Local Loving: Homegrown Hints for Valentine’s Day

sweet freedom bakeryLooking for something different to do on Valentine’s Day? Why not try some of Philly Homegrown's dining suggestions this year? Whether it’s Fork Restaurant’s hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and branch creek baby carrots, or White Dog Café’s free-range Amish chicken breast, locally grown fare can be found at restaurants all over the city this Valentine's Day.

If dining out does not tickle your fancy, there are several farm stands still open for business in the wintertime. See Farm to Philly's full list of winter farmer's markets here. Once you gather your pick of locally-grown goods, check out Greensgrow Farms' extensive collection of recipes for inspiration.

If your mouth is watering for some sweets, Betty’s Speakeasy offers a homemade family recipe for fudge. The Flying Monkey Patisserie also makes their brownies and whoopie pies all from scratch. And, if you're sweetheart is vegan or has allergies, Sweet Freedom Bakery is offering a special Valentine's menu full of heart-shaped goodies.

There are also plenty of locally-brewed, love-themed libations to enjoy. Instead of that box o' chocolates, try Flying Fish's Exit 13 Belgian Chocolate Stout, or the Black Rasberry Reserve from Sly Fox to pair with your chocolate-covered strawberries.

So, when it comes to finding that perfect gift, try something that warms your love one's heart and supports your local growers and producers.