The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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After a well-deserved week off, all area farmer’s markets are back on schedule for tomorrow. That means that Rittenhouse, Fitler Square, Clark Park, Bryn Mawr, and Chestnut Hill will all be present and accounted for, so you can stretch your legs and restock on local food following a shut-in weekend.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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Under normal circumstances the folks staffing Philly’s farmer’s markets are a hardy bunch. August’s temperature spikes, November’s frosts, and April’s rain showers don’t phase or slow down people who routinely deal with livestock and pull food from the very ground.

This weekend, however, they’re coming as close to taking a break as they ever do. Both Farm to City and The Food Trust have made the decision to close all of this weekend’s year-round farmer’s markets to prevent area growers from having to navigate what, at the moment anyway, are projected to be tough driving conditions. You heard right: no farmer’s markets this weekend in Rittenhouse, Chestnut Hill, Fitler Square, Clark Park, or Bryn Mawr. Considering the fact that many of these growers drive an hour or more to get downtown, market organizers are doing their best to make safe decisions for one and all. This week, instead of highlighting what to look for at your local farmer’s markets, I’m highlighting a few places to shop for local foods besides your local farmer’s market. Get your bread, get your milk, and stock up on snack food, because it’s time to hunker down, farmer’s included.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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This time a year ago we were experiencing a polar vortex. Things today are positively balmy by comparison. Still, even though it isn’t nearly as cold as a year ago, it’s still very much cold and flu season. Shore up your immune system (or at least feed it if you’re getting over something) with this week’s farmer’s market offerings.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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After a few quiet weeks, tomorrow brings local farmers back to Clark Park, Chestnut Hill, Fitler Square, and Rittenhouse. Markets are smaller and sometimes shorter in the new year, at least until springtime officially hits. For now, markets are running on an abbreviated winter schedule, some skipping weeks and some with shorter hours. Before bundling up, make sure your favorite market (whether through Farm to City or The Food Trust) is actually happening. If you do venture out in the chill, here are a few things you’ll find.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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This is a weekend of finals, I’m afraid, and not just for the college and graduate school set struggling through exams and papers. It’s the final weekend of the year for Headhouse, though a few vendors will be offering a winter buying club throughout the colder months (more to come on that later). Besides that wrap-up, the Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill, Clark Park, Rittenhouse and Fitler Square markets will all be closed next weekend, the day after Christmas, to give the vendors a little break. What with this schedule, folks, it’s time to stock up. Yes, buy the local food gifts, because there are many and we’re sure you’re not through with your shopping quite yet, but also consider picking up a few of the items below to see you through until it’s officially 2016.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

The balmy weather out there is hardly befitting the Let it Snow and Frosty the Snowman lyrics being forcibly piped into every retail establishment at this time of year, but it sure does make for pleasant strolling through all the Christmas-y outdoor activities in the city this weekend. Get a firm grasp on holiday shopping by picking up some edible and otherwise locally-made gifts at the farmer’s markets this week. Here are a few suggestions.

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The Dirt: Hanukkah Edition

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Hanukkah begins this Sunday, and while Thanksgiving and Christmas are pretty great as far as eating holidays go, Hanukkah, a glorification of all-things fried, is tough to beat. Fried latkes, fried doughnuts, delicious carb-and-custard-packed kugel, and braised meat. This is the kind of food to fuel full-contact holiday shopping and it beats the pants off of your mama’s green bean casserole. Even better? You’ll be able to pick-up lots of the things you’ll need for a proper feast-ival of lights at this weekend’s farmer’s markets.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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There are two things to keep in mind this weekend. The first is that this weekend, in some neighborhoods, is your last chance to shop a farmer’s market pre-Thanksgiving. Second, the fact that some markets, including Bryn Mawr and Headhouse, close the weekend after Thanksgiving, which means that you should really be thinking about shopping for two weeks, and not just one holiday. With those as your marching orders, go forth and pick-up your sweet potatoes, your greens, your turkey, and everything else you can carry. Here are a few additions worth considering.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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We’ve officially entered countdown mode for the single biggest food holiday of the year. Order up that heritage breed turkey, figure out who’s responsible for the candied yams this year, and settle the debate of fresh vs. canned cranberry sauce, even if it requires a truce. Oh, and don’t forget to feed yourself something in the meantime.

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