We have an embarrassement of riches when in comes to farmers markets in Philadelphia. Farm to City is just one of our programs that coordinates outdoor markets, so that farmers and food producers are able to bring their products directly to their customers. In 2011, Food to City operated 15 farmers markets and I love the fact that the SNAP program is set up with some of the merchants at each market. Since all but one of these markets are outside, come October to December, most of them close for the season and then reopen around Memorial Day. Others, like the Rittenhouse Market, the Chestnut Hill Market, and the Bryn Mawr market have winter hours on Saturdays, and the Suburban Station Farmers Market (one of the only ones inside) is open throughout the winter on Thursdays.
The Chestnut Hill market is situated at the bottom “of the hill,” in front of the Mermaid Inn. It has been around a couple of years now and has reached a critical mass. This location has four produce stands: Landisdale Farm, Rineer FamilyFarm, Taproot Farm, and Weavers Way Community Programs. I love snooping around to see who has the most compelling produce.
Otolith Sustainable Seafood, Market Day Canelé, and Amaranth Gluten-Free Bakery. Tassot Apiaries honey, Good Spoons soups, Davidson Exotics mushrooms, Shellbark Hollow Farm with their local goat cheeses, round out the offerings.
The stands that bring me here week after week are:
o Fahnestock Fruit Farm who truck in from Lititz with their tomatoes, peaches, apples, and apple cider. They are my favorite source for whatever is in season.
o Breakaway Farms from Manheim, is a newcomer. I am working my way through their meats and their chuck roast, which I made a good old-fashioned pot roast with, was simply the best roast I’ve ever had. Often, grass fed beef is more flavorful but not as tender. This beef was both. Their eggs are quite delicious and I am about to try their bacon (they carry both the nitrate and the nitrate free).
Saturday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm — No market November 26. Open December 3, 17, & 31; then 2nd and 4th Saturdays of January, March, April.