Many people do not know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Basically, a fruit contains seeds, as it is the ripened ovaries of a plant. Some fruits, such as bananas, are the edible part of a plant developed from a flower. All other edible plant parts, such as the root, leaf or stem are considered vegetables.
The classification of plants as vegetables is sort of determined by culture and usage. Tomatoes are an obvious example – most people think of them as a vegetable but they are really a fruit. Some other fruits that are often thought to be vegetables:
- squashes, zucchini and pumpkin
- green, red, and yellow peppers
- corn kernels
Examples of vegetables include broccoli, potato, lettuce, spinach, beets and cauliflower.
Of course, these classifications are botanically based. But the law also comes into hand when dealing with imports and taxation based on how they are used. In this case, tomatoes were actually legalized as vegetables in the 19th century, after an importer tried to treat tomatoes as fruit.
There are so many different kinds of fruits and vegetables and so many ways to prepare them. Try picking up a new fruit or vegetable and experimenting with it. Here are some great local farms and farmer’s markets to check out and support. Please double-check listings as operating hours may change. Click on name for more information.
Skippack Creek Farm – Souderton, PA
Organic Vegetable and Herb Plant Sale: Choose from many Certified Organic heirloom varieties of tomatoes and peppers, zucchini, eggplant, cucumber, and over 12 varieties of fresh herb plants!
Plant Sale on Friday April 29, 2011 from 4-8pm and Saturday April 30, 2011 from 9am-2pm
Piazza Farmers Market – Philadelphia, PA
Year-round market offering IPA fruits and organic vegetables, in addition to many other farm products. The market is open every Saturday from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The Piazza also features great restaurants, shops and galleries.
Free parking is available. 302-898-0313
Whole Foods in Jenkintown and North Wales: local Farmers Markets. Open May – October,
Every Sunday from 11am-3pm.
Chestnut Hill Farmers Market – Philadelphia, PA
Thursdays & Fridays: 9 am to 6 pm, Saturdays: 8 am to 5 pm
Free parking in lot off of Southampton Avenue.
Doylestown Farmers’ Market – Doylestown, PA
Opening Day April 17th, 2011
Everything offered at the Market is locally grown and produced; offers chemical free & low input vegetables & fruits including many Heirloom and rare varieties, among other farm products.
Saturdays 7:00 am – 12 Noon. 215 345-5355
Conshohocken Farmers Market – Conshohocken, PA
Open May to November, Fridays 10am – 3pm
Fayette and West Hector Streets