One of my favorite Sunday morning activities is to visit the Farmer’s Market at Headhouse Square. Nestled in the remnants of a historic firehouse, this bounty of fruits and vegetables not only provides us with our morning entertainment but our weekly inspiration to live healthier. As I’ve mentioned before, N doesn’t eat many fruits and veggies these days, but I continue to surround him with them hoping this will change.
After a short walk, we typically stop to get some cash, which N enjoys participating in. As far as I know, the market does not accept credit cards, but in addition to cash they do take SNAP/ACCESS cards, Philly Food Bucks, and WIC. Then, we take our reusable lemonade cup to the Made in the Shade lemonade stand for a refreshing beverage. Typically our morning starts three hours before the market opens, so by the time we arrive we have already worked up a thirst.
Next, we browse the beautiful fruit and vegetable baskets for our weekly selections. I unfortunately do not have any photos of the actual market as I’m usually too busy trying to keep my toddler from knocking a bushel of tomatoes to the ground. We weave our way through the crowds though and select a few of our favorite items. You can find fresh peaches, apples, and cinnamon raisin bread in my shopping bag. By this time, we have worked up an appetite. N prefers to get a muffin, while I opt for either a cup of soup from Good Spoon or an egg sandwich from Lucky Old Souls burger truck.
We are always running into friends here too, which although we live in a city makes this market have a small town feel. Lastly, we take a run through the fountain to cool off before our trip home. N especially loves this part.
Nothing says summer like a farm stand, lemonade, and a sprinkler. These were key components of my childhood summers and have been reinvented for N’s city summers. I look forward to each Sunday!
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