When it comes to eating well, opting for fresh fruits and veggies is always a good decision. And on your search for fresh produce, there’s no better option than buying local. But sometimes finding the really fresh (and local) stuff can be a chore. Lucky for you, buying local is about to get so much easier. That’s because May marks the start of farmers market season in Pittsburgh.
Heck yes! Now, finding the freshest food around is as easy as dropping by your local farmers market. And locating the closest farmers market has never been easier either, since we took the liberty of rounding up a list of the go-to farmers markets in 14 Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
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 locally grown, produced, and created items, from fresh produce and cheeses to tea pops and coffee. Stick around for some homegrown music, too! Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 to November 5
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. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June through October
The Market Square Farmers Market really 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. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 to October 27
One of Citiparks’ seven – count ‘em, seven! – farmers markets set up throughout the city, you can count on East Liberty’s market to dish you out helpings of locally grown, organic, and fresh goods from 24+ Pittsburgh-area vendors. Mondays only, folks. Monday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 8 through November
We feel like crying whenever farmers break down their stands for the season. “Please, don’t leave. We need fresh vegetables, local honey, and artisan cheeses!” Well can your wintertime woes and summertime sadness, because the Farmers Market Cooperative of East Liberty is open year-round, baby! Stop by this indoor operation for all of your produce and meat needs. Saturday, 5 a.m. to noon. Year-round
The farm stand from Garfield Community Farm is for the community and from the community. It’s in Garfield, if you haven’t gathered. This small, urban green space cranks out the leafy greens, ripe red tomatoes, herbs, and more. Turn a healthy habit and support your urban grower every Wednesday. Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m. June through October
Consider Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market an oasis in the food desert that is Lawrenceville. There just aren’t a lot of places around to snag fresh, healthy foods and produce. That’s what makes this open-air market so clutch! Stop by every Saturday from early June to late October for the goods. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. June 4 to October 29
No one should be without fresh fruits and veggies. Ever. That’s why the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank runs a farm stand out of Millvale on Wednesdays June through November. There, you’ll get the crispest, freshest, and affordable seasonal produce around. Wednesday, 2:30 to 6 p.m. June to November
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 prepared Mediterranean foods from 20+ Pittsburgh vendors. Friday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. May to November
Crops to community – that’s how it was meant to be. And now, we’ve got the easy access to do so. Thanks to UPMC and Freedom Farms, you can pack a basket with fresh produce, meat, and dairy every week. Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 4 to November 5
Head over to Schenley Park and Phipps Conservatory’s lush green space for an opportunity to meet the farmers that grow your food. Here, you can shop for the freshest, naturally-grown fruits and vegetables, organic products, and other planet-friendly fare. Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 1 to October 26
This one’s for you, Pitt students. Setting up in the heart of Oakland at Schenley Plaza, the Oakland Farmers Market is a great spot to pick up a crisp apple, a ripe tomato, or some quality sustainable agriculture from Dillner Family Farms. Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. June 6 to October 24
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. Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. Mid-June to Late 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. Tuesday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. May to November
Squirrel Hill can be called a walking community. And for the past two seasons, residents and fellow Pittsburghers have been able to walk up to the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market off Murray Avenue. Complete with a full offering of vendors, everyone is able to peruse, sample, and take home healthy foods. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 31 to November 1
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