January 10, 2010 |
From the windows of her fourth-floor office at City Hall, redevelopment director Sandy Forosisky can see the front of 99 Cent Dreams, the 38,000-square-foot value store at the center of what has long been a languishing downtown. Starting in March, that view will change. The Landis Avenue dollar store is slated to be converted into a year-round public market, selling local produce, meat, seafood, specialty items, and prepared food. With it, Forosisky is hoping the city's center will change, too. The $5.62 million project, which Forosisky calls a "mini Reading Terminal," is the foundation for a $59 million city makeover.
December 1, 2009 |
When he first came to Chester, Daniel King drew crowds to a church parking lot with the sweet, smoky smell of barbecue. Now, the Amish farmer hopes to help fill another void in the impoverished city: fruits and vegetables, deli goods, and homemade pies. King, who operated Dan's Barbecue out of a trailer at Ninth and Kerlin Streets for the last four years, plans to open an indoor farmers market this week downtown. Along with his barbecued chicken and ribs, he said, the market will feature deli meats, freshly prepared hot meals, homemade baked goods, and produce, much of it from small farms in Lancaster County.
May 21, 2009 |
Want a side dish of current events to go with that fresh asparagus or no-hormones milk in the old-fashioned glass jug? You can get all that at one of the region's many farmers markets. For those markets that do business only in warmer weather, this season's staggered openings began in early May and will continue through the summer months. In 2009, the markets are an unusual mix of greens - organic produce and wilted economic factors that are causing people to recalculate their budgets and their lifestyles.
May 21, 2009
Philadelphia (FTC=Farm to City; FT=The Food Trust; BCFA=Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, buckscountyfoodshedalliance.org)) Center City and South Philadelphia City Hall (FTC), northwest corner of City Hall Plaza, Wed. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fitler Square (FT), 23d and Pine Streets, Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Fountain (FTC), East Passyunk Avenue at 11th and Tasker Streets, Wed. 3-7 p.m. Headhouse (FT), Second and Lombard Streets, Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through December.
February 19, 2009 |
If all goes as planned, a farmers market will sprout in the spring on a parking lot in Bryn Mawr. The Lower Merion Board of Commissioners approved a licensing agreement last night with Farm to City, a small business that will operate the Saturday-only market. The 12-1 vote came despite opposition from one local management company. Kimco Realty, manager of the Ardmore Farmers Market in Suburban Square, Ardmore, said it "significantly contributed to the tax base, unlike the proposed vendor.
December 5, 2008 |
The apron on the west side of City Hall, which hosts a farmers market in spring and summer, and occasional political demonstrations year-round, is for the first time the site of a German Christmas village. Modeled on the traditional Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, the concept harks back to the 15th century, said organizer Thomas Bauer of German American Marketing Inc. Throughout Europe, and in many American cities, where an "e" is added into the name, Christkindlmarkets have become must-do activities at this time of year.
May 22, 2008 |
At the Mill at Anselma in Chester Springs, a 16-foot waterwheel gently splashed visitors while generating enough power to grind fresh-off-the-mill, stone-ground cornmeal and wheat flour. Last Saturday, the historic grain mill opened its doors for a milling demonstration, a preview of its weekly farmers market and the introduction of organic grains milled on site. The organic cornmeal and wheat flour can be used to make bread, polenta, pizza dough, pie crusts and pancakes. Two-pound bags of the organic goods sell for $6 in the mill's gift shop, while nonorganic versions were selling for $4. The mill decided to offer organic grains because people kept asking for them, explained Heather Reiffer, executive director at the mill.
May 15, 2008 |
Local crops and farmers markets got an early start this year. And judging from the relative bounty already evident at the growing number of markets, it is going to be a very good year. Besides opening earlier, markets have attracted more growers and vendors. So far, the variety of crops and products exceeds what we're used to at this point in the season. The mild winter and good weather conditions get some of the credit. The rest goes to smart farmers who took note of the 15 percent increase in farm-market business here last year and planned ahead, "forcing" some crops in greenhouses and "high tunnels" (tented crop rows in the field)
February 14, 2008 |
The standard cafeteria fare at Great Valley High School and Middle School (cheeseburgers, meatball sandwiches, taco salad, etc.) has been supplemented this year with clementines, snap peas, vegetable lasagna and other healthy options, many of them grown at (or, in the case of the lasagna, made from things grown at) local farms. The healthy local options are given out as samples by Great Valley students, with the help of volunteers and a few interns from local colleges. The farmers' markets, which set up shop at the high school and middle school once or twice a month, are funded though an $8,000 grant from Coatesville philanthropists Bob and Jennifer McNeil.
November 21, 2007 |
Pennsylvania soon will wrap up its best farmers' market season ever. The markets attract thousands of customers who buy tons of apples, blueberries, lettuce, corn, zucchini and other fruits and vegetables worth more than $50 million annually from farms across the state. In the last three years, the number of farmers' markets in the five-county Philadelphia region has increased by 20 percent, from 68 to 82. Our elected officials in Harrisburg could ensure that next year will be even better for farmers and consumers.