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Would you believe me if I said that this week’s Farm Fresh Friday came out of a box? Indeed, it is true.
Philly Homegrown, a food movement that focuses on fresh, local, and delicious food sent me a box filled with a wide variety of goodies. And while these products didn’t exactly come from a vine, the ingredients used to make them are as fresh as it gets.
This may come as a surprise to some. That Philadelphia, a city known for cheese steaks and soft pretzels is actually filled with restaurants that cook with local foods, markets that carry what is grown close to home, and people that are passionate about eating “real local flavor”.
Some interesting facts about the local Philadelphia food scene:
•Philadelphia has 500 community gardens and 226 are food-producing.
•Reading Terminal Market is one of America’s oldest farmers’ markets.
•The area where the food is grown, produced and shared is spread over 100 miles from “Amish Country to the Atlantic Ocean”!
What can you do to get more involved?:
•Eat at restaurants that use local products such as Garces Trading Company, Fork, and Talula’s Garden. To find more visit Food Finder.
•Pick your own produce!
•Check out a farmers market.
•Go on a food tour!
When my farm in a box arrived at my front door I immediately tore it open and delicious smells wafted through the kitchen.
Garces Trading Company Coffee, Gilda’s Biscotti, Metropolitan Bakery Granola, and Mind Your Own Beeswax Honey.
The Mushroom Cap Dried Mushrooms and Snack N Shrooms Mushroom Chips.
North/South Meatery & Canning Co. Pancetta and PA Noble Cheese, Cave Aged Cheddar.
Victory Brewing Company’s Summer Love Ale.
As you can guess, this box was pure foodie heaven. Even better that I knew exactly where each product came from and their exact ingredients. And then the obvious happened and I started thinking about what I could do with the products. Aside from just digging in and eating them individually of course.
On Monday I am going to share what I created using these fantastic ingredients and I promise it is a great recipe. How could it not be?! And better yet, I want to give you some of the products.
It wouldn’t be fair if I flaunted all of this great information and then kept everything for myself! Although I am serious, it was a really tough decision to share!
To win a product all you have to do is:
Like my page on Facebook (All I Eat Food) and leave a comment saying which of the following products you would enjoy most:
Garces Trading Company Coffee
Metropolitan Bakery Granola
The Mushroom Cap Dried Mushrooms
Mind Your Own Beeswax Honey
You have until Sunday night, at 11:59 EST. I will pick 5 random winners out of a hat and announce it on Monday’s post!
I hope that everyone can get excited about Philly Homegrown and enjoy all that the area has to offer whether you are a local or come for a visit.
Dear Fresh Veggies,
Never knew grass existed in the city. Thanks for sharing your goods.
Okay, so I’ll be honest. The only thing tropical about this post is that I am on vacation in Punta Cana and I’m sharing a post about my latest farmers market experience.
But veggies are almost as good as a tropical island. Almost?
This farmers market is located in Haddonfield, NJ, at Kings Court, 150 Kings Highway East. It takes place every Saturday through October 8, rain or shine!
While I have visited this cute, quaint town many times, it was the first time that I was actually visiting the farmers market.
There are those white eggplants again!
It was fairly small but there were a ton of great products to look at.
And everything looked really fresh and there were many varieties of fruits and veggies.
I found these mushrooms the most interesting. It seemed a little unusual to see oyster mushrooms at a farmers market but I loved that they are available.
I was also able to try some of this long bean salad, which was amazing. (Made with the long beans pictured above.) It tasted a little spicy and there was definitely some basil in there. Why didn’t I ask for the recipe?!
This market was especially fun because there were so many other vendors and stores that set up tents and tables along the street that you could wander around all morning checking out the different items. Kind of a two for one deal.
And if you’re ever visiting the Collingswood farmers market, you should definitely check out this one! Or vice versa. They are so very close but unique in their own way.
Enjoy your weekend while I bask in the sun!
All summer I have been hearing about Woodbury’s Farmers Market. Each Friday this market is held on Cooper Street & Railroad Avenue by train station parking lot in Woodbury, NJ from 2pm-6pm.
While this farmers market has been going on Friday after Friday, summer after summer, since 2003, it was the first time I have stopped by. And while I have wanted to visit practically every Friday this summer, it was the first time I was able to check out this unique hidden gem.
My favorite stop was this little organic stand, where the woman said she and her husband grow everything. When I asked if they had a farm that you could visit she told me that they actually just intended to eat what they grew but there too much so whatever they couldn’t eat they sold at the market.
See the whitish/green eggplant on the bottom? I never knew this but she told me that that was how eggplant was first grown, in the shape of an egg and it had a white color. As she held it in her hand it made perfect sense! Why had I never questioned this before!? I always just accepted that a big, purple vegetable was called eggplant.
After snapping some photos and capturing some photos I was so glad that I finally visited this unexpected treasure that I had always heard about. In fact, I loved it so much… I’m going back today