When the seasons finally change and summer creeps its way into the "City of Brotherly Love," many people's fancy turns to fresh farm produce. After all, nothing brightens up a summer table better than a fresh salad or side dish made from ingredients grown locally.
Besides the appearance, the taste is often light years ahead of anything you'd find in a grocery store that has had to travel miles and miles to its destination.
Fortunately, Philadelphia has a plethora of excellent farmers' markets to choose from, hailing from neighborhoods all over. One such venue that garners praise and continued high scores year after year emerges at the start of summer: Headhouse Farmers' Market.
Savor local delights at the wonderfully popular Headhouse Farmers' Market, which opens weekly for business beginning in summer — Photo courtesy of Rhett Maxwell
Headhouse Farmers' Market is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to pick up fruits, veggies, flowers and even delicious prepared foods for your summer table.
Patrons flock to South Street in the city's Society Hill section each week to stock up on the delicious offerings the vendors here have available.
Open Sundays from May to December, this market is a wonderful opportunity to get out for a morning stroll as well as pick up fresh fixings for dinner. Stop by any one of the at least 25 farmers and producers that convene here each week for tons of selections of fresh foods to eat.
Whether its fruits or veggies or other fresh findings that are on your list, Headhouse Farmers' Market is a great place to find them — Photo courtesy of torbakhopper
Covering everything from fruits and vegetables to local cheese and meat to wine offerings and baked goods, this venue is sure to have something of interest to those who wander in. Come see what it's got to freshen up your summer table.
Even if stocking your picnic basket isn't a priority, a visit to this longstanding market is still worth the time. It's pretty, it's bustling, it's colorful, it's full of wonderful aromas and sounds and sights.
Walk its stalls and see the city's farming vendors in action, and get a taste of an entirely different side of Philadelphia. In nice weather, it's a refreshing walk – a chance to clear your head and take in the great amount of fresh food available to residents in the area.
You may even be inspired to pick up an ingredient or two to try on the way back home or add a little something to that picnic basket after all.
Headhouse Farmers' Market is also the scene for well-deserved opportunities to snack, as food trucks often rotate in and out of this location.
After picking up the local produce and flowers you need to complete your summer table, who says a food truck taco isn't on the menu as a reward for your shopping efforts?