Farmers Market set for grand opening in South Philadelphia

Pursuing its goal of improving the health of children and adults in the Philadelphia area by increasing access to healthy affordable food, the nonprofit Food Trust is launching the grand opening of a farmers market at Broad and Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, the organization will host the grand opening of the Broad and Ritner Farmers Market from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The market will feature seasonal fruits and vegetables, including organic produce, Free-range chicken, grass-fed beef and lamb, baked goods and other products from local farmers.

The market officially opened on July 13, but, Nicky Uy, manager of the Food Trust's farmers market program, said Tuesday's grand opening is "really a celebration of the partnerships that exist to make something like a new market … happen." She said her organization worked with several community groups to develop the market.

"What we're trying to achieve here is to bring access to fresh food to more people so that they have a way to buy fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of freshness," Uy said.

Many of the products at the market are picked on the day they arrive at the market or the day before, Uy said. The produce will be from farmers in Lancaster and Bucks counties and South Jersey, she said.

On August 5, the Food Trust will hold a grand opening of a farmers market at North Philadelphia's Norris Square at Susquehanna Avenue and Howard Street, Uy said, adding that about eight more farmers markets will be developed through next summer.