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Farm to Parking Lot: A Farmer’s Market Primer

Not to be too self-congratulatory or anything, but Philly’s local food scene is on point. Local seafood, pasture-raised meats, mushrooms, artisan bread, cheese, chocolate, ice-cream, charcuterie, and more locally grown fruits and vegetables than you can imagine. You’ll find some of each at these five favorites.

Perhaps Philly’s most comprehensive outdoor market, Headhouse appears on Sundays in the Shambles, a historic covered market space just off of South Street.

Clark Park Market

(Saturday 10-2, year round)

West Philly’s favorite park features tall sycamores, frequent drum circles, and on Saturday mornings (and some Thursdays) a year-round farmer’s market with a little bit of everything. You’ll love Landisdale Farm’s greens, sweet potatoes, and grass-fed beef, and don’t mis nut butters by PB & Jams and vegetables grown by the accomplished high-school horticulturalists at Urban Nutrition Initiative.

Common Good Marketplace

(Sunday Noon-4, in season)

Fresh food from favorites like Frecon Farms and Philly Food Works, you’ll find no shortage of good things to eat at this Broad & Mount Vernon market, but what makes it truly special is the way its integrated with the community. Line dancing, book swaps, and weekly tours of nearby urban farms, this is a market that plants a seed for a healthier Philly.

Fair Food Farmstand

(Monday-Saturday 8-6, Sunday 9-5, year round)

Inevitably, the day you most want to find a farmer’s market is the day that none are happening. Visit this non-profit farmstand, located in the historic Reading Terminal Market, to find the best selection of all that’s local and in season.

Headhouse Market

(Sunday 10-2, in season)

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Market goods at the Headhouse Market. Photo: Courtesy The Food Trust.

A seasonal favorite, Headhouse appears on Sundays in the Shambles, a historic covered market space just off of South Street. Perhaps Philly’s most comprehensive outdoor market, at Headhouse you’ll find all the makings of a meal, plus prepared foods like soups from Good Spoon, charcuterie from La Divisa, locally-roasted coffee from Philly Fair Trade Roasters, and treats from Market Day Canele.

 

Rittenhouse Market

(Saturday 10-2 year-round, 9-3 in season)

Saturday morning in the heart of the city, this market has something for everyone. Local goat cheeses from Shellback Hollow, berries and vegetables from Rineer Family Farm, tree fruit from Beechwood Orchards, and gorgeous cut flowers, all in the middle of Philly’s most centrally-located, pedestrian-friendly areas.

Emily Teel

Emily Teel

Emily is a freelance food writer, recipe developer, and restaurant industry insider who lives and works in Philadelphia. A 2015 Eddy Award winner, she's a principal at Farm Market Media and a regular contributor to several publications including Serious Eats, Philadelphia Magazine, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. See more of her work at emilyteel.com. VIEW ALL POSTS