Powelton Village: ‘Mobile Market’ Provides Fresh & Organic Produce

A worker stocked the refrigerator with fresh milk

The West Philadelphia Fresh Food Hub, a non-profit mobile market offering local and organic produce to Powelton Village residents, provides a needed alternative to the deep fried fast foods all too common around the city.

Lauren Marsella unloaded the truck filled with produce
Lauren Marsella unloaded the truck filled with produce.

Located at the corner of 37th Street and Lancaster Avenue, the Food Hub sells a wide range of items such as asparagus, bananas, cashews, milk, cage-free eggs plus a variety of breads and other dry goods. Their main goal is to provide their community healthy food options at a reasonable price.

The Food Hub was established last year in conjunction with non-profit organizations including Kensington’s Greensgrow Farm, Fairmount Park’s Teens 4 Good and other local, independent farmers.

Lauren Marsella, the market’s manager, said the best part about working for the Food Hub organization is making personal connections with customers. “We know them by name,” she explained.  Marsella added that she loves giving customers advice on how to cook certain foods and prepare healthy homemade meals. “They love the experience of talking to us.”

A worker stocked the refrigerator with fresh milk
A worker stocked the refrigerator with milk fresh from the farm.

The mobile market accepts many different types of payment in an effort to make their food accessible to everyone, no matter their economic circumstance. The market accepts cash, major credit and debit cards, Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) cards, and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) cards.

The West Philadelphia Fresh Food Hub is open Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Hub holds community events on Saturdays and contributes food to retirement homes in the area.

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