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On Your Table: Nothing beats fresh and local

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times

All the lovely recent weather got you jazzed up for some outdoor food shopping?  A farmers market near you can’t be beat for fresh produce and chatting with food artisans.  They are open now and can be found all over Chester County with hours that suit most schedules.  A trip to one of these markets can yield nearly all that’s needed to make a spring dinner – fresh vegetables, tender herbs, salad fixings and even locally raised meat.  For good measure, pick up a loaf of just-baked bread to round off the meal. 


According to Mike Ahlert and Melissa Sann of the West Chester Growers’ Market, there’s no better time to start exploring these markets than right now.  They should know.  The market is the longest-running in the area and only food producers may sell there so that visitors are assured that what they are buying indeed comes from local sources.  Mike says that buying with the seasons is the key to getting the most from  farmers market shopping.  Melissa adds that in this way home cooks can not only make delicious meals right now but they can also freeze, store or otherwise preserve their goodies for future eating.

> Read on for full article and tips on shopping

*Also make sure to check out Tasty Treats await at West Chester’s Artisan Exchange

Below is a listing of nearby Chester County markets:

Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market, Historic Mill, Route 401, Chester Springs, Wednesdays 2PM – 6PM

Artisan Exchange West Chester, 208 Carter Dr. West Chester, Saturdays 10M – 2PM

Coatesville Farmers Market Association, Gateway Park, Routes 82 & 30. Saturdays 10AM – 1PM

Downington Farmers Market, Kerr Park, Thursdays 3PM – 7PM

East Goshen Farmers Market, East Goshen Park, West Chester, Thursdays 3PM – 7PM

Kennett Square Farmers Market, Downtown Kennett Square, Fridays 2PM – 6PM

London Britain Township Market, Nichol Park, Landenberg,, Fridays 2PM – 6PM

Malvern Farmers Market, Warren Ave & Roberts St, Saturdays 9AM – 1PM

New Garden Growers Market, Near New Garden Township Park, Saturdays 9AM – 1PM

Oxford Village Market, 3rd & Locust St., Tuesdays 12:30PM – 6PM

Phoenixville Farmers Market, Under the Veterans Memorial, Saturdays 9AM – 1PM

The Farmers Market at Elverson, Livingood Park at Rt. 23, Saturdays 9AM – 1PM

West Chester Growers Market, Chestnut & Church Street, Saturdays 9AM – 1PM

West Grove Farmers Market, Harmony Park, Thursdays 2PM – 6PM

Westtown Amish Market, 1177 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, Thursday & Friday 9AM -6PM, Saturday 8AM – 4PM

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