The Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market got the season rolling last Sunday but it’s important to remember that it’s not the only game in town.
This Saturday, May 7, the Collingswood Farmers’ Market (just over the bridge in New Jersey) opens for shopping bright and early at 8 a.m. (they’ll be open until 12 p.m.). You’ll find an array of young lettuces, greens for cooking, radishes and asparagus, as well as an array of plant starts and supplies for your garden. Chef Kathy Gold will also be on site at 10 a.m. to do a cooking demo. Find that market along PATCO, between Collings and Irvin Avenues.
Saturday is also the spring opener for the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market (pictured above). Though this market operates all year long, it switch to summer operating hours this weekend (930 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and expand the numbers of vendors onsite.
For those of you up in Northern Liberties, don’t forget that the Piazza Farmers’ Market runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday. If you’re out in West Philly, the Clark Park Farmers’ Market will also be going strong this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We hear that Urban Girls Produce will be back this week and Pennypack Farm will be making weekly appearances from now on.
If you live out in the burbs, you’ve got a couple of markets to choose from. The Chestnut Hill Growers’ Market will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Winston Road between Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane. The Bryn Mawr Farmers’ Market will be open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Municipal Lot 7 on Lancaster Avenue, in front of the Bryn Mawr train station.
For those of you in the Fitler Square neighborhood, take note! Your market WILL NOT be operating this Saturday because the annual Fitler Square May Fair will be taking place there instead.
Finally, there are a couple of Saturday markets you should keep on your radar. Both the Upper Merion and Haddonfield Farmers’ Markets will open on May 21. A farm stand at 27th Street and Girard Avenue is coming soon, as is the Swarthmore Farmers’ Market (held in the parking lot of the Swarthmore Co-op).
For more information on how to eat and shop locally in the Philadelphia region, check out Philly Homegrown.