The Checkup: How to Pick the Best Spring Produce Every Time You Shop

• ’Tis the start of farmers’-market season. Yay! And here to help you get the most of your shopping trips is this guide to picking perfect spring produce every single time you hit up the farm stand. Because there is nothing — nothing — worse than buying a bag of arugula, only to realize it’s no good once you get home. [Vox] Read more »

15 Places to Pick Your Own Peaches Near Philly

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If there’s one thing better than a farm-fresh peach, it’s a farm-fresh peach you picked yourself! Here, 15 farms and orchards in Philly and South Jersey where you can pick your own peaches and nectarines — and sometimes other fruits and veggies, too! It’s a fun, outdoorsy, rewarding activity for all ages, so hop to it while they’re still in season (which is typically until mid-September). One thing to do before you head out, though: call ahead; availability is subject to change at all of the farms. Read more »

The 7 Worst People at the Farmers’ Market

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In theory, the farmers’ market sounds like a lovely place to spend your Sunday morning.

And it should be. It could be. Sometimes it is. It’s a great opportunity to meet the hard-working people who grow your food, and if you have a lot of thoughts about tomatoes, there’s nowhere else you should be. Read more »

How to Tour Urban Farms for Free Every Weekend

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We hope you’ve been taking advantage of The Food Trust’s Farmers Market Tours we told you about a few weeks ago. And now, the nonprofit is taking you beyond where the food is sold to where it’s grown, and I don’t mean countryside in the middle of nowhere. Every Sunday starting this week, July 12th, you can tour an urban farm right here in Philly, free of charge.

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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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