Philadelphia is fortunate to have a handful of farmers markets that stay open year-round. For those of us who like to eat locally, these farmers who spend hours standing in the cold and rain to bring us our weekly batch of produce, meat and cheese are nothing short of heroic.
The Saturday Rittenhouse Square Market is one of these year-round locations. Open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. along the Walnut Street side of the Square, it is classic farmers market shopping at its best. Bring several totes, as you’ll find it hard to resist all the fresh vegetables, pastured meat, local dairy products, hand-canned jams and freshly baked bread.
Particular highlights include the raw wildflower honeys from Stagecoach Orchard Apiary, the baked goods from Amaranth Gluten-Free Bakery and the gorgeous, deeply flavored mushrooms from Davidson Exotics.
As you map out your Thanksgiving menu, consider including this farmers market in you shopping plan. Many of the vendors are happy to arrange for special orders, making it increasingly easy to check items off your holiday to-do list.
Market manager Joanna Pernick is often on site at the market on Saturdays, to answer questions and make sure that both farmers and shoppers are having the best experience possible. She sends out a newsletter each Friday afternoon that includes updates about which vendors will be present the following day. It’s a great way to keep up with offerings and also serves as welcome reminder that Saturday morning is the perfect time to do a little grocery shopping. Click here to sign up for that list.
Rittenhouse Square Farmers Market
Walnut Street, between 18th and 19th Streets
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine