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September 20, 2013

Roundup: Our Fall Guide To Farmers’ Markets And Open-Air Markets In And Around Philadelphia

Fall's bounty is celebrated through apples, pumpkins, cider, sweet potatoes and other seasonal goods at a number of farmers' markets throughout the city. (Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC)

Fall brings a slight chill to the air, but well-stocked farmers’ markets can still be found far and wide in and around Philadelphia.

The farmers’ markets of fall bring a wide assortment of autumnal fruits and vegetables to tables stocked by local food artisans and regional farmers.

Whether you’re looking to bake an apple pie from the freshest Honeycrisp apples or decorate your house with the brightest pumpkins and gourds of the season, farmers’ markets are your answer.

We’ve compiled a list of our top picks of the city’s and countryside’s fall farmers’ markets. Missing your favorite go-to market? Let us know in the comments section.

Our top picks for fall farmers’ markets, below.

Philadelphia

 
Clark Park Farmers’ Market: Apple cider, apple pie and tons of other farm-fresh fall goodies are the name of the game at the Clark Park Farmers’ Market which continues to set up shop every Thursday and Saturday through October. Take home organic fruits and veggies, homemade jams, straight-from-the-farm eggs and more all season as the market promises hours on Saturday even during the winter months.

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 all year round on Saturdays.

Headhouse Farmers’ Market: Held 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 on occasion.

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.

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 2 to 6 p.m. through October.

Fitler Square Farmers’ Market: The Fitler Square Farmers’ Market offers hours all throughout the fall (and all year, for that matter) the 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 every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Many more markets, below.

Farmers' Markets are the place to be for seasonal, local produce and fresh jams, meat and cheese. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Mayfair Farmers’ Market: Head to Northeast Philly to catch the Mayfair Farmers’ Market before it ends for the season. The market is open from 9 a.m .to 1 p.m. on Sundays, September 22, October 6 and 20, and offers patrons the finest apples, pumpkins and more items from fall’s bounty.

Schuylkill River Park: On Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. through October, 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.

N3RD Street Farmers’ Market: From 2 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through November, the N3RD Street Farmers’ Market brings farm-fresh goods to Church Street between American and 2nd streets in Old City. The small farmers’ market boasts fresh eats from an orchard, farm, local cheese producer, artisan food distributors and much more.

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. through November.

Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market: On Saturdays all year long, the Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market provides the masses with IPM fruit, organic produce, mushrooms, sustainably caught fish and goats’ milk yogurt. The farmers’ market is located on Winston Road between Mermaid Lane and Germantown Avenue. It provides shoppers with some solid hours too — 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through November 10 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the winter and early-spring.

Fairmount Farmers’ Market: Through November 21, 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 6 p.m.

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.

Dickinson Square Park Farmers’ Market: Pennsport holds its own with the Dickinson Square Farmers’ Market, a weekly market every Sunday through the end of October. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the southeast corner of the park at Moyamensing Avenue and Morris Street plays home to regional farm distributors, artisan food vendors and more.

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 November 21, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Flea Philly: The renowned Brooklyn Flea at the Piazza is going strong this fall after opening its doors this summer. While it may not be a farmers’ market per se, every Sunday through most of November 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. through November 2. 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.

Countryside

 
West Chester Growers Market: Located at North Church and West Chestnut streets in downtown West Chester, the West Chester Growers Market serves up fresh produce, homemade bread, jams, cheese and more all fall long. Every Saturday through November, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visit the farm-fresh market for an array of fresh eats.

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, seasonal goods; and more. The market allows guests to get their fall shopping done late into the season as it boasts hours from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through November 27.

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.

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 through November 23. After the official end of the market, it boasts holiday and occasional winter hours. Click here for the complete rundown.

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Amy says:

Don’t forget the N3RD Street Market on Church St in Old City, every Tues 2-7pm thru Nov. It’s smallish (1 orchard, 1 farm, 1 cheesemonger, 1 pork/chicken stand, 1 organic beef/eggs stand, 1 baker, and a couple on & off goodies). BUT super convenient, friendly, and good prices — and you can’t beat it for a Tuesday.