Between berries. stone fruits lush handfuls of basil, brightly colored bouquets of zinnias, and ever more tomatoes cropping up, this is one of the most pleasant times of the year to check out a farmer’s market. You have my permission to overwhelm yourself with zucchini, to opt for a full dozen ears of sweet corn, and to throw in that extra pint of cherries, because if we know anything it’s that summer isn’t without end and for now, it’s high July and all those vegetables aren’t gonna eat themselves.
Break out the giant scissors again because The Food Trust is celebrating the opening of another new farmer’s market this weekend! This one, the product of a partnership with Congregation Rodeph Shalom, is at Broad and Mount Vernon on Sundays from 10 to 2. In addition to the usual fruits and vegetables, they’ve also got a bagel vendor and a dazzling array of smoked fish from Neopol’s Smokery! There may be no more perfect brunch than a bagel with smoked fish and a schmear–unless it also includes a few capers and cucumbers. Here are a few more suggestions for what to eat alongside…
Just steps away from Rittenhouse Square, PS&Co has opened and owner Andrea Kyan is working to create offerings to “win over even the most diehard cheesesteak and soft pretzel guy.” A righteous challenge to the indulgence of Parc, the caffeine of la Colombe, the gluten-temptation of Metropolitan, and the siren song of Shake Shack, everything at PS&Co is vegan, gluten free, kosher, and organic.
And whereas Hip City Veg swaps animal protein for plant-based chick’n and seitan steak, PS&Co’s approach relies more heavily on creating appealing texture, flavor, and color combinations using whole ingredients. Trade in your roast pork ramen for a forbidden rice ramen salad. Sub out spicy tuna maki for an avocado nori roll sauced with wasabi cream instead, get the idea?
Good. Because we’ve got the pictures. Check ‘em out (along with some early impressions) after the jump.
It’s really hot out, but lucky for me, I have the kind of job that I can largely do from within the sweet, sinful delight of air-conditioned splendor. You know who doesn’t have that kind of job? Who has the opposite of that kind of job? Farmers.
This weekend, while you party in the USA, celebrating your freedom to enjoy cold, alcoholic beverages, light things on fire, and eat meat scented with charcoal and patriotism, be grateful for those whose blood, sweat, and tears went into the production of your sweet, sweet cheeseburger and your corn on the cob. That’s right, I said git yerself to the farmer’s market.
You know what would make any 28-day dry aged New York strip steak even better? Hot dogs. At least that was the working theory last night, at the 26th Foobooz Open Stove Night at COOK. The battle went down between up-and-comers Geno Betz of Stateside, assisted by Blaise Sideris, and Alex Busch of Brauhaus Schmitz, assisted by Dan Britt.
So let’s see how it all shook out, shall we?
Halfway through April, Society Hill Society opened quietly in the space that formerly housed the The Artful Dodger at Second and Pine. Perhaps you didn’t notice the change because Society Hill Society, or SHS, appears as though it has never not been there.
Fresh on the heels of the news that one Philly food collaboration is changing gears, another one is just gearing up. In a little storefront at 806 South 6th Street, where East Passyunk hits Catharine, Peddler Coffee and Koliyan Cambodian Desserts have opened up shop. Though early rumors labeled the space a coffee shop, and though there is frequently cold brew and coffee beans available for sale (through online pre-order), the space is resolutely more collaborative than that.
Tomorrow is officially the Summer Solstice, which makes it the longest day in 2014 and the official start of summer. Without getting all woo-woo hippie mama on you, I think it seems fitting that this weekend will bring some real summer favorites to market tables…
Sometimes when we say “friends and family” we mean “a group of people to whom we are related and/or acquainted and with whom we will be expected to make polite conversation.” Other times we mean actual friends and family. You know who yours are. Actual friends/family have actually seen us at our actual worst. Our worst haircuts, our worst fashion decisions, and the worst culminations of our worst decision making.
I’m not sure which of the two High Street on Market is aiming for with their weekly Tuesday night “friends and family” dinner series, but I will say that the food at this 9:30pm evening meal is far better than that at most family functions, and the price just can’t be beat.
This is a good news / bad news, freaky kind of week for farmer’s markets.
Here’s the bad news: These soggy, humid days are going to wreak moldy, mush-town havoc on those strawberries you were just beginning to enjoy. The good news is that all the leafy things are loving them. Bonus? The murk is supposed to clear just in time for market days this weekend. Here are a few favorites to which you can look forward…