Our Favorite Summer Farmers Markets
Snag freshly grown, in-season crops from local farmers markets, where dedicated producers and purveyors set up regularly.
Photo by Justin Sewell
Farmers markets keep you stocked with seasonal finds
Ripe, dark berries make summertime such a joy. Finding the perfect recipe for jam, pie or something new is always fun. Snag freshly grown, in-season crops from local farmers markets, where dedicated producers and purveyors set up regularly. Here are a few recommended stops:
Market Square farmers market: Locals look forward to the annual May debut of this market, where customers are treated to good food and music (concerts are often scheduled during market hours). While Simmons Farm has all your basics, Pittsburgh Pie Guy and Rise Above Bakery take care of your baked-good needs. (Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Fresh Fridays at the North Side farmers market: In addition to snagging veggies and other necessities, you can watch a chef demo. (Fridays, 3:30-7:30 p.m.)
Farmers Market Cooperative of East Liberty: Celebrating more than 70 years in operation, this market is open year-round, it gets you through the simple produce seasons and the ones that bring bright, juicy and colorful fruits and veggies. Pick up bread from Wood Street Bread Co. or ravioli from Fontana Pasta. (Saturdays, 5 a.m.-noon)
— Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor
Sharp Edge hosts European-inspired fest
Sharp Edge Beer Emporium lives up to its name with the 17th Great European Beer Festival. Featuring more than 100 European brews, this year's agenda includes three hours of beer sampling, opportunities to meet beer importers and plenty of live entertainment — plus prize giveaways. Attendees can purchase homemade food under the tent and will receive a complimentary Sharp Edge tasting glass.
Want to get a jump-start on the fun? Join Sharp Edge for its ultimate “bier dinner,” tonight at 6:30. Culinary director Ray Ellis will be preparing a Belgian dinner — including hasenpfeffer wellington, pork tenderloin and monkfish — that will be served with limited beer selections from the Brasserie de Silly Brewery, located south of Brussels.
(Sharp Edge Beer Emporium, 302 S. Saint Clair St., Friendship; Saturday, 3-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m. and Sunday, 2-5 p.m.; tickets: $60 each; sharpedgebeer.com)
— Abby Maddigan, PM Editorial Intern
Fresh market debuts next week
The city's first Fresh Market is scheduled to open Wednesday in Mt. Lebanon, just in time for July 4 shopping sprees. On the day of its launch, cooking demos, gift-card drawings and other activities are set to take place. Fresh Market, a national store chain with more than 100 locations, claims to be a one-stop shop, selling meats, cheese, pastries and other essentials.
(The Fresh Market, 1551 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon; grand opening July 3; thefreshmarket.com)