PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It is a sure sign that summer is on its way!

The first of the Citiparks’ Farmer’s Markets opened for business Friday morning in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Mirella Vercillo has been selling cookies, cakes and other goodies at the farmer’s market in the heart of downtown for 18 years.

“We have people that come, especially here to the courthouse from outside of Pittsburgh,” says Vercillo, of Joyce’s Homemade Italian Cookies. “They come from West View and Bellevue and the surrounding areas, McKees Rocks; they actually take buses to come down here to shop.”

Besides all the baked goods, you can find all types of flowers and plants at the City-County Building on Grant Street.

“I work right in the building, so this is our favorite spot on Fridays,” said Cindy Southworth, of Pittsburgh. “This is an extra thing we do; we love it out here.”

The market will be there every Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each week, it will grow more and more.

Beginning in June, there will be farm-fresh produce.

“I’m just excited to get this started, everybody has been waiting for it,” Mirella Ranallo, the supervisor of the Farmer’s Market.

The courthouse isn’t the only location in the city where you’ll be able to find farmer’s markets; there are six others around town, everywhere from the South Side to Bloomfield.

“It’s a great opportunity for everybody to come up in the city and enjoy it,” said Southworth. “It’s really a plus.”

The markets run throughout the summer. They wrap up in November.

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