Today's blog post was written by Immaculata University Dietetic Intern, Christine Steerman.
Farmers Market Round Up
Along with the increase in sunny days, warmer temperatures, and the opening of our favorite outdoor beer gardens, spring in the Philadelphia area also means the start of the farmer’s market season. In recent years there have been more markets setting up in locations around the city and suburbs so now local, farm fresh, produce is just a few blocks from our front door.
These markets connect us to local farmers and artisans allowing us to mingle with the people who grow our food and exposing us to produce and products we likely would not be able to pick up in a grocery store. Personally, I enjoy exploring the different markets as each has unique offerings in addition to some of the freshest, locally grown produce available, and the less it has to travel to arrive in your kitchen the better it tastes and more nutrients it packs!
Below is just a sampling of the farmer’s markets in the area along with when and where to find them and what you can expect to see at each market. Plan a day (or two) to explore some of these for yourself, you may even be inspired to try new a new food or recipe. More local markets and their locations can be found on Farm to City.
The details: This third generation family owned and operated farm in New Jersey (about 30 minutes from Philadelphia) brings fresh produce, local honey, and now eggs over the bridge to Philadelphia with market locations throughout the week.
Insider tip: sign up for their “Bag of the Best” or BOB for short. For $10/ week you can pick up a bag packed with their top picks from the week at the farm. For more information and to sign up visit: http://themccannsfarm.com/catalog.php?item=1.
Looking for a way to use all the zucchini you are getting? Make Gather for Bread’s Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread
The details: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1p.m. from now until October this market sets up in the Amtrak parking lot at Lancaster and Bryn Mawr Avenues.
What you can expect to find: over 25 local farmers and vendors, selling everything from fresh produce to meat, dairy, eggs, breads, baked goods and prepared foods.
This market is also easily accessible by public transportation via the R5 to the Bryn Mawr train station. Special feature to note: Neil's Sharpening Service is at the market every first Saturday of the month. Want to learn more about this market? Visit here
The details: Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot off of East Hector Street.
What you can expect to find: produce vendors with offerings such as locally grown fruit and vegetables, mushrooms, pastured-raised meats, sausages, baked goods (including gluten free items), local wine, spirits, prepared foods, coffee, seedlings, soap and more. Special features: pickled vegetables from PhilaDillphia Pickling Company. This market has also hosted fitness classes on-site!
Learn more here: http://www.springmillfarmersmarket.com/our-story.html
The details: Saturdays in Burke Park from 9 a.m. – 1p.m.
What you can expect to find: produce from four local farms, meat, dairy, baked goods (including gluten free items), wines, spices, olive oils, pet treats, and merchants showcasing their specialty crafts and artisan products; think pickles, teas, spreads, and jams. This Antioxidant-rich Blueberry Tea recipe can be made with ingredients found at the market!
This market also boasts a lot of special features. Check out their loyalty program, LOYAL2LOCAL, which has monthly winners, pre-market workouts, and insulated market totes ideal for carrying your market purchases! For more information on this market visit: https://www.growingrootspartners.com/malvern-farmers-market/