The start of the summer season marks the start of nice weather and the opening of outdoor farmers markets! Farm to City is a Philadelphia-based company that focuses on bringing locally grown produce to the city of Philadelphia through various farmers markets. Some indoor markets are open year-round, however with the start of the summer season, the outdoor markets will be reopening.
Farmers Markets are a great way to support the community by eating locally grown foods. Local food travels straight from the farm to market and to your table without being processed, so it is fresh and full of nutrients. Farm to City works with local farms such as Roundout Valley Organics and the Taproot Farm, which bring their seasonal produce to markets all over the city. Eating locally grown food not only supports the community and farmers, but it benefits the environment by decreasing pollution and food waste.
So, visit your local farmers market this summer to pick up some fresh seasonal produce grown right here in Philadelphia. Seasonal foods to look for are berries such as strawberries and blueberries, and also fresh vegetables like tomatoes, corn, kale. Getting food from the farmers market is the perfect way to stay heathy this summer while also supporting the Philadelphia Community!
Currently the University Square, Jefferson, Rittenhouse Square, Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill, and Swarthmore Markets are open, with more opening soon! Check out this link for official listings of all Philadelphia Farmers Market openings and schedules: https://farmtocity.org/find-local-food/farmers-markets/
Sarah Domino, Penn State Intern