Despite the heat, you should probably plan to bake something for your Labor Day festivities this weekend, because even though the cherries and berries are done for the year (except for raspberries! you might see some late season raspberries around!), this week the farmer’s markets are all about fruit. The glut of fruit at the moment is actually crazy because nectarines, plums, and peaches are still going strong, but fall flavors are rolling in, no holds barred. Best choose your pie-orities wisely…
“It’s the moist wonderful tiiime of the yeeeear,” croons Headhouse farmers market manager Lisa Kelly. “Cooler nights and it’s not a million degrees anymore.” Even better, for Kelly, is the fact that for the next several weeks we’ll be able to enjoy the magical moment where we have all the flavors of summer, the tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and the dazzling array of fruit, in addition to the now arriving fall crops as well. The newcomers to markets already abundant are…
It’s hot out. Baking in the sunshine, chasing the shady side of the street, slugging a frosty beverage, looking the same when you got out of the shower as when you went in hot. And you know what? That’s okay, because it’s August and it’s supposed to be hot around here. In the spirit of this time of year, this week we’re taking a closer look at the heat that you’ll find at area farmer’s markets: chili peppers. It’s easy to just go for the jalapeños or the poblanos out of habit, and that’s fine if you want to do your shopping at an ordinary grocery store, but area growers have for you a huge array of spice that you’re never gonna find at the Acme. Here are a few you’ll find at area markets.
Let’s just admit it: nobody has any idea what’s going on with the Pope’s visit, especially where food is concerned. Are restaurants going to be able to get deliveries? No clue! Will farmer’s markets be able to happen as usual? Who knows! While those with influence on these things work on figuring them out, I’ll be over here gorging on an abundance of fruit and maybe even putting up some preserves. You know, just in case.
August is here and with it the tomatoes have arrived in full force. Now’s the time to stock up on mayonnaise, mozzarella, or that nice extra virgin olive oil–whatever your preferred accompaniment to the glut is. Summer is in full effect across the board besides the tomatoes, too, with peppers of all hues and levels of spice, eggplant in every possible purple, and plenty of fruit. It’s bittersweet to say it, but the next several additions will start to represent more autumnal flavors beginning to arrive. For now? This is summer. Eat it up.
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.