Philadelphia, PA - Surrounded by richly fertile farmland and home to innovative urban growing projects, Philadelphia is a market-goer’s dream. Year-round and seasonally, open-air stalls dot the city and countryside, from the bustling indoor Reading Terminal Market to the gingham-clothed tables of the Phoenixville Market, collectively connecting consumers to freshly grown and produced food every day of the week.
With many accepting electronic payments, Philly’s growing roster of farmers’ markets has made eating fresh, local food an easy way of life.
Philadelphia's Year-Round Markets:
- The Reading Terminal Market - The only farmers’ market open on Mondays, the historic indoor The Reading Terminal Market also happens to be a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and Amish pickles to cheeses, seafood and meals to go. For the record, Reading Terminal is technically considered a public market rather than a farmers’ market since some of the vendors do not grow the products they sell. Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 12th & Arch Streets, (215) 922-2317, readingterminalmarket.org
- Headhouse Farmers’ Market - The largest outdoor pop-up market in the city, Headhouse Farmers’ Market draws crowds of shoppers seeking ingredients from more than 40 farmers and producers, all displaying their fresh produce, baked goods and local meats, cheeses and wines. Made-to-order fare comes from food trucks selling tacos, pierogies, Hawaiian lunches and lemonade. Sundays (May through December), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2nd & Lombard Streets, thefoodtrust.org
- Rittenhouse Square Market - At the bustling Rittenhouse Square Market, sidewalk vendors offer everything from organic produce and pastured meats to artisan cheeses and gluten-free baked goods. Tuesdays (May through November), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays (year-round), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 18th & Walnut Streets, farmtocity.org
- Clark Park Market - Amish pastries, heirloom vegetables, freshly cut flowers and dried herbs are just a few of the goodies available at West Philadelphia’s popular Clark Park Market. Thursdays (June through Thanksgiving), 3-7 p.m.; Saturdays (year-round), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 43rd Street & Baltimore Avenue, thefoodtrust.org, universitycity.org
- The Fitler Square Farmers’ Market - features fresh produce and herbs from Brogue Hydroponics, fruit and eggs from Highland Orchards, locally made nut butters and coffee from Philly Fair Trade Roasters. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 23rd & Pine Streets, thefoodtrust.org
- Phoenixville Farmers Market - Organic produce, mushrooms, maple syrup, grass-fed meats and artisan chocolate are just some of the reasons to visit the Phoenixville Market, held under the Veterans Memorial Gay Street Bridge. Saturdays (April through November), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturdays (Thanksgiving through Christmas), 10 a.m.-noon; second and fourth Saturdays (January through April), 10 a.m.-noon. 300 Mill Street, Phoenixville, phoenixvillefarmersmarket.org
- Bryn Mawr Farmers Market - IPM and organic fruits and vegetables, seasonal baked goods, chocolates, goat cheese and even medicinal herbs are on offer at the Bryn Mawr Market. Saturdays (May through Thanksgiving), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; alternating Saturdays (January through April), 10 a.m.-noon. Municipal Lot 7, Lancaster Avenue at Morris Avenue, Bryn Mawr, (215) 733-9599, farmtocity.org
- Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market - The goods at the Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market include plants and flowers, organic produce, foraged and cultivated mushrooms and dairy products. Saturdays (May through November), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturdays (December through April), 10 a.m.-noon. Winston Road between Germantown Avenue & Mermaid Lane, farmtocity.org
- Philly's Urban Farm Greensgrow - Award-winning urban farm Greensgrow sells both food it grows and area farmers’ produce, which means a bounty of strawberries, broccoli rabe, green garlic, beets, chard and herbs in the spring—and lots more come summer. Winter’s stock is lighter, but no less interesting. Two locations, in Kensington and West Philadelphia, make the cornucopia even more accessible. Kensington, Thursdays (late May through mid-November), 3-7 p.m.; Saturdays (late May through mid-November), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; select Saturdays (mid-November through mid-May), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; West Philadelphia, Saturdays (mid-November through mid-May), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; select Saturdays (mid-May through mid-November), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2501 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 427-2702; 5123 Baltimore Avenue, (215) 427-2780, greensgrow.org
- West Chester Growers Market - The West Chester Growers Market became Chester County’s only producer-only market in 1995. For more than 20 years, area growers have peddled their own fruits, veggies, meats, eggs and flowers—as have artisans selling honey, bread, cheese, pies, salsas, sauces, soaps and more. Saturdays (May through December), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; first, third and fifth Saturdays (January through April), 10 a.m.-noon. North Church & West Chestnut Streets, westchestergrowersmarket.com