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

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Just like the ornamental plums and cherry trees blooming all over town, fruit trees are blooming in the orchards, hopefully preparing for a summer full of juicy peaches, plums, and apricots. Meanwhile, down on the ground, the first spears of asparagus are emerging and you might see the tiniest of supplies at your favorite market if you shop early. The reign of ramps continues at local farmer’s markets, but this week they’re joined by several other wild edibles besides.

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

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This is a big weekend for local food in Philly! Fair Food’s annual Philly Farm & Food Fest is happening at the Convention Center, so plenty of area growers and producers of local goodies will be herded together under one roof. Expect demos, classes, and the chance to meet, face to face, your favorite growers and makers. Since you’ll likely be able to try samples of all manner of locally produced meats, cheeses, ice creams and other goodies at the Farm & Food fest, make sure to pick up something salad-worthy the day before.

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The Dirt: Easter Edition

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It’s really happening, people. Rainy days, daffodils, and recipes aplenty to grace your table this holiday weekend. Whether or not you’re celebrating Easter, dyeing eggs is especially fun, and the farmer’s market is full of vegetables that you can use to make your own, all-natural egg dyes.

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

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Have you ever noticed the thing that happens this time of year? All at once, chefs around town seem to be unable to tolerate another turnip or stand another second of squash. Suddenly, magically, favas, peas, and rhubarb start appearing on menus, even if they haven’t quite made it to the farmers’ markets yet. The idea of what spring vegetables are doesn’t quite match the local timeline, and though these spring lovelies have yet to make their debut there are, creeping in to market, sure signs of the changing season.

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

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Yesterday’s snow was, hopefully, winter’s last hurrah and today means blue skies and farmers setting up tables in the lingering slush. The first days of spring still look very much like winter, but like the crocuses beginning to appear, there are a few green signs that the season really is changing. Here are a few to add to your market basket.

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