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Dining Out: Eat in or take out at this farmers market

A chalkboard sign greets visitors to the weekly Wrightstown Farmers Market announcing what’s available for breakfast and lunch.

While a farmer’s market is mostly about picking up fresh locally grown, raised and produced products, the market’s managers also recognize it’s an inviting setting for a Saturday morning meal. They make it easier by pointing out which vendors are selling fresh foods you can pick up and take to the open tables located at the center of the market.

On a recent weekend the list included the Helpful Foodie, where chef/owner Casey Kopchinski was dishing up chicken tacos with avocado whip, cauliflower-apple salad, orange chicken and strawberry-rhubarb cobb salad.

Kopchinski does double duty at the market, offering organic fresh foods to eat on site as well as packaged foods to take home. His tacos proved so popular that they sold out, while market manager Cheryl Gilmore was urging customers to sample his homemade bone broth. Helpful Foodie also is a meal delivery service (

Nearby, Tiffany Pedone of GI Juice and Java found a brisk interest in her freshly squeezed juices and overnight oats served with fresh fruit. This was her first visit to the market, a supplement to her restaurant in Buckingham Greene in Buckingham.

Pedone said she will alternate weeks at the market with Greenstraw Smoothies, which makes smoothies, smoothie bowls and cold-pressed juices.

Also serving food on Saturday was LUHV Food, the popular vegan/gluten-free burger company that has a bistro in Hatboro and a deli in Philadelphia. Customers could order freshly cooked black bean burgers to eat at the market or buy frozen patties to take home.

Rounding out the list was Burek by Zeni, offering bureks – handheld phyllo dough pastries with a variety of meat and vegetable fillings.

Each week brings different vendors to the market. This Saturday, the popular Bonjour Creperie food truck will return, and future weekends will include the Farmstead Food Truck, which offers breakfast sandwiches using locally sourced eggs, pasture raised pork sausage and bacon as well as burgers and chicken sandwiches for lunch.

Each week there is always fresh coffee from the Coffee Scoop, a Pipersville company; cookies, pastries and scones from the Bucks County Cookie Company; and ketogenic, sugar-free treats from the Burning Cookie.

Dining out at the market is a pleasant bonus while shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, fresh breads, cheeses, teas, herbs, nut butters and pickles.

For updates on vendor ability check out the market website

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