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

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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…

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

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As always, new items are appearing at farmer’s markets, but this week new markets themselves are cropping up, too. Check out The Food Trust’s newest market in front of the YMCA at 18th and Christian next Wednesday from 3 til 7.

This weekend you can expect to see a shift towards summer. Supplies of seedlings will begin to die down, so if you haven’t gotten a tomato plant or two into the ground the time is now! Expect supplies of spring favorites like asparagus and rhubarb to be dwindling this week, giving way to the following summer favorites…

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

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Consider this your public advisory announcement: we have now entered the point in the year where we can scarcely keep up with the new produce items popping up every week. You’re just going to have to go to market and see for yourself. But still, it’s not like we’re not looking out for you. So here are some of the highlights for the week ahead…

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New Friends & Family Tuesday Dinner Series At High Street On Market Featuring Marisa McLellan

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You don’t have to be in the restaurant industry to appreciate what chef Eli Kulp and his team are doing on “Friends & Family” Tuesdays over at High Street on Market. Kulp is transforming what is normally a quiet evening for restaurants through collaboration with local farms and bloggers in a series of dinners that are as informative as they are delicious.

The format started with a series of cheese dinners featuring local cheesemakers  curated by blogger Tenaya Darlington, alias Madame Fromage. Next up was fermentation blogger Amanda Feifer, from Phickle, and a series of dinners (one of which   is left, by the way, on June 17th) focusing on fermentation as a means of transforming and preserving foods in cuisines from Eastern Europe and Russia, East Asia and South Asia.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This (Holiday) Weekend

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Chuck Berry and Katy Perry weren’t wrong. California does plenty of things just fine. Citrus? Yep. Avocados? Sure. Olive oil? Yeah. That, too. But there are certain foods that just don’t travel the way that bottles and thick-skinned fruits do. This week, Philadelphians can celebrate the arrival of one particular fruit that California might hold the monopoly on–but the flavor of which, when grown locally, makes “the golden state” seem a little bit tarnished…

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

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This weekend, the city’s restaurants are sure to be jammed with folks celebrating graduations of all kinds, and with the poor schmucks who overlooked Mother’s Day last week and now must repent. Either way, it’s a great weekend to shop local and cook for yourself. Spring favorites ramps and fiddleheads are winding down a bit, but asparagus and rhubarb are still going strong. And every week there are new additions. Here are but a few…

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

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May is seriously the season where every week feels like a holiday at the farmer’s market. Like news of a celebrity pregnancy, a major awards show, a flash mob wedding proposal, and a funny cat video smashed together, every newly arriving plant or fruit seems brilliantly exciting in its novelty. This week is no exception. Look for the following awesome new additions to the agricultural line-up…

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

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May, glorious, May! Though there will be no Rittenhouse market this weekend (due to the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival), Headhouse Farmer’s market starts back up this weekend, for all you Bella Vista, South Philly, Pennsport, and Queen Village people out there. And you had better be excited about it. Philly’s favorite canning blogger Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars will be on hand sampling some recipes for spring preserves from her new book, Preserving by the Pint. Folks from the African American Museum will be conducting a flowerpot painting activity for the kiddos, and, as always, you can expect truly excellent spring produce, prepared foods, baked goodies, meat and seafood.

So let’s see what’s available, shall we?

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Goat Tuade At Wyebrook Farm

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Last November, butcher Bryan Mayer (scheduled to open Kensington Quarters very soon now) partnered with chef Andrew Wood from Russet and the team at Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook, PA on “la tuade” a day that began with one of Wyebrook’s heritage hogs on the hoof and ended with a multi-course meal featuring cuts from that hog.

The day of butchery demonstrations and discussions of sustainable farming was so well-attended that they’ve scheduled a second event on Sunday,  April 27th, with one of the male dairy goats from Doe Run farm. While this event isn’t for everyone, for folks who eat meat it is a rare chance to confront the realities of meat eating in a respectful and professional context.

And, of course, we have the menu…

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