Summer is showing no signs of slowing, especially this week. August 2nd through 8th is National Farmer’s Market Week, so there is all kinds of goodness going on in the week ahead. This Sunday, a little burrito stand called Chipotle will be on hand at Headhouse Farmer’s Market distributing $5 vouchers to be used at the vendor of your choice (and also buy-one-get-one burrito cards), and they’ll be doing the same at Clark Park on Thursday, August 6th. Common Ground Marketplace this Sunday will feature live DJs, bike demos, and other workshops. And, as always, Philly’s local produce will be on fleek.
Summertime, and the living is easy. Fish are jumping, and you can find them from Shore Catch. The sweet corn stands high at AT Buzby farm and they’re packing it downtown. It’s the last weekend in July, and one of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing and get to the farmer’s market. You don’t have to be rich or good looking to fill your hands with beauties like these. I’m sure Louis and Ella would agree.
In the dead of winter, a single fresh, new item at the farmer’s market is a thrill. This time of year finds us squarely on the other side of that. There are so many exciting new additions each week that we can scarcely keep up the reporting of their arrival, much less cram each into our shopping baskets. The cherries are winding down, but the blueberries are coming on strong as are all of these other beauties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite a little rain this week the weekend is shaping up beautifully and there are plenty of beautiful things to look for at the farmer’s market.
It’s definitely starting to feel like summer out there–and starting to look like it at the farmer’s markets, too. Berries are still going strong, greens and spring garlic are holding steady, peonies are blooming, and there’s an abundance of vegetables all around.
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…