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).
N3RD 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.
N3RD Market [Official]
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.
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!
I practically have a PhD in Philly local produce, but even now I’m learning about new fruits and vegetables cropping up at markets. Like CliffsNotes for tenth grade English class, here’s a cheat sheet of the new-to-you produce at this weekend’s farmer’s markets.
To be honest, you don’t really need me this week. Between the buckets of gladiolas, piles of peppers and cucumbers, and box after box of fragrant tomatoes, it’s kind of impossible to go to a farmer’s market this week and not immediately see how much good stuff is out there. Here are a few things that you should make sure not to overlook.
The Clark Park Farmers’ Market has just released information on their summer-long festivities, all of which start today, June 26th, and will continue every Thursday during the summer. The weekly event will feature Vendy Award winning food trucks, a free 7-week outdoor film series, prizes and demonstrations.
And what’s on schedule for today? The food trucks lining up for Awesome Fest, the free summer long outdoor movie series, will be Poi Dog, Curbside Creamery, Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart, Pie Stand and Flavor Spot. Trucks open at 3 p.m and the movie, Riot on the Dance Floor, starts at 9 p.m. Plus free demonstrations, led by our very own Emily Teel, will be going on from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Attendees will learn how to preserve the fruit and vegetables from the farmers’ market in their own home. And you might even be able to snag a prize while you watch. The demonstrations will be a monthly event.
Clark Park is located at 43rd Street between Baltimore and Chester Avenues.
Awesome Fest [Official]
There are farmers markets in the two Jersey counties close enough for us to care about. And here’s everything you need to know about them.
If your first thought after picking up your weekly CSA box is What the heck is all this stuff? followed by And how the heck am I going to use it all? trust me—you are not alone. I’ve heard many a tragic tale of shriveled kale gone to waste and onions thrown in the garbage after a hefty CSA box proved too much to manage. But no more: This week, I asked Be Well editor, Emily, to send me a list of all the farm-fresh veggies she got in her CSA share. As I suspected, her box this week was loaded with tons of spring goodies like asparagus, radishes, kale, spinach and rhubarb—the same veggies you’ll find lining the shelves of your local farmers’ market this weekend.
So, to make clearing out your fridge a little bit simpler this week, we’ve found five recipes that work wonders with these delicious seasonal ingredients. Whether you’re trying to devour every item in your CSA share, or just looking for a way to use up all the veggies you scooped up on your Saturday morning farmers’ market run, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy!
Farm-fresh food is all well and good, but who has time to actually go to a farm and pick it themselves? Not me. For those who pine for a slightly more convenient farm-to-table experience, consider this my gift to you: a list of 76 farmers’ markets in the area, where you can go hog wild over crates of fresh fruit, greens, flowers, cheese and more from local vendors.
Below, where to get your fresh fix, all summer long.