As a Philadelphia dweller, I never tire visiting Philly’s many amazing farmer’s markets. Even after moving away from West Philly, The Food Trust’s Clark Park Farmer’s Market is good enough to draw me back to revisit old favorites. Of particular note are the whoopie pies from Forest View Bakery. After sampling these whoopie pies, which come in chocolate, pumpkin, or oatmeal flavors, with either original vanilla or peanut butter filling, you will absolutely be a believer that the world’s most delicious dessert hails from Pennsylvania.
I also thoroughly enjoy the healthier foods available at Clark Park, such as the variety of chemical free options offered at Primordia Mushrooms including the colorful oyster mushrooms, the huge portobellos, and your basic criminis (button mushrooms). Pennypack farms, a former staple for my household, offers not only a spectacular selection of freshly cut and washed greens and veggies, but also a weekly CSA share geared towards low-income families. As far as fruit goes, especially when I’m fixin’ to bake a pie, I always hit up Eden Garden. They have both attractive and tasty seasonal fruits in stock in large quantities. They’ve got everything from strawberries in early summer, then there are blueberries, sweet and sour cherries, apricots, and apples, just to name a few.
Although the farm stands are reason enough to come to Clark Park every Saturday from 10am-2pm, they aren’t the only reasons. Clark Park also frequently hosts other events such as the Go West Craft Fest, the Uhuru Flea Market, or eclectic musical performances that coincide with the farmer’s market. And finally, a number of food trucks frequent the park. Truly a delicious way to spend your Saturday!