Get your ice cold vegetables!
What kind of brave soul would open a year-round farmer's market in Philadelphia in the dead of winter?
A forward-thinking one. Just ask Kyle Perry, who's running one for developer Bart Blatstein at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties.
"This is when we can get the better vendors," said Perry, who hopes to keep as many as he can once the weather breaks.
The piazza's configuration of buildings minimizes westerly winds, and the vendors will bring their own plug-in space heaters.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., expect hot beverages sold by Joe Coffee as well as:
Highland Orchards (organic fruit/vegetables, baked goods, crabcakes, eggs)
Shellbark Hollow Farm (goat cheese, yogurt, kefir)
Griggstown Quail Farm (chicken, duck, pheasant, poussin, pot pies)
Birchrun Hills Farm (artisan cheeses, "humanely raised" veal and pastured pork)
M&B Farview Farm (grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, natural pork, lamb, natural cold cuts and jerky)
Natural Meadows Farm (venison, heritage breed free-range chicken eggs, rabbit, goat cheese)
Culton Organics (organic vegetables)
Savoie Organic Farm (organic vegetables)
Penn Herb (herbs and remedies)
Wild Flour Bakery (beads and baked goods)
Big Sky Bread (ditto)
Just Dogs Gourmet (natural dog treats)
Summers Salsa (all-natural salsa)
Market Day Caneles (caneles)
Livengood Family Farm (organic vegetables)
Ha Ha Hot Sauce (hot sauces and BBQ sauce)
Otolith Sustainable Seafood (sustainable seafood from Alaska)
La Baguette Bakery (French-style breads and pastries)
Others are on the way, Perry says:
Landisdale Farm (organic vegetables) starting 1/23
Becks Cajun Cafe (Cajun prepared foods) starting 1/23
Weavers Way Farm (organic vegetables) early to mid February
Whimsical Farm (organic vegetables, pickles, preserves, wool) starting in February
Olive Oil Shoppe (extra-virgin olive oil, infused oils and balsamic vinegar) starting in late February/early March
The piazza is at Second Street and Germantown Avenue, and there's free parking on site.