Support Local Farmers Markets with Cooler Bag Purchase

Help support the Mayor’s Farmers Market at Love Park and farmers markets throughout the city by purchasing a Love Philly Farmers Markets cooler bag.



Love Philly Farmers Markets Cooler Bag

Bags are available at the Mayor’s Farmers Market every Wednesday from 11 to 3 in Love Park at the corner of 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. Each bag is $2, and proceeds benefit the Mayor’s Farmers Market and Farm to City.  For more information on Farm to City visit http://www.farmtocity.org

Market offerings on Wednesday, September 27

McCann’s Farm: Empire Apples, Red Delicious Apples, Golden Delicious Apples, Hot Peppers, Zucchini, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Honey

La Baguette: Fresh breads, pastries, and quiches

Penn State Extension: Nutrition education and samples of delicious recipes made from ingredients available at the market



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MAYOR NUTTER LAUNCHES SERVE PHILADELPHIA, THE CITY’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR SERVICE

SERVE Philadelphia will make it easier for Philadelphians of every age to volunteer and support both public and private sector efforts to engage volunteers in ways that have the greatest impact.

Philadelphia, September 27– Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter released SERVE Philadelphia, a comprehensive plan to dramatically increase service and volunteerism targeted at some of Philadelphia’s most pressing local challenges. Philadelphia is a member of the Cities of Service coalition and is one of 10 cities across the country launching citywide service plans this month. SERVE Philadelphia is the product of an eight-month assessment and consultation process coordinated by Deputy Chief of Staff Jordan Schwartz and Chief Service Officer Catie C. Wolfgang. The process engaged a diverse group of service experts, non-profit organizations, schools, colleges, private sector partners, public agencies and every day citizens.

SERVE Philadelphia has three main goals:
• Create or elevate volunteer opportunities that impact educational outcomes and contribute to community vitality;
• Make it easier for citizens of every age to volunteer; and
• Support both public and private sector efforts to engage more volunteers in ways that have the greatest impact.

“As Philadelphians, we have always been committed to helping our fellow citizens. I am deeply proud of the ethic of service that permeates our city,” said Mayor Nutter. “Whether it’s our network of 6,000 block captains dedicated to supporting their communities, the outpouring of volunteers for Philly’s Annual Spring Clean-Up, the generosity of City government employees who tutor children on their lunch hour or the thousands of citizens who volunteer regularly in support of issues they care about, Philadelphians have always found meaningful ways to help one another. SERVE Philadelphia will build on this great tradition by strategically engaging volunteers to make Philadelphia a safer, greener, healthier and more educated city.”

David Eisner, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center and former director of the Corporation for National and Community Service, welcomed more than 200 individuals to the Constitution Center for the official launch of SERVE Philadelphia.

Fellow Pennsylvania Mayors and Cities of Service coalition members from Easton, Pottsville, Reading and Scranton joined Mayor Nutter at the launch of SERVE Philadelphia. Together they welcomed the state’s newest mayor to sign the coalition’s Declaration of Service, Thomas M. Leighton of Wilkes Barre. A total of nine Pennsylvania cities are members of Cities of Service.

“We are very proud to launch SERVE Philadelphia, which we believe will bring about an increased commitment to service and volunteering across the city,” said Chief Service Officer Catie C. Wolfgang. “It is clear that Philadelphians are ready to jump in and support the initiatives outlined in the City’s plan and I very much look forward to working alongside them in making Philadelphia one of the best cities in the country to serve.”

The launch event featured a panel discussion on the role that citizens play in supporting City government efforts to improve educational outcomes and support community vitality. Panelists included the following City officials: Israel Colon, Director of Multicultural Affairs; Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer; and Carlton Williams, Deputy Commissioner of the Streets Department.

SERVE Philadelphia includes five impact initiatives designed to promote community vitality and engage citizens in supporting the Mayor’s top education goals, specifically increasing the city’s high school graduation rate to 80% by 2015 and doubling the percentage of college graduates from 18% to 36% by 2018. The plan also includes five cross cutting initiatives designed to increase the City’s overall capacity to engage more volunteers in ways that have the greatest impact.

Celebrate the first day of fall at the Mayor’s Farmers Market

Come to the corner of 15th and JFK for the Mayor’s Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Wednesday.  The first day of fall is September 22.  Enjoy it with some great fall produce including apples and squash.

Squash

Market offerings on Wednesday, September 22

McCann’s Farm: Cortland Apples, Empire Apples, Red Delicious Apples, Bosc Pears, Eggplant, Hot Peppers, Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Red Sweet Potatoes, Honey

Teens4Good: Chard, collards, kale, tomatoes, eggplant, hot peppers, mint, cucumbers,

La Baguette: Fresh breads, pastries, and quiches

Penn State Extension: Nutrition education and samples of delicious recipes made from ingredients available at the market

Get some of the season’s first apples at the Mayor’s Farmers Market Wednesday

Visit the Mayor’s Farmers Market at the corner of 15th and JFK from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Wednesday to see what delicious produce fall has to offer.

Market offerings on Wednesday, September 15

McCann’s Farm: Empire Apples, Cortland Apples, Bosc Pears, Yellow Peaches, White Peaches, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Hot Peppers, Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Red Sweet Potatoes, White Sweet Potatoes, and Honey

Teens4Good: Chard, collards, kale, tomatoes, eggplan, hot peppers, mint, cucumbers, green beans, and concord grapes

La Baguette: Fresh breads, pastries, and quiches

Penn State Extension: Nutrition education and samples of delicious recipes made from ingredients available at the market