Exploring the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Located just west of Center City, Philadelphia is a great place to experience the history of this city. The Reading Terminal Market has been around since 1893. In fact, it was founded underneath the old Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company terminal. It was renowned for offering free delivery service to railroad customers outside Philadelphia. As a result of the influx of railroad customers, the market thrived. In fact, it thrived throughout the Great Depression.

The Reading Terminal Market is home to over 100 vendors selling everything from regional produce and baked goods to artisanal cheeses and organic meat. The food selection here is impressive, and there is something for everyone. And if you're looking for something to take home, the market also offers a variety of home goods, clothing, and souvenirs. If you're looking for a fun and unique souvenir, the Reading Terminal Market has it!

One of the most iconic features of the market is Philbert the pig, a bronze statue sponsored by the Philadelphia Food Trust. The pig's nose is rubbed for good luck, and visitors to the market are encouraged to drop some cash in the glass box underneath. This practice is still in use today. While visitors often rub Philbert's nose, it's also possible to throw a few dollars into his mouth. If you're lucky, you'll get some change!

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