March 5, 1995 |
If a group of farmers and researchers have their way, stalls of vegetables and fruits grown in Chester County will spring up in a West Chester parking lot on Saturday mornings this summer. A "growers market" - as yet unnamed - at the corner of Chestnut and Church Streets two blocks from the Chester County Court House will provide local farmers with a retail market and local residents with farm-fresh produce. But the long-term goal is to help farmers stay in business by keeping them in touch with what consumers want and giving them a bigger share of the profits from food they grow.
April 22, 2010 |
From inside a large gray trailer marked "M&B Fairview Farm," Bart Hill greets a stream of customers who line up for bacon from his heritage pigs and big brown eggs from his Barred Rock chickens. Just outside the trailer, seated at her own small table, Hill's daughter, Heather, tends to a line of customers, too. "Do you have cats?" Heather asks a woman considering the goat-milk soaps on display. "Because if you do, you need catnip, and we have it. " She is 8 years old, this small blonde in pigtails, clutching what appear to be the remains of a much-loved baby blanket.
July 27, 2003 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says the state's produce crop is bountiful this summer, but some local growers and farmers' markets say their corn and tomatoes are a month or more late. This should be important to older Pennsylvanians because the state's Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, now in its second full year, has been distributing $20 produce vouchers to income-eligible Pennsylvanians age 60 and older since June 1. The vouchers are free, but they must be used specifically to buy fresh fruit and vegetables ? not baked goods or flowers - at a farmers' market that can prove it grows at least half of what it sells.
April 12, 2012 |
Kristian Holbrook's been trying to perfect Hummingbird for nine years. "And I'm still trying," says the cheesemaker at Doe Run, the Chester County dairy on Urban Outfitters founder Dick Hayne's estate. Holbrook's modesty is really admiration for Robiola Bosina, the luscious Italian that was his inspiration. But creamy Hummingbird, which flows with the fresh tang of both sheep and cow's milk, was good enough for a coveted first prize in 2011 from the American Cheese Society. Holbrook makes several other fine cheeses, including an aged, gouda-like Seven Sisters.
February 7, 1997 |
Jeri A. Ramirez serves a customer at her coffee stand in the new Elkins Park Square farmers market. She is among the first to open for business in the market at Old York and Church Roads.
June 3, 2011 |
One in an occasional series on the demand for locally grown food and its impact on our region. What started as an effort to bring a farmers market to Strawberry Mansion instead became a socially conscious food-distribution business bringing freshly picked, locally grown produce to schools, hospitals, and workplaces. And now Common Market, launched in 2008, has received the largest grant of its young life - $1.1 million from the Kellogg Foundation. The not-for-profit, which started with five customers, among them Cooper University Hospital, now has 60-plus customers and works with more than 100 farmers, earning a reputation for treating growers fairly and paying them promptly.
October 30, 2005 |
What we like: This family-owned farmers market has an awe-inspiring selection of apples from the local favorite, the tangy Stayman Winesap, and the sweet Honey Crisp (the hot new apple!) to the old-fashioned Winter Banana apple. The apple-laden tables have signs to inform customers about the flavors and textures of various varieties and to recommend what's good for snacking or baking or both. A half-bushel (about 24 pounds) is $19.95; a peck (about 12 pounds) is $10.95, and a half-peck (about six pounds)
June 5, 2005 |
The Collingswood Farmers Market is only about a block long, but sometimes it takes up to a half-hour for Pam Ciervo to walk from one end to another. Often she doesn't even make it to the end, particularly if she sees something she wants to buy or a friend she hasn't seen in a while, or if a vendor has a problem. After nearly 20 years of living in Collingswood, Ciervo has a lot of neighbors to talk to. And after five years as coordinator of the popular Saturday market at the PATCO High-Speed Line station, she has befriended many of the people she has persuaded to come sell homegrown or homemade fruits and vegetables, soaps, jams and chicken potpies, plants, even cookies shaped like bikinis.
August 6, 2010 |
On Thursdays, fresh fruit is now only steps away from the home of Dominique Wilder, 38, a mother of four in the Norris Square community of North Philadelphia. A tiny farmers market opened at Susquehanna Avenue and North Howard Street on Thursday, offering fresh produce - from apples to zucchini - to a community that does not have much access to healthy groceries. "Several markets have left the neighborhood in the last few years. It's impossible to get fresh products around here," Wilder said.
November 1, 2007 |
The problem with food served in a cafeteria is that invariably it tastes like cafeteria food. The steam-table aura is hard enough for any cafeteria to deal with - add to that requiring patrons to prepay nearly $4,000 a year, and you've got a college dining hall. Inmates in state penitentiaries may be easier to please. At the University of Pennsylvania, where freshmen are required to buy a $3,884 two-semester meal plan (it's optional for all other students), expectations run high, said Laurie Cousart, who oversees Penn Dining.