The time has come, Pittsburgh: it’s farmers market season! And with that, your weekends will be oh so sweet (a healthy sweet, of course).
Really, there’s nothing like waking up on a Saturday (or any day, really), grabbing a coffee, getting in that early workout, and heading to the nearest farmers market. They make it easy to buy local, eat and cook healthy dishes, and enjoy yourself while you’re at it. And this year’s lineup is looking amazing.
Now, this is what a true farmers market should look like — part farm stand, part festival. And rain or shine, it’s going down on Saturday in Bloomfield. There, you’ll find fresh produce and curated items provided by local businesses and farms — anything from fresh meats and cheeses to tea pops and coffee. Stick around for some homegrown music, too! Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, May to November
Shadyside is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Pittsburgh (aka the perfect spot for a farmers market). Stop by this annual market in the parking area near Patagonia off Walnut St. for fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and bread vendors (seriously, just thinking about their assortment will make your mouth water). With so many food options, this market is your one-stop-shop for whatever meal you’re cooking up. Sundays, 10am to 2pm, June to September
Looking to plan your next Thursday? We have just the thing for you. This Beechview market has a variety of seasonal and perennial flowers, farm-fresh fruits, veggies, meats, small gifts, and gardening items. If you’re in the area (or, you know, if you’re not) it’s worth stopping by. Thursdays, 3pm to 7pm, June to September
Try to get more Pittsburgh than Grow Pittsburgh’s Braddock Farms farm stand — just try. Well, you can’t. With a grow site smack-dab in Braddock’s hustle and bustle, you’re a stone’s throw away from the borough’s last steel mill and pocket change away from local, urban-grown garden treasures. Come get a taste of Pittsburgh. Saturdays, 10am to 2pm, June to October
This one sets the beat in the heart of the city on Thursdays in the summer. Picture this: 30 weekly local vendors selling fresh produce, handcrafted goods, and everything in between; FREE afternoon concerts from the likes of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera; and don’t forget — themed special events. Loosen your tie or take off your heels, because your lunch hour is going to be a great time. Thursdays, 10am to 2pm, May to October
One of Citiparks’ seven—count ’em, seven!—farmers markets set up throughout the city, you can rely on East Liberty’s market to dish out helpings of locally-grown, organic, and fresh goods from 24+ Pittsburgh-area vendors. Check out this spot for vegetables, meats, cheeses, and more! Mondays only, folks. Mondays, 3pm to 7pm, May to November
Consider Lawrenceville Farmers Market in Arsenal Park when you need plans on a Tuesday evening. You can stroll tree-lined streets with boutiques and coffee shops all while snagging fresh, healthy foods and produce. That’s what makes this open-air market so clutch! Tuesdays, 4pm to 7pm, June to October
There’s something special happening on the North Side. Set up in Allegheny Commons Park, the North Side Farmers Market is your go-to for a variety of fruits and veggies, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, and even delicious prepared foods from 20+ Pittsburgh vendors. Fridays, 3pm to 7pm, May to November
Citiparks does it again with this market in Mellon Square. Stop by on Fridays to get your fix of baked treats, meats, cheeses, and fresh fruits and veggies. You can browse with friends (or alone) in the midst of Mellon Square’s tranquil fountains and classic Pittsburgh scenery. Fridays, 10:30am to 1:30pm, May to October
Support a small urban Pittsburgh farm by collecting your greens, reds, and yellows from one of two farm stands sourced from Shiloh Farm in the East End. On Thursdays throughout the summer and fall, hit up North Point Breeze or Homewood for some homegrown freshness. Thursdays, 3pm to 6pm, June to October
This Mt. Lebanon farmers market has been a staple in Pittsburgh for 30 years (that’s older than a lot of us, gang). Rain or shine, they’ll be selling locally-grown, locally-produced goods. Stop by to see vendors like Wood Street Bread, Nellie’s Middle Eastern Foods, and Gosia’s Pierogies. We’ll see you there! Wednesdays, 4pm to 7pm, June to October
Say you find yourself in the South Side looking for some healthy grub. Look no further, friends! The South Side Farmers Market hosts 10+ vendors with fresh, local produce, including Blackberry Meadows from Natrona Heights. (Sorry, Mike and Tony’s Gyros). Tuesdays, 3pm to 7pm, May to November
If you live or work in Green Tree, don’t worry — there’s something for you, too. Starting this month, Green Tree Farmers Market will be hosting local vendors like A1 Fudge (they have sugar-free goat’s milk, and sugar-free/non-dairy fudge), Pennsylvania Dutch Foods and their delicious jams, Hello Hummus, and more. Thursdays, 4pm to 7pm, May to October
You could call Squirrel Hill a walking community. And in the past few summers, residents and fellow Pittsburghers have been able to walk up to the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market in the Beacon/Bartlett parking lot. Complete with a full spread of vendors, you can peruse, sample, and take home healthy foods. Sundays, 9am to 1pm, June to November
Stop by this historic dairy district in Carrick for a market that will get you excited to start cooking (which isn’t always easy to do). They’ll have all the ingredients you need to cook fresh all week, from meats to dairy to baked goods. And you’ll most likely make a few friends while you’re there! Wednesdays, 3pm to 7pm, June to November
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