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.