Pittsburgh’s farm markets are open and I couldn’t be happier. But sometimes our city’s weather doesn’t cooperate with strolling the outdoor farm stands.
Don’t get me going on ‘Burgh weather. Oops. Too late. I’m already annoyed from the rainy May, so allow me to tell a quick weather story before I get back to the topic of farm markets.
Many years ago, while in sunny Maui on vacation, we stopped at a sunglass store where they altered the UV value of the glasses based on where the customer lived. When we told the folks behind the counter that we lived in Pittsburgh, they laughed. And laughed. A lot. Our fair city was second only to Seattle on their list of cloudiest cities. Ha ha – it was sooooooo funny. Not.
Back to farm markets. So it seems to rain a lot here on weekends, especially in June once the Three Rivers Arts Festival begins. But there is one ray of sunshine each and every Saturday. The East Liberty Farmer’s Cooperative, located at 344 N. Sheridan Street near Home Depot, is an indoor farm market open on Saturdays year round.
Established in 1941, it’s the oldest farm market in Western Pennsylvania. So early on Saturday mornings (the market is open from 5 until 10 AM,) I visit this small-ish indoor market to buy eggs, chicken or Indian food and grab a glass of fresh squeezed fruit juice. Even mid-winter when local produce is sparse, this little market gives me enough “farm” to get me through the winter. Recent personal highlights at the market included delish whole wheat gnocchi from Vandergrift based Fontana pasta, Jamaican coffee from the Kew Park Coffee Stand, Riverview Dairy goat cheese and my favorite horseradish hummus from The Greek Stop. Oh, and the Kew Park folks are now bringing in fresh pressed olive oils from California. Can’t wait to give them a try this Saturday. Rain or shine.