November 27, 2014 |
Jennifer and Colin Ryan never forgot the kindness of merchants at the Columbus Farmers Market in Burlington County when their young son was kicked by a horse and hospitalized for a severe head injury two years ago. "We couldn't work, because we were at the Trauma Center and the bills were piling up," said Jennifer Ryan, 35, of Mount Holly. "They rallied behind us, set out donation jars, gave us extra money, and sent gifts. "They were like our family," she said. Now the Ryans are returning the favor after a Nov. 18 fire raged through the market's Building 4, destroying 10 businesses, at a time when the owners had recently added more inventory for the holiday season.
November 21, 2014 |
Dave Stoltzfus seemed relieved after visiting his bakery Wednesday, one day after a raging fire gutted other shops at the Columbus Farmers Market. "We had to throw out some food - mostly cheesecakes - because the electricity is out," he said. "But we should be able to get back open in 48 hours. " Except for 10 small shops destroyed in the four-alarm blaze, and a few others affected by it, the market will be open Thursday through Sunday, as it normally is, said Matthew McCrink, an attorney for the market's owners.
November 20, 2014 |
A sprawling building at the Columbus Farmers Market in Burlington County was severely damaged in a spectacular fire fueled by high winds Tuesday afternoon, said a supervisor with the county dispatch service. No one was reported injured in the blaze, which erupted shortly after 2 and went to four alarms, the supervisor said. The fire was contained by 3:45 p.m. after more than 100 firefighters responded. It was not immediately clear whether the flea market, which claims to be the Philadelphia area's oldest and largest, will reopen Thursday and continue to be open through Sunday - normal shopping hours on the 200-acre site off Route 206. The county fire marshal was called to the scene.
October 15, 2014 |
When Mary Atkinson and son David opened their flower stand Sunday at the Haddon Heights Farmers Market, the late-season zinnias, dahlias, and sunflowers seemed as bright as the morning's light. "My husband would have wanted us to finish [the season] strong," Mary said from behind the work table, a big plastic bucket of special, single-stem blooms at the ready. A free flower for every kid was Lewis J. Atkinson's idea. A big, beaming bear of a guy, he was only 58 when he died, unexpectedly, Sept.
August 22, 2014 |
IT'S A given that a farmers market is a great place to get fresh, local ingredients - but the social aspect of a market can also make it a walking cookbook. Vendors happily share tips for using their produce, and the overall vibe makes for easy conversation and recipe exchanges among shoppers. Mindy Silver recently moved from Mount Airy to Washington Square. For her, Sunday's Headhouse Market (2nd Street, between Pine and Lombard streets, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is a place to fill her larder and get to know the community.
June 6, 2014 |
What better way to reach people with the "eat fresh and local" message than to go where they work, study, commute, or pray? Neighborhood squares, parks and parking lots still host many farmer's markets in the region, but more and more are operating out of workplaces, universities, transportation hubs, and places of worship. This spring, new markets are coming to Drexel University, the U.S. General Services Administration offices in Center City, two neighborhood churches, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the synagogue on North Broad Street.
May 16, 2014 |
Buying the Chestnut Hill Farmer's Market in 2007, Ron Pete admits, was "a little bit of a reach for us," a leap into unfamiliar retail territory that was part of a deal to buy the 36-room Chestnut Hill Hotel and two adjacent buildings. Pete and his wife, Abby, Hill residents since 1999, already owned three hotels in central and western Pennsylvania. But the hotel-market deal was a chance to rethink a chunk of the 8200 block of Germantown Avenue and two iconic businesses, both loaded with potential and badly in need of transformation.
August 6, 2013
Nishon and Laura Yaghoobian, both 35, of Claymont, Del., own Wild Flour Bakery, a wholesale commercial bread and pastry bakery whose clients include restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. The Holmesburg company, which began in 2003, also sells breads and pastries at weekend farmers' markets in the city and Collingswood. Nishon oversees baking and Laura handles customer service, sales and payroll. I spoke with Laura. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the bakery? A: Nishon worked in pastry shops at [now closed]
July 16, 2013
Atlantic County Atlantic City , S. Carolina & Atlantic Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays & Saturdays through Sept. 28. Margate , 9700 Amherst Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 26. Cape May County Ocean City , Sixth & Asbury Ave., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 4. Sea Isle City , 40th & Pleasure Ave., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 27. Stone Harbor , 95th & Second Ave., 8 a.m. to noon Sundays through Sept. 1. West Cape May , 732 Broadway, 3 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 27. Ocean County Point Pleasant Beach , Route 35 North & Arnold Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept.
July 16, 2013 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Cat Gleason, whose desserts have earned her the moniker "Pie Girl," takes the community in farmers' markets seriously: She purchases fellow vendors' fresh produce, turns it into a scrumptious product that draws customers, and then uses her proceeds to feed the homeless at a local church. "Sometimes, it seems like a lot to be doing, but then I think about all the people who aren't lucky enough to have what I have . . . wonderful parents and a roof over my head," said Gleason, 16, a rising junior at Ocean City High School.