Every week, people in all corners of the city line up to buy fresh produce, flowers and artisan condiments from their neighborhood farmers markets. The food is fresh and the locations are convenient — unless you're the farmer. Some drive up to three hours to sell their goods to people in Philadelphia. So why the long haul? Here's why the farm owners say it's worth the trek.
Friday marks the beginning of the end of summer. As if this less-than-August weather wasn't enough to get you down, public pools begin closing this week. Eleven pools will close Friday, and the rest will slowly shut down over a two-week period. It'll all be over Aug. 25th. See the full schedule here. We recommend a remedy of block parties and water ice. And speaking of block parties, you could just...make your own pool.
More focus on recycling, increased fines for short-dumping and a return to street sweeping are on the the city's list of specific ways to eliminate litter by 2035. The Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet has presented a road map for ditching our Filthadelphia reputation. Did you know Philly spends $8 million a year cleaning up illegal dumping? Here's what the cabinet leader had to say about the program when it first convened.
Last year at this time, people were expecting big things from wide receiver Nelson Agholor. But the only big thing we got from him in 2016 was a big disappointment. Agholor was so bad last season there was serious talk about trading or cutting him, but his contract (and the salary cap hit the team would take) saved his job. Now, as the Birds prepare for their first preseason game, Agholor is the hot name in camp...for how well he's playing. Some are even saying he'll be a starter. We took a look at this sudden transformation to answer the question most Eagles fans are asking: Whaaaaa?!?!
Spend mid-day beneath the giant paintbrush in the plaza outside the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art at an arts and crafts fair featuring works and wares from students and faculty. Look for handmade jewelry, home goods, cards, paintings and other one-of-a-kind finds.
Where: Lenfest Plaza at 1537 Cherry St. 19102
When: August 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Rita's is best known for water ice, but frozen custard is apparently the core of its business, and the chain is doubling down on the creamy treat. First, all locations are offering 99-cent swirls in honor of National Custard Day today. Second, the brand is launching an entirely new concept offering new hand-scooped custard in 35 different flavors. Here's where you'll be able to try the hard stuff near Philly.
Billy Penn is looking for students who are majoring in Sales, Marketing or Advertising to help fill our digital marketing, sales and advertising internship for the fall semester. You'll help promote innovative products to our audience, work with team members to develop and understand digital marketing strategies and have a direct hand in our local events. Interested? Here's everything you need to know about the job and what we're looking for. Apply by Aug. 23.