoga class.
Sook Hee’s Produce
Center City｜1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
When to Go: Year-round, Monday through Saturday.
Why to Go: In the hustle and bustle of shops at the Comcast Center, Sook Hee is the ultimate urban grab-and-go produce stand, with fresh fruits and veggies to take home and to-go salads for lunch.
Don’t Miss: Stop by the popular juice bar anytime for juices and smoothies made with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fair Food Farmstand
Reading Terminal Market｜51 N 12th Street
When to Go: Year-round.
Why to Go: This repeat Best of Philly winner packs a whole farmers’ market’s worth of local produce, meats, cheeses and baked goods into one small stand. We named FFF “Best Way to Take Advantage of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local’ Craze” back in 2005, and haven’t changed our minds since.
Don’t Miss: The best in local produce, all in one place. Think of it as an expert curator, taking all the guesswork out of your produce shopping.
West Chester Growers Market
West Chester｜200 N Church Street
When to Go: Every Saturday, May through December; first and third Saturdays, January through April.
Why to Go: Since opening in 1995, this has been a vital link between the region’s many farm families and the community that supports them. Almost 20 years on, four of the founding farmers who helped start the market are still here, alongside the 20-odd other vendors.
Don’t Miss: If you need Asian vegetables, Queens Farm’s got plenty of them. Started in 2003 to remedy the dearth of Asian vegetables in the region, Queens Farm has seen demand grow for the huge variety of produce it offers, from the well-known (bok choy, soy beans) to winter melon, kabocha, malabar spinach, and other things you’ve never heard of.