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Top Five Weekday Farmers’ Markets

Our picks for the best places to shop for farm-fresh produce during the week

1. Rittenhouse Square

18th and Walnut Streets
Hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Only four or five vendors strong, this small market belies it size by offering an extensive variety of fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and baked goods.

Best bet: Make sure to check out the stone fruits from Beechwood Orchards. Their white nectarines are particularly sweet and juicy.

2. City Hall

Broad and Market Streets
Hours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A cluster of tents and tables set up in the shadow of William Penn, this busy little market offers fresh produce and baked goods, as well as prepared sandwiches and salads for those folks who want to change up their lunch routine.

Best bet: Kit Summers’ homemade, locally sourced salsa. One bite and you’ll be a fan for life.

3. University Square

36th and Walnut (in front of the Penn Bookstore)
Hours: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Long hailed as the highlight of the summertime weeks by Penn students and staff alike, this market offers shoppers produce, dairy products and baked goods direct from Lancaster farms.

Best bet: Take home a shoofly pie. It’s good with coffee and great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

4. Weavers Way

Carpenter Lane and Greene Street
Hours: Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.

This market sets up in front of the High Point Cafe each Thursday afternoon and draws attendees from all over Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. They come for the pastured meat, poultry and eggs, as well as produce, baked goods and Amish-canned delights.

Best bet: Heirloom tomatoes! The Weavers Way Farm planted more than 25 varieties this year, so you’ll lots to choose from!

5. East Falls

Midvale near Ridge
Hours: Fridays, 3:30 to 7 p.m.

In the last few years, the neighborhood of East Falls has been experiencing a renaissance, and this market has played no small role. Shoppers can peruse produce, pastured eggs, home canned products and a variety of baked goods.

Best bet: Corn on the cob! A quick boil and a smear of butter is all it needs.

For more information about Philadelphia-area farmers markets, check out “The Food Trust”: http://www.thefoodtrust.org/ and “Farm to City”: http://www.thefoodtrust.org/.

— Published July 8, 2009

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