• I love a good kitchen hack, especially when they help me make good use of produce that might otherwise have found its way into the compost bin. Consult this—a guide to using veggies in out-of-the-box ways—when you get back from the farmers’ market this weekend. [Women's Health]
We know “The Dirt” has created a faithful readership since debuting over the summer. Author Emily Teel’s tips for what to look for each weekend have been invaluable. There is also great photography with each post. If you’re a Pinterest user, you’ll want to make sure you follow our Philadelphia Farmers’ Markets board. It’s visually appealing and educational too.
With less than a week until Thanksgiving, I’m putting my grinchiness aside and fully embracing the decorative-gourd-adorned, pumpkin-pie-spiced, charred-marshmallow-topped, beautiful gluttony of the holiday. It is truly tempting, since we live in the Northeast, for me to tell you that Thanksgiving is the OG of local, seasonal cooking, but since my goal is not to be entirely obvious with this column, I won’t tell you to eat sweet potatoes, cranberries, pie pumpkins, or brussels sprouts this week–even though that’s where a lot of farms’ energies are going. Instead, as you shop for your holiday meal keep your eyes open for cool, crunchy, healthy things you’re going to want to eat the day after you stuff yourself as big as a Thanksgiving turkey. Also, keep in mind that this week is the last one of the season for many outdoor farmers markets so even if you’re not cooking or hosting, this might be your last chance to stock up on local goodies unless you sign up for a winter CSA or visit the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market.
Note: Headhouse’s Sunday market runs through 12/22 with a special pre-Thanksgiving market this Wednesday. Clark Park runs every Saturday, all year round.
Look, we know that while you were checking your kids’ Halloween candy “for safety” you were really just siphoning off mini Kit-Kat bars and Junior Mints for yourself. Shame on you. Go eat some vegetables.
Yes, it’s October…aaand it’s still summer. Just when it starts feeling autumnal and we haul out our sweaters there’s another 80-something degree day and we’re left sweaty again. The bright side is that never-ending summer means never-ending summer produce.
Supposedly on the way out…
- Summer Favorites: Peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, green beans, peaches, and even sweet corn are still lingering. Do yourself a favor and freeze some local corn, or put up some salsa. Pick up the Food in Jars cookbook, by Philly’s own canning maven, Marissa McLellan, for inspiration and head to Fante’s for jars.
- Figs and Grapes: Their brief seasons are winding down, so now’s the time if you haven’t taken the time to search out these intensely flavored, local treats.
This, friends, is the best kind of weather that Philadelphia has to offer. Take advantage of these glorious fall days and all the delicious things that accompany them by picking up a few seasonal treats at your local farmer’s market this weekend. If your market happens to be the Rittenhouse one, do remember that they have abbreviated hours this week because of the Rittenhouse Art Show. For more information check here or @FarmToCity
On the way out…
- Melons: Cantaloupe and watermelons are beginning to dwindle along with our desire to eat them now that Fall is here. Get your fill before they disappear.
- Peppers, Eggplant, Summer Squash: It’s ratatouille time and caponata time and time for you to be an absolute glutton while these summer favorites, alongside a few still lingering tomatoes, are still available.
- Pears: Look for both European varieties and Asian ones as well, but make sure you treat them differently: Asian pears should be eaten crispy and European ones like Bosc and Anjou should be allowed to ripen. Ask your vendor if you’re not sure which is which.
- Apples: We’ve got plenty of time with apples, so there’s not really any reason to rush to them while melons, peaches and plums are still around, but there is really nothing better than the crunch of one right off the tree or a glass of ice cold cider on a still-warm day.
- Pawpaws: Keep your eyes out for these yellow fruits. They don’t look like something that would grow locally here, but they DO (honest). They have an amazing tropical flavor and a custardy texture like a banana crossed with a mango. Not to be missed.
Food truck culture has truly taken off in Philadelphia. Night Markets are supported by than 60 food trucks and on any given day, there are as many on the streets of the city and not just in University City. Nowadays, food trucks find their way to Love Park and City Hall as well as down to the Navy Yard. Open air markets like PHAIR and Brooklyn Flea Philly also make use of mobile food vendors.
Below is our listing of where to find food trucks, from daily lunches to farmers’ market snacks. Among the spots you might not know about:
- Food trucks become a daily occurrence at the Navy Yard starting on July 1st.
- Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway gets food trucks as of Wednesday, July 17th.
The Food Trust’s and the city’s largest outdoor market returns this Sunday, May 5th to Headhouse Square. The farmers’ market which brings local farmers and producers to 2nd and Lombard Streets, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Activist and founder of White Dog Cafe, Judy Wicks will be there signing her new book, Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer.
Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market [Official Site]