Philadelphia, PA - Weavers Way's farm market is open for the 2018 season at Saul High School in Philadelphia's Roxborough neighborhood. The market, which features produce grown at Saul's Henry Got Crops Farm by the Co-op's farmers, is at 7095 Henry Ave. and is open Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m., through November.
Early-season offerings include baby kale, lettuce mix and fresh herbs such as chives, oregano, thyme and lemon balm. As the summer progresses, shoppers can enjoy the full bounty of Weavers Way's fields and orchards, including a wide array of vegetables, from beets to tomatoes, leafy greens and salad ingredients, flowers and even blackberries and figs. All are grown following organic and sustainable practices.
The market also stocks other local products, such as corn, apples, peaches, cider and honey, sourced seasonally from partners including Three Springs Fruit Farm near Gettysburg, PA, and Fruitwood Orchards in South Jersey. And carefully selected local staples are also on the shelves — free-range eggs, grass-fed meat from Stryker Farm, organic milk, yogurt, cheeses and ice cream, artisanal bread and more.
The Weavers Way Henry Got Crops Farm Market accepts EBT, FMNP and, new this year, Philly Food Bucks. Weavers Way members always get 5% off Weavers Way produce. It's a great reason to join, but everyone can shop at the farm market (and at the Co-op) — no membership required.
New this year, Weavers Way farmers have scheduled several "Meet the Farmers" events at Co-op stores, spotlighting the crops of the season:
- GREENS: Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17, Ambler and Mt. Airy.
- TOMATOES: Sunday, July 29, Ambler and Chestnut Hill.
- ROOT VEGETABLES: Sunday, Nov. 11, Ambler and Chestnut Hill.
The Henry Got Crops Farm is a joint project of Weavers Way, Saul High School, Food Moxie (Weavers Way's affiliated nonprofit) and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.
Weavers Way farmers, under the leadership of Nina Berryman, now in her 10th year as farm manager, cultivate a combined 6.5 urban acres at Saul and at Weavers Way's Norm Brooks Memorial Farm at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown. Weavers Way Farms produce is also sold at the Co-op and to more than 100 subscribers in the Henry Got Crops CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) program.
In addition, the farm and the farmers market provide educational programming, giving students from Saul and other Philadelphia schools real-world experience in crop management, finance, customer service and the retail food business.
Shoppers are welcome to stroll the fields when they visit the farm market. Volunteer work days and other activities, including workshops and children's events at the farm, culminate in the Harvest on Henry Farm Festival in October.
All Meet the Farmers events are 11 a.m.-3 p.m.