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

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Independence Day has arrived and with it, plenty of goodies to barbecue and fruits to transform into pies, cobblers, and even that flag cake that somebody at the block party inevitably makes. All your favorite farmer’s markets are happening on schedule this weekend, ready to fuel the party. For the moment, cherries are still going strong, so even if there aren’t local watermelons yet you can still have a holiday with a spitting contest of some Kind. Best of all, whether you spend your weekend down the shore or in the city, this is the time of year when you scarcely need to cook. Just cut up the vegetables, make a dip, grill a few things, and above all, enjoy your holiday.

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

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It’s as if the Supreme Court timed things on purpose, because it’s not just the sidewalks of the Gayborhood and your Facebook feed that are going to be filled with rainbows this weekend. Celebrate marriage equality at your local farmer’s market this weekend with the honest-to-goodness rainbow of color (see what I did there?) you’ll find in the brand new market additions for the week.

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

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Sadly, strawberries are done for the year. But the good news is that we’ve got plenty of other super exciting new arrivals to the farmer’s market, and new farmer’s markets to boot! The Food Trust is rolling out the opening of new markets nearly every weekend these days, and the fine folks at Fork and High Street launched a new Saturday market just last weekend in partnership with Farm to City! No matter which market you wind up visiting, here’s what should be on your shopping list.

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

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Philly. Is. So. Hot. Right. Now. Take one ride on SEPTA, have one conversation with a stranger anywhere, chat with one neighbor and I guarantee that this will be the topic of conversation. But for as much as we city dwellers can complain, the fact is that the people growing food are out in the sunshine suffering through the heat far more than our spoiled, over air-conditioned selves can even imagine. The good news is that our local farmers have some serious goods to show for their toil.

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

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It’s Memorial Day weekend and the big news is strawberries! Now’s your chance to make that American flag cake that people seem to make every Fourth of July, using berries picked in California. True, it’s too early for local blueberries for the stars portion of the stars-and-stripes, but imperfect flag cake is still cake, am I right? Plus, if you’re entertaining this weekend, there are plenty of other reasons to pay a visit to the farmer’s market. There are still bunches of asparagus around for grilling, along with hot house tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants, and lots of the following…

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

Yes, there is another flower show in town: The gorgeous Macy's Spring 2015 Flower Show is offering a series of events this week. Stop by this Wednesday at 1 pm for a seminar with floral designer Yoli Lagurerre (complete with tea and snacks) and this Thursday, create your own arrangement during a crafting session starting at 5pm. Of course, don't forget to take in the blooms throughout the store. Runs through April 4th, various times, free, Macy's, 1300 Market Street.

Spring is progressing, even warmer weather is coming, and though this weekend will likely be your last chance for ramps, asparagus is still going strong and there’s plenty more to be found at local farmer’s markets. Plus, it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, and farmer’s market strolling is an excellent post-brunch activity to aid in digestion…

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