Skip the long lines and sticky grocery store carts and stock up on goods from a few of our favorite farmers market vendors instead.
Stellar for a Sweet Tooth
It’s no surprise French baked goods are hard to tackle. But Gil Ortale of Market Day Canelé is always up to the challenge. Alternating among Headhouse, Fitler, and Rittenhouse Square, the seasoned baker brushes pastry molds with beeswax to craft tiny cakes that are crispy on the outside, rich and custardy on the inside. Plus, his creamy caramels laced with fleur de sel are our new go-to snack.
When You’ve Got Excess Baggage
Before your next shopping excursion, stop by the Piazza for a cheerfully striped Gypsystyle bag (we heart the ginormous weekender). Made from recycled plastic, the roomy totes are perfect for hauling home all your purchases.
We’ve seen a lot of pretty pastries, but one look at Andy B.’s handiwork in Bryn Mawr, and we were instantly in love. When he told us he was a fashion industry vet, it all made sense: He tosses massive chunks of fruit (peach, apples, apricots) into crusts for a rustic-yet-elegant effect.
For Natural Beauties
We love Christina Maser’s subtly scented soaps, lotions, and bath milks. Before your next backyard barbecue, drop by Glenside and pick up a eucalyptus and thyme soy candle to repel pesky bugs. We promise you’ll shelve those stinky citronella votives forever.
While you’re still out in the wee hours, Wild Flour bakers are up manning the ovens. Lucky for lushes, they’ve paired with Yards Brewing Company to create porter pumpernickel, spruce ale rye, and other loaves that sub beer for water. Drag yourself out of bed early — and over to Headhouse or Rittenhouse Square — as the stock sells out fast.
Photo: Courtesy of Market Day Canelé
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