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

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Some weeks it seems as though everything on the market table follows the parable that if it grows together, it goes together. Sweet potatoes and greens, tomatoes and corn, and berries alongside the tender leaves of spring. But late January markets can feel just the opposite, instead of blossoming cornucopias bursting with potential combinations they can represent an assortment of odds and ends and good luck to the cook. Your Mystery Box challenge this week, should you choose to accept it, includes the following…

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmer’s Market This Weekend

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It’s officially soup season, people. Not only is soup the perfect warming food for cold weather, it’s also filling and healthy if you’re watching your waistline. If, instead, you’re watching your grocery bill in the face of those post-holiday credit card statements, it also happens to be a handy way to stretch ingredients into multiple meals. Sure, you could pick up some ready-made soups from Good Spoon at the Rittenhouse Market, but for maximum warmth you should make your own featuring some of the following locally-grown goodies.

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

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A new year is perhaps the ideal excuse to hit the reset button on what has, if we know our readers at all, been several weeks of overindulgence. Though you’ll have to hit up the grocery store for some of your juice cleanse ingredients, the Rittenhouse and Clark Park markets will help you restock on roots, greens, and other local goodies from 10 to 2 tomorrow (and every Saturday throughout the winter) and both Chestnut Hill and Bryn Mawr are on tomorrow from 10-Noon.

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

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It’s time, friends, to say goodbye for the year to the Headhouse Farmer’s Market, as this Sunday will be the last one until spring. While this cornerstone of Philly’s market scene is winding down for the year, you still have a chance this weekend to plan a trip to Headhouse (or Rittenhouse, Fitler Square, Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill or whatever your market of choice is) to pick up the goods for your holiday table. Haven’t planned your menu yet? Here’s a little inspiration…

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

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The weekend ahead is, for some, sure to be jammed with early holiday celebrations, braving the retail bonanza, and imbibing and dining in a way befitting of a year rapidly drawing to a close. Local markets are holding down the fort in the form of nutritious, cruciferous veggies, apples and roots, but vendors are also sporting a celebratory sparkle and offering local gifts as well. Those listed below are but a few…

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

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With Thanksgiving fully behind us, it’s time for a bit of a re-group. Though some area farmer’s markets are done for the year, Headhouse is still on through December 21st and the stalwarts at Clark Park, Fitler Square and Rittenhouse are holding steady. On offer? Storage crops like root vegetables, tubers, and greens–and plenty of ideas for local food lovers on your holiday gift list.

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

Hey, look. The cranberry sauce is done.

Hey, look. The cranberry sauce is done.

Start stocking that fridge, people! This right here is primo Thanksgiving preparedness time. Local markets have got all the sweet potatoes, greens, mushrooms and poultry you can hope for, and this weekend, for several area farmer’s markets, represents a last hurrah before slowing down for the season. That said, a few markets will be skipping next weekend altogether so plan on stocking up now for the holiday and beyond.

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

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Consider this your two week warning.

In two weeks you’ll be expected to eat nothing that doesn’t include turkey, sweet potato, cranberry and/or unholy amounts of butter, but for now you’re still the master of your own plate. This weekend, chill in the air or no, that plate should include some of the following…

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

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On Halloween, the most pumpkin-spiced of all autumn days, it only seems fitting to devote a little attention to the culinary uses of relatives of the great gourd. This time of year you’ll see countless recipes for butternut squash and for pumpkin (often canned), but I’m here to tell you that you can confidently chalk that up to recipe writers trying to keep things consistent for the largest audience possible, not the arbitrary idea that these two are the only winter squash worth eating. At the market this weekend look for some of the following special squash. At the very least you’ll be able to find a use for them more noble than lighting your stoop tonight or littering your block tomorrow morning.

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