Part of the fun of buying local food is meeting the interesting folks who bring it to us. This Saturday, as the sun peeps out from the clouds for once, get out there and say hello to some of our area’s best. Here are my suggestions:
– Bank 40 Mercantile (2184 East National Pike) in Scenery Hill is celebrating Pike Days by serving up lots of local cheese, meats, toffee and other goodies. It looks as if the sun might shine this Saturday, so enjoy it by taking a little drive to the south. After you eat some of her delish food, find Emerald Valley Artisans owner, Alisa Fasnacht, and say hello. Alisa’s fromage blanc is a personal favorite.
– The farm markets are up and running and some of the best are open on Saturdays. The Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip ( stop at The Berry Patch and meet the super nice Brenda and Scotty.)
– The Farmers’ Market Cooperative of East Liberty, although open year round, is really hopping in the spring. Give a shout out to David Lagnese at the California Olive Oil Connection’s table as you buy great oil, local cheese and Jamaican coffee.
– Farmers@Firehouse is open on Saturday mornings at 2216 Penn Avenue . Owner of Paradise Gardens and Farm, Lucinda not only makes the freshest, cleanest goat cheese products I’ve ever taste, but she is a huge supporter of women in agriculture. Go there on Saturday and meet Lucinda, as well as the other farmers and artisan food producers.