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A Comprehensive Guide to the Main Line’s Farmers Markets

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Local farmers markets are a great resource for not only fresh produce but also for fresh meats and cheeses. As spring slowly fades into summer, the area’s seasonal markets are opening again, giving Main Liners the perfect opportunity to buy fresh ingredients.

Many markets make an effort to be producer-based, meaning only products made by the producer can be sold. Not only does this support the environment, but it also supports the local agrarian and entrepreneurial economies. Buying local helps support community farmersplus the produce is at its peak freshness, not having to travel far before being sold.

While many Main Line area markets are open year-round, an equal number run with limited hours in the off-season and on a weekly basis throughout the warmer months. Now that the cold weather has abated, the markets will remain open through October, and in some cases, longer.

There’s an abundance of great produce available at these farmers markets. Find stands stacked with colorful seasonal fruits and vegetables, like perfectly plump tomatoes, ears of sweet corn and savory strawberries. Vendors also sell farm-raised meats, like beef, chicken and pork, as well as locally-produced dairy products, especially cheese. Many area markets also incorporate prepared foods from a range of cuisines, as well as artisan handcrafted items and even liquor.

Here, we take a look at the area’s markets and some of what’s available at each.  

—Lisa Dukart

 

This Suburban Square market is open daily year-round, bringing fresh, local Lancaster County produce to the Main Line. Find everything from flowers to meats to tomatoes—be it for a quick stop at lunchtime or for full on grocery shopping. Also find DiBruno Bros. at the market, serving a range of gourmet cheeses, fresh pastas, breads, prepared foods and plenty more.

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore.

 

Located near the Delaware-Pennsylvania border, this ever-expanding farmers market boasts over 100 merchants, ranging from Amish markets with fresh produce and meats to eat-in restaurants. Open year round and perpetually busy, visitors can find everything on their shopping lists, including staple groceries, collectibles and even clothing. Take home a range of ethnic foods, like some Korean tacos from Kachi, jambalaya from Cajun Kate’s or huge and deliciously-covered slices from Massimo’s Pizza.

Fridays, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

1362 Naamans Creek Road, Garnet Valley. 

 

Find fresh produce year-round at this Saturday-only market. Located conveniently near the Bryn Mawr Train Station, shops include everything from baked goods to ethnic cuisine to herbals. The stalls are set up outdoor in covered tents, making it a true farmer’s market experience. Pick up some fresh baguettes, cheese and wine and have an impromptu Parisian picnic nearby, or grab staples like fair trade coffee and eggs to take home.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bryn Mawr Municipal Lot 7, Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 

 

This market again returns to Kerr Park in Downingtown, bringing with it fresh meats, produce, dairy and baked goods. Find everything to stock the fridge, and then head to other vendors like Black Walnut Winery for locally-made wines, Winsome Teas or grab gifts or fresh herbs at Barrow Goods. The market is part of Growing Roots, also associated with Malvern and Eagleview markets, and hosts various events throughout the season.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kerr Park, 1 Park Lane, Downingtown.

 

Located in the East Goshen Park, this market is only open seasonally, just before summer until the early fall, one day a week. Find a range of herbals, in the form of teas and elixirs from Arete, fresh baked bread from Big Sky Bread, hand-crafted soaps, locally-made natural honey and much more. In addition to the traditional market, on the first Thursday of each month, it hosts a food truck and craft vendors day. On a warm summer night, it’s the perfect place to wander around and sample different cuisines.

Thursdays, 3 – 7 p.m.

1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester. 

 

This market has a long history with the community. First established in the 1930s, it’s been in its present location since 1977, where a myriad of vendors sell their wares several days a week. Stop by and pick up dinner from Countryview Barbecue, serving savory rotisserie chickens with all the sides, or grab farm-fresh produce from a number of Lancaster-area farms. Comfort food, pastas and confections are also available. Plus, the market boasts a wide selection of fresh flowers, perfect for creating unique bouquets.

Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

389 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne. 

 

Stroll this pet-friendly seasonal market on Saturdays from late May to late October. Vendors change on a weekly basis, with some coming every week and others alternating slots. They have everything from pasture-raised meats to free-range eggs, from fresh cheeses to delectable pastries. Also find infused oils, fresh cider and honey as well as teas. Take home some aged goat cheese from Amazing Acres Goat Dairy or wander the market with The Icery’s cool gelato in hand. Boyertown’s Frecon Farms also has a stall, where visitors can find their locally-grown, locally-made hard cider. Plus, be on the lookout for special events throughout the season, like community days and festivals.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

30 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne.

 

This country-chic market offers everything from Lancaster-grown produce to roasted chickens, from Dutch bakery style pies to mouth-watering donuts. Beyond the plentiful produce and artisanal foods, shoppers can find outdoor patio and poolside furniture from Finch Poly Furniture, as well as outdoor structures, like pavilions, sheds and more. The market, open throughout the year, runs weekly specials to sweeten shopping trips.

Fridays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

36 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth. 

 

This recently renovated market, formerly known as the Chestnut Hill Farmer’s Market, embodies a luxury shopping experience to match the organic and locally-sourced products available. Find hand-cut sushi, sandwiches, fresh cheeses and bread, among other meats and produce, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. Grab a cinnamon bun from Barry’s Buns with a fresh cup of coffee from Poppy’s Café, while strolling around and browsing the colorful and creative artwork from the Fresh Artists program. Also find fresh fruits and veggies and hand-squeezed juices at places like Yu’s Produce. In addition to the regular vendors, the market hosts specialty events including gardening demonstrations and benefits for local nonprofits.

Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8229 Germantown Ave., Building D, Germantown. 

 

This more recently established farmers market—established in 2009—is a seasonal weekly, open-air market with locally-sourced produce. Nothing comes from further than 75 miles away and must be created or grown by the seller. Find everything from a range of mushrooms to kettle corn to olive oils and vinegars to wines and ciders.

Thursdays, 3 – 7 p.m.

State and Galey streets, Media. 

 

This seasonal market, open regularly from May through early September, with select dates and times during the winter months, is a producers-only market, featuring locally-grown and made foods, including meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits and even wine. Find unique foods and goods like bison meat and wool from Backyard Bison, wine and cardamone from Blue Mountain Winery, honeys and jams from Fruitwood Orchards and much work. Also find some artists and florists on hand.

Wednesdays, 3 – 7 p.m.

Grace Chapel Parking Lot, 1 W. Eagle Road, Havertown.

 

Phoenixville is home to this year-round market, open on Saturdays, with its peak season running from May through November. Founded in 2002, it’s become an area staple in a pretty atmosphere, along French Creek. Everything sold at the market is produced or made by the seller, continuing the commitment to local agriculture. Among its many artisans, shoppers can find bison, dairy, tasty guacamole, honey, chocolate and Nordic pies. In addition to shopping, live music is performed, creating a festival-like atmosphere.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

200 Mill St., Phoenixville. 

 

This market is the foodie’s delight. Not only can visitors find fresh groceries, locally-produced, but they can find a range of tasty prepared foods, to eat in or take home. For fresh goods, head to Farmer’s Butcher & Produce for a range of fresh, grass-fed meats, like pork, lamb and beef. Take home a culinary tour-de-force, with selections from around the globe, including Belgian Chocolates, Asian cuisine from Margaret Kuo’s, sushi, Caribbean and even Middle Eastern cuisine, served fresh from Tabouli.

Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

1149 Lancaster Ave., Rosemont. 

 

Conshohocken residents will be thrilled to have this new market returning for its second season. Opened in 2015, the seasonal market re-opened at the beginning of May and will run through October. Visitors can expect to find everything from fresh fruits and veggies to locally-sourced coffee and baked goods to wine. Grab fresh meats from Freeland Market and pick up some marinades from Saucy Sue’s Sauces. Some vendors alternate and are only in once a month, so check the schedule ahead of time.

Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1001 E. Hector St., Conshohocken. 

 

In 1995, West Chester established this cooperative market, which focuses on local vendors and artisans. What began as just farmers has expanded substantially to include handcrafted items, bakers and more. The market is open year-round, though with varying hours. Find everything from hard cider to fresh herbs to meats and cheeses. Visitors can also buy plants and flowers, coffee, pasta, ice cream, tea and soap, among other items.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

N. Church and W. Chestnut streets, West Chester.

Find community CSAs and home-delivery produce services, as well. 

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