Even if you’re in college, you can still eat healthy with affordable options from Philadelphia’s many farmers markets spread throughout the city.
Farmers markets are markets that sell food produced from nearby farms, with some farmers actually setting up stores to directly sell to the public. The food isn’t massively produced with certain fertilizers and chemicals that may not be great for your health.
A lot of the food sold in farmers markets will have the words “all natural” or “hormone free” labeled on it, but that doesn’t mean it is entirely natural. If you are searching for organic food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gives organically grown and produced food special “100% organic,” “organic” and “made with organic ingredients” seals.
Farmers markets provide more than just locally grown food; they can also be a place for a community to come together for something we all need: food. In University City, the Clark Park Farmers’ Market is right in the middle of three of the cities best schools and the West Philadelphia neighborhood. Residents and students come together to support local farmers while getting to enjoy specially grown food.
The newly opened King’s Dutch Country Farmers’ Market (310 S. 48th St.) is a brand new addition to Philadelphia’s growing trend for more locally grown and sold food.
Another popular farmers market is located in the busy Reading Terminal Market (12th and Arch sts.). Reading Terminal Market has three farm stands that are dedicated to providing Philadelphians with locally grown vegetables, dairy and organic fruits.
Many farmers markets are located near Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University, LaSalle University, Temple University, Saint Joseph’s University, the University of the Arts and the University of Pennsylvania.
Click the links above to see what farmers markets are near your university and stop by to do some grocery shopping, eat lunch or to just buy an apple. By shopping at farmers markets and buying locally grown food you are supporting family run and small businesses.
If you want a national list of farmers markets and restaurants that use locally grown food, check out the Local Harvest website.
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