|Photo Courtesy of Mukethe Kawinzi|
John Esch wiped his brow and took a hard swig of his water bottle. He has just traveled over three hours, from the outskirts of Gettysburg, arriving at 900 E. Howell Street – the site of the Oxford Circle Farmers’ Market. He, along with two other vendors, braved the near 100⁰ heat last Thursday to bring farm fresh fruits and vegetables and baked goods to the people of the great Northeast.
Last Thursday was the opening day of the Oxford Circle Farmers’ Market as well as the opening day of two other farmers’ markets across the city; one at Norris Square (West Susquehanna Street) and Palmer Park (Frankford Ave. at East Palmer Street). This totals six markets operating on Thursdays this summer sponsored by The Food Trust, a local non-profit dedicated to the proliferation of healthy, nutritious food, throughout the Philadelphia area. Although turnout throughout the city was light, it was to be expected considering the oppressive heat. However, those who were able to attend were rewarded with freshly picked produce from local Pennsylvania producers. These markets, as well as a host of others, will be going on throughout the summer and fall. If you are a fan of seasonal produce, it would behoove you to check out one or more of these markets. Food Trust Market List