Garden Tour Countdown: Fig Nation

The third annual South Philly Garden Tour, a self-guided exploration of the green spaces hidden in South Philly’s concrete jungle, is just around the corner. As we count down to the big day, your friendly neighborhood co-op blog team is here to remind you of all the most crucial reasons why you should join us on Saturday, September 7, from 1 to 5 p.m., for our biggest fundraiser of the year. 

figs-mDid you know that South Philly is full of fig trees? Mediterranean immigrants, many of them Italian, planted figs in the unique microclimate of Philadelphia — which is perfect for figs! Come on the South Philly Garden Tour to meet one of the neighborhood’s fig gardeners and learn how to care for a fig tree. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll let you try a sample.  In honor of our fig gardener, we’re sharing some of our favorite fig recipes, from savory grilled creations and jams to delicious desserts:

Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Cheese. Cut figs in half and stuff with blue cheese, goat cheese or gorgonzola. Wrap with prosciutto.  Grill on medium to high heat for approximately 2 minutes per side, until the prosciutto gets a little crispy and the cheese is warm.  Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Fig Jam. This fabulous recipe for strawberry fig jam comes from Marisa McClellan at Food in Jars.  http://foodinjars.com/2013/06/small-batch-strawberry-fig-jam/

Fig Challah. The yummy continues with a fig and sea salt challah recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I made it with above homemade fig jam. Delish. http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/09/fig-olive-oil-and-sea-salt-challah-book-tour/

Figs with Ricotta and Honey. Slice your figs down the middle but not all the way through. Stuff with fresh ricotta, drizzle with honey and garnish with chopped nuts and a sprig of mint.

Fig Ice Cream. If you have an ice cream maker, you are in luck because fig ice cream may be my favorite thing in the world. Check out this recipe, and don't forget to invite us over for dessert. http://deliciousshots.blogspot.com/2012/07/fig-ice-cream.html

Figs are also great in salads, pastas and baked desserts.  Share some of your favorites in the comments!

EVENT DETAILS
South Philly Garden Tour
Saturday, September 7, 1-5 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, September 8, 1-5 p.m.)
Check-in: South Philly High School, Broad Street and Snyder Avenue

The Garden Tour is the South Philly Food Co-op’s biggest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds directly supporting costs associated with opening a community-owned and -operated full-service grocery store. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at southphillyfoodcoop.ticketleap.com/garden-tour; at Urban Jungle and other local businesses; and at a variety of upcoming South Philly Food Co-op events.

Click here for more information about this year’s tour or to get your tickets today.

Garden Tour Countdown: Back in the Saddle

The third annual South Philly Garden Tour, a self-guided exploration of the green spaces hidden in South Philly’s concrete jungle, is just around the corner. As we count down to the big day, your friendly neighborhood co-op blog team is here to remind you of all the most crucial reasons why you should join us on Saturday, September 7, from 1 to 5 p.m., for our biggest fundraiser of the year. 


boot-n-saddle_300pxNext Up: Thanks to our big, Broad Street-level sponsor, Boot And Saddle

There have been a number of very generous local businesses who have stepped up to help make the South Philly Garden Tour a reality. At the top of that list is an opening-soon venue we're pretty darned excited about 'round these parts: Boot and Saddle.



The long-shuttered Broad Street country music joint with the iconic neon sign is re-opening on Sept. 9 as a 60-seat restaurant and bar and 150-person capacity live rock venue programmed by R5 Productions, the team that books venues such as Johnny Brenda's, Union Transfer, First Unitarian Church, Morgan’s Pier and more.

It'll be a great addition to the neighborhood, bringing touring indie rock, punk, electronic, metal and even country acts to an intimate club space south of Washington Avenue.

The kick-off show on Sept. 9 is a band called The Both, but whose members are the famous-in-their-own-right Ted Leo and Aimee Mann (give 'em a listen below). Other shows we're excited about include Laura Veirs (Sept. 20), Elf Power (Oct. 6), Quasi (Oct. 12), Mono (Oct. 19), and Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelly of Sonic Youth (Oct. 26).

See the full schedule at bootandsaddlephilly.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

We're thrilled to have Boot and Saddle as a Broad Street Level Sponsor. See you there — and at the Garden Tour.


EVENT DETAILS
South Philly Garden Tour
Saturday, September 7, 1-5 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, September 8, 1-5 p.m.)
Check-in: South Philly High School, Broad Street and Snyder Avenue

The Garden Tour is the South Philly Food Co-op’s biggest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds directly supporting costs associated with opening a community-owned and -operated full-service grocery store. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at southphillyfoodcoop.ticketleap.com/garden-tour; at Urban Jungle and other local businesses; and at a variety of upcoming South Philly Food Co-op events.

Click here for more information about this year’s tour or to get your tickets today.



Garden Tour Countdown: Swag Edition

MjAxMy1mN2FhZWM5MTlmNjhjY2VmThe third annual South Philly Garden Tour, a self-guided exploration of the green spaces hidden in South Philly's concrete jungle, is just around the corner. As we count down to the big day, your friendly neighborhood co-op blog team is here to remind you of all the most crucial reasons why you should join us on Saturday, September 7, from 1 to 5 p.m., for our biggest fundraiser of the year. 


First up: SWAG.

Let's start with the basics: A ticket to the Garden Tour gets you an exclusive look at some of your neighbors' most incredible green spaces that you can't see from the street. It's a great excuse to learn more about South Philly, see what your neighbors are growing, get inspired and meet new people.

But this year's ticket price gets you more than an afternoon of unlimited garden-variety voyeurism: We're excited to announce that, if you're one of the first 200 attendees to check in at Garden Tour hub South Philly High School (Broad and Snyder), you'll receive a reusable swag bag courtesy of Passyunk Avenue's charming gift boutique Occasionette, full of giveaways from our fabulous sponsors.

Plus, South Philly Tap Room is hosting our after-party, including excellent drink specials for ticket-holders.

Hope to see you there!


EVENT DETAILS
South Philly Garden Tour
Saturday, September 7, 1-5 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, September 8, 1-5 p.m.)
Check-in: South Philly High School, Broad Street and Snyder Avenue

The Garden Tour is the South Philly Food Co-op’s biggest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds directly supporting costs associated with opening a community-owned and -operated full-service grocery store. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at southphillyfoodcoop.ticketleap.com/garden-tour; at Urban Jungle and other local businesses; and at a variety of upcoming South Philly Food Co-op events.

Click here for more information about this year's tour or to get your tickets today.


Sarah's Garden: Tomato Time!

It's that great time of year when we get to enjoy the literal fruits of our labors:  lots and lots of tomatoes!

photo.JPG a day's harvest

I know this black krim is not very...black.  I was going to let it ripen on the counter for a few days before eating it (I thought to myself), but then my boyfriend cut it up and served it for dinner that night.  It was delicious and I'm never one to complain about being made dinner but next time I will tell him my plan instead of just thinking it.  You know, communication.  Hey maybe I should start a relationship blog!  JUST KIDDING.

Lastly, I've been enjoying lots of really sweet blackberries from a plant I got from the nursery at Bartram's Garden:

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They are really plump and really good.  Sometimes blackberries are too...hard? for me but these just melt in your mouth.  Also the plant is thornless which is nice considering I planted it right in the middle of my yard and frequently have to push its branches out of the way to get around it.

For our neighbors in Point Breeze: Co-op At Peace In the Park on 8/3

What: Peace in the Park
When: Saturday, August 3, 2013; 12:00PM - 6:00 PM
Where: 1800 Washington Avenue

Details:
Point Breeze Community Development Coalition, Inc. in partnership with Chew Playground and South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S., Inc. presents Peace in the Park. An afternoon of food, fun and activities for adults and children.

Attendees can look forward to free hot dogs, water, cakes, pies and bread. There will be prizes given away every hour and presentations to five of the youth in attendance. The little ones can enjoy a large sliding board. And SPHINC will raffle off three televisions as a fund raiser. Community and professional performers are providing the entertainment.

The South Philly Food Co-op will have a presence at this event as part of our ongoing efforts to spread the word and recruit members from all parts of South Philly and the four zip codes - 19145, 19146, 19147 and 19148. Please mark this date on your calendar and come on out to support these community organizations and the Co-op.

Locally Grown, Locally Strong Potluck

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What: Locally Grown, Locally Strong Potluck
When: Sunday August 11th 2013, 5pm-8pm
Where: 1132 and 1134 Annin Street

Let's celebrate the growing season together and support the South Philly Food Co-op at the Locally Grown, Locally Strong Co-op Potluck!

WHY: To eat delicious locally grown/made food together and help our local food co-op open its doors! We are pushing to hit the 500 member mark this August (less than 15 people to go!). The more members we recruit before we secure a location, the better financial position we'll be in when we approach lenders. There is strength in numbers, and the Co-op needs the community to show it's support by becoming member-owners. Please consider bringing your checkbook or credit card and joining the Co-op at the potluck to help us reach our next goal. If you are already a member, come out to socialize and please bring a friend who might be interested in joining.

As one of the Co-op's focus areas is to provide local food from our region year-round and support our local farmers and producers, we thought it would be fun for everyone to bring a dish featuring some locally grown food, so please bring a favorite summer dish to share.

A South Philly Food Co-op Board Member will be on hand to provide an update about the status of the Co-op and will able to answer any questions. We will also have Co-op Membership forms so you can join and become a member-owner!

 

Six Pack Swap: Like Soup Swap... but with beer!

Six Pack Swap

What: Six Pack Swap
When: Sunday, August 18. Gather at 5pm, Swap at 6pm
Where: Home of Co-op Member - 732 Clymer Street

Just like our now-famous Co-op Soup Swap, but with beer!

Bring a six pack of your favorite homebrew or craft beer, and trade each bottle in for a new one to create a your own mix-a-six. Event is free, but there is a limit of 25 swappers and a limited number of observers so be sure to RSVP by clicking this link!

Third and Final Music in the Park of the Season - August 8th

What: Gold Star Park's Music in the Park
When: Thursday, August 8 at 7pm (Rain date August 15)
Where: Gold Star Park, Wharton between 6th and 7th.

The Co-op will offer family-friendly activities at this free concert, featuring indie band Little Big League. Bring a blanket or chair, some snacks and some friends for an evening in the park with your neighbors.

Let everyone know you'll be there (and find out who else might be going) by RSVPing on our Facebook Event page.

Co-op at the East Passyunk Ave. Car Show and Street Festival Sunday 7/28

What: East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
When: Sunday, July 28, 1-5pm
Where: East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson

The C0-op will again have a table at this favorite local event! Over 130 antique, vintage, classic, muscle and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles will line 5 blocks of East Passyunk Avenue! They'll also be live music and DJs on every block, vendors, the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! show at The Fountain and lots of great street food. And the Kid Zone at 13th and Mifflin will feature a free moon bounce, circus performers, face painting and arts & crafts with the Young Rembrandts.

Find the Co-op's table and say hello! Make our day and become a member on the spot!

Find Us At The XPoNential Music Festival THIS WEEKEND!

What: XPoNentional Music Festival
When: July 26-28
Where: Wiggins Park in Camden

We'll join other local Food Co-op's in the vendor area at this great music festival! Come visit us to learn more about local cooperatively owned grocery stores and what your South Philly Food Co-op is up to.

Click here for more information about WXPN's premier event.

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