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)
August 25, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actress Pamela Anderson discusses her new fragrance. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Drew Pinsky discusses sex addiction and his reality series. Made: The Movie (6 p.m., MTV) - Much to her friends' dismay, Tuba (Cyrina Fiallo), a geeky band member, decides to try out for the high-school cheerleading team. Hoping to keep embarrassment to a minimum, her brother Marshall (Brett Dier), the school's basketball star, coaxes his stunning cheerleader girlfriend, Andi (Rachel Skarsten)
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.
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.