Warm weather means the return of farmers’ markets with vendors from local farms, bakeries and shops selling all sorts of fresh food to alfresco grocery shoppers. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Summer is the season to spend as much time as possible enjoying the fresh air when it comes to all tasks — including grocery shopping.
Luckily, there are plenty of farmers’ markets offering farm-fresh produce, cheese, meat, fish, honey, flowers and more in all corners of the city on all days of the week. Some farmers’ markets stay put at parks and public spaces all year long, but most pop up just in time for the warm weather.
Below, we’ve picked the top 13 farmers’ markets to visit and do your shopping at in Philadelphia this summer. Read on for our guide to some of the best farmers’ markets in Philadelphia.
• Reading Terminal Market
Open Daily; 1201 Arch Street.
The only farmers’ market open on Mondays, the indoor Reading Terminal Market also happens to be a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and Amish pickles to cheeses, seafood and meals to go. For the record, Reading Terminal is technically considered a public market rather than a farmers’ market since many of the people selling produce are not the ones who grow the products. MORE INFO
• Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays (year-round), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 18th and Walnut streets.
At the bustling Rittenhouse Square Market, vendors offer everything from organic produce and pastured meats to artisan cheeses and gluten-free baked goods. Also keep an eye out for colorful blooms from local Amish farmers. MORE INFO
The historic Headhouse Shambles play host to a Sunday farmers’ market.
• Clark Park Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. through Thanksgiving, Saturdays (year-round), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.
Amish pastries, heirloom vegetables, fresh-cut flowers and dried herbs are just a few of the goodies available at the popular Clark Park Market in West Philadelphia. MORE INFO
• Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market
Saturdays (year-round), 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Winston Road between Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane, Chestnut Hill.
The goods at the Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market include farm-made sausages, organic produce, foraged and cultivated mushrooms and dairy products. MORE INFO
• Fitler Square Farmers’ Market
Saturdays (year-round), 9 a.m.-2 pm.; 23rd and Pine streets.
The Fitler Square Farmers’ Market features fresh produce and herbs from Brogue Hydroponics, whole-grain baked goods from Big Sky Bread Bakery, grass-fed beef from Jennings 1785 Farm and coffee from Philly Fair Trade Roasters. MORE INFO
It’s easy to fill your fridge with local goods after visiting any one of the area’s great farmers’ markets. (Photo by
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