Clark Park Farmers Market, Philadelphia, Penn.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009

Clark Park winter farmers market

About a dozen farms were represented at this market today, offering meats, cheeses, dried herbs and beans, processed foods and a surprisingly varied array of produce, considering that its mid-winter and the temperature in these parts was in single digits just a few weeks ago. In addition to mushrooms, root crops and storage apples, there were nearly a dozen varieties of cold-tolerant greens including spinach, arugula, Tuscan and Russian kale, chard, collard greens, cabbage and brussel sprouts. There was even romaine lettuce grown in a greenhouse. This is one of about 30 farmers markets in the Philadelphia area sponsored by The Food Trust, and one of two that are open year round.

– Mark Thompson

Clark Park
43rd St. and Baltimore Ave. / map
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(215) 568-0830

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What I Bought

beets, celeriac and other root crops
(left to right) cylindra beet, Jerusalem artichokes, and chiogga beet, turnip, parsnip, blue, red and fingerling potatoes, celeriac
Price: $1.95/lb. for cylindra beets and turnips
$2.50/lb. for chiogga beet, parsnips and celeriac
$2.95/lb. for fingerling potatoes
$1.50/lb. for other potato varieties
$3/lb. Jerusalem artichokes

apple varieties
(clockwise from upper left) Empire, Golden Delicious, Cortland and Goldrush apples
Price: $1.25/lb.

acorn squash and lacinato kale
acorn squash, lacinato kale
Price: $3/bunch for kale
$2 for squash

licorice sticks
licorice sticks, chestnuts
Price: $.20/each for licorice sticks
$2.25/pint of chestnuts

bacon and potato chips
(clockwise from upper left) potato chips, relish, noodles, cheddar cheese, bacon
Price: $8.95/lb. for cheese
$5/lb. for bacon
$2/bag for chips
$3/bag for noodles
$3/jar relish