Every Saturday I go to my regular farmer's market with more than enough happy anticipation about all the good stuff the farmers will have for me to turn into a week's worth of delicious meals. When I first started going to this particular market, it had about three farm stalls, and yet I was content. From them I was able to collect an abundance and variety of fresh produce; I learned about some vegetables I had never eaten before; and the farm market swiftly became part of my weekly routine, a part I am loathe to miss for any but the most urgent of circumstances.
Then came, bit by bit, the addition of luxurious extras. Jams, pasta sauces, soaps and candles at this stand! Fresh baked breads and pastries at that stand! A potter started showing up now and then. The ag extension folks began dropping by, and raffled off compost bins - I won one! Yay! A local entrepreneur, who makes and repairs jewelry and designs her own clothing sets up a stand regularly. Story hour for the kids! Musicians dropping by! Coffee! Pickles!
Now, it seems like our little farm market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. You'd best get there bright and early to fight for the good produce and the best fruits before they sell out - one week I set aside a couple of pints of ground cherries with the farmer, went on around the stand to continue my shopping, and came back to find another customer begging the farmer to let her buy my ground cherries. No way!
Well, this past spring, I thought I had died and gone to heaven when a new vendor appeared at our farm market. Under The Oak Cafe popped up to sell their quiche, scones, pies, and iced tea.
Under The Oak Cafe is part of Buy Fresh, Buy Local PA and their food is truly amazing. The cafe itself is located at 804 Oak Lane, Philadelphia, 19126 and is just one block from the Melrose Park train station on the SEPTA regional rail train system. As I understand it, the owners moved back to the area to be near family, and have built this business within a community that they care for. The recipes - at least the pastry recipes - are all family ones, and it shows. Pie crust like that makes you want to get down on your knees and worship.
If you are visiting Philly, if you are in the suburbs, if you live in the city - you can easily get to Under The Oak Cafe. And it will be well worth your trip. It's a nice place to hang out, Kelly or Katrina will dish up some truly memorable food, and whatever kind of pie they have that day, it will come with that pie crust. That heavenly pie crust.
p.s. I just wanted to say that I am ever mindful of how fortunate I am to be able to shop at my farmer's market and buy what pleases me. Philabundance is one of my favorite charities for the good work they do in providing hunger relief in the Delaware Valley.
p.p.s. I had lunch at Under The Oak Cafe. They have more than quiche and pie. I ate this.