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June 4, 2013

Roundup: Our Guide To Philadelphia’s Farmers’ Markets And Open-Air Markets This Summer

Philadelphia's farmers' markets offer fresh, local goods aplenty all summer (and year) long at locations all over the city and countryside. (Photos clockwise from left by J. Fusco for GPTMC, R. Kennedy for GPTMC, R. Kennedy for GPTMC, R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

From city to countryside, the Greater Philadelphia area boasts its fair share of farmers’ markets featuring local produce, meat, dairy products, baked items, jams, amish goods and more.

Do your weekly grocery shopping in a relaxing, outdoor space with fellow local-loving Philadelphians.

Philly’s markets don’t end at farmers’ markets, though. A handful of excellent open-air markets have made their way to the City of Brotherly Love for reoccurring events all summer long.

Our picks for farmers’ market shopping, below:

Rittenhouse Square Market: At the bustling Rittenhouse Square Market, vendors offer everything from organic produce and pastured meats to artisan cheeses and gluten-free baked goods. Located at 18th and Walnut Streets, the farmers market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays in the summer.

Clark Park Farmers’ Market: Amish pastries, heirloom vegetables, fresh-cut flowers and dried herbs are just a few of the goodies available at the popular Clark Park Farmers’ Market in West Philadelphia. The farmers market welcomes guests from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Fitler Square Farmers’ Market: Open Saturdays all year long, 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.

Headhouse Farmers’ Market: Held May through December on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Headhouse Farmers’ Market boasts more than 25 farmers and producers, all displaying their fresh produce, baked goods and local meats, cheeses and wines, as well as food trucks selling tacos and artisan sausages.

The South and Passyunk Farmers’ Market: The farmers’ market, which is located on Passyunk Avenue off of South Street, includes vendors like Frecon Farms, selling fruits, cider and fruit butters; and Wagner Farmstead, offering a large selection of vegetables, berries, herbs and melons. Plus, look for fresh New Jersey-caught seafood. The South and Passyunk Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Schuylkill River Park: On Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., joggers can take a detour off the riverfront trail to browse the weekly market at Schuylkill River Park, with its appealing displays of fresh produce and other edibles.

Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market: The goods at the Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market include IPM fruit, organic produce, mushrooms, sustainably caught fish and goats’ milk yogurt. It’s located on Winston Road between Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill. Visit the farmers’ market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Brooklyn Flea Philly: The renowned Brooklyn Flea market sets up shop in Philly for the first time ever this summer. While it may not be a farmers’ market per se, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Piazza hosts local food vendors and trucks in addition to dozens of vintage, furniture, clothing and accessories vendors.

PHAIR: PHAIR, a European-style, open-air market inhabits 23rd and Arch Streets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market spans past typical farmers’ market offerings with handmade items, photography, vintage items, art, in addition to local food offerings from vendors and food trucks. More than 100 vendors set up shop at PHAIR every Saturday in the summer and fall.

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Reading Terminal Market: 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. While the market is open seven days a week, the Amish vendors, a huge draw for visitors and locals, sell their goods Wednesday through Saturday. 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.

University Square Farmers’ Market: Convenient to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University campuses, the University Square Farmers’ Market offers IPM fruits and vegetables, canned goods, meat and eggs from pastured animals, artisan chocolates and more every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Porch at 30th Street Station Farmers’ Market: Stop by 30th Street Station after the morning commuter rush to score local vegetables and fresh fruit at The Porch Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until September.

The Suburban Station Market: The Suburban Station market is a solid year-round player with displays of integrated pest management — using low or no chemicals — fruits and vegetables, plus beef and eggs from pastured animals. The market sets up shop every Thursday from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the 16th Street concourse in Suburban Station.

Fountain Farmers’ Market: At the Fountain Farmers’ Market in East Passyunk, hungry shoppers can stock up on cheese and eggs, IPM produce, Amish baked goods and locally made preserves. Visit the market every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Fairmount Farmers’ Market: Through November 22, look for vendors like Philly Fair Trade Roasters, Wild Flour Bakery, Apple Tree Goat Dairy, Fifth of a Farm and Countryside Bakery and Farm at the Fairmount Farmers’ Market on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

Phoenixville Market: Organic produce, mushrooms, maple syrup, grass-fed meats and raw milk fresh from the dairy are just some of the reasons to visit the weekly Phoenixville Market held under the Veterans Memorial Gay Street Bridge. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.

Jefferson Farmers’ Market: Thomas Jefferson University partners with Farm to City to offer the Jefferson Farmers’ Market featuring IPM produce, pastured beef and eggs, jams, honeys, baked goods and plants every Thursday through October, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Doylestown Market: In Bucks County, the Doylestown Market, located in the center of town, gathers more than 20 vendors selling produce, chicken stock, vegan foods, baked goods, bedding and beeswax candles. The farmers’ market runs through Thanksgiving every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

Bryn Mawr Market: IPM and organic fruits and vegetables, plus seasonal baked goods and plants, are on offer at the Bryn Mawr Market. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Thanksgiving, municipal lot 7 in front of the Bryn Mawr train station ushers in fresh food producers.

The Upper Merion Farmers’ Market: The Upper Merion Farmers’ Market is an open-air market featuring a variety of sustainable goods from more than 20 local farmers and producers. Visit the farmers’ market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through mid-November.

Oakmont Farmers’ Market: Havertown’s Oakmont Farmers’ Market’s vendors sell fresh herbs; pasture-raised bison, pork and lamb; goat’s milk; soap; flowers; and more. The market is open on Wednesday evenings from 3 to 7 p.m.

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HG says:

The Mayfair neighborhood in NE Philly is trying to get its farmer’s market established this summer: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayfair-Farmers-Market/523872200987620?ref=stream (scheduled Sundays).