While there is not a lot that can endure the dogged days of winter, there is one wild edible that can be seen holding tenaciously to the frozen ground, reaching its limbs through cracks in the ice and breaks in the snow, and populating the pathways in our high tunnels. UTC/NF farmer Rachel de Vitry shares her insights on Chickweed, a surprisingly resilient cold hardy vegetable that makes a happy home on our farm:
On Wednesday July 11th, UTC will begin a farmers market at Cliveden park in Germantown located at Chew ave and Johnson St. The market will run from 2-6 and we will offer our own produce as well as produce from local area farms. As always all of our profits are used to fund community programs. See you there!
The weather held out to make a beautiful day for all the activity buzzing in the gardens and at the markets this weekend! At the 53rd & Poplar Farmstand and Flea Market, Joann M, Joann W, Anita, Dylan and Pam held down the fort selling loads of veggies and housewares across the street from the farm. At the farm, Skip and Ryan worked with volunteers from Vanguard, Comcast, and Verizon and made great headway on finishing rainwater harvest system construction, and Annie harvested honey from the farm’s beehive. Around the corner, volunteers worked with Sue maintaing the Rose Garden. Downtown at Rittenhouse Square, Shamara and Qadir sold vegetables and a new addition- Lisa’s recycled works of art!
Preserves, jams, pickles, and pasta sauce available at our 53rd & Poplar farmstand. Made with local ingredients in West Philadelphia by our amazing neighborhood volunteers- Nicole, Gale, and Joan.
Stop by our Rittenhouse Square stand at 18th & Walnut Streets every Saturday between 9AM and 3PM to check out our selection of local, fresh-picked herbs as well as the regular assortment of veggies.
The warnings of inclement weather didn’t stop dedicated volunteers and staff from running our Haddington and Rittenhouse farmstands this weekend, and shoppers were happy to skip the long lines at the grocery store to get fresh local produce! Pictured above: Joann and Dylan at the bountiful farmstand at 53rd and Poplar Streets, West Philadelphia.
Photo taken by Amy Weaver. For more pictures of the market, days at the farm, cooking classes, and kids programs, click here
It was a great day to shop and meet people at all three of our markets! Summer crops are in full swing, and at the Overbrook farmer’s market Jamal and Colon from the House of Umoja brought their first harvest of carrots for the season!
For more photos, taken by Amy Weaver, click here