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You can pick up orders on the farm Wed. 4-7 pm (order deadline 9 am Wed) or Sun. 1-4 pm (order deadline noon Sat).  If neither of these times work for you, please contact us to schedule a better time (email us at info@poderedimelo.com or call 609-937-0595)

The order deadline for the Rittenhouse Farmer Market is 9 pm Thursday.  Please note that all pre-orders are final and we cannot offer a refund if you do not pick up your order during the pre-order period (9-11 am).

Greens

At Podere di Melo, our mission is to introduce our customers to the many wonderful varieties of vegetables so common in Italy and France.  You will probably be familiar with some of these, such as San Marzano tomatoes, but many will be new to you. Read more…

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Nothing says summer like carrots.  We harvest two French heirlooms - the Touchon and the Red Chantenay.  We pick them small to make sure they are tender and sweet.  No need to cut these carrots - just cook them whole and arrange them on the plate and they will please the eyes as well as the palate.  Sold by the bag.
$4.00
A rare heirloom from southern Italy, the Barletta has a rich flavor but is mild enough to be eaten raw.  Perfect for salads and kabobs, it is also an ideal addition to soups and sauces.  Sold by the bunch.  
$4.00
A French heirloom squash in the "patty pan" style.  Buttery, with a mild flavor and a shape that will catch the attention of everyone around the table.  We pick them small so as to ensure maximal flavor.  Sold by the bag (sizes will vary).
$4.00
A delicious green butterhead from the Netherlands that is spectacular in both appearance and taste.  A special treat for any salad.  Sold by the bag.
$4.00
A beautiful red butterhead lettuce from the Netherlands.  A vibrant red leaf with lush green on the inner stems. Stunning to look at, delicious to eat.  Sold by the bag.
$4.00
As the summer heats up, we are always looking for new and exciting lettuces to offer you.  For our PDM Summer Mix, we venture into Holland for a collection of delicious red and green mixed lettuces that are not only a treat for the mouth but for the eyes.  Enjoy some today!
$4.00
A hard to find French heirloom, Rouge Grenobloise is a beautiful crisp-type lettuce with varying shades of red, bronze, light and dark green, and even some yellow. Tender and crisp, this is a gourmet lettuce that will offer you (and your guests) a rare treat.
$4.00
In Rome, spring salads are made with several different types of wild greens. They call it misticanza. This is our version with 14 different lettuces.  We import the seed from Italy.  
$4.00
Regina di Maggio is a rare, delicious Italian butterhead-style heirloom lettuce with lovely green leaves that have a hint of red trim for extra color.  Perfect for a sophisticated summer salad!  
$4.00

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Barba dei Frati (Rustic country lettuce)
Italians use many different types of lettuce in their summer salads - mixes, butterhead, etc.  The variety is astounding compared to what we see in a typical supermarket in the US.  One of their favorites is a rustic country lettuce called Barba dei Frati ("monk's beard"). Also known as catalogna, it has long serrated leaves that have the texture and crunch of escarole.  A wonderful addition to your home salad collection!  
$4.00
Bionda deghli Ortolani (Italian heirloom romaine)
Sight seeing in Tuscany, you decide it is time for lunch.  A small cafe with a stunning view of the rolling hills and glass of wine, you decide to start with a salad.  Something unique, something delicious, something definitely Italian.  Your waiter brings you a simple salad made with wonderful heirloom romaine.  It's long, light colored leaves are crisp and crunchy - perfect for a summer salad.   The lettuce? It's called Bionda Ortolani.  Try it next time you want to eat a perfect Tuscan salad without ever leaving your home.
$4.00
Chioggia Beets
Leave it to the Italians to develop a beet that not only tastes like candy, but looks like it.  Named for a town near Venice, Chioggia (pronounced key-oh-ja) beets are among the sweetest of beets.  Their claim to fame are those stunning fuchsia-colored swirls throughout the beet.  Not only are these the most delicious beets you will every taste, they also don't "bleed" like other beets, so you won't get that red color all over your hands.  Sold by the bunch.
$4.00
Costata Romanesco Zucchini
Throughout Italy, this is the zucchini most commonly grown, due to its delightful creamy texture and it's plentiful blossoms which Italians stuff and fry (Zucca di Fiori).  As this is early in the season, we have a limited supply.  Sold 3-4 to a bag.
$5.00
Hakurei Turnips
Ok, you know we are all about Italian and French heirlooms, but sometimes we venture abroad to provide you with items that go so very well with our European varieties.  Such is the case with the Hakurei, a Japanese turnip.  Considered the ultimate salad turnip, they are crunchy, sweet, and remarkably flavorful.  Pair them with our misticanza or our other heirloom lettuces.  3-6 turnips/bunch depending on size.
$3.00
Rossa di Milano scallions
With the heat of July, we begin to harvest our many varieties of onions.  Onions are key ingredients to many Italian meals - no wonder they grow so many different types!  Rossa di Milano is a rare heirloom that strikes the right flavor balance: sweet and pungent without being harsh.  We like to harvest them as scallions making them perfect for all sorts of dishes.  Sold by the bunch.
$4.00
Tuscan Kale
More tender, mild, and delicate than other kales, Tuscan Kale (called cavolo nero in Italy) can be eaten raw and is thus a great addition to salads.  It is also the kale used to make ribollita, a delicious white bean soup common in the Tuscan region.  Our favorite recipe is here.
$4.00

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Sometimes you just don't need a dozen eggs.  Enjoy this smaller size of our free-range eggs.

$3.50
Our hens are free-range, spending their days enjoying the sunshine and open air while roaming pesticide-free pasture. They are fed a non-GMO feed that is locally raised. Our eggs are a mix of white and brown.
$6.00

Microgreens Harvested

Think of microgreens as living spices.  They add flavor – and color – to so many dishes, especially salads, fish, and poultry. We sell them two different ways:

  1. Harvested – This is the typical way you will see microgreens sold.  We cut them and put them in a clear plastic clam shell container.  Easy to use and will last 1-2 weeks in a refrigerator.  Use the buttons below to order you microgreens harvested.
  2. Personal Garden (click tab above to order a personal garden) – This is our favorite way to sell microgreens.  We plant the microgreens in a standard-size take out container and let them grow for a week or so.  You purchase the container, place it in your refrigerator, and harvest the microgreens fresh as you need them.  The containers have no holes in them, so there is no mess in your refrigerator.  Microgreens purchased this way can last 3 weeks and are always fresh.  In the refrigerator, your microgreens will not grow any taller.  If you want them to grow a bit, place them in a window sill for a few days.
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Confetti Mix
A mildly spicy blend of purple and green radish leaves with red, purple, and pink stem. Visually stunning.
$4.00
PDM Kale Mix
Everyone loves kale these days.  Nutritious, delicious, and so versatile.  This mix of microgreens presents various shades and colors: bright green, dark green, and purple with green, pink, and purple stems.  Try it!
$4.00

Microgreens Personal Garden

Think of microgreens as living spices.  They add flavor – and color – to so many dishes, especially salads, fish, and poultry. We sell them two different ways:

  1. Harvested (Click tab above to order harvested microgreens) – This is the typical way you will see microgreens sold.  We cut them and put them in a clear plastic clam shell container.  Easy to use and will last 1-2 weeks in a refrigerator.
  2. Personal Garden – This is our favorite way to sell microgreens.  We plant the microgreens in a standard-size take out container and let them grow for a week or so.  You purchase the container, place it in your refrigerator, and harvest the microgreens fresh as you need them.  The containers have no holes in them, so there is no mess in your refrigerator.  Microgreens purchased this way can last 3 weeks and are always fresh.  In the refrigerator, your microgreens will not grow any taller.  If you want them to grow a bit, place them in a window sill for a few days.  Use the buttons below to order your personal garden.
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Confetti Mix
A mildly spicy blend of purple and green radish leaves with red, purple, and pink stem. Visually stunning.
$6.00
Mild Spicy Mix
A blend of mizuna, cabbage, kale, and kohlrabi. Mostly green with a touch of purple.
$6.00
Arugula
Delicate and tender, with a spicy, nutty flavor
$6.00

Chicken

The French believe that their chickens should not be raised without flavor and we agree!

So in line with this beloved belief, we raise a chicken that originated in the southern part of France that is bred to meet the requirements of the famed Label Rouge system of certification, which emphasizes free range practices and improved flavor. Read more…

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Orders for late July run are open! Reserve yours today! Chickens are sold whole, vacuum packed, and frozen. All are USDA inspected. Chickens range in size from 4-6 lbs.  We will do our best to provide you with your preferred size if available. Price: $5.50/lb Chickens will be available in late July.  We will contact you via email in mid-July to inform you of the actual date and to schedule a pick up date and time.  Balance will be due when you pick up your chicken. We will also additional runs of chicken in August, September, and October and will open ordering for these once the previous run is sold out.
$10.00