As it prepares to relocate to better digs, the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market plans to celebrate its golden anniversary.

Philadelphia market to commemorate 50 years

Doug Ohlemeier

The Philadelphia Regional Produce Market the week of Oct. 19 plans to celebrate its 50th year. The celebration, which comes a year before market vendors are planning to relocate to a new operation, will have the market allowing free customer admission, a brunch and demonstration from a famed produce carver.

During the week of Oct. 19, the market celebrates its 50th year by allowing customers free admission.

The market plans to serve brunch under a large tent that features Joseph Poon, a produce carver who has appeared at Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summits and other industry events, according to a news release.

The new market, being constructed on Essington Avenue southwest of the current market near the city’s airport, will be built as a “mall style” market that features 667,000 square feet of refrigerated space, nearly double its present capacity.
“We’re nostalgic and honor our past, but we’ve outgrown our facilities and look forward to moving to a brand new market,” Sonny DiCrecchio, the market’s executive director and manager, said in the release. “This new facility enables us to raise the bar and compete on a global scale. We believe we are laying the groundwork for a healthy and thriving Philadelphia for generations to come.”  

DiCrecchio said the new market “will be a model for terminal markets around the world.”