Your guide to farmers markets in Western Pa.




Farmers market season is here, and that means getting a lot of things done all at one venue that has the sky as its roof.

It’s the place to check in with the farmer and get an education on how to shop for produce. Or grab a takeout meal for lunch or dinner along with baked goods (and gluten-free ones) for breakfast. Or buy bottles of jams and honey, jewelry, and even handmade lamps. Or stop and smell the flowers, and get bedding plants and hanging baskets while at it. Or catch some zen listening to live music.

This year, it also has become the venue to purchase alcoholic beverages thanks to a change in state law allowing distilleries and breweries to sell at markets.

The new season comes with a few changes. Robinson Farmers Market is a new member. It will be open Mondays starting next week in the upper parking lot at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in McKees Rocks and feature bread from Mediterra Bakehouse, a coffee bar and PGH Pierogi Truck.

Some markets are not coming back and they include Frazer Farmers Market, Saxonburg Farm & Flea Market and Dormont Farmers Market. Whitehall Farmers Market has lost its sponsorship and so won’t return and Pleasant Hills Lions Farmers Market has been canceled as it could not find a location. The market in North Huntingdon is now Irwin Farmers Market, and it will open on Saturday at 100 Pennsylvania Ave. in Irwin. And some markets have changed locations within the same community.

Markets will feature new and familiar full-time and temporary vendors, as well. Wigle Whiskey is among the newbies and distilleries selling booze, and will be at 10 city and suburban markets through the season. Those over ages 21 can get samples of Pressed, an apple brandy with a lower proof, and After Glow Ginger Whiskey, a spirit made with roasted baby ginger and finished with simple syrup. The drinks are an agricultural act, says Wigle founder Meredith Grelli, when they are sold beside a farmer selling apples, honey and grains.

This is the first year that Eric Earnest, owner of City Fresh Pasta, is a full-time vendor at Market Square. In addition to his popular garlic-chive and tomato-basil pastas, he’s selling six to seven types of red sauces, olive and basil pestos, and four kinds of compound butters at the Downtown and East Liberty venues, and when the Squirrel Hill market opens on Sunday.

Meghan Pohl, co-owner of Batch, started off as a temporary vendor at the last minute at Market Square four years ago and has been coming back as a full-timer since then to sell her Black, Blue and Bourbon jam (made with blackberries, blueberries and maple bourbon), Kickin Tomato jam (made by slowly cooking tomatoes along with fresh ginger and peppers) and strawberry-thyme jam. “I make it with seconds I get from other vendors at the end of the day,” she says, adding they are not pretty-looking strawberries but are in a much better condition than the ones found in stores.

List of farmers markets

• Ambridge Farmers Market

St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 624 Park Road off Route 65

4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays

Through Nov. 21 (an exception, open the Tuesday before Thanksgiving)

Features cut flowers, hot foods and baked goods.

• Beaver Farmers Market

Courthouse lot, Fourth and Market streets

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Through Dec. 16

Features fresh eggs, locally raised beef and wine.

• Beaver Falls Farmers Market

Parking lot behind Brodhead Apartments, 712 12th St.

3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays

Through Nov. 20

Features fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.

• Beechview (Citiparks) Farmers Market

Broadway and Beechview avenues

4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays

June 22 through Sept. 14

• Bethel Park Farmers Market

St. Thomas More Church lot at Fort Couch Road and Oxford Drive

3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays

Through Sept. 26. (Closed July 4)

Number of vendors will increase to 22 to 25. New this year are: Family Farm Creameries (cheese, yogurt, milk and ice cream); three farms selling breads, eggs, sweets and wines; Hello Hummus (hummus and healthy salads) and Wigle Whiskey.

• Bloomfield Saturday Market

5050 Liberty Ave. (between South Winebiddle and Gross streets)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Through Nov. 4

The 29 full-season vendors and eight temporary vendors feature fresh produce, cheese, meat, oils, hummus and coffee. Also, the market hosts student and local performers/dancers, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities.

• Butler City Farmer's Market

205 S. Chestnut St.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Through October (last week)

Around 15 to 20 vendors sell fresh produce, and arts and crafts.

• Carrick Dairy District (Citiparks) Farmers Market

1529 Brownsville Road

3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays

June 21 through Nov. 22

• Charleroi Farmers Market

Market House in 400 block of McKean Avenue

3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays

July 6 through Oct. 26

One farmer will be featured.

• Chippewa Farmers Market

Chippewa United Methodist Church parking lot (corner of Darlington and Shenango roads)

3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Through Nov. 14

Features freshly baked goods, produce, beef and garlic-flavored vinegar, oil and hummus.

• Coraopolis Farmers Market

Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis, Broadway Street and Fifth Avenue

3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays

July 10 through Oct. 30 (open Labor Day)

Features flowers, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, herbs, honey and crafts.

• Cranberry Farmers Market

2525 Rochester Road (behind municipal building)

3:30 to 6 p.m. Fridays

June 9 through Oct. 27

Seven vendors are featured.

• Cranberry Farmers Market

Mashuda Drive (behind fire station on Route 19)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

June 10 through Oct. 28

This is the 20th year for the market.

• Delmont Farmers Market

27 Greensburg St., Delmont (from Route 66 north, turn right at S&T Bank)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

June through September

A total of 22 vendors selling fruits and vegetables, crafts, wine, baked goods, sandwiches and brooms.

• Derry: Keystone Farmers Market

Beach parking lot, 1150 Keystone Park Road off state Route 981

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays

June 4 through Sept. 24

Usually has 15 to 20 vendors who mostly sell vegetables, some crafts, and there are one to two fruit vendors. This will be its fifth year in operation.

• Downtown: (Citiparks) Mellon Square Park

Smithfield Street and Sixth Avenue

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays

Through Oct. 27

It’s the second year at this location. At least one spirits vendor will be present this year.

• Downtown: Market Square Farmers Market

Market Square, Forbes Avenue and Market Place

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays

Through Oct. 26

Bustling market includes some prepared foods for lunch and live entertainment. Distilleries and a meadery are among its new vendors this year.

• Downtown: Flower Fair (plus plants and produce)

U.S. Steel Tower Plaza on Grant Street at Sixth Avenue

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays

Through October

Pisarcik Greenhouses offers local flower bouquets, bedding plants, hanging baskets, succulents and herbs and, in season, berries and other fruits and vegetables.

• East Liberty (Citiparks) Farmers Market

Station Street and North Euclid Avenue parking lot

3 to 7 p.m. Mondays

Through Nov. 20

Venerable market looking for a new home for next season.

• East Liberty: Farmers Market Cooperative

344 N. Sheridan Ave., next to Home Depot (intersection of Sheridan and Rodman)

5 a.m. to noon (some vendors don’t get there until around 7 a.m., though several vendors start at 5 a.m.) Saturdays

Year-round

Between 10 to 12 vendors every week, selling mostly produce and meat. Some sell a variety of eggs — duck, turkey and chicken — woodcraft, olive oil, tea, fresh coffee and orange juice. A vendor selling prepared Indian food is there most weeks.

• Ellwood City Farmers Market

500 block of Beaver Avenue (free parking in the 500 block of Lawrence Avenue)

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays 

June 3 through Oct. 7

Will feature roughly 17 vendors. Most sell food, which includes baked goods. But handmade soaps and pet products also are sold. Live music is 9 to 11 a.m.

• Elizabeth Handmade-Homegrown Market

Along Water Street

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Saturday (once monthly)

June 10 through Oct. 7

Everything from handmade lamps and jewelry to gourmet popcorn, grass-fed beef, gluten-free baked goods and olive oil blends are sold by 16 to 20 vendors.

• Etna Farmers Market

Across from the borough building at 437 Butler St.

3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

June 1 through Oct. 26

• Forest Hills Farmers Market

Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 1840 Ardmore Blvd.

4 to 7 p.m. Fridays

June 2 through Oct. 27

About 21 vendors sell produce, wines, bread, Lebanese food, pizza, honey, baked goods, smoked meats, pierogies and compost. On the second Friday of every month, the market partners with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and donates proceeds. 

• Fox Chapel Farmers Market

Shady Side Academy Senior School, 583 Squaw Run Road East (far field parking lot)

3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays

June 14 through Oct. 25

Features pasture-raised meat, fresh eggs, barbecue sauces, cold-pressed juice, artisanal cheeses, fresh bread, wood-fired pizza, jewelry, honey, maple syrup, infused olive oils and live music. Also, enjoy a game of Cornhole.

• Garfield Community Farm Stand

A mobile market that is at different locations in the Garfield neighborhood. 

3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays

June 14 through Sept. 27

Features produce, eggs and honey.

• Green Tree Farmers Market in the Park

Green Tree Park, 905 Greentree Road

4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays

Through Oct. 26

It marks its 10th anniversary this year and will feature several concerts and a culinary cook-off in August. About 20-plus vendors sell fresh foods, baked goods, meat, dairy, eggs, produce, cheese and jams/jellies.

• Hampton: St. Ursula Church Farmers Market

Duncan Avenue at Kirk Avenue parking lot

Noon to 5 p.m. Fridays

June 10 through October

Features produce, meats and dairy.

• Irwin: Farm Fresh Farm Market

100 Pennsylvania Ave.

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays

June 3 through October

Eleven to 12 farmers and six to seven other vendors attend, selling wine, local honey and organic produce.

• Jeannette Farm Market

Corner of Seventh Street and Clay Avenue

3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays

June 15 to Sept. 29

Features hand-crafted items, woodworking and produce from local gardeners and farmers.

• Latrobe Farmers Market

Legion Keener Park (Chestnut and Irving streets)

Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays

June 6 through Sept. 26

Features pies, popcorn, fudge and crafts and produce from approximately 20 vendors.

• Lawrenceville Farmers Market

Arsenal Park (39th and Butler streets)

1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays

June 3 through October

Features fruits and vegetables, educational chef booth with cooking demos, scavenger hunt, yard games, yoga and music. Check the Lawrenceville Farmers Market Facebook page for weekly specials.

• Ligonier Country Market

Loyalhanna Watershed Farm near West Main Street and Route 30

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Through the beginning of October

The market averages 130 vendors rain or shine featuring cooked foods, fresh produce, poultry, beef, crafts, soap and pastries.

• Lower Burrell Farmers Market

City Hall lot at 2800 Bethel St.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

June 10 to Oct.14

Every other week, the market will host live entertainment. On opening day, the master gardeners from Penn State will answer questions. The 15 vendors include an Italian baker, pie stand and global foods.

• Mars Farmers Market

Woodland Valley Church, 225 Crowe Ave.

​9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, rain or shine

Through Oct. 7, the Applefest

An average of 10 sell vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, herbs, baked good, hand-crafted gifts, jewelry, soaps and candles.

• McDonald Trail Station Farmers Market

160 S. McDonald St. on Panhandle Trail

9 a.m. to noon Saturdays

July 8 through September

Seven to eight vendors will sell eggs, jellies/jams, produce, beef on order, local honey, baked goods, and luxury dog and horse treats.

• Mindful Farmers Market

1612 Steuben St. Half the property is in West End and the other half is in Crafton. (new location)

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays

July 2 through Oct. 29

Will feature two vendors who pick fresh produce from the Urban Garden outside West End. Will offer more varieties of greens.

• Monroeville Lions Farmers Market

2399 Tilbrook Road, Monroeville Community Park

9 a.m. to noon Saturdays

​Through November

Around 14 vendors sell produce, preserves, kettle corn, apples. For the seasonal produce calendar, check monroevillefarmersmarket.com.

• Monongahela Farmers Market

Main and Seventh streets, Chess Park

3 to 6 p.m. Fridays

​June 9 through Sept. 29

Features three local farms, a dozen other specialty vendors, including gourmet popcorn, a tea room, barbecue and fudge.

• Moon Township Farmers Market

Municipal building at 1000 Beaver Grade Road

3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays

​June 7 through Sept. 27

Features 22 vendors, which includes at least two local farms, a winery, a distillery and, possibly, a brewery. Also fresh produce, prepared foods and dog treats will be available.

• Mount Hope Community Church

12106 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills

(Summer Festival Vendor and Craft Show)

2 to 6 p.m., the first Wednesday of the month

June 7 through September

With a new name, the former Mount Hope Farmers Market will be more craft heavy but still include 15 to 20 vendors offering food and flowers. Festival days are on Wednesday on the Lawn Dinner days. Call 412-793-0227 for details.

• Mt. Lebanon Uptown Farmers Market

710 Washington Road

9 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Through October

The market is amid the Mt. Lebanon business district and has 27 vendors. Among the newcomers are Red Star Kombucha, Sonshine Farm and Wigle Whiskey.

• Mt. Lebanon Lions Farmers Market

United Lutheran Church, 975 Washington Road

4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays

May 24 through November

This is the 29th year for the market. It features 15 vendors who sell global specialties, produce, flowers and desserts.

• Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Church of God, 936 Main St.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays

May 31 through Oct 18

Its motto is: "Come and see what's growing here." Expect locally grown produce, eggs, flowers and crafts from nearly two dozen vendors.

• Murrysville Farmers Market

3235 Sardis Road

3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays

June 1 through Sept. 28

The fourth annual market is hosted by the Murrysville Recreation Dept. and Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company. Vendors offer produce, baked goods, dairy products, plants, honey and herbs, along with hot foods and desserts. Proceeds benefit the fire company. The Farmhouse Kids’ Club, with interactive activities, is June 8 to Aug. 31. 

• New Brighton Farmers Market

Lot at Fifth Avenue and 12th Street, in the parking lot next to Family Dollar

3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Through Nov. 14

Features produce and Polish foods.

• New Sheffield Farmers Market 

United Methodist Church of Aliquippa, 2816 Brodhead Road

3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Through Oct. 25

Features baked goods, peaches and vegetables.

• New Stanton Turnpike Plaza Farmers Market

Pa. Turnpike West, mile 77.6

Open 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Mondays and holiday weekends; 11 a.m. on Fridays and Sundays. Closes at dusk.

Through Nov. 30

Hillside Orchards from Mount Pleasant offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, honey, baked and canned goods, potted plants and flowers. Later in the season, ornamental gourds and pumpkins will be available.

• North Side (Citiparks) Farmers Market

East Park, East Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue

3 to 7 p.m. Fridays

Through Nov. 17

• Oakland: Green Market at Phipps

Phipps Conservatory lawn at Schenley Drive

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays

June 7 through Oct. 25

Features food, health and beauty supplies, craft spirits and artwork.

• Ohio Township Farmers Market

Agway lot at 125 McAleer Road

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

June and July

Features produce, local honey, eggs and a distillery selling homemade liquors.

• Olde Town Grove City Farmers Market

Near the gazebo in the Joseph D. Monteleone Youth Festival park in downtown Grove City

3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays

Opens June 1

Features vegetables, baked goods and natural soaps.

• Perryopolis Farmers Market

301 Independence St. (next to Perry Drug)

9 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Through end of September

Features produce, prepared foods such as halushki, pierogies and cabbage rolls, oatmeal soaps, jewelry, herbs, teas and wine. 

• Peters Township Farmers Market

St. David's Episcopal Church, 905 E. McMurray Road, Venetia

3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays

Through Sept. 27

About 28 regular and five rotating vendors sell organic produce, pasta, dairy, barbecue and pies.

• Robinson Farmers Market

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 5718 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks (in the upper parking lot)

Mondays

4 to 8 p.m. June 5 through Aug. 21 and 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 through Oct. 2.

In addition to fresh produce, there will be live music and visits from the Robinson Township library, which will organize craft projects for kids. Vendors include Hello Hummus, Two Rivers Olive Oil, Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar, Mediterra Bakehouse and PGH Pierogi Truck.

• Ross Farmers Market

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 920 Perry Highway

3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays

Through October

Proceeds benefit North Hills Food Bank.

• Sewickley: St. James Farmers Market

St. James Parish lot, 200 Walnut St.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Through Nov. 18

Merchants sell beef and pork, vegetables, local honey and freshly made pierogies.

• Shadyside Farmer's Market

Liberty Elementary School parking lot, 601 Filbert St. (corner of Ellsworth and Filbert streets)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays

June 3 through Sept. 30

Free Shadyside Farmer’s Market tote bag will be given to the first 100 customers on opening day.

• Sharpsburg Farmers Market

Parking lot behind the Gran Canal Cafe (at Main and Station streets)

Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays

June 3 through Oct. 28

It’s the second year for the farm stand, which last year was next to the library on Main Street.  There will be one produce vendor, who also will be selling flowers and seedlings.

• Slippery Rock Community Farmers Market

Rock Falls Park, Route 173

9 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Through October

Vendors will sell produce, flower seedlings and plants for transplanting into gardens, fresh and preserved foods, and hand-crafted items. Live music, lectures and kids' activities will be held through the season.

• South Fayette/Cecil: Original Farmers Market

151 Parks Road, McDonald

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Through November

More than 20 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and handcrafted specialty products such as McLaughlin Distillery spirits.

• South Side (Citiparks) Farmers Market

Carson and 18th streets parking lot

3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays

Through Nov. 21

Features a distillery this year.

• Squirrel Hill (Citiparks) Farmers Market

Beacon/Bartlett parking lot, behind the 1900 block of Murray Avenue

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays

June 4 through Nov. 12

• Swissvale Farmers Market

Dickson School, 7301 Schoyer Ave.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Through Oct. 28

Features produce, high-quality baked goods and prepared foods from newcomers Goodfella's Restaurant and The Triangle Grill. Also new this year, honey from Monroeville hives and Pennsylvania maple products.

• Tarentum Farmers Market

First United Presbyterian Church, 913 Lock St. (new location)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays

June 14 through mid-October

Many of the old favorite vendors will return along with some ones, selling fresh produce, baked goods, pepperoni rolls and pierogies.

• Upper St. Clair/Bethel Park Rotary Farmers Market

Westminster Presbyterian Church lot, 2040 Washington Road (Route 19)

4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays

Through Sept. 28

This season about 34 vendors selling produce, plants, wine, wood-fired pizza, embroidery and artworks.

• Verona Farmers Market

736 E. Railroad Ave.

2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays

June 1 through mid-October

Features 16 vendors, which include Schramm Farms & Orchards, Wigle Whiskey, Plum Run Winery, oils, fresh flowers and candy.

• Washington: Main Street Farmers Market

Municipal lot at 139 S. Main St.

3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays

Through Oct. 26.

In addition to produce vendors, there will be live entertainment by local musicians.

• Washington: Washington Crown Center Farmers Market

1500 W. Chestnut St.

Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m Sundays

June 17 through Oct. 31

Produce from Duda’s Farm Market.

• West Homestead Farmers Market

455 W. Eighth Ave. (Bulgarian Macedonian Hall lot)

3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays

June 8 through end of September

Three farms, plus prepared food vendors, hot dogs, sandwiches, baked goods, gyros and live music.

• Wilkinsburg Thursday Open Market

225 Penn Ave. in the LifeCare hospital parking lot (new location)

3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

June 15 through Nov. 16

Vendor mix of three to four local farmers who specialize in community, non-GMO vegetables and fruits. Also pepperoni rolls, European pastries, food trucks, brick-oven pizza and artworks.

• Zelienople-Harmony Farmers Market

Zelienople Community Park, Beaver and Bluff streets

3:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays

June 5 through Sept. 25

Features meats, vegetables, jams/jellies, oil and vinegar, baked goods and artisan fabrics.


First Published May 31, 2017 7:32 AM




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