Farmer’s markets in Philadelphia have done much to spur the local economy, revive interest in fresh foods and build goodwill among neighbors.
Now, a new idea goes a step further in making the outdoor market into a true community gathering space.
The Food Trust’s Common Ground Marketplace, a farmer’s market initiated last year at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, returns on Sunday, July 12 with an especially grand opening, marking a 2015 season with big ambitions.
The market will still feature goods and products from purveyors such as Philly Food Works, Frecon Farms, Neopol Savory Smokery and Sazon restaurant, but this year, the Food Trust has added multiple services to benefit visitors and neighborhood residents.
Onsite, shoppers can participate in bike demos, cooking demos and line dancing. They can hear live music, sign up for urban farm tours and take advantage of free mental health checkups courtesy of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Center.
If you can’t make it to the big opening event this weekend, catch a preview here or visit the market on Sundays through November from noon to 4 p.m.