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Eat, Shop and Dine Locally This Weekend

Radish photo by M. McClellan for GPTMC

Though it won’t officially be summer for a few more days, thanks to the rain, sun and warm nights we’ve been having, the summer growing season has most certainly hit its stride in the Philadelphia region. If you’re a strawberry lover, make sure to snatch them up this weekend, as this will probably be the final opportunity for these local berries. Local asparagus, english peas and rhubarb are also on their way out, so get ‘em while you can.

However, fret not, fruit lovers! Cherries are here and the blueberries are right on their heels. I hear that Mood’s Farm Market over in Jersey already has blueberries available in their u-pick fields. Beechwood Orchards is reporting that they’ll have cherries (both sweet and tart) as well as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries at all their weekend markets. Three Springs Fruit Farm is also saying that they’ll be bringing cherries to markets. If you end up with a glut, the Food Trust and the Lidge family posted a recipe for a Cheery Cherry Salad that looks awfully good.

Here’s one for you meat lovers. Chef Matthew Ridgeway is going to be at the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. selling his handmade (in Bucks County) PorcSalt charcuterie. He makes some of the best cured meat products you’ll ever taste. PorcSalt will be at Rittenhouse every other week, so if you can’t make it this Saturday, market your calendar for July 2.

For those of you who’d rather dine than cook, don’t miss out on the first installment of Fork’s Sustainable Dinners series. Next Wednesday, June 22, they’re hosting a goat dinner in honor of authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough and their new book Goat: Meat, Milk, and Cheese.

It’s not too late to get a few plants into the ground (or a pot) for a late summer harvest. Greensgrow Farm is offering a Container Gardening Workshop tomorrow, June 18 from 12 – 1 p.m. There’s still space but you must RSVP to events@greensgrow.org to reserve your spot.