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2Sep/110

Fall Farmers’ Market Frenzy

We'll miss the tomatoes and peaches of high summer, but Philadelphia farmers' markets are always just as exciting come fall. Apples, pears, and fall vegetables are heading our way.

The best way to stay on top of it all is to follow @thefoodtrust on Twitter for info on new and ongoing market schedules, which food trucks will be there, special events and recipes from the Food Trust. Also stay tuned for the next Night Market this October in Chinatown!

A few of our choice markets:

Headhouse Square Market, Sundays at 10am, 2nd Street at Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (map)

Fountain Farmers' Market, Wednesdays, 3 to 7 pm, East Passyunk Ave, at 11th and Tasker Streets (map),  IPM fruits & vegetables - cheese and eggs - honey - cut flowers - locally-made preserves thru Green Aisle Grocery - vegetable and fruit breads - Amish baked goods - cut flowers, Local partner: East Passyunk Business Improvement District and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, Pennsylvania ACCESS, VISA, and MASTER CARDS accepted: : Fruitwood Orchards

Norris Square Farmers' Market, Thursdays, 1pm – 5pm, West Susquehanna Avenue at Howard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (map)

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17May/100

Now Serving Stumptown in Headhouse Square

Bodhi Coffee

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Make your next coffee date or latte break at Bodhi Coffee in Headhouse Square. For one thing, it's situated directly across from the Farmers Market on weekends, conveniently meeting the needs of caffeine hunters with their totes of veggies.

The front of the shop bears a signature Stumptown Coffee bird placard and an outdoor table. Inside, the rear exit leads to a serene courtyard in the back, should you require a private moment or two over your first cup of the day.

You can purchase a bag of beans to brew at home, along with a Chemex or filters.  Bodhi will also do a pour-over of Chemex coffee, or your regular favorites, all made with Stumptown and a Synesso machine.  Pastries come from Artisan Boulanger in South Philly and Wildflour Bakery. Paninis and bagels are available with  local spreads.  Wood, shelving, and fixtures are all reclaimed items found in the area.  Our favorite pieces are the swivel stools at the counter.  We have a feeling we'll be sitting in them again watching some sweet milk-frothing action.

Related:

Big Plans for Cafes in Fishtown, Brewerytown, Fairmount, and Headhouse Square

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17May/100

Seeing Green at Headhouse Square

Headhouse Square Farmers Market

It was an excellent day for green produce and green tomatoes at the Headhouse Square Farmers Market this past Sunday. Shoppers plotting their dinner salads and farmers with plenty of recommendations did business along Headhouse.

Headhouse Square Farmers Market

We plan on using these green tomatoes from New Jersey's Buzby Farms (50 cents for a medium, $1.00 for a large) in place of regular reds all summer long. We're thinking sandwiches with green tomato, avocado, and pesto for a  truly green Monday lunch.

One particular line stood out, twisted with the undeniable smell of sausage. Renaissance Sausage is a new vendor at Headhouse Square this season, packing local, organic ingredients into their artfully topped sandwiches. They elevate the humble sausage sandwich to exciting, gourmand-ready heights (Asian Chicken Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage, anyone?) It's the greenest sausage truck around.

Headhouse Square Farmers Market

The Market at Headhouse is held every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 2 pm at the Headhouse Shambles at 2nd and Lombard Streets.

Related:

Sunday Markets in May: Headhouse Square and the Piazza Farmer’s Market

Headhouse Square: Markets, Margaritas, and the Tango

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27Apr/100

Take the Stairs: Philly is Always a Step Ahead

Philadelphia Museum of ArtOne of the first things that many visitors do upon their arrival in Philadelphia? They run up the Art Museum steps. It may be the most famous, but it's not the only set of stairs that keep us on an upward climb. Elevators and escalators are nice, but taking the stairs is a Philadelphian's real cardio, so we put together a list of places that make for hot steppin'.

There are exactly 12 (count em) steps down to this underground bar in the Italian Market. This is truly a neighborhood bar, with free pool on Mondays and Sing Your Life Karaoke on Tuesdays, making these the steps that you want to take.

The whimsical women's clothing and housewares boutique in Rittenhouse Square has a series of grand staircases that turn a shopping trip into a tour of flowy dresses, charming trinkets, and thigh-burning exertion. Yes, you will look fantastic in that.

South Street's mosaic garden from artist Isaiah Zagar has a visually staggering set of shimmering stairs made from ceramic shards, bottles, and other items. The labyrinthine tour is an exercise in inspiration.

  • Society Hill Towers, 2nd and Locust Streets

The steps that lead up to Zahav and the Society Hill Towers are known as a shortcut to Headhouse Square and South Street.  The climb doesn't end at the top, however, because there's a steep path leading through Society Hill ahead of you.

Love Park loungers know that the curved granite steps surrounding the fountain are better for sitting and people-watching. Leave the Art Museum steps to those runner types.

  • Boyds, 1818 Chestnut St

The swank department store in Rittenhouse Square has a marvelous set to walk up - an old school marble staircase for the store that has been dressing up Philadelphia for over 70 years.

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21Apr/100

Sunday Markets in May: Headhouse Square and the Piazza Farmer’s Market

Piazza Farmer's Market

Miss the Saturday farmer's market madness in the Piazza? Now you get a second chance. Starting May 2, some of Saturday's vendors have decided to stick around for Sundays. Here is the list of Sunday vendors thus far:

Beechwood Orchard (starting 5/23)
Big Sky Bread
Flint Hill Farm (goat cheese and yogurt)
Earth Spring Farm (organic vegetables, starting 5/23)
Arbol Coffee
Natural Meadows Farm (pastured beef-pork-chicken and pastured cage-free eggs)
Barbie Lu's Sassy Salsa
Hillside Nursery (plants and cut... flowers)
Sweet Rose's Twisted Lemonade

Many merchants are already committed to the Headhouse Farmers' Market at 2nd and Lombard streets, with their season beginning on May 2nd as well. But the good news is that the Piazza Market has attracted so many unique sellers of their own, that there's plenty of farm bounty to go around. In fact, since the trek to Headhouse Square is not very far, you could easily check out both markets and have the ultimate Sunday fresh-food-lover's exploit. Both open at 10 am.

Also opening in May are the following markets:

Fairmount
22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Opens May 6th.

Schuylkill River Park
25th and Spruce streets
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Opens May 19th.

Broad & South
Broad and South streets
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Opens May 26th.

Related:
Headhouse Square: Markets, Margaritas, and the Tango

Spring Forward at the Piazza

Piazza Farmer’s Market: Springtime in January

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9Apr/100

Big Plans for Cafes in Fishtown, Brewerytown, Fairmount, and Headhouse Square

MugshotsWho doesn't love a cafe in their neighborhood?  We'll keep you posted on these soon-to-serve cafe additions to Philadelphia.

  • Brownstoner Philadelphia reveals that the former Allstate Insurance building on Girard Avenue at Day Street is going the cafe route. Brindle Cafe is the name of the new project that owner Scott Forman says will open in June. Another Fishtown coffee option? We'll drink to that.
  • Bodhi Coffee is coming to Headhouse Square in April and they'll be pouring Stumptown at 410 S. 2nd St. We wish Stumptown was a neighborhood in Philadelphia, because it would be a delicious community of coffee-lovers.

Related:

A Sunday in Fairmount Starts at Mugshots

Headhouse Square: Markets, Margaritas, and the Tango

A Cool University City Cafe with Live Music! Our Clients Rock, Literally!

One Shot Coffee Makes the Switch to Stumptown

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