Farmers’ Market Season Underway in Pittsburgh

May 13, 2015

With warmer weather, Pittsburgh farmers’ markets are blossoming citywide.

“East Liberty opens Monday, South Side Tuesday, Carrick Wednesday, Beechview Thursday; Friday we have the City-County Building in the morning and the North Side in the afternoon, and then Squirrel Hill on Sunday,” said Mirella Ranallo, Farmers’ Market supervisor.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership also offers a farmers’ market every Thursday in Market Square. The only major change this year city is the Bloomfield Farmers’ Market, which was cut from city purse strings. Beechview’s market will also convene in a different location.

“We usually are in the Saint Catherine of Sienna Church parking lot, but we couldn’t be in there, because they’re doing construction at the library across the street and they’re storing their big trucks over there,” Ranallo said. “So we’re down the street at the Pittsburgh Parking Authority lot across from the senior center. It’s at Broadway and Beechview, (and) a little smaller.”

The Bloomfield Development Corporation lists the neighborhood's “Bloomfield Saturday Market” as still good-to-go. Food stamps will be accepted there and at most others.

Ranallo said the start of the season can be a little slow, since some of the produce isn’t ready for harvest and selling. This week and next, she said apples, potatoes and strawberries will be among the selections, but things like tomatoes and corn will come later in the season. Farmers’ Market season runs now through November.

Regular Farmers' Markets supported by neighborhoods and municipalities crop up outside city limits. For a more comprehensive list, check here and here.