CENTER CITY, PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A vacant lot in Center City has bloomed into a garden that will help feed the hungry through the work of creative chefs.

Mayor Michael Nutter thanked Independence Blue Cross and the Brandywine Realty Trust, new owners of a formerly long-time vacant lot at 20th and Market, which is now the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden.

Chefs from six restaurants will harvest the crops, create dishes, and the proceeds will go to the City Harvest program.

“So when you go to these restaurants, you eat something that’s made with the City Harvest icon and that goes to support the City Harvest program in the city,” said Drew Becher, PHS President.

pop up garden 2 Garden Pops Up In Center City

A harvest celebration is expected in October, but it’s possible the garden could continue to produce as late as December. A new building will end up on the property, and the Pop Up Garden will pop up in another part of the city.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio

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