I’m not sure how long Williams-Sonoma has been holding their Artisans Markets, but I’ve been getting emails about the Philadelphia events for a few months now.

The Artisans Markets are events that bring local, artisanal products into local Williams-Sonoma stores for the day. The local producers are there, too, giving tasting samples and educating shoppers about their products.

On Saturday at their Philadelphia location there will be artisan cheeses, heritage bred pastured pork, gluten free baked goods, natural soaps and more, all produced or created by regional artisans.

I’ve done a little peeking at the line-ups of Artisans Markets from past events around the country, and it looks like they bring a variety of local producers of honey, chocolates, produce, meats, eggs, coffee roasters, oils, vinegars, jarred goods, breads and more.

Williams-Sonoma is one of my favorite stores. Off the top of my head, I know I’ve purchased my good knives, my All-Clad cookware, my toaster oven and several kitchen utensils from the store. They carry quality, long-lasting kitchenware, have a fair return policy, and very helpful customer service. (No, they haven't paid me to post this. I really do shop there.)

Now that the chain is also inviting in local and regional producers, I think I like them even more. I won’t be able to make it to this month’s market, I’ll be painting my son’s bedroom (yippee!), but I’m going to make it a point to get to one in the fall.

Have you been to one of Williams-Sonoma’s Artisans Markets? How was it?

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