Summer Food: The Tastes of Summer: Shop the Market
The season for farmer’s markets is as short as that of the fruits and veggies they sell. But between June and September (and as late as November, if you’re lucky), you can find the area’s best blueberries, corn and tomatoes — as well as eggs, cheeses and meats — at these favorite outdoor markets.
Clark Park Farmer’s Market
Where: 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.
When: Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: Expect about a dozen vendors, including Fahnestock Fruit Farm, with its luscious peaches; Spiral Path Farm’s wide, wide variety of organically raised vegetables; and an Amish baked-good stand with whoopee pies.
Collingswood Farmer’s Market
Where: Along the PATCO line, between Irvin and Collings avenues, Collingswood.
When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon.
What: The Collingswood Farmer’s Market boasts more than 30 vendors. There’s always a line for the crepes from Les Crepes.
Where: 2501 East Cumberland Street.
When: Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: This market showcases Greensgrow’s hydroponic greens and produce — the heirloom tomatoes are most popular — plus breads and cheeses from other area vendors.
Phoenixville Farmers’ Market
Where: Bridge Street and Taylor Alley,
When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What: Twenty vendors sell everything from herbs to orchids. Look for North Star Orchard’s 60-plus apple varieties and, in September, Asian pears; buffalo meat from Backyard Bison; and breads from Great Harvest Bread Co.
Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market
Where: Walnut Street, west of 18th Street.
When: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: You’ll find a dozen stands and a wide variety of products, from soups to breads to meats. The Meadow Run Farm stand, with its rich, creamy eggs, is a draw.