In partnership with Philly Homegrown, PHS created a beautiful pop-up garden in the formerly empty lot at 20th and Market. Just look at all the beauty next to those boring skyscrapers! You’re welcome to pop-in on Wednesdays and Thursdays and spend some time in the garden.
The garden will stay up until October, then come down for the winter and pop-up in a new location next Spring! I stopped by for a short workshop on vegetable growing. These Wednesday workshops are free and easy to squeeze in over your lunch hour:
• August 4: Gardening Odds and Ends — Fabulous Containers
• September 1: Edible Landscapes — Growing Beautiful Food
• September 22: Edible Landscape — Planting and Harvesting
After the workshop I popped over to Square 1682 with some fellow food writers. Along with five other local hot spots – R2L, , Table 31, Sampan, Barbuzzo, and Paradiso — Square 1682 has agreed to use ingredients from the pop-up garden in special dishes whose proceeds benefit City Harvest, PHS’s program that provides fresh produce for underserved Philadelphia residents. Pictured above is petite salad with little gem lettuce, pickled vegetables, and a honey lemon dressing.
But this is the dish that melted my heart: Pesto Marinated Burrata with yellow pickled beets, endive, frisee, dried apricots and cranberries, and a sherry vinaigrette. I’d love to visit again some day and try their famous vegetable tasting menu!