National Farmers Market Week began bright and early Sunday morning. Many Philadelphians recognized it with visits to the markets at Headhouse Square and Reading Terminal Market. First recognized by the USDA in 2000, this year Farmers Market Week will be heralded by nearly than 5,000 markets all across the country (that number has gone up 170% in the last nine years).
In this area, we are fortunate to have more than 50 farmers markets each week that run throughout the year. These markets give us access to locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as pastured meat, poultry, eggs and dairy. This edible bounty never fails to make me feel blessedly lucky.
This year, we Philadelphians are increasingly fortunate to have the newly-launched Philly Homegrown website to help us find locally grown and produced foods at area markets and restaurants. The Food Finder will guide you to your area farmers’ markets, u-pick farms and restaurants. Click Meet the Makers to read brief profiles on a number area restaurateurs, farmers, brewers and more.
Just to get you in the mood for a farmers’ market visit, check out a few more recent photos from our areas markets.