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Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original squares of Philadelphia. The square is in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia and is close to Market Street and JFK Boulevard, where most of the major companies have their offices. Read my article on Rittenhouse Square for additional information about how to get to the square, where to park and things to see. I also have an article on places to stay in Rittenhouse Square.
One of the best days to visit the square is on Saturday. There are a few reasons for it. The restaurants that are around the square like the Parc, Devon Seafood and the Marathon on the Square offer great brunch options. When the weather outside is warm, Rittenhouse Square is also a popular picnic sport for the residents of Center City during the weekends.
On Saturday, there is also a Farmers’ Market in Rittenhouse Square. The Farmers’ Market will typically be on the 18th Street Side of the square and also the Walnut Street side of the square (in front of the Barnes and Noble).
The Farmers’ Market is organized by a company called Farm to City. Farm to City’s goal is to “Unite communities, families, and farmers year-round through good locally grown food“. Farm to City operates several Farmers’ Markets in and around the city of Philadelphia. Some of the locations are University Square, Jefferson, Bryn Mawr and Chestnut Hill.
Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market schedule
The Farmers’ Market opens on Saturday’s at 9 AM and normally closes at 3 PM. The Market is on throughout the year on Saturdays except a few weeks during winter. I have noticed that the size of the market (number of stalls that are open) is typically larger during summer than during winter.
Key vendors at the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market
- Beechwood Orchards: Beechwood Orchards is located in Biglerville, PA. Biglerville is about 130 miles from Rittenhouse Square. It is a family owned farm that has operated for over 100 years. They sell different types of apples, asparagus, strawberries, honey, potted plants among others.
- Blue Mountain Vineyards: Blue Mountain Vineyards was established in 1993. The Winery is located in New Tripoli, PA. New Tripoli is about 70 miles from Rittenhouse Square. You can taste or buy Dry White, Sweet White, Blush, Dry Red or Sweet Red wines.
- Triple Tree Flowers: Triple Tree Flowers is from Gap, PA. Gap is about 56 miles from Rittenhouse Square. Their flower arrangements are very simple but very beautiful. You can place an order during the week and pick up on Saturday.
- Shore Catch: Shore Catch seafood is from New Jersey. You can buy a wide variety of wild caught fish.
- Red Brick Craft Distillery: Red Brick Craft Distillery makes small batch whiskeys and rums right here in Philadelphia.
- Wild Flour Bakery: Wild Four Bakery is from bakery is based in Philadelphia. They have all kinds of breads, cookies, pastries, baguettes and other baked goods.
There are several other vendors that I have not mentioned here. You can buy eggs, lemonade, house plants, mushrooms, freshly made soups and all kinds of meat. I sometimes wish there was more ethnic food and vendors.
Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market Order Online
Most markets will allow you to order online. On Saturday you can go to the market and pick up what you ordered. You typically have to wait until Tuesday to order online and try and complete the order by Thursday. Every market has they own way of ordering online (in some cases you have to send them an email). You can visit the Farm to City website, select the market that you are looking for and place your order online.
What types of payments do the markets accept?
You can pay using cash, debit or credit cards. You can also pay using FMNP Vouchers (Senior Vouchers (WIC Checks)).
Have you been to the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market?