By Dave Crawley

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A sunny day set the tone for the grand opening of the Thursday Farmers’ Market in Market Square.

“We get an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people pass through this market each and every Thursday,” says Ida D’Errico of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

More visitors mean more vendors.

“Right now, today, you see 22 farmers, more than double the capacity. Last year, we had 11, and we’ll receive as many as 25 this year during the season, which runs 26 weeks through November the 8th.”

Longtime vendors are back again, from the spicy salsas of Cinco de Mayo, to the scrumptious scones of the Rise Above Bakery. And there’s always a line at Little Athens Greek food stand.

But it’s the first Market Square Farmers’ Market for many, including the hydroponic produce of “Spring Harvest.”

Farmer Laban Kurtz is delighted.

“This is fantastic – right in the middle of the city. You couldn’t have it any better. With trees even! I like that.”

It’s also the first time for Chris Johnston and his English style “pasties.”

“It’s short crust pastry, basically pie crust, with a meal inside, except instead of being sweet, it’s savory.”

Dog owners are introduced to the all-natural “Sweet Patootie.”

“We have dehydrated sweet potatoes which are our signature product,” says owner Mary Wagner. “Carrots, bananas, and I did have baked dog treats, but they’re all gone.”

The Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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