Farmers markets: part useful, part social. If you're a fan, you'll want to check out year #2 of the weekly Saturday market in Old City, brought to you by High Street on Market. Starting June 4 and running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every summer Saturday thereafter, Plowshare Farms will work with High Street to coordinate three permanent vendors and four additional ones who'll rotate in on a regular monthly schedule. They'll sell their goods from under two tents in front of High Street at 3rd and Market.
High Street and Plowshare Farms will be onsite every week, as will Primal Supply. Respectively, they'll sell breads, pastries and prepared food; veggies, herbs and fruits; sustainably raised meat and eggs from butcher Heather Marold Thomason, formerly of Kensington Quarters.
Then, the 1st Saturday of each month, Spruce Hill Preserves will sell preserves made with local, seasonal and organic ingredients, followed the next week by Cherry Grove Farm, who'll bring small-batch, sustainable cheeses from Lawrenceville, NJ.
Third Saturdays bring Random Tea Room and its house-blended herbal infusions, and the last Saturday of the month is a chance to try ginger beer from Press Gang Ginger Beer.
A kick-off party this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. brings all the vendors together for the only time this summer.
For those of you who can't go a day without fresh High Street bread, you'll be able to buy it Sundays at Headhouse Square, Tuesdays at Rittenhouse Square and Wednesdays at Passyunk Avenue's Fountain Farmers Market.