Women Bike PHL Coffee Club

Wed., Nov. 26, 8 to 9 a.m.

Gobble Gobble Heritage Walk

Fri., Nov. 28, 1 to 4 p.m.

Franklin Flea Holiday Market 

Sat., Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.





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10 Urban Farms in Philadelphia You Can’t Miss

In South Kensington, La Finquita farm offers gardening workshops to locals of all ages.

You don’t have to travel far from the city to find
sprawling acres of fresh, homegrown produce

Philadelphia local communities have cultivated bountiful urban farms, most just a SEPTA ride away. Innovative agricultural ventures from Chestnut Hill to Kensington to South Philadelphia are using sustainable farming methods to produce healthy fruits and vegetables. Stop by the Walnut Hill Community Farm Stand or participate in a Community Sponsored Agriculture program. Bring the kids to pick their own vegetables while learning about farming. Workshops available throughout the city offer instruction on building a small backyard garden or even pursue a career in agriculture. Looking to get your hands dirty? Many of the farms listed below are always looking for volunteers. We picked out 10 local urban farms in the Philadelphia area that are worth checking out.

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Philadelphia Council to Hold Hearing on City Composting

Compostable materials constitute approximately 23 percent of Philadelphia's waste composition. In the absence of a citywide food waste recycling program, all food waste is sent to the landfill. RecycleNOW Philadelphia says this is a missed opportunity because composting would help the city fulfill RecycleNOW’s zero waste vision and it could spur local, sustainable development. It’s a win-win.

This week, Philadelphians will get the chance to voice their thoughts on food waste recycling when the Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Food Waste Recycling.

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Have It Your Way

b.good's White Bean & Rosemary Quinoa Kale Bowl has organic quinoa, kale, veggies, shiitakes, beets, cannellini beans, parmesan cheese and a red pepper vinaigrette.

Can grab-and-go food be good for you?
Two suburban restaurants say yes.

There is hardly an idea more counterintuitive than that of a healthy, fresh fast food restaurant—especially one with a commitment to sourcing locally. Two local entrepreneurs hope to change that, and they’re starting in the suburbs.

This summer saw the grand opening in Marlton, New Jersey, of the tri-state area’s first b.good, a Boston-based chain of fast-casual eateries on a mission to reimagine the fast-food model as one centered on “real food and real people,” Deb Lutz, who owns the restaurant’s franchise rights for the greater Philadelphia area, connected with local food advocate Fair Food, and plans to open five such restaurants in and around the city in the next few years. Patrons can have their choice of local, grass-fed beef, hormone-free poultry, a house-made vegan patty on a host of burgers and sandwiches, or opt for a kale and quinoa bowl or seasonal salad.

“People really want know where their food is coming from, they want know what’s in it, they want to make sure it’s good for them and good for their families,” says Lutz, who worked in Johnson & Johnson's marketing department for 20 years.

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The Spice Between

Skip the typical sage and thyme for Thanksgiving and instead opt for Chai-Spiced Apple Crisp, Pumpkin & Coconut Thai Curry and Roasted Broccoli Salad with Tahini and Za’atar. | Photo by Emily Teel

Skip the usual suspects for Thanksgiving fare
and give late autumn produce a kick 

The momentum around food in november all leads up to one day: Thanksgiving. The butter-laden Thursday with its repetitive flavor profiles, celebrates all things autumnal. But for all of the fanfare around the day itself, Thanksgiving represents but one dinner ... and maybe a few turkey sandwich lunches afterwards.

To ensure a full month of exciting seasonal eats, skip the sage and thyme that appear so heavily in the Thanksgiving menu and use other aromatics to dress up produce. You’ll never miss the nutmeg with pumpkin when it’s in a fragrant Thai-style curry. Enjoy a chunky, charred broccoli salad with tahini dressing and za’atar. Save pie-baking for the holiday and make a weeknight dessert of gluten-free apple crisp fragrant with clove and cardamom.

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Getting Schooled

The Humane League's black bean burritos | Photo courtesy the Humane League

Philadelphia Public Schools offer vegetarian education, meals

This fall, Philadelphia Public School students have a new kind of assignment—learning about alternatives to eating meat. Schoolchildren throughout the city will partake in the once-a-week meatless “Lean and Green Days,” part of an effort to create a healthier, more environmentally and animal-friendly student population. With the support of The Humane League, the rapidly growing nonprofit that advocates for reducing cruelty to farm animals through public education and campaigns, Philadelphia public schools join dozens of other school districts across the country participating in similar programs.

In October 2013, the City of Philadelphia passed a resolution supporting the global “Meatless Monday” initiative, which began in the U.S. in 2003, but is now active in 34 countries. This year’s Lean and Green Days are part of the city’s implementation of that resolution.

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