When you think of Philadelphia food, what comes to mind? Cheesesteaks? Soft pretzels? Tastykakes?
What about farm fresh, local food? That might not be the first thing that pops into your head, but Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation is looking to change that with Philly Homegrown – a new website dedicated to local food. If you're wondering where you can get local foods like those heritage eggs in the photo above (they're from The Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, by the way), Philly Homegrown will point you in the right direction.
The site brings it all together – farms, restaurants, producers, markets, u-picks, wineries, brewers, coffee… all facets of local food and beverage within a 100-mile radius of the City of Brotherly Love.
I live in New Jersey, but I’m only 15 minutes from Philadelphia, and I’ve been hoping for a site like this that is comprehensive in its scope. In addition to making it easy to find where the local food is, the site has seasonal recipes and even a local food date-night itinerary (with a couple of morning suggestions in case the date goes really well.)
I also like that the site acknowledges South Jersey as part of its region – many Philadelphia local food sites are pretty silent on that fact.
If you live in the Philadelphia region or if you are planning a trip to Philadelphia any time soon, bookmark Philly Homegrown. There's a lot of information on this site, and if they are smart, they will continue to update the information regularly.