Get Ready for Fresh Finds: It’s Farmers Market Season Again Downtown

The free event takes place every Thursday in Market Square.
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In a sure sign that summer is almost here, the annual farmers market returns this week to Market Square Downtown.

Now in its 17th season, the free, rain-or-shine event, which is presented by Green Mountain Energy, takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday and offers regionally grown produce, organic products and small-batch foods from a variety of vendors. Most vendors will accept food stamps (SNAP), credit and debit cards as part of Just Harvest’s Fresh Access program.

As part of Thursday’s opening day celebration, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy also will be on hand to give away free daffodil bulbs while supplies last. 

The Market Square Farmers Market encompasses a variety of full-time vendors — among them Alpha Farms, Gosia’s Pierogies, Pisarcik Flower Farm and The Olive Tap — as well as a rotating schedule of visiting vendors. 

Special vendors for Thursday include Fungetarian, Billy’s Country’s Smokehouse, Batch LLC, Tommy’s Jerky on the Road and Lemmon Brothers Farms.  

The market also will feature live music on the PNC Stage each week from local singers and songwriters. Up first is teen guitarist Elias Khouri. On May 20, Mark Ferrari will take the stage. 

If you’re attending any of the events, don’t forget to bring a mask. Formed in collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department, COVID-19 safety protocols enforced by onsite staff will be in place throughout the season.

The rules require face masks for all staff, vendors and visitors, and participants are asked to maintain social distancing when possible. Vendors also will be spaced further apart than in previous years; signage and queue lines will help attendees keep at least six feet apart. 

For a full list of vendors, visit here. 


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