By Lauren Lipton


By Lauren Lipton 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Common Ground Market Place is now underway every Sunday at Broad and Mount Vernon Street. It’s an effort by The Food Trust along with Congregation Rodeph Shalom to not only bring a farmers market to the area, but community services as well. The Food Trust’s Amanda Leahy is project manager.

“We have musicians coming every week, dancing lessons, lots of vendors, live cooking demos, urban farm tours where you see the whole process, from putting your hands in the dirt to how things come together at the marketplace,” Leahy said.

Shermaine Johnson of Naturally Sweet Desserts is one of the vendors.

“You just bought hibiscus tea. My business is Naturally Sweet desserts,” said Johnson. “I make dairy free heart healthy desserts.”

Another vendor, Neopol Savory Smokery.

“We specialize in in-house smoked salmon. its all nitrate preservative free,” Smokery said.

Andrew is buying mushrooms.

“It had such a unique look, I don’t know what it’s going to taste like,” Andrew said. “But I trust it’s going to be something interesting.”

Tyler from Mycopolitan Mushroom Company was selling them.

“It’s actually a lot like crab, and it’s sweet so it’s a lot different than other mushrooms,” Tyler said.

Robert of Judy’s Juicy Pops explains how the pops are made.

“Frozen fruit pops that my wife makes from scratch,” Robert said. “Lemon cucumber, tamron chili, and strawberry ginger honey.”

You can pick up a popsicle, then pick up a book

“The book exchange is a project of the men of Congregation Rodeph Shalom. They built the bookcase, anybody can just take a book and leave a book.”

The market continues though Thanksgiving.

For more information go to http://thefoodtrust.org/farmers-markets/market/commongroundmkt