Green Aisle Grocery
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
If you live in the Passyunk Ave. area, or just visit its recently booming restaurant, bar and boutique scene, you may have noticed Green Aisle Grocery. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, pop in! This little grocery carries all kinds of local goodies like Pequea Farms yogurt, farm fresh eggs and Lancaster county vegetables and meats, plus prepared food from local restaurants, like hummus from Zahav. You can pick up fresh pasta and sauce for dinner, a nice chunk of pecorino to go with it, and some Fee Brothers artisinal bitters for an after (or pre-) dinner drink. Last time I was in I couldn’t resist the West Indian Orange and Rhubarb bitters, which you’re unable to fine in Pennsylvania liquor stores, and I added a pound of delicious One Village coffee for good measure.
Kensignton Community Co-Op Seeks Members
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Begun as a buying club, the Kensington Community Co-Op is in the middle of an ambitious membership campaign to expand the Co-Op and bring fresh, local, and healthy food to the Kensington community. If you live in Kensington, please consider joining up, and remember that creating safe, healthy and sustainable food stores not only help you and your family, but your neighbors, as well!
From the site:
The year ahead will be to raise enough funds through member investments, donations, grants and loans to purchase equipment, to buy a building, finance construction and hire a general manager. Once our funds are secured we will begin to narrow down our options for a location.
“Local Ownership Means a More Secure Future.”
Since KCFC is owned and operated by its members, it is their needs that the co-op most cares about, rather than the needs of corporate investors whose interest are often strictly the bottom line. Become a member of KCFC and your bottom line becomes our bottom line. Invest in your community today!
Discount Mondays at Fair Food Farmstand
Monday, August 23, 2010
A little bird over at The Griddle told me that on Mondays the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market offers a shelf-clearing discount of 10 percent off produce and 30 percent off dairy. EVERY Monday! Stock up on freezable cheeses, yogurt, goats milk, and fruits and vegetables to your heart’s content! Remember, Reading Terminal is only open until 6pm on Mondays, so consider stopping by on your lunch hour!
New Friday Farmers Market in University City
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Good news for all you University employees, students, summer-workers and University City neighborhood dwellers! A NEW Farmers Market will open this Friday, and run every Friday, at the Radiun building (approx. 40th and Walnut).
“Jersey Fresh” products backstory
Sunday, March 21, 2010
A few months ago (12/31/09) I posted about the great Jersey Fresh canned tomatoes I bought at the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market. In today’s Philadelphia Inquirer is a story about what the “Jersey Fresh” is all about. Hope to see more stuff available locally soon!
Taste test: Fattoria Fresca Jersey Fresh Crushed Tomatoes
Thursday, December 31, 2009
When I was last at the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, I decided to buy a can and try it out. Let’s face it, most canned tomatoes are crap to middling. But in the spirit of my commitment to local foods, it deserved a chance.
And I’m so glad I did. I ate a spoonful out of the can, and it was delicious. Not merely good, but a great, deep, tomato-ness. Salt and basil are in there (although I couldn’t detect the basil and would prefer to add my own anyway), but otherwise the can says no water, sugar, citric acid, concentrate, puree, or paste. At $3.00 for 28 ounces, it’s not inexpensive, but a can of imported San Marzanos will cost you more than that, and because there’s no water added, what you might call the “usable volume” of the Fattoria Fresca tomatoes is greater than the same size can of something else. Try them—I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
November GRID is out
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
The new GRID magazine is hitting the shelves at local coffee-shops, co-ops and businesses near you. Check out the issue for more bicycling articles, how to cook dried beans, just what is a green roof, local fashion designers, community garden, a green event calendar, and much more. Or, read it online HERE.
FLOTUS Shops at DC Farmers’ Market!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Hooray! Read the story on the New York Times website.
Opening day at Indian Valley Farmers’ Market
Saturday, July 04, 2009
I’m pretty sure there couldn’t have been more beautiful weather for today’s Indian Valley Farmers’ Market opening. Clear blue skies and sunshine were the perfect backdrop for local fruits, vegetables, maple syrup, wine, roasted coffee and flowers, homemade baked pies, cakes, breads and stromboli, and handcrafted rag rugs, glass earrings and glass watering bulbs. This year’s vendors include:
Annie’s Rag Rugs: Rugs made of 100% natural, recycled cotton and wool blankets.
Bakers on Broad: Specialty and traditional artisan breads.
Country Creek Winery: Variety of Pennsylvania wines produced and bottled by the winery; farmstead cheese made by Goot Essa.
Creations by Carmine: Beautiful hand-blown glass items including pendants, earrings, ornaments and watering bulbs.
Farmer’s Daughters: Fresh baked goods using Pennsylvania Dutch themes such as funny cakes, shoofly pies, whoopie pies, assorted cookies and breads; handmade crafts such as afghans, and hanging dish towels.
Frankie’s Favorites: All natural oatmeal cookies in four scrumptious flavors: oatmeal raisin, oatmeal raisin with coconut, oatmeal with dark chocolate ad pecan, and oatmeal peanut butter.
Nita-Baker: Delicious variety of strombolis, tomato pie, garlic knots, and many fresh baked sweets.
Peanut World: Fresh ground nut butters, roasted peanuts and a variety of healthy snacks.
R & L Home Baked Goods: Large variety of breads, cakes and cookies.
Rising Sun Coffee Roasters: Fresh roasted coffee in a variety of flavors; coffee drinks.
Willy’s Wood: Handcrafted cedar and pine furniture and wood products.
Ray’s Greenhouse: Vegetables, fruit, perennials, annuals; homemade jarred goods such as chow chow, sweet and sour beets, ketchup and apple butter.
Windy Springs Farm: Seasonal vegetables and fruit; jarred homemade goods including ketchup and spaghetti sauce.
Next Saturday’s market, which will feature the 2009 Field to Table Food Festival, is not to be missed. Be sure to stop by for exhibits from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, 4-H, the Searching for “Berried” Treasure Contest, music, menu samples from local restaurants and activities for children. The market will open as usual at 8:30am; Field to Table events will run from 10am - 3pm.
This season, the Indian Valley Farmers’ Market will be held each Saturday until October 17, from 8:30am until 12noon (except in the case of special events) at the Telford Train Station on Penn and Main Streets in Telford, Montgomery County. Keep an eye on all market news and events at http://www.ivfm.org/.
Market Report: Headhouse Square
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Headhouse Square Farmer’s Market was lovely this morning. After weeks and weeks of rain (including Headhouse’s opening day last month), it seemed almost decadent to have such a beautiful Sunday. I arrived early - a few minutes before the official opening at 10am - and it was already hopping. By the time I left around 10:45am, the place was absolutely packed.
Blooming Glen Farm had gorgeous displays of fantastic-looking produce. I loved the basket full of arrowhead and purple cabbages, and could not resist taking a photo. I bought zucchini and fresh garlic from the stand, but I wanted to buy a lot more. With just two of us in the house and my limited time for cooking, I have to be smart about not overbuying. I was sorely tempted by the squash blossoms. Last year I bought some and made great cheese and pesto stuffed blossoms. Blooming Glen also had some pretty good-looking tomatoes, but I’m wary of tomatoes this early in the season. Hydroponic or not, the flavor always seems off to me.
The best deal of the day for me was the four pounds of fava beans I got from Queen Farm for a mere $2.00. I’m not sure what I will do with the fava beans yet - suggestions? They also had lots of Asian greens and great-looking mushrooms.
Three Springs Fruit Farm had tons of cherries, both red and white, as well as early apples, black and red raspberries, and blueberries. I’m always so tempted by their fruit stand. I bought cherries (they were $4 per pint), and they are some of the best cherries I’ve ever eaten - perfectly ripe with a deep, lush sweetness.
I was really excited to see Mark from Natural Meadows Farms selling his eggs. Since I’m not volunteering at Fair Food Farmstand right now (on an unrelated note, Fair Food has started construction on their new home in Reading Terminal!! I hear it should be another four or five weeks until they can move in.), I haven’t seen him in a while. I do love his eggs. If you’ve never seen them, you must get your hands on some - they are blue, green, brown, pink, and all colors in between from a variety of heritage breed chickens. I had a nice chat with Mark today, although I was horrified to hear how much professional processors are charging to slaughter his Tamworth pigs. While I realize federal regulations exist to protect the consumer, they also make it very difficult for small farmers like Mark to make a profit.
Margerum’s was selling their usual selection of dried beans, herbs and spices, preserves, etc. Bags of red lentils and cannelini beans came home with me today. With so much great produce available, a good white bean salad with vegetable and vinaigrette will make a nice lunch one day.
Weaver’s Way had some great-looking red and white kohlrabi (and lots of other beautiful stuff) that I bought for my husband. Now that I’m working at Awbury Arboretum, I see the folks from Weaver’s Way hard at work at the farm on a regular basis. Their fields look amazing - very healthy and productive.
A bunch of golden beets caught my eye, I think at either Culton Organics or Yoder Heirlooms. I just made a really great salad (recipe will be forthcoming this week) out of them, and I’m debating with my myself about how I want to use the beet greens. Beet green risotto is always delicious!
Happy Cat Organics was selling a lot of vegetable plants along with some nice looking produce. I was tickled to see that they are selling shiitake mushroom logs. I’ve always wanted to grow my own mushrooms, so I’m hoping they still have them next time I make it to Headhouse Square. Something else at the market was the first of Jersey sweet corn, although - like the tomatoes - it seems awfully early for good sweet corn.
Along with a few flatbreads from Wild Flour Bakery, I managed to buy nearly everything I needed for the week and didn’t spend a ridiculous amount of money.
Indian Valley Farmers’ Market Opens in One Week!
Friday, June 26, 2009
The Indian Valley Farmers’ Market will open at the Telford Train Station on Penn and Main Streets on Saturday, July 4 at 8:30am for the 2009 season.
Rumor has it that this year, we can expect the best selection of vendors ever featured at the market! Locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally produced wine and locally roasted coffee will all be available, making it a great place to start weekend grocery shopping. Additionally, each week, the volunteers of the market’s Promotions Committee have special events planned, the first of which will be on July 11, the 2009 Field To Table Food Festival:
“The purpose of the Field to Table Festival is to help promote the Indian Valley Farmers’ Market, Pennsylvania agriculture, local businesses and service organizations as well as to have a fun day with our families. In addition to the Farmers’ Market, we will have exhibits from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, 4-H, the Searching for “Berried” Treasure Contest, music, menu samples from local restaurants and activities for children.”
Keep an eye on their website for all upcoming events: http://www.ivfm.org/ See you July 4!
Headhouse Square Opens to Grey Skies
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The Headhouse Square Farmers Market opened for the season yesterday morning. Sadly, the weather was grey and drizzly, but that didn’t prevent shoppers from crowding the Shambles to browse and shop. If opening day is any indication, it looks like it’s going to be a spectacular season, with many old favorites, including Culton Organics, Birchrun Cheese (I adore the Birchrun Blue), Wildflour Bakery and Spring Hills Maple Syrup.
Additionally, some new farmers and producers were there, including Dancing Hen Farm, which delighted me as they’re they CSA I’ve signed up with for the season and their produce looked bright and vivid.
This year, The Food Trust has also expanded the Saturday market, so if you can’t make it on Sundays, you now have expanded shopping options. Both markets run rain or shine, from 10 am until 2 pm.
Jersey Fresh Canned Tomatoes
Monday, March 30, 2009
Last summer went by in a blur, and the bulk of my plans to can and preserve tomatoes to carry me through the winter months fell by the wayside. I did manage to freeze some roasted tomatoes, but every time I want to make a batch of pasta sauce or add some color and zing to a pot of soup, I’d have to settle for a can of tomatoes of unknown origin (I’m not a strict locavore, I do like to eat things grown in my general region as much as is reasonable).
Because of this, I was delighted to discover these Jersey Fresh canned tomatoes at the Fair Food Farmstand on Saturday. Grow and canned locally, they have really great color, flavor and are a wonderful resource for those of us who didn’t quite get around their canning projects during the last tomato season.
At $3 a can, they aren’t a super bargain, but are certainly comparable to the fancy San Marzano tomatoes sold at gourmet markets.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
There is very little going on in Old City for those of us who are interested in supporting local farmers. It seems like there are farmers markets and shops that specialize in locally grown/made ingredients in just about every other neighborhood in and around Philadelphia - except Old City (or maybe there’s some secret underground stuff that I just don’t know about). Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is doing their part to change that - they sell preserves and sauces made by Greensgrow Farm, and they will serve as a pick up site for the Community Supported Agriculture program at Lancaster Farm Fresh.
If you know about Art in the Age, it shouldn’t surprise you that they are at the forefront of supporting local farmers in Old City. The store exists to support local artisans and the DIY movement. Walk around the shop and you’ll find house-made stationery and tees, small batch fragrances, and even Mennonite quilts. The folks behind Art in the Age have also found themselves square in the middle of an initiative to convince city government to overturn the ban on private citizens keeping chickens.
Serving as a pick up site for Lancaster Farm Fresh is their latest effort to support local farmers. The deadline for a discounted rate passed a day or two ago, but you can still purchase a seasonal share for $700 until April 15. If you’re interested, call Art in the Age or get in touch with the folks at Lancaster Farm Fresh.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
116 N. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phoenixville Winter Farmers’ Market
Friday, February 27, 2009
Sorry my posts have been light this month - we’re remodeling our family room, which is only consuming all of my time! However, I couldn’t pass up the chance to talk about the farmers’ market.
The Farmers’ Market in Phoenixville has a (roughly) bi-weekly winter market from December through April (it’s weekly from May to November). Since it’s winter, there’s not an overabundance of veggies - but you can find storage veggies like carrots, potatoes, and cabbage as well as a few greens (spinach, arugula, and endive). There will be two veggie sellers at the market this weekend! There’s also plenty of meat from chickens, turkeys, pigs, sheep, buffalo, and cows - and eggs, cheese, honey and baked goods. Plus you can get your hands on the Blue Sue fudge that Nicole blogged about last week. Some of the producers have pre-orders, and many also have first-come first-serve items as well. The newsletter has the details. Between the winter market and what we’ve stored from our CSA we’ve hardly had to buy any veggies from the supermarket at all this winter.
The picture was taken at the last winter market - it was cold! Tomorrow promises to be much nicer - the market is open from 10am - 11am at the corner of Bridge and Taylor streets in Phoenixville. For more info check out the website.