Philadelphia's Top Five Farmers' Markets

Farmer's markets have become a staple in the Philadelphia region over the past few years. While each market offers seasonal staples when it comes to fruits and vegetables, some markets are more creative than others. Whether stopping by to grab veggies for dinner or making an evening out of it with perhaps jazz music and craft shopping, there is a farmers market for everyone.

Chestnut Hill Farmers' Market
This market is open year-round on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Local food and products featured are seasonal produce, herbs, mushrooms, and honey from a variety of farms including Fahnestock Fruit Farm, Landisdale Farm, and Primordia Mushrooms. There are plants and flowers from Lunaria Gardens. Sustainably raised meats are provided by farms like Hill Farm and Rineer Family Farm. Local cheese from Valley Milkhouse Creamery and Wonderful Good Bread & Cheese are also always available. This market features local food artisans: Anita's Guacamole, Market Day Canele, and Foolish Waffles. Most of the vendors accept debit and credit. FMNP Vouchers accepted during the season.

Dickinson Square Farmers' Market
This market is 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays and goes beyond fruits and veggies. It features seasonal produce, herbs, and honey from Two Gander Farm and Darmo Family Farm. There are fresh baked goods and cheese from the popular Wonderful Good Bread & Cheese. It has sustainably raised meats from Canter Hill, every other week. Also every other week local beekeepers from Jim Thorpe-Greenway Apiaries are in attendance. Local food artisans: Anita's Guacamole and Viva Empanadas, plus MoJo's Pop Co are in there once a month. Plus special guests of local artists and crafters are on-site weekly. This market accepts credit, debit, SNAP, and FMNP vouchers.

Rittenhouse Farmers' Market
This is the largest farmers' market in Philadelphia. The market is year-round and open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It truly is the spot for one-stop shopping. Over 50 farms are featured. There are seasonal produce, herbs, mushrooms, and honey from places like Beechwood Orchards and many more. A nice touch when putting together a dinner while shopping is the local wine selection from Blue Mountain Vineyards. There is fresh seafood & shellfish from Shore Catch. Fresh breads, baked goods, and cookies come from Wild Flour Bakery, Amaranth Gluten-Free Bakery and others. The flowers, plants, and cactus hail from 4mula, Triple Tree Flowers, and PetAL Plants & Flowers. Farmstead cheeses are sold by Birchrun Hills Farm and Shellbark Hollow Farm. There are too many local food artisans featured each week to count. Most of the vendors accept debit and credit. FMNP Vouchers accepted during the season.

University Square Farmers' Market
This market serves the University neighborhood and is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to sunset. It features seasonal fruits and vegetables from Beechwood Orchards and Walnut Hill Farm, located at 40th and Market Streets. And it couldn't get more local with fresh breads and baked goods from Big Sky Bakery. Most of the vendors accept debit and credit. FMNP Vouchers accepted during the season.

Powers Park Farmers' Market
This is the newest market to open and is located in Port Richmond. It is open on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are provided by Fruitwood Farms from New Jersey, Goose Egg Lane Farm from Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania; Big Sky Bakery; Greenway Apiaries with local honey; Viva Empanadas and D'Emilio's Old World Ice Treats.

Stasia DeMarco is a native Philadelphian. She has been a freelance journalist and content strategist for 20+ years.

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