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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Farmer’s Markets Are Back!

The farmer's market season has officially kicked-off. Headhouse Farmer's Market opens on Saturday, May 5th, followed by additional market openings throughout the region. (Photo courtesy: R.Kennedy for GPTMC)

Well, we’ve waited long enough! It’s finally that time of year again when farmers bring their bounty of incredible locally grown and produced items to a market near you!

The Philadelphia region greatly benefits from our close proximity to some of the best farmland in the county. For us, it doesn’t get any better than when the tomatoes, corn, asparagus and strawberries start showing up; providing both candy for the eye as well as the palate.

Below is a listing of a few of our favorite seasonal markets and the organizations who help to coordinate them. We think you’ll agree, this is definitely the most wonderful time of the year!

The Food Trust:
The Food Trust organizes over 30 farmers markets throughout the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Some of their best known markets include Headhouse Square (which opens on Sunday!), Clark Park and Fitler Square. And, this year, the Food Trust has added markets in South Philly, Kensington and West Kensington.

For a complete listing of markets and vendors, consult the Philadelphia or Suburban Market maps on the Food Trust website where you can also sign up for their newsletter, The Fresh Times to stay informed about your favorite market.

Farm to City:
Farm to City manages 16 farmer’s markets throughout the city and surrounding region. Some of their best known markets include the Rittenhouse, Swarthmore and the year-round Suburban Station farmer’s market. One of our favorite Farm to City markets is the Walnut Hill Farmer’s Market, operated in partnership with the Enterprise Center’s Neighborhood Foods program. Much of the produce comes from a small farm near 46th and Market Street and is grown by West Philly youth farmers. Undeniably, awesome.

For a complete listing of Farm to City managed farmers markets, consult their farmers market page. You can also follow Farm to City on Twitter to get updates on your favorite market.

Greensgrow Farms
Greensgrow Farm was the brainchild of tireless local food advocate, Mary Seton Corboy. Since 1998 Greensgrow has been a source of fresh, local and healthy food options in the Fishtown and Kensington section of Philadelphia. Aside from running one of the larger CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs in the city, Greensgrow also organizes a bi-weekly farmer’s market on Thursdays (2pm–7pm) and Saturdays (10am–3pm). Additionally, you can also purchase pantry items made in Greensgrow’s community kitchen like jams, pickles and pies.

Now grab that reusable tote bag and go shopping!