Calling all foodies! This farmers market has been going strong since 1892, and sitting right across the street from the python of a building, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, I don’t think they’re going anywhere anytime soon. However you may still want to run over and start eating your way around the terminal, because it may take you years to try everything they have to offer.
You can find anything you need food related at this market. From fresh fish, lobster and sushi, to spices and locally grown vegetables. Freshly squeezed juices, pastries and handmade ice cream. Candy, chocolate covered everything and even a chocolate lung. If you’re in need of some caffeine-they’ve got ya covered. Need a beer, step right up to the bar. I love the selection of freshly squeezed juices from the Lancaster County Dairy stall. I couldn’t resist the orange strawberry lemonade. As refreshing as it sounds, it tasted fifty times better. Not to tart either, a perfect blend of all juices. I definitely savored the sweet strawberry overtone when paired with my Greek salad from Olympia Gyro.
I bought a few fresh vegetables, spices and a couple canned goods at a great deal. The mushrooms and tomatoes were free of bruising, perfectly ripe, so I picked up a bunch and a crate.
In addition to food items, the market also offers jewelry, incense, pottery and other world market items. Unfortunately there was a lot of “made in china” and other mass-produced items. I wished there were more local or hand-made items, other than the food.
The live music created a mellow ambiance, during the hustle and bustle of lunchtime. So much so, I sat and enjoyed my locally grown juice and the idea that I was supporting a locally owned restaurateur while tapping my foot through the music.
The foot traffic is heavy during lunch time, so if you’re in a rush choose your hour wisely. You will find something for everyone, from burgers to sushi, to pulled pork. Just be wary of the square footage this market sits on, because one could get lost with all the lanes and stalls. If you’re in a group, have a backup plan.
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107