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Philly’s Real Claim to Fame


The 100-mile radius of Philadelphia boasts a wealth of “star” farmers and producers. No season is without a wonderful assortment of colorful produce, sweets or creations.

As the season changes, the deep colors of seasonal winter dishes will be morphing into bright, light colors for spring. Our friends at Lancaster Farm Fresh will soon be harvesting beets, turnips, rhubarb and artichokes. And we can’t forget the farmers of Patches of Star Dairy. They’re busy milking goats in Nazareth, PA, so they can create delicious raw goat’s milk, havarti cheese and yogurt. And for all of our baking needs, Dasiy Organic Flours mills locally, offering the finest starches in surrounding specialty shops, like the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal.

As the weather warms and we begin to poke our noses out from behind scarves, it’ll be hard to ignore the smells of baking filling the streets. Market Day Canelés grace almost every Center-City farmers’ market, offering buyers a wholesome treat—yes, such a thing exists! The caneles are made with all-natural ingredients, fresh whole milk, rum, Tahitian vanilla and orange zest. OK, maybe they’re not the equivalent of an ounce of wheat grass, but it’s better than an over-processed shiny donut from “Aspartame Donuts!” And we can’t forget the market regular, John and Kira’s Chocolates. The chocolates are made with locally grown mint, honey and berries and are better than any old chocolate bar you might pick up at the local supermarket.

And, of course, we must thank Griggstown Quail Farm for its organic pot pies sold at local farmers’ markets. They’re a healthy, convenient alternative to the TV dinner! Also sold by Fair Food Philly are Renaissance sausages—these products, too, are made from local pasture-raised animals and fresh veggies.

Obviously, we’re the luckiest food shed on the planet. After the fun decides to come out and stay out, farmers’ markets all over the city are sure to be bustling with locavores!