PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Sounds and sights to savor.
The Farmers’ Market in Market Square offers a taste of the summer season now through October.
“It brings such life to Market Square,” says Leigh White, of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “We have new vendors this year. Today, I think we have four new vendors; about 25 vendors today.”
“We’re new this year here,” says Jeff Fryer, who was offering samples of smoked salmon from Donegal’s Out Of The Fire Café. “Cure it for 24 hours with rum, sugar, brown sugar, salt; smoke it with hickory; pull it out of the smoker and out of the honey; dill and fresh black cracked pepper on it.”
Zach Moore pedaled down from Mount Washington for the market.
“I think it’s a great thing that they do every year,” he said. “I’m glad that it’s back. It’s a great thing to do on a Thursday afternoon.”
Beyond the best of the fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, there are salsas and herbs, pierogies, pies and “Sweet Patootie” treats for your favorite furry guys.
Opening day is such a success that a lot of the vendors are selling out.
“I think this is awesome. I didn’t even know this was happening today,” says Chardae Jones with her lunch of pierogies and a parfait.
The pierogies drew the longest lines. The Greeks weren’t far behind.
But not everything is edible.
For the knitters in the crowd, there is Underhill Farm in Hollidaysburg – exquisite hand-grown, hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns with a famous history, according to sheep farmer William Churchill.
“We decided to go with a heritage breed sheep, which were raised by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson,” he says.
Whether you’re a cook or just plain love to eat, local farmers and Market Square is a marriage made in heaven.
For a full listing of Farmers’ Markets in our area, visit this link.