Fair Food Programs | Fair Food Publications
Fair Food is dedicated to bringing locally grown food into the Philadelphia marketplace and promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture for the Greater Philadelphia region.
Fair Food Programs:
The Restaurant Project - Fair Food fosters connections between family farmers and an ever-growing network of chefs, caterers and grocers. By offering consulting services to both farmers and to a variety of wholesale buyers, we are helping to bring fresh, healthy produce, meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products to the Philadelphia marketplace. Fair Food hold it's bi-annual Farmer/Chef Gathering each spring and fall to further support these business relationships, and publishes the Wholesale Guide to Local Farm Products as resource for locating farmers who distribute to Philadelphia.
Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign - Part of a national movement, our Buy Fresh, Buy Local consumer campaign aims to help people find locally grown products in the marketplace. Our Philadelphia Local Food Guide (in print and on the web) currently lists over 70 locations farmers' markets, supermarkets, farm stands, restaurants, and Community Supported Agriculture farms where consumers can purchase locally produced food in and around the city of Philadelphia. Through our Buy Fresh, Buy Local logo and other marketing materials, shoppers can identify those products produced in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For an online local food guide and more information check out www.buylocalpa.org
Fair Food Farmstand - Located in the historic Reading Terminal Market, the Fair Food Farmstand carries a variety of fresh produce, meats, poultry, dairy, eggs and cheese from organic and sustainable farms throughout the southeast Pennsylvania region. We emphasize local and artisinal foods from small-scale producers, like humanely raised meats, organic and specialty fruits and vegetables, and raw milk cheeses. Come visit the Farmstand, open Wednesday through Sunday on the Arch St. side of Reading Terminal Market across from Metropolitan Bakery and facing Fosters. To join our Farmstand Weekly email list, contact .
Farmstand Hours and Contact Info:
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
12th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Farmer Outreach Project - Fair Food assists limited-resource farmers by preparing them to sell products to the wholesale marketplace. Fair Food has observed increasing demand for locally produced foods, and the Farmer Outreach Project helps family farmers meet this demand through workshops, consultation, materials, and events. Through Spring 2007, the Farmer Outreach Project has offered 15 workshops, consulted with over 200 farmers, produced numerous tip sheets and the Wholesale Guide to Local Farm Products, and hosted 4 Local Grower/Local Buyer Gatherings all to help farmers increase their revenue by selling direct to the wholesale marketplace. Recently, the Farmer Outreach Project has produced the online Wholesale Guide to Local Farm Products, a tool that helps buyers find growers who deliver in the Greater Philadelphia region.
The P.I.G. (Pigs In Grass) Alliance - The P.I.G. Alliance is a state-wide network of organizations and farms working to challenge factory hog farming and support regional, small-scale, humane pork producers. Currently, we are studying the feasibility of creating a local distribution system for local, naturally-raised pork products. And with the generous support of the SVF Foundation, Fair Food offers grants to independent local pig farmers to help them buy animals or materials for the transition to pastured pork production.
Farm-to-Institution - With recent funding from the Claneil Foundation, Fair Food is joining forces with the FarmEcology program at the University of Pennsylvania, the Women's Health and Environmental Network, LaSalle University and other local institutions emerging on the "buy local" scene. In addressing the issues surrounding the "Farm-to-Institution" project, Fair Food and its partners are grappling with a food distribution and food service system that provides limited access to high quality, locally produced food. Further research, workshops, and survey polls are underway to discover how institutions, distributors, and mid-scale farmers can work together to fuel the local food system. We have also partnered with two local groups, The Food Trust and The Common Market, to work on rural and urban local-food distribution centers that can compliment and function as an alternative to the corporate system. Fair Food is developing web-based tools to connect institutional buyers with the local food.
Fair Food Publications:
Philadelphia Local Food Guide - The Philadelphia Local Food Guide is a free online and print directory listing all of the market outlets where Philadelphians can buy locally grown produce, meats, poultry, dairy, eggs and value added products. Listings include farmers markets, CSA farms, retail stores, buying clubs, urban farmstands and restaurants. Fair Food works with the Philadelphia City Paper to print and distribute the guide as an insert. Over 100,000 people have used the guide over the past four years! Don't have your copy yet? Contact John Smith at 215-386-5211 x103 or and we'll send you one for free.
Wholesale Guide to Local Farm Products -The Wholesale Guide to Local Farm Products is a print directory that helps chefs and other wholesale buyers to purchase local farm products and locally produced foods. The Guide provides a comprehensive list of regional family farms and food companies that market directly to restaurants and retail stores in the Philadelphia area.
In addition to the printed version, The Wholesale Guide to Local Farm Products is posted online, where an updated list of farmers and food producers that deliver in Philadelphia is available. Buyers can search this database to find new products, and growers can register themselves to be listed in the guide.
Interested in a free Wholesale Guide or have questions about the online Wholesale Guide? Contact John Eshleman at or 215.386.5211 x105.
For more information on our programs, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, contact or 215.386.5211.