Last week I visited this awesome project in West Philly called Farm 51. This urban farm (run by partners Neal and Andrew) grows fresh seasonal produce that their neighbors can purchase at the weekly farmstand. Some of the kids who live in the neighborhood help out at the farm; it’s such a great opportunity for kids to learn where their food comes from and what fresh produce looks and tastes like. The younger kids get involved with healthy eating the better they will eat throughout their lifetime.
I had the chance to taste some amazing heirloom tomatoes, purple basil and honey(!) from here, and they were so incredibly delicious. Once you start eating local seasonal produce you’ll be hard-pressed to buy the year round supermarket stuff.
There are a lot of organizations around Philly working on bringing fresh and healthy food to neighborhoods all across the city, independent projects like Farm 51 do more than feed people well, they also help foster community. Neighbors can walk around the urban farm, feed the chickens, engage with each other and get to know one another. It was great to see this kind of small town vibe going on on this one block. I often say that Philly is like a small town in a big city, hang around Farm 51 on a Thursday when they host their farmstand and you’ll get a feel for that type of vibe too.
Visiting Farm 51 is super easy, just take the number 13 trolley all the way down to 51st & Chester Ave and you’ll be dropped off right in front of it. Also in this neighborhood is the awesome Clark Park Farmers’ Market hosted by The Food Trust. You can visit that one Thursdays from 3-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.
51st & Chester Avenue
West Philadelphia, PA