Got an Hour? Support Your Local Farmers Market

Is June flying by for you, too? The last few weeks have come and gone in a flash. And May was no different. It was unusually busy for our family, with my son’s grad school graduation, my brother’s 50th birthday party, a quick trip to North Carolina, and a wedding in Baltimore. But I recently grabbed a couple of hours to explore some nearby farmers markets.

The Downingtown Farmers Market opened in May in Kerr Park and is already gaining many fans. My first visit to this producer-only market started at the yellowy-green Dia Doce food truck. If you’re up on cupcake trivia, the Dia Doce baking duo won the popular Food Network show, “Cupcake Wars,” with their gluten-free and vegan treats. Beyond the truck, stands were filled with fruits and vegetables, herb plants, breads, chocolates, honey, salsa, and even beer. Farmers within 50 miles of the borough brought pasture-raised beef, lamb, veal, and pork; chicken; sausage; and eggs. I sampled locally made almond and cinnamon butters from the Naughty Nutty Love stand, and took home small containers of SubLIME sorbetto and Rustic Lemon gelato from Jenny & Frank’s Artisan Gelato. (They were devoured the next day.)

Downingtown Farmers Market, Kerr Park, Downingtown, PA

Downingtown Farmers Market, Kerr Park, Downingtown, PA

Next stop was due east of Downingtown, and with my husband along for the ride, I headed to the Phoenixville Farmers Market. Sitting along French Creek and tucked under the Gay Street Bridge right off the town’s main street, this cozy group of local growers, producers, and artisans offered a wide range of food and related products. Among them were pasture-raised chicken, beef, bison, lamb, and veal; free-range eggs; hummus; wine; and goat’s and cow’s milk cheeses, not to mention herbs, fruits, and vegetables. We also found chorizo, guacamole, dill pickles, cupcakes, chocolates, and wild salmon.

Although I missed the too-short ramps season, I was lucky enough to snap up a couple of bunches of plump spring onions from Sunny Slope Farm. They became part of a grilled side salad with blistered cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic, and a simple sherry vinaigrette.

grilled spring onions

The Downingtown market is open year-round (Thursdays, 3-7 pm) and the Phoenixville market is open through mid-November (Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm) and has holiday and winter schedules.

I’m planning to get to several other markets in the next couple of weeks, so I’ll keep you posted. Let me know what interesting things you’re picking up at farm stands and markets near you. Happy hunting!

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