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New to the Burgh
3:59 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Local Holiday Markets for Black Friday and Beyond

Santa's House in Market Square Downtown, part of the People's Gas Holiday Market
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The holidays are rapidly approaching, so of course you’ve definitely started your gift shopping, right?

Never you fear, as the shopping season kicks off on Black Friday we’ve put together a list of the best local pop-up markets as part of our New to the ‘Burgh series. From the artisanal to the seasonal, to the brand-spanking-new, here’s a rundown of the most interesting markets gracing the Steel City with their presence over the next few months.

I Made It! Market

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:39 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Late Summer Fairs and Festivals with Local Goodness

Garlic lovers rejoice! Several upcoming food festivals showcase hundreds of varieties of the popular vegetable
Credit Rhonda Schuldt / Local Goodness

Summer is beginning to draw to a close, and for most there are only a few chances left to get out there and enjoy all of its offerings -- especially the area’s lovely fresh produce.

According to Rhonda Schuldt of Local Goodness, there are a dearth of food festivals and fairs that are sure to satisfy anyone still eager to explore the local food scene. Chief among these events are the amazing array of food festivals, including the Laurel Highlands Garlic Festival this weekend, which she calls “a nice day trip away from Pittsburgh.” the festival boasts hundreds of varieties of garlic which will intrigue any foodie with an affinity for the pungent plant.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:12 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Shady Side Academy Farm: Planting Seeds of Sustainabilty

The Fox Chapel farmers market is hosted by the Shady Side Academy and students manage various aspects
Credit Rhonda Schuldt / Local Goodness

Three years ago an administrator at Shady Side Academy noticed there was no market near the school’s location in Fox Chapel.  This motivated the school to host a Farmer’s Market

Two years later, stemming from the school’s commitment to sustainability, the Shady Side Academy Farm was planted.

The farm is managed primarily by students and is successfully integrated into the school’s curriculum. Rhonda Schuldt of Local Goodness explains the roles that students play in the farm and the market.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:13 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Local Goodness: Roadtrip for Ripe Cherries and Erie Beaches

U-Pick Cherries at West Gate Farms in Erie, PA
Rhonda Schuldt Local Goodness

Nestled in the northern edge of Erie County is a region of rich and fertile farmland slowly becoming recognized for grape growing, vineyards and a seasonal favorite: cherries. Rhonda Schuldt of Local Goodness suggests some favorite destinations in Erie, PA including local diners, beaches and fruit farms.

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:01 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Enon Valley Farm's Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes at Enon Valley Farm
Rhonda Schuldt LocalGoodness.com

Rhonda Schuldt, food writer for LocalGoodness.com has a little known seasonal item from her local market. Garlic scapes. Find out about the family behind Enon Valley Farm's garlic scapes. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:45 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Local Goodness: Farmers Market Season

Rhonda Schuldt writes for LocalGoodness.com
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

Does this week's summer-like weather put you in the mood for some fresh corn or warm, sun rippened tomatoes? How about a tote bag full of cukes and zukes? While these foods aren't quite ready at the local farm, we are definitely headed into outdoor farmers market season.

Food contributor Rhonda Schuldt stops in to talk about what to expect from Pittsburgh's many farmers markets.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Local Goodness: Maple Syrup Season is Here

Grades of maple syrup can range from light to dark coloring, which dictates the strength of the maple flavor.
Credit Wikipedia

When one thinks of pure maple syrup, Vermont often comes to mind. However, Pennsylvania's maple season is also highly anticipated for those with a sweet tooth. Our local food contributor Rhonda Schuldt shares some maple syrup cooking tips and talks about the abundance of local festivals.

Celebrate Maple Season at a local festival:

March 16 & 17 - 10th Annual NW Pennsylvania Maple Association Taste & Tour Weekend in the Erie area 

March 16, 17, 20-24 - 66th Annual PA Maple Festival in Somerset, PA 

April 6 & 7 - The Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival at Brady's Run Park in Beaver, PA

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