Ramps and fiddleheads are winding down, but the next batch of exciting fruits and vegetables is waiting in the wings ready to make a grand entrance. While early spring tends to be a sea of greens and whites, this week we’re starting to see red…
Since opening the doors at Helm a little over a month ago, Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths have been hitting their stride, putting up their own brand of focused plates, and making new friends. Now that the weather has warmed and they’re starting to see more locally-grown and foraged produce they’re throwing a little party tonight to celebrate.
Spring is progressing, even warmer weather is coming, and though this weekend will likely be your last chance for ramps, asparagus is still going strong and there’s plenty more to be found at local farmer’s markets. Plus, it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, and farmer’s market strolling is an excellent post-brunch activity to aid in digestion…
This is a big, big weekend for local food in Philly (so much so that we wrote up a field guide on farmers market events for you over here), but the biggest news of all is the return of the spring season’s favorite vegetable…
Heading into another gorgeous spring weekend, this is the time of year where it doesn’t make sense to stay inside for any longer than absolutely necessary. Fortunately, this weekend is absolutely bursting with opportunities to get outside and get in touch with area farms without even leaving the city.
Just like the ornamental plums and cherry trees blooming all over town, fruit trees are blooming in the orchards, hopefully preparing for a summer full of juicy peaches, plums, and apricots. Meanwhile, down on the ground, the first spears of asparagus are emerging and you might see the tiniest of supplies at your favorite market if you shop early. The reign of ramps continues at local farmer’s markets, but this week they’re joined by several other wild edibles besides.
Hope you’re getting RAMP-ed up, because spring produce is hitting the farmer’s markets hard this weekend! It’s still too early for the asparagus and the rhubarb, but the trees are blooming and there are for-sure signs of life on the forest floor and in the fields.
The only downside to going out for cocktails at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. is choosing which cocktail to have since, you know, opting for one of each would be a bad investment. Fortunately, head bartender Sara Justice is making that selection simpler with the addition to the menu of Dutch Country Memories, a cocktail tasting menu which we recently sampled.
Check out the descriptions (and the photos) below.
This is a big weekend for local food in Philly! Fair Food’s annual Philly Farm & Food Fest is happening at the Convention Center, so plenty of area growers and producers of local goodies will be herded together under one roof. Expect demos, classes, and the chance to meet, face to face, your favorite growers and makers. Since you’ll likely be able to try samples of all manner of locally produced meats, cheeses, ice creams and other goodies at the Farm & Food fest, make sure to pick up something salad-worthy the day before.
It’s really happening, people. Rainy days, daffodils, and recipes aplenty to grace your table this holiday weekend. Whether or not you’re celebrating Easter, dyeing eggs is especially fun, and the farmer’s market is full of vegetables that you can use to make your own, all-natural egg dyes.