The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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“It’s the moist wonderful tiiime of the yeeeear,” croons Headhouse farmers market manager Lisa Kelly. “Cooler nights and it’s not a million degrees anymore.” Even better, for Kelly, is the fact that for the next several weeks we’ll be able to enjoy the magical moment where we have all the flavors of summer, the tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and the dazzling array of fruit, in addition to the now arriving fall crops as well. The newcomers to markets already abundant are…

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Going Down The Shore At The Franklin Bar

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Back to school is around the corner for most Philadelphia families, but the parents at least can still enjoy a little summer in a glass–four actually, at the Franklin Bar.

Down the Shore is head bartender Sara Justice’s latest edition of the bar’s cocktail tasting menu. Like her winter tasting Dutch Country Memories, this menu plays on seasonal flavors. One change to this menu is that Justice has edited it down to three drinks as well as an amuse bouche, which helps to keep each distinctive and it keeps the price point at a reasonable $35.

All the drinks, right this way

The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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It’s hot out. Baking in the sunshine, chasing the shady side of the street, slugging a frosty beverage, looking the same when you got out of the shower as when you went in hot. And you know what? That’s okay, because it’s August and it’s supposed to be hot around here. In the spirit of this time of year, this week we’re taking a closer look at the heat that you’ll find at area farmer’s markets: chili peppers. It’s easy to just go for the jalapeños or the poblanos out of habit, and that’s fine if you want to do your shopping at an ordinary grocery store, but area growers have for you a huge array of spice that you’re never gonna find at the Acme. Here are a few you’ll find at area markets.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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Let’s just admit it: nobody has any idea what’s going on with the Pope’s visit, especially where food is concerned. Are restaurants going to be able to get deliveries? No clue! Will farmer’s markets be able to happen as usual? Who knows! While those with influence on these things work on figuring them out, I’ll be over here gorging on an abundance of fruit and maybe even putting up some preserves. You know, just in case.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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August is here and with it the tomatoes have arrived in full force. Now’s the time to stock up on mayonnaise, mozzarella, or that nice extra virgin olive oil–whatever your preferred accompaniment to the glut is. Summer is in full effect across the board besides the tomatoes, too, with peppers of all hues and levels of spice, eggplant in every possible purple, and plenty of fruit. It’s bittersweet to say it, but the next several additions will start to represent more autumnal flavors beginning to arrive. For now? This is summer. Eat it up.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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Summer is showing no signs of slowing, especially this week. August 2nd through 8th is National Farmer’s Market Week, so there is all kinds of goodness going on in the week ahead. This Sunday, a little burrito stand called Chipotle will be on hand at Headhouse Farmer’s Market distributing $5 vouchers to be used at the vendor of your choice (and also buy-one-get-one burrito cards), and they’ll be doing the same at Clark Park on Thursday, August 6th. Common Ground Marketplace this Sunday will feature live DJs, bike demos, and other workshops. And, as always, Philly’s local produce will be on fleek.

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News From The New Center City Meltkraft

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What was that joke? The one about being able to cook an egg on the sidewalk? Or make a grilled cheese on the hood of the car? Though it’s crazy hot out there this week, before you know it the heat will fade into cooler weather and you’ll be ready to eat something besides watermelon juice and cold sesame noodles.

The good news is that that time is going to coincide with the opening of the newest Meltkraft. When the original location of the single-farm grilled cheese shop opened in Reading Terminal back in 2013 people fell hard for grilled cheese sammies stuffed with brisket, caramelized onions, and potato chips. The next two locations of the shop have been in New York, but for location four they’re coming home to roost.

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Where the Booze Comes From: A Guide to Philly’s New Distilling Boom

Local distilling is taking off.

Local distilling is taking off.

Philadelphia has history in spades, it’s true. And while these streets may be haunted by the ghosts of years past, the present is full of a different kind of spirit.

Craft distilling has come home to Pennsylvania, pre-Prohibition seat to scads of small scale booze producers, and though the temperance movement put a damper on things for a good while, Repeal Day—and new legislation passed in 2011—has finally opened up regulations to get the stills firing afresh. Below you’ll find our favorite distillery pioneers in the Philadelphia area. Read more »

The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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Summertime, and the living is easy. Fish are jumping, and you can find them from Shore Catch. The sweet corn stands high at AT Buzby farm and they’re packing it downtown. It’s the last weekend in July, and one of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing and get to the farmer’s market. You don’t have to be rich or good looking to fill your hands with beauties like these. I’m sure Louis and Ella would agree.

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