PUTTING HIS money where his dream is, Marathon Restaurants CEO Cary Borish is investing $100,000 to turn a long-vacant, blighted Brewerytown lot into Marathon Farm, which will supply his six Philadelphia eateries with fresh vegetables and feed the residents of a neighborhood that has seen its share of hard times.
What started as an effort to bring a farmers market to Strawberry Mansion instead became a socially conscious food-distribution business. And now Common Market has received the largest grant of its young life.
Lisa McCurdy and Laurie Jenkins did not set out to be farmers. Five years ago, having outgrown their small Mount Airy backyard garden, they happened upon a house in nearby Flourtown with 1½ acres - in a township where zoning allows for farm animals.
Dinner at the Kensington home of John Vick and Amanda Jaffe is as simple as roast chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, and biscuits - and as complicated as farm-raised, sustainably grown, homemade, and locally sourced.