Independence Day has arrived and with it, plenty of goodies to barbecue and fruits to transform into pies, cobblers, and even that flag cake that somebody at the block party inevitably makes. All your favorite farmer’s markets are happening on schedule this weekend, ready to fuel the party. For the moment, cherries are still going strong, so even if there aren’t local watermelons yet you can still have a holiday with a spitting contest of some Kind. Best of all, whether you spend your weekend down the shore or in the city, this is the time of year when you scarcely need to cook. Just cut up the vegetables, make a dip, grill a few things, and above all, enjoy your holiday.
Following a year of pop-up bagel days at Pizzeria Beddia (recently named as possessing the best pizza in the United States, which has nothing at all to do with bagels, but we’re gonna keep reminding you anyway), Fishtown’s favorite bagel boys from Philly Style Bagels are in the home stretch of an Indiegogo campaign that will help outfit their new, permanent bake space.
Yes, you read that right. They’ve secured a location right on Palmer Park, but with just a few days left they’re still about $7k shy of the $20,000 they’ll need to buy their own oven, even larger than the one they’ve been using at Beddia, and keep the bagels rolling out hot, fresh, and at reasonable prices.
It’s as if the Supreme Court timed things on purpose, because it’s not just the sidewalks of the Gayborhood and your Facebook feed that are going to be filled with rainbows this weekend. Celebrate marriage equality at your local farmer’s market this weekend with the honest-to-goodness rainbow of color (see what I did there?) you’ll find in the brand new market additions for the week.
Remember when we wrote about those beer floats being done as a kind of sideways collaboration between Joe’s Steaks and Bottle Bar East? Those were awesome, right? But unfortunately, not every day is a beer float kind of day. Meaning that sometimes it’s Sunday morning and beer, no matter how delicious, just doesn’t seem like the right thing to be adding to your ice cream.
Well, that’s where Weckerly’s Ice Cream and Rival Brothers Coffee comes in.
Andrew Michaels’ Pennsport cafe Fourth & Cross is only a few weeks into its opening. Business is brisk and, in what is usually a relatively slow time of year for restaurants, it’s easy to see why. The bright, airy space is located less than a block from Dickinson Square Park in a neighborhood that doesn’t boast much in the way of dining, save for the vegan treats on offer at Grindcore House or the laundromat that also makes bubble tea.
We’ve got details (and photos) below.
Sadly, strawberries are done for the year. But the good news is that we’ve got plenty of other super exciting new arrivals to the farmer’s market, and new farmer’s markets to boot! The Food Trust is rolling out the opening of new markets nearly every weekend these days, and the fine folks at Fork and High Street launched a new Saturday market just last weekend in partnership with Farm to City! No matter which market you wind up visiting, here’s what should be on your shopping list.
Philly. Is. So. Hot. Right. Now. Take one ride on SEPTA, have one conversation with a stranger anywhere, chat with one neighbor and I guarantee that this will be the topic of conversation. But for as much as we city dwellers can complain, the fact is that the people growing food are out in the sunshine suffering through the heat far more than our spoiled, over air-conditioned selves can even imagine. The good news is that our local farmers have some serious goods to show for their toil.
Despite a little rain this week the weekend is shaping up beautifully and there are plenty of beautiful things to look for at the farmer’s market.
It’s definitely starting to feel like summer out there–and starting to look like it at the farmer’s markets, too. Berries are still going strong, greens and spring garlic are holding steady, peonies are blooming, and there’s an abundance of vegetables all around.
It’s Memorial Day weekend and the big news is strawberries! Now’s your chance to make that American flag cake that people seem to make every Fourth of July, using berries picked in California. True, it’s too early for local blueberries for the stars portion of the stars-and-stripes, but imperfect flag cake is still cake, am I right? Plus, if you’re entertaining this weekend, there are plenty of other reasons to pay a visit to the farmer’s market. There are still bunches of asparagus around for grilling, along with hot house tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants, and lots of the following…