Philadelphia Farmers’ Market Guide 2016: 87 Farmers Markets in the Region

We’ve endured the unpredictable weather and incapacitating allergies that come along with spring for long enough and we are finally coming out on the other side … alive! Our reward? Sweet, sweet summer produce. And lucky for you, there are a slew of farmers’ markets — we’ve rounded up a whopping 81 for you to choose from in Philly and the ‘burbs! — for you to get your hands on seasonal fruits and veggies. If you’re smart, you’ll snag a few baked goods while you’re there, too. See the full rundown below. Read more »

Kensington Quarters Butcher Heads Out on Her Own

primal supply meats 400Heather Thomason who has been Kensington Quarters’ head butcher and fellow butcher Cecilie May are branching out on their own. The pair have started Primal Supply Meats. The business is committed to providing sustainable, pasture-raised meat to Philadelphia. They will supply primal and custom cuts to restaurants and meat subscriptions to families and individuals. Also look for Primal Supply Meats at High Street Farmers’ Market beginning this Saturday June 4th. High Street Farmers’ Market is located in front of Fork and High Street on Market at 308 Market Street. Hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kensington Quarters, which saw its opening butcher, Bryan Mayer return to New York, has installed chef Damon Menapace to oversee the butcher shop at the restaurant. Menapace and his team will run the operations and build the sales case.

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Spend the Day with Ela’s Jason Cichonski at “Shopping with the Chef”

Headhouse Square Farmers Market for The Food Trust September 7, 2014

Headhouse Square Farmers Market | The Food Trust

Headhouse Farmers Market is entering its tenth season since opening in 2007. It is Philly’s largest open-air market and each year over 40,000 Philadelphians flock to it.

On Sunday, June 5th The Food Trust and the owner and chef of Ela, Jason Cichonski, are partnering to host Shopping with the Chef at the market as part of the year long celebration of Headhouse’s ten seasons.

Shopping with the Chef will offer a behind the scenes look at how local chefs, like Cichonski, approach their seasonal menus.

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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

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer   Diet Coke  woman  and produce  images via  Shutterstock.com

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer
Diet Coke , woman and produce images via Shutterstock.com

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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Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm

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 »

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