Starting this Sunday, May 16, 2010, visitors to the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia will be able to head outdoors to shop at the new farmers market.

Fourteen local growers and producers offering fresh and local fruits, vegetables, artisanal cheeses, pastured meats and more are expected to be on hand for opening day. The market will be held directly across from Reading Terminal Market on 12th Street and will run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. each Sunday through mid-November.

The Reading Terminal Market is already a spot for local foods year round with vendors such as The Fair Food Farmstand, several Amish farm stands from Lancaster, Pa., and Blue Mountain Vineyards Cellars.

The market, which has been around in some form for over 150 years, ultimately grew out of two separate markets on Market Street in Center City Philadelphia — Farmers' Market and Franklin Market. The markets were brought indoors because outdoor markets were considered health hazards and nuisances. According to the market's history page, outdoor markets fell out favor with the general public. How ironic that 150 years later, the general public is clamoring for open-air outdoor farmers markets, and one is being resurrected at The Reading Terminal Market. 

Are you in the Philadelphia region? Does this new farmers market grab your attention? 

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