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Farm Fresh in Germantown

July 18, 2012

Photograph of the vegetable patch at the Lutheran Orphans’ home (6950 Germantown Avenue) as taken from a 1908 postcard.

Over the years, it has become more and more difficult to access locally-grown produce, particularly in Philadelphia. Thanks to two sites in Historic Germantown, you don’t have to look any farther than Germantown Avenue to find all manner of freshly-picked fruits and vegetables.

On Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, stop by Grumblethorpe (5267 Germantown Avenue) for their weekly Farm Stand. Grumblethorpe, built in 1744, includes a two-acre garden featuring a variety of vegetables and fruits as well as apple, plum, and pear trees. The Farm Stand provides summer jobs for a number of local high school students while aiming specifically to encourage the development of business skills, an endeavor recently backed by a YOUTHadelphia grant.

View of the gardens at Grumblethorpe

If your Saturdays are usually too hectic, you can also check out the Farmers’ Market at Wyck (6026 Germantown Avenue) every Friday afternoon from 2 PM – 6 PM. Come and tantalize your taste buds with the produce from Wyck’s Home Farm; last year’s harvest boasted beautiful produce such as beans, blackberries, cabbage, carrots, edamame, garlic, lettuce, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and much more, along with eggs and honey. This year, Wyck welcomes additional vendors including Earth’s Elements Foods & Products, Riehl’s Family Farm from Lancaster County, and Neil’s Sharpening Service. To sign up for an e-bulletin from Wyck with weekly reports on the harvest, please visit http://www.wyck.org.

Wyck Farmers’ Market

Wyck also invites you to check out their Wednesdays at Wyck series, held every week throughout the summer and autumn. From 5:30 – 6:30 PM today, join yoga instructor Dawn Reid, E-RYT for a chance to “stretch, breathe, reflect, and renew.” Reid will return to for a second session next Wednesday morning, accompanied by a Storytime program for pre-school to early elementary children led by mom Lauren Bishop. For more information about the Wednesdays at Wyck program, again head to http://www.wyck.org.

Stop by and see the gardens and the houses for yourself! Wyck is open from 1 PM – 4 PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Grumblethorpe is open by appointment; call 215.843.4820 or e-mail grumblethorpe@philalandmarks.org.

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  1. December 13, 2012 1:20 am

    Finally I find a picture of my first home, the Lutheran Orphanage. But the building pictured here burned down in 1920, if I’m not mistaken.

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