by Lisa Marie Patzer
It is springtime and the local Farmers’ Markets in West Philadelphia are ready for business. On Wednesdays, the Farmers’ Market at University Square is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This market is conveniently located at 36th and Walnut streets outside of the Penn Bookstore.
The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, a program of University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships participates in the Clark Park Farmer’s Market, located at 43rd St. & Baltimore Ave.
The Clark Park Farmers’ Market is open on Thursdays, from 3pm-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.
I am also a big fan of Mill Creek Farm located at 49th and Brown Streets in West Philadelphia, between Haverford and Lancaster Avenues.
Most of their produce is sold directly to residents of the neighborhood at the farm-stand they operate on the farm, or at the farmers’ market two blocks away. They also harvest their own honey bees.
If you find yourself at Penn on a Wednesday afternoon, be sure to stop by the Farmers’ Market at University Square. The Honey Crisp apples are by far my all time favorite!