Available Now
MetroKids

Farmers' Markets for Kids

In Philadelphia, the 'burbs, Delaware and South Jersey

Farmers’ market season is in full swing. And as much as parents love to peruse the locally grown produce and artisanal honey, meats and baked treats, anyone who’s ever gone to market as a family knows the boredom factor can be high for kids. Keep young attentions happily focused at the following area markets. Some pop up weekly al fresco, others are permanently ensconced on an actual farm — all appeal with fun, outdoorsy activities.

Pennsylvania farmers' market kid activities

The West Philly Clark Park Farmers’ Market, on 43rd St. and Baltimore, is an heirloom veggie’s throw away from the park’s “dog bowl,” a large stretch of grass where kids can burn energy by playing with their pet and on the playground.

While you stock up the pantry with just-picked produce at the Farmers’ Market at Linvilla Orchards in Media, the kids can circle the surroundings on a mini steam train, ride ponies and feed emu, sheep, deer and horses in the barnyard.

At Maple Acres Farm Market in Plymouth Meeting, photo op–worthy spreads planted with pick-your-own zinnias, pansies and other field flowers (right) beckon kids who like to stop and smell the literal roses.


South Jersey farmers' market kid activities

Horse Sleigh Farm in Washington Twp. may have a wintry name, but spring brings seasonal fruits and veggies as well as kid-happy pony rides, gem mining, a petting zoo and a glimpse of the resident exotic water buffalo herd (left).

Grown from a humble iced-corn wagon, Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford now fields an impressive indoor market. The Discovery Barnyard area keeps kids busy with pedal go-carts, a tepee town, a splash pad for warm days and an elaborate obstacle course.

With 35 crop varieties, Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill is a go-to local produce source. Hay, pony and tractor rides are a kid staple, and as a bonus, the Garden State Discovery Museum’s just a jaunt down the road.


Delaware farmers' market kid activities

Saturday magic shows, face painting and the corn-husk superhero Market Man (right) occupy kids’ time while parents shop at the indoor/outdoor New Castle Farmers Market in New Castle.

Dutch County Farmers’ Market in Middletown is an indoor extravaganza ideal for exploration. Specialties include traditional kid-friendly Pennsylvania Dutch foods (shoo-fly pie) and a wide range of treats.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More on this topic »Food & Nutrition

Make Meal Planning Easy

Make Meal Planning Easy

These meal planners can help answer the dreaded question, "What's for dinner?"

5 Feel-good Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall

5 Feel-good Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall

Toss the ingredients for these delicious comfort foods into your slow cooker and relax.

Make Halloween a Healthier Holiday

Make Halloween a Healthier Holiday

Choose healthier options when trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Why Our Family Celebrates Chinese New Year

Why Our Family Celebrates Chinese New Year

Mom blogger Kelly Raudenbush's family finds festive ways to celebrate her adoptive daughter's birth culture during Chinese New Year.

Comments

MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Boys, Come Date My Daughters

Boys, Come Date My Daughters

This dad blogger isn't afraid of his daughters growing up and starting to date because he's preparing them to be empowered, independent women.

Comments

MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Children's Books About Inclusion and Acceptance

Children's Books About Inclusion and Acceptance

Share these books with your kids to help them to understand how differences make us each special.

Comments

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Learn surprising facts about tarantulas at the Academy of Natural Science's newest special exhibit.

Comments

2016 Book & Media Award Winners Showcase Diversity

Find out which books won the prestigious 2016 Newbery and Caldecott Medals and other prizes for children's lit.

Comments

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! Comes to the Merriam Theater

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! Comes to the Merriam Theater

The beloved star of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood comes to the Merriam Theater in a live, interactive performance Jan. 15-16, 2016.

Comments

2015 Horn Book Fanfare List

2015 Horn Book Fanfare List

Check out the best children's books of 2015 as determined by The Horn Book Magazine.

Comments

The Barnes Foundation Announces Free Weekday Admission for College and University Students

The Barnes Foundation Announces Free Weekday Admission for College and University Students

The Barnes Foundation now offers free weekday admission for college, university and graduate students and free Sunday admission for K-12 educators in the School District of Philadelphia.

Comments

{/if}