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.
July 7, 2011 |
Imagine a farmer's market within walking distance where the prices are low, the crates are stocked with cultural favorites, food stamps are accepted, and local agencies are on hand for vision screening, blood-pressure testing, even needle exchanges. That's what got under way June 30 in Camden, thanks to a $100,000 investment from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and a partnership with Philadelphia's famed Greensgrow Farms. This new mobile market, run from a used van that Greensgrow bought with a donation from Subaru, has side windows for ventilation, awnings for shade, and racks outside for self-service shopping.
June 29, 2011
Many thanks to Craig LaBan for his fantastic review of the Farm and Fisherman ("This BYOB exemplifies the best of the farm-to-table movement," June 19). Chef Josh Lawler is indeed the real deal. I work for the Farmers' Market program for the Food Trust, helping to manage more than 25 farmers' markets in Philadelphia. I work with about 70 farmers and growers. Every Saturday morning, Lawlor is at Clark Park, every Sunday morning at Headhouse, every Thursday at the Fairmount market. He calls me for farmers' cell-phone numbers to place orders.
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.
May 1, 2011 |
Spring for Caleb and Patricia Torrice heralds an annual rush of harried baking and packing as they ready nut rolls, apple cakes, and sticky buns for sale at farmers' markets. This year, though, the Chalfont couple - owners of Tabora Farm & Orchard - are preparing for the weekly market circuit with a few more items on their checklists. You might say they're bringing everything and the kitchen sink. A Pennsylvania law that went into effect in January places new restrictions on farmers' market vendors, mandating licenses and inspections, detailed package labeling, and cleaning equipment including, in some cases, portable sinks.
November 11, 2010 |
THINK GREAT American food towns and what comes to mind? Definitely San Francisco/Napa for wine and farm-to-table cuisine. Then there's New Orleans for eclectic Creole bites, Memphis, Tenn., for barbecue. And don't forget Boulder, Colo., home to an awesome farmer's market and a slew of innovative food companies. Or Portland, Maine, where craft beer and fresh seafood form a perfect union. New York? Natch. But aren't we forgetting something? How about our hometown? Philadelphia deserves much more than its connection to the cheesesteak when it comes to making a culinary splash.
October 14, 2010 |
It was called Night Market (because, yes, it was a street market held at night) and by 7:32 last Thursday evening - the light fading, the fountain at East Passyunk and Tasker sparkling - it was clear the mere words alone had held out the promise of magic. Thousands turned out, milling in the streets, low-key and mellow, though not always well fed: The line for tacos al pastor stretched 65 deep at the Los Taquitos de Puebla's curbside tent. Outside the window at Honest Tom's truck, 44 more souls waited - and waited.
September 29, 2010 |
Hunger, obesity and poverty plague many neighborhoods in the city, which is something that Shearine McGhee, 31, and a mother of two, knows all too well. "It has been hard for me to provide for my family," McGhee said. "I don't want to feed my kids Oodles and Noodles every night. " Philadelphia has a poverty rate of 25 percent, according to an economic report released yesterday by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. That ranks higher than Chicago (21.6 percent), Los Angeles (19.58 percent)