Fifth Annual Philly Farm and Food Fest

Sunday, April 10, 2016

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It seems like every year we say that the Farm and Food Fest got bigger and better.  This year it’s undeniable - the festival grew right out of its old location in one of the smaller spaces of the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a bigger hall.  The new space easily accommodated everything the festival had to offer, so visitors didn’t have to leave the main exhibition space to attend classes and talks.  We attended the Master Class on local cheeses with Emilio Mignucci of DiBruno Brothers - more on that in a post on Wednesday - and listened to Chef Charles Parker of Talula’s Garden discuss local greens with the help of Adrian Galbraith-Paul of Heritage Farm in West Philadelphia. 

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We were delighted to see another farm within the city limits, Mycopolitan Mushroom Company, present with some of their more unusual mushrooms for sale as well as a pickled mushroom mix.  We took home a Pom Pom mushroom, which looks exactly like it sounds and will be cooked for dinner tonight according to their helpful preparation suggestions.

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Cape May Sea Salt Company was there with a variety of their products including smoked salt, something they were still developing when we visited their salt house
last year.

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The sheer number of local growers and producers was staggering, and the best part was that almost all of them are readily available in Philadelphia thanks to the likes of Winter Harvest, Lancaster Farm Cooperative, our many farmers’ markets and retail outlets dedicated to local food.  Granted, we left with full shopping bags anyway, but who can resist a High Street loaf baked entirely with locally grown and milled grains?

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And of course all the cheese. 

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