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Farmers-market season includes several fresh finds in Western Pennsylvania




As the new grow­ing sea­son takes off, Western Penn­syl­va­nia once again is blessed with a bloom of bus­tling farm­ers mar­kets that pop up on town squares, along busi­ness dis­tricts, at churches, schools, parks, at a Turn­pike rest stop, even at a sta­tion on the Pan­han­dle Trail. Some of this sea­son’s new mar­kets have in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions.

Up in Law­rence County, New Wilm­ing­ton’s Fresh Mar­ket­place de­buted last month in a for­mer mu­nic­i­pal main­te­nance ga­rage that will al­low it to op­er­ate year ’round. The com­mu­nity is eat­ing it up so far, re­ports or­ga­nizer Parker May­nard. The New Wilm­ing­ton Center has been buzz­ing with shop­pers, ven­dors and lo­cal mu­si­cians each Satur­day morn­ing. The mar­ket also is open­ing on Thurs­day eve­nings, and the plan is to ren­o­vate the his­toric space into one that also will be used for classes, chil­dren’s the­ater and more.

Just over the bor­der in Board­man, Ohio, Magic Tree Pub & Ea­tery has in­vited area farm­ers to its park­ing lot for its new Thurs­day Magic Mar­ket, which co­in­cides with a farm-to-ta­ble din­ing menu. Says co-owner Phill Reda, “It seems like the pub­lic has been wait­ing for one of these in our area.”

Just south of Pitts­burgh, start­ing June 14, Cas­tle Shan­non is get­ting a farm­ers mar­ket ev­ery other Sun­day morn­ing at the site of a forth­com­ing brew­pub. The part­ners bring­ing a brew­pub to Route 88 at Cas­tle Shan­non Bou­le­vard next year are, in the mean­time, fir­ing up the Mind­ful Mar­ket at the for­mer John McGin­nis mar­ket fea­tur­ing Pitts­burgh Ur­ban Garden Proj­ect pro­duce, food trucks and more.

We’re proud to once again present the region’s most comprehensive and up-to-date list of area farmers markets — 120-plus — as well as an interactive map to further help you find them.

While a few of last season’s markets have closed, there also are some new ones. Several markets have new locations and hours, which also are noted here.

We’ll also keep the list posted and updated all season long online, with an interactive map, at www.post-gazette.com/2015farmersmarkets.

If we’ve missed your market, contact me and we’ll add it. The food section is always happy to get market news.

Bob Batz Jr: bbatz@ post-ga­zette.com and 412-263-1930 and on Twit­ter @bob­batzjr.







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