If you think farmers’ markets belong to only the summer season, you might want to think twice. In Philadelphia they have so many food markets where they have nothing but the freshest of tomatoes, apples and lemonades and the best thing of all is that the farmers’ markets in Philadelphia run throughout the year even during the winter season! Support local, support fresh and organic produce - that is the motto for those behind the many farmers’ markets. With a cup of hot chocolate in hand, check out our list of the best food markets you can find in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
1. Reading Terminal Market
Well, as its name goes, this place used to be above a railroad train shack. If you only have a couple of days in Philadelphia, heading down to Reading Terminal Market is a must-do thing because this food market offers you food options more than you can believe. Due to its wide selection of products - ranging from coffee, donuts, pretzels, pork sausages, and burgers - it is a popular place amongst the Philadelphians. Having a wide seating area gives you the liberty of choice and time to choose from the array of food available and it’s not just local food, they have a good representation of food from all over the world such as Thailand, Greece, Italy, France, and the list goes on. Oh and the best thing of all seems to be, that the market opens daily so you need not worry about turning up in front of a closed market on a Monday.
Reading Terminal Market
Address: 51 N. 12th St., at Arch St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, USA
Website: Reading Terminal Market
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
2. Fitler Square Farmers' Market
Cider donuts, West-Philly brewed beer! Do these sound enticing? Head down to Fitler Square Farmers’ market to get your weekly dose of alcohol at the local brewery located in the market. When you have done the most important errand - that is filling up your stomach with some mouth-watering donuts and drinks, head over to the stalls selling some of the freshest herbs, so that you could grab some home for the roast chicken you are about to cook for dinner tonight!
Fitler Square Farmers' Market
Address: S 23rd St & Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
Website: Fitler Square Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: Every Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
3. Greensgrow Farmstand
When you are in Philadelphia, be sure to visit the Greensgrow Farmstand because this place and all that it offers is seasonal. That is, strawberries belong to the summer season, so you might not see it in winter but a great variety of seasonal vegetables are available for the picking. This place promises fresh local produce that is specially grown by the farmers who live in Philadelphia.
Address: 2501 E. Cumberland Street Philadelphia, PA 19125 215.427.2780 ext 5
Website: Greensgrow Farmstand
Opening hours: Winter hours (as of this season): Thursday - Friday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
4. Rittenhouse Farmers' Market
Most farmers’ markets that you see in Philadelphia promote self-sustenance within the communities and Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market is one such market. One of the most popular shops in this market is the John & Kira’s Chocolate stall. John & Kira’s Chocolates presents you with a multitude of chocolates to choose from, they come in flavors such as lemongrass, coffee whiskey, ginger, and even passion fruit. One of the best things out of their ‘sweet’ business is that part of their profits are channeled to education efforts, equipping kids with skills on how to farm - how sweet is that? And when you are in the vicinity, don’t forget to grab a ginger lemonade on the way out!
Rittenhouse Farmers' Market
Address: 1800 Walnut Street (15,444.54 km) 19103 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Website: Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: Every Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
5. Clark Park Farmers' Market
When the weather gets chilly, nothing is as comforting as having a good cup of chai latte and at Clark Park’s Farmers’ Market you will be pleasantly surprised with a Chai Bar where they specialize in Indian chai-flavored drinks and something on their menu that is not quite common - their 100% vegan parsley cake with a scoop of ice-cream. Margerum’s Herbs also offers a wide selection of jams such as cranberry, apple, orange, pumpkin puree and many other spices like cinnamon too.
Clark Park Farmers' Market
Address: 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Website: Clark Park Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
6. Farm to City
As part of a Philadelphia initiative to bring fresh produce from farmers’ gardens to different parts of the city, this ensures that what is brought onto dinner plates are nothing but the freshest. Besides organic options such as the leafy greens, they have a wide selection of cold cuts such as honey ham and combo meals that come with a cookie, if you feel like dining in.
Farm to City
Address: 1315 Walnut Street Suite 1526 Philadelphia, PA 19107
Website: Farm to City
Opening hours: Selected days, refer to the website
7. d & Haverford Wednesday Farmers' Market
This farmers’ market is frequently visited by the older citizens living in the Haddington neighborhood which is a plus point for you when you meet them because they know everything - from the history of the area to what fruits are the freshest and which stall sells them. In case you might not have heard about it, 52nd & Haverford Wednesday Farmers’ Market has inculcated a healthy lifestyle with plenty of fresh produce from the farms as well as collaborated with the Lankenau Medical Centre which provides complimentary health screenings on selected Wednesdays of the month. Their fresh produce is also affordably priced.
52nd & Haverford Wednesday Farmers' Market
Address: Haverford Avenue and North 52nd Street
Opening hours: Wednesdays from 1pm - 5pm from May through November
8. Clover Market
Unlike any other Farmers’ Market, food does not take center stage at the Clover Market, in here you’ll find many stalls selling vintage items, collectibles, furniture, and other intricately designed jewelry. When you can’t make up your mind on which pair of earrings or which painting to bring home, getting a cup of coffee from the food trucks at the market might help you with it. Those with kids might want to consider depositing them temporarily - don’t worry they’ll be in good hands - at the arts and craft corner and the best part of it is that it’s free!
Address: 25 W Highland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA
Website: Clover Market
Opening hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
9. h Street Italian Market
The array of herbs and spices present in this market is a testament to the amount of cultural influence seen in this neighborhood. This market owes its origin to an Italian immigrant, Antonio Palumbo who set up a boarding house on the 9th Street for other immigrants. So it is no wonder this street is home to not only pasta shops but also Korean Barbecue and Vietnamese Pho shops as well.
South 9th Street Italian Market
Address: 919 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Website: South 9th Street Italian Market
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sundays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
10. West Oak Lane
Situated in the serene neighborhood of West Oak Lane, walking through this farmers’ market will bring you away from the bustling crowds of people you normally would see in a place like this. They have a huge variety of Amish goods for you as well as locally grown fresh crops.
West Oak Lane Farmers' Market
Address: West Oak Lane, Farmers’ Market, The Food Trust, 1617 JFK Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19103
Website: West Oak Lane Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: Varies
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
What’s on the dining table? Walking through these farmers’ markets make gathering ingredients for meals an easy-peasy one - or not - because one thing is for sure you will have to choose between markets for where to get that seasonal fruit!
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