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Farmers' Market Provides Summer Essentials

Gorgas Park hosts McCann's Farm and North Light Community Center every Friday afternoon.

Even the vegetables were perspiring last Friday afternoon, with temperatures reaching the mid 90s, but that did not stop hoards of Roxborough residents from visiting the weekly Gorgas Park Farmers’ Market on Ridge and Hermitage Avenues.

Typically, we list what to expect produce wise weekly on our site, but this week we were down at the park to scope it out for ourselves. Beginning before 2 p.m., (the market runs every Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) customers began lining up for the freshest of fruits and vegetables that McCann’s Farm and the had to offer.

“It’s not like the grocery stores,” Roxborough resident, Kathy Cook, said. “It’s always fresh.” Cook walks to the market every week for her produce.

Freshness and the idea of buying local seems to draw in the crowds, young and old.

New to the neighborhood, Kassie Hughes-Lampros, 21, says she always saw signs for the market, but never made her way down. “I like to support local, and its convenient, being right on the main drag,” she said.

Tom McCann, owner of McCann’s Farm, established in 1951 and once ran by his father of the same name, said the number one seller is the corn and tomatoes. “It’s all fresh and you can’t beat our prices,” said the smiling farmer.

Addison Vawters and Henry Nwalipenja of the child community outreach program, North Light Community Center, were also present, selling everything from sunflowers to rainbow chard. All the produce was farmed by a group of local youth from Teens 4 Good, a youth-led food production and nutrition business. One of the program’s main goals is to supply fresh produce to Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Nwalipenja stressed the importance of supporting the local youth. “The youth are our future. We need to empower them to sustain the universe,” he said.

Next Friday the farmers will be present again selling their finest of crops. They encourage visitors to bring their own bags.

For more information on McCann's Farm and the market, visit here.

Check back later in the week for a recipe from the market.

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