Folks flock to Philly Farm & Food Fest

Interns Meredith and Corey chat with visitors to the Grid table on Sunday.

Philly folks interested in a sustainable local (and delicious) food system showed up in force for the second annual Philly Farm and Food Fest, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Sunday, April 14. Practically the entire Grid team was in attendance, handing out more than a thousand copies of Grid, meeting with Grid readers and soon-to-be Grid readers, and tasting all sorts of great local foods, from ice cream to baked goods to meat products and even raw oysters, as well as plenty of local produce.

A collaboration between PASA and Fair Food. the event had a definite focus on food, but the real stars were the folks who produced that food: the bakers, cheesemakers, confectioners, and others, and especially the farmers. And the best part of all was having all those producers together in one place, with hundreds of folks who appreciate how important their work is. We can't wait for next year's PF3!

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