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Lil’ Pop Shop 235 S. 44th Street This creative homemade popsicle joint reopened on February 1st and is back with new flavors for spring. After a taco from next–door–neighbor Honest Tom’s, try a south–of–the–border inspired dessert:  “Mayan Chocolate,” will please the lactose intolerant and the spice– crazed. Like a chilly version of Mexican hot chocolate, the treat is made with coconut milk and a tingly hint of cayenne pepper. Grab a punch card for future visits!

University Square Farmers Market Corner of 36th and Walnut Streets (Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.) Dining Dollars are better spent on fresh produce. Stop at the weekly farmers' market (sponsored by Bon Appetit Management Co.) after class and pick up fresh and local peaches from Beechwood Orchards. Feeling indulgent? Grab a unique chocolate from Philadelphia entrepreneurs John and Kira.

Mariposa Food Co–op 4824 Baltimore Avenue Pick up some food (and food for thought) by stopping by Mariposa, which has been selling socially conscious and sustainable foods since 1971. Members of the co–op receive special prices but anyone can grab a reusable bag and stock up on everything from fresh veggies to vegan baking aids and organic cleaning supplies. Bonus: they’re celebrating one year in their expanded location.

Clark Park Farmers Market Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue (Saturdays,10 a.m.–2 p.m.) While this West Philly staple is open year–round on Saturdays, springtime brings new vendors and an expanded produce selection. Brogue Hydroponics, a Pennsylvania farm that supplies products to restaurants throughout the city, is among the tents that will be opening this spring. Look out for their famous butterhead lettuce and edible flowers.


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