24 Fruits and Vegetables You Should Be Eating This Summer

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You’ve heard that eating locally and seasonally is healthier and more sustainable, but you certainly can’t eat that way unless you know what’s available locally this season. To that end, we’re here to help! Let this be your encyclopedia to the fruits and vegetables you can find at your local farmers’ markets over the next few months, why they’re nutritious, and how to prepare them in a delicious and unusual way, organized in order of when they’re at their peak quality. Read more »

Learn How to Pick the Perfect Produce at Clark Park Farmers’ Market’s Free Tours

 

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If you’re a foodie in Philly, summertime is glorious. Why? More open-air farmers’ markets, where you can get the best selection of local, seasonal produce around. You know the farmers’ market is the ideal place to purchase the freshest fruits and veggies, but do you know how to pick out the best peaches from the bunch?

Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or already a kitchen wiz, we’re guessing you’d be grateful for the opportunity to hone your produce-picking skills to get the best bang for your buck and the best sauce out of that tomato — I would! And lucky for you and me, Philly-based nonprofit The Food Trust is offering up guided tours of their Clark Park Thursday Farmers’ Market throughout the summer.

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The Checkup: 24 Tricks to Survive Brutally Hot Nights Without Turning on the Air Conditioner

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• We have one air conditioner in my house and it’s from, like, 1986 and cuts out almost every 30 seconds. So really, we have zero working air conditioners in our house, which is why when I saw this, I was overjoyed (and if you are without an air conditioner, or just like to save on your electric bill, you will soon jump with joy, too): 24 tricks to survive hot summer nights without AC. [Greatist]

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Philadelphia Farmers’ Market Guide 2015: 81 Farmers’ Markets in the Region

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Warm weather is finally upon us, folks, and with it comes dozens of farmers’ markets scattered throughout the Philly area. And who doesn’t love hand-picked, farm-fresh produce and baked goods? So, to make sure you don’t miss out on all of the amazing eats, we’ve compiled a list of 81 farmers’ markets within the city, the suburbs, and New Jersey. Happy farm-fresh shopping!

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13 Reasons We’re So Stinkin’ Excited for Warm Weather in Philly

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Newsflash: We’ve only got nine more days of winter, people! Spring is a comin’ — on March 20th, to be exact — and I, for one, could not be more excited for the warm weather it’ll bring with it. Just about every single day of this dreadful season we call winter, I say to anyone who will listen, “If we lived somewhere warm, we could be doing [insert fun outdoor activity here] right now. Ughhh, winter!” And I’m sure I’m not alone.

But with spring headed our way, soon we’ll all be able to start checking things off the long list of activities we’ve been talking about wanting to do for months, from hiking in the Wissahickon to playing frisbee down the Shore to picnicking anywhere we can lay a blanket down.

Below, 13 reasons we here in Be Well Philly Land are so freakin’ excited for warm weather in Philly.  Read more »

Philadelphia Market Report

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Everything Fresh has opened at 1222 Walnut Street.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in food market news in-and-around Philadelphia. This past Saturday marked the last farmers’ market at Headhouse Square but there are several outdoor farmers’ markets that go all year long, most notably the Clark Park farmers’ market in West Philadelphia that happens every Saturday morning.

In some very surprising news, Local Collingswood closed after just three weeks in operation. The market was located in a former Woolworths on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. It closed after the owners decided the business wasn’t sustainable.  Check out the NJPen.com article for more on the downfall.

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The List: Fall Flavors at the Farmers’ Market

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Forget Whole Foods. Who wants to pay $75 for a bunch of bantamweight transcontinental bananas that are going to rot before you even get them home? The city has a wealth of excellent farmers’ markets, and while the glorious excesses of summer may be past (and some markets might be looking at shutting down for the winter soon), here are a few that are still overflowing with autumn’s hardier bounty, and that stay open straight through to the holidays (or all year round).

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Federal Donuts in Old City Today

n3rd-street-market-940N3RD Market, located on Church St between American and 2nd Streets in Old City from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. today, is hosting a really sweet pop up: Philadelphia’s beloved Federal Donuts. Chef Matt Klein of FedNuts will reveal a selection of one-time-only donuts flavored by a curated collection of N3RD MRKT ingredients, such as plum butter pecan, smoked paprika bacon and salted chocolate tahini. Weckerly’s Ice Cream will also be serving up fall-flavored scoops of a pumpkin latte ice cream.

And as if that isn’t sweet enough, Conshohocken’s Tradestone Confections will make their N3RD MRKT debut by serving hot chocolate to pair with the treats.

So whether you’re craving something sweet after lunch or you need something to brighten up the beginning of the week, today N3RD Market is the place to be.

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10 Fall Fruits and Veggies We Can’t Wait to Eat

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The summer season gets a lot of love when it comes to produce. It’s the time of year, of course, when you can get strawberries, tomatoes and corn so sweet and delicious, you can (and probably, do) eat them for dessert. But just because summer is now officially behind us doesn’t mean you have to mourn the end of tasty fruits and veggies. Fall comes with its own haul that’s pretty darn amazing, too.

Don’t believe me? Check out the goodies that’ll be hitting the produce section in the coming weeks and months, and bookmark the following recipes for your fall kitchen adventures. Then say it with me: Adios, summer.

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What to Eat This Week: Surprising Farmers’ Market Fruits

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Earlier this week, I was informed by the folks over on the Free People blog that some of my very favorite summer vegetables are, in fact, fruits: zucchini, eggplant, peppers, corn—they’re all fruits, you guys! Who knew? Like tomatoes and avocados, they all have seeds, and seeds mean fruit, says science.

But it doesn’t really matter whether they are fruits or vegetables—what matters is that they are freakin’ delicious. And, lucky for us, they’re also in season. So for this week’s recipes, we’ve brought you five dishes loaded with some of our favorite farmers’ market fruits that you, if you are anything like us, probably thought were vegetables up until now. Enjoy!

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