The Dirt: What to Get at the Farmers Market This Weekend

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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.

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Clark Park’s Awesome Fest Begins Today

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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.

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What to Eat This Week: Farmers’ Market Finds

Emily's CSA share

Emily’s CSA share

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!

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Philadelphia Farmers’ Market Guide 2014: 76 Farmers’ Markets in the Region

 

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Insider’s Guide to Scoring Big at Philly-Area Farmers’ Markets

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Photo by Courtney Apple

There’s nothing better than scouring a farmers’ market in springtime: the sun, fresh produce, free samples. And with 70 options—and growing—in the city and ’burbs, it’s never been easier to get your hands on from-the-farm goodness.

This year, I’ve decided to up my farmers’-market ante by going in with a game plan, so I asked a few local pros for their best advice. Here, your FAQ to total farmers’-market domination.

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Headhouse Farmers’ Market Returns in May

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Photo via The Food Trust

Mark your calendar, the Headhouse Farmers’ Market Opening Day is coming up on May 4th, 2014. The city’s largest open-air farmers’ market will be back with 30 of the area’s best farmers and artisan producers. Favorites like Birchrun Hills, Queens Farm, Blooming Glen Farm and Three Spring Fruit Farm will return. They will be joined by newcomers like of Michael Falcone’s Heart Food Truck and Shore Catch.

And for the opening Sunday, meet local cookbook author Marisa McClellan who will be offering tastes from her new book, Preserving by the Pint.

Headhouse Farmers’ Market [The Food Trust]

Follow Philadelphia Farmers’ Markets on Pinterest

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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.

Follow Foobooz’s board Philadelphia Farmers’ Markets on Pinterest.

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