May 24, 2012 |
It's farmer's market season once again, and Bob Pierson is zipping around the edges of Rittenhouse Square this Saturday morning long before any customers arrive, helping farmers hoist their white tents, moving folding tables and heavy coolers, counting heads, and ticking off the minutes till the eight-year-old market reopens, like it's the Kentucky Derby or something. On the dot of 9, Pierson shouts, "OK, we're ready to sell! We're open!" Within a half-hour, the sidewalks around the square are bustling with walkers, runners, and shoppers loaded up with babies, dogs, and canvas bags, many stopping to sample teeny squares of goat cheese or dabs of homemade hummus from the very farmers and artisans who made it. As head of Farm to City, which runs this and 15 other farmer's markets in Philadelphia and the suburbs, Pierson is in his element, which is to say smack dab in the forefront — and middle — of the local food movement in Philadelphia.
May 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Farmers markets are a popular source of reasonably priced fresh produce, but across the country many accept only cash or checks - a big problem for low-income shoppers using food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to change that. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan this week announced a $4 million grant for states to help implement wireless technology that will allow more farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or food stamps.
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.
March 30, 2012 |
When he drives up and down Lancaster Avenue, Steve Bajus sees banks and drugstores, restaurants and retail shops, gas stations, and car dealers. What he doesn't see is fresh food. "There's a void," said Bajus, who owns commercial properties all along the Main Line. So he got the idea to put a farmer's market in the space that used to be Borders Books in the Rosemont Square shopping center until it went out of business last year. "They did a great job there. . . . It's unfortunate," he said of the company's collapse.
January 5, 2012
Here is of list of some of the outdoor farmer's markets in the area that will operate in somewhat sheltered locations this winter: Suburban Station Farmer's Market: Noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 16th Street Concourse between Market and JFK near the 16th Street elevator. Rittenhouse Farmer's Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, 18th and Walnut Streets. Chestnut Hill Growers' Market: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on second and fourth Saturdays January through April.
October 27, 2011 |
The Honeycrisp has become the Kim Kardashian of the apple world: It came out of nowhere, relatively recently (it was released commercially in the '90s), and with some marketing brilliance, took the fruit world by storm. Of course, there's a good reason people keep coming back to the Honeycrisp. It's sweet, uncontroversial, and delicious. It flies off the shelves, and keeps really well, which is why growers love it, too. Sort of. "Honeycrisp is by far the favorite apple," says Melissa Allen of Beechwood Orchards in Adams County.
August 26, 2011 |
Philly Food Bucks, a pilot program aimed at getting food stamp recipients to buy more fresh produce at neighborhood farmers' markets, has proved incredibly successful, according to figures released Thursday by the city Department of Public Health, which sponsors the program as part of its efforts to combat obesity. Food bucks "make my food dollars go further," said Bijou McIntosh, 28, who was shopping near her home Thursday at the Clark Park market. "This food is healthier, and it tastes better," said McIntosh, her bag stuffed with parsley, bread, onions, potatoes, and chicken.
August 18, 2011 |
The applause flutters and fades in the sunny din of the Collingswood Farmers' Market. "Thank you," smiles a wry guy in shades who perches on a stool, wearing a classic Planet of the Apes T-shirt and wielding a guitar. "I'll be at Treno's in Westmont tonight. And every Tuesday night, I'm at the Tap Room. " Meet troubadour Dave Kelly, who juggles parenting duties and regular musical gigs at South Jersey restaurants, bars, and other venues. The 43-year-old Audubon resident makes it look as easy as his laid-back sound.
August 17, 2011 |
While politicians in Washington debate how to stimulate the economy and grow jobs, some national groups say farmers' markets are already accomplishing those goals. A new report from the Farmers Market Coalition, an Iowa-based national nonprofit, says farmers' markets increased 150 percent in number in the last decade, and it cites a U.S. Department of Agriculture finding that farmers' markets generate $1.3 billion in consumer spending each year. Another new report, by economist Jeffrey O'Hara, who studies sustainable food and agriculture for the Union of Concerned Scientists, says farmers' markets could generate "as many as 13,500 jobs nationally over five years," if federal subsidies supported small farms instead of the big industrial variety.