Ending on a High Note
This morning I scurried over to the Farm to pick a dozen squash blossoms and a couple fennels on my way to the newly established Headhouse Farmers Market on 2nd Street, just off Philly’s colorful South Street. My mission: to bring some truly interesting items to Weavers Way Farm’s stand at the Market. After dropping off my goods with Farmer Dave at our table, I took a stroll around.
The Market was amazing, both in its diversity of produce and people and in its beautiful colors and smells. You’ll have to take my word for it since I forgot to reset my white balance on the camera, resulting in less than stellar photos. This kickoff event for the Headhouse Market was really one of the last events in the “Buy Fresh Buy Local Week”, promoted and organized by Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). With literally dozens of invigorating events throughout the past week, it seemed only fitting to finish it all off with the best imaginable farmers market. Even Weaver’s Way Co-op Manager, Glenn Bergman, was surprised by the market’s sheer volume of local produce. He said something to the effect of “It’s just so darn European!”
Indeed, the Headhouse Market reminds me of strolling the riverbanks in Lyon, France, during the Sunday market there. I am so encouraged to see the urbanites in Philadelphia embracing this “food chain renaissance”, returning to the high quality flavors and heriloom varieties in a way that Philly’s founders (who built the Headhouse Square Shambles in which this market is housed) would have greatly appreciated.
What I appreciated seeing the most was two chefs stop by our table, choosing to take Weavers Way Farm produce for the “Chef Cook-off” event being held in conjunction with the Headhouse Market’s grand opening. While I didn’t get the opportunity to see who won, I’m sure our produce was put to good use.
So, while “Buy Fresh Buy Local Week” has indeed ended on a superb high note, don’t think this is it. “It” is just beginning. For one, Weavers Way Farm is just starting to pump out the best of its harvest for the season. No doubt the same can be said for all the other farmers at Headhouse today. If you didn’t visit today, visit next week and the week after and again and again. If you don’t live in Philly, I’m sure there’s a similarly unique farmers market near you. Join the swelling chorus of voices singing the praises of local farmers and their harvests.