Roxborough Gets a New Farmer!
The Gorgas Park Farmers' Market will open this Friday, May 27th. This weekly outdoor market is located in Gorgas Park on Ridge Avenue near the intersection with Acorn Street.
Market hours are 2 to 6 pm.
His name is Marc Wilken, McCann's Farm from Elk Township, Gloucester County New Jersey. He will sell its garden vegetables, melons, tree fruit, berries, honey, vegetable and herb seedlings, and cider.
Fresh produce from McCann's Farm will be available every Friday, from now until the end of October.
The market relocated to Gorgas Park with the approval of the Friends of Gorgas Park, and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.
Tips for the
What to Know Before You GoThe following comes adapted to you from the popular blog, "The Modern Mrs. Darcy"
1. Know your seasons. You’ll have an easier time planning your trip and deciding what to buy if you know to expect asparagus and mesclun in May and tomatoes and zucchini in July. Visit www.sustainabletable.org
so you can know before you go.
2. Try new things! People are not well-acquainted with spring produce. Swiss chard, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, radishes–you might be meeting them for the first time at the farmers’ market! Ask the farmer how to prepare it, Google an ingredient, or try a seasonal cookbook.
3. But don’t try too many new things at once! Don’t set yourself up to be overwhelmed with a fridge full of produce you don’t know what to do with. Try new items one at a time so that experimenting in the kitchen stays fun.
4. Buy what you’ll use, and no more. People often get caught up in market-day shopping and overbuy, because everything looks so good! Thankfully, farm-fresh produce lasts longer that what I buy at the grocery–but do try and be realistic about your purchases. Don’t buy more than you can use in the coming week. Besides, you’ll be back next weekend!
5. Bring cash, small change, and shopping bags.Cash may be essential. The small bills, coins and bags will be appreciated.
6. Not everything for sale at the farmers’ market is healthy. This is an easy trap to fall into, so be thoughtful about your purchases. The local vendors use high-quality and often organic ingredients, but they are still treats!
7. The farmers’ market is not one-stop shopping(unless you are really lucky!). Consider doing your weekly grocery shopping after you’ve hit the farmers’ market. This way, you can plan meals around the fresh produce from the farmers, and get other ingredients to go with it!