April showers bring May… farmers markets! The time has come, Pittsburgh. It’s farmers market season. And with that, your weekends will be oh so sweet (a healthy sweet).
Really, there’s nothing like waking up on a Saturday (or any day), 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, and enjoy yourself while you’re at it. And gang, the lineup is looking amazing for 2017.
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, 9am to 1pm, June 4 to November 5.
Shadyside is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Pittsburgh — a.k.a. the perfect spot for a farmers market. Stop by this 2nd annual festival 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. Saturday, 10am to- 2pm, June 3 to September 30.
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. Thursday, 4 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. Saturday, 10am to 2pm, June through October.
Happy 13th, Market Square Farmers Market! 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. Thursday, 10am to 2pm, May 11 to October 26.
One of Citiparks’ seven – count ’em, seven! – farmers markets set up throughout the city, you can count 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. Monday, 3 to 7pm, May through November.
Consider Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market for your next Saturday outing. 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! Stop by every Saturday from early June to late October for the goods. Saturday, 1 to 4pm, June 3 to October 28.
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. Friday, 3 to 7pm, May to November.
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 6pm, June 6 to October 24.
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 to 6:30pm, beginning in June.
Citiparks does it again with this market in Mellon Square. Stop by any Friday from May to November 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. Friday, 10am to 2pm, 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. Thursday, 3 to 6pm, mid-June to Late 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! Wednesday, 4 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). Tuesday, 3 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. Thursday, 4 to 7pm, May to October.
Squirrel Hill can be called 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 off Murray Avenue. Complete with a full offering of vendors, everyone can peruse, sample, and take home healthy foods. Sunday, 9am to 1pm, June to November.
The farm stand from Garfield Community Farm is for the community and from the community. It’s in Garfield, if you haven’t gathered. And there, 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 7pm, June to October.
Stop by this historic dairy district in Carrick for a Citiparks 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, 3 to 7pm, June to November.
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