SW youth sell their produce Thursdays at Lindbergh & Harley Ave.
Several dozen of our youth have been laboring daily since spring on their fertile Southwest homestead to grow and harvest delicious vegetables, fruits and berries for their neighbors. They sell this produce at their market stand located at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. at Harley Avenue in front of Bartram Village. Their wares are on display every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The site of their agricultural efforts is the Sankofa Community Farm located on the 44-acre Bartram’s Garden property that borders the Schuylkill river. They share the loamy land with dozens of Southwest residents who have their own plots at Bartram’s Garden. The fruits come from the orchard area within the City limits.
The Sankofa Farm interns accept cash, card, EBT, and PA farmers market vouchers.
There are other locations which local residents can buy fresh vegetables, of course, including:
– 58th & Chester Ave. Farmers Market (2nd and 4th Wednesdays) 2-6 p.m. (2-2:30 p.m. for senior/immunocompromised shoppers)
– 52nd & Haverford Farmers Market, (Wednesdays) 12-4 p.m. (12-12:30 p.m. for senior/immunocompromised shoppers)
– Overbrook Farmers Market (Saturdays) run by Overbrook Farms Club) Lancaster & City Ave. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (9-9:30 a.m. for seniors/immunocompromised shoppers)
– Clark Park Farmers Market, (Saturdays) 43rd St. and Baltimore Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (9:30-10 a.m. for seniors/immunocompromised shoppers)
The name ‘Sankofa’ comes from the Akan people of Ghana with a figurative meaning of benefitting from the values one retrieves from a past heritage. According to Sankofa Farm founder Chris Bolden-Newsom, “We are an African diaspora-centered farm, a spiritually rooted operation, a space that is dedicated to cultural renewal to promoting and providing the means to community health…and food is a big part of that.”
For more information about the Sankofa Farm, visit www.bartramsgarden.org