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University City District Kicks Off A Summer of Sustainable Saturdays This Weekend

This Saturday, the University City District hosts the first of four  Sustainable Saturdays. This monthly event will continue every third Saturday through September 17.

Sustainable Saturdays will feature everything from do-it-yourself workshops to urban farming to food tasting events. The June 18 kick start theme is “Grow It Yourself.” Here’s the lowdown on the activities:

• Philly Homegrown™ West Philadelphia Farm-to-Table Trolley Tour: Taste, listen and learn about what farm-to-table really means and what local farmers and chefs have to say about it. Hosted by Paul Steinke of Reading Terminal Market, this trolley-to-farm tour sponsored by our own Philly Homegrown will make stops at Walnut Hill Community Farm, Milk & Honey Market and Farm 51. Tour-goers can catch an on-site glimpse into the world of local beekeeping and taste fresh foods from the neighborhood. The tour will start and end at MidAtlantic Restaurant and Tap Room on 3711 Chestnut Street where Chef Daniel Stern will conclude the day with a family-style dinner using local ingredients. Tickets are $45. 3-7 p.m.

• Ice Cream Tour & Tasting at Bartram’s Garden: Spending time outdoors in the summer should always involve fresh, delicious ice cream. Get a chance to learn about the local history of this tasty treat by touring Bartram’s Garden, located on 54th and Lindbergh Streets. The tour will show how ice cream is made and how local breweries during the Prohibition helped produce this summer treat. Bartram’s will end the afternoon by letting tour-goers gather fresh ingredients to make and taste homemade ice cream! Local milk and cream will be provided. Tickets are $10. 2-3:30 p.m.

• Clark Park Farmers’ Market: Take a piece of the day home with you by checking out the outdoor Clark Farmers’ Market on 43rd Street and Baltimore Ave from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Open every Saturday, the market offers a plethora of local fruits, veggies and fresh baked goods. Be the first to get local beets, radishes and peaches, which are all in season! To celebrate Sustainable Saturday the market will feature additional vendors, so keep your eyes peeled. Pay as you go. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• West Philadelphia Gardens Day: Make a point to check out the unique community gardens and urban farms during your Sustainable Saturday tour. Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a University City resident, discover the gardens at your own walking pace. Visitors can also participate in a series of free producing and foraging workshops. Free. Noon-2 p.m.

Sustainable Saturdays will also feature other hands-on workshops like Sustainable Landscaping at Chester Avenue Community Garden, Creating an Urban Homestead at Farm 51 and Irrigating with Stormwater at Walnut Hill Community Farm. Check out the day’s full schedule for a primer on what to expect.

Don’t forget to check out Capogiro’s own “Sustainable Saturday” gelato flavor, Native Mountain Mint Gelato featuring Native Mountain Mint from Bartram’s Garden.

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