Today I’m going to talk about the advantages of going to a farmer’s market and list ones that our in our area! There are actually a good number of them and if I missed any comment and tell me when, where and the hours it is open!
I love going to farmer’s markets, I think its so neat to see all of the things people grow and make to sell! Seeing all of the fresh fruits and vegetables are my favorite but its interesting to see what some things people make; butters, jams, jellies, salsas and sauces. If your really lucky you’ll find a farmer’s market with vendors that sell fresh cheeses, yogurts, baked goods and even meats. Some great things about farmer’s markets is that you know that what you are getting is fresh. Most people will pick the things they are selling that morning or the night before! Another thing is that you are helping local growers and supporting the local area by purchasing things locally instead of buying things from a grocery store and not knowing where the produce you are buying is coming from.
One thing to remember when going to a farmer’s market is that what you are buying is very fresh and can spoil. Once you visit your local farmer’s market it might be quite tempting to buy everything in sight since it all looks so good! So before you go you should have a plan for what you may need to create some fresh meals for that week. You really don’t want to buy too much and have it spoil. If you do go with a list of meals for the week that are already planned out, you already know what and how much you need!
Here are a list of local farmer’s markets that you can go to!
- Lynch Field Parking- RT 819 N by Kirk S. Nevin Ice Arena Seasonally on Saturday 9am to 12 noon.
- Irwin Main St- Seasonally on Saturday 9am to 12 noon.
- Hempfield Farmers Market- RT 66 Greensburg Season Saturday 9am to 12 noon.
- Ligonier County- Loyalhanna Watershed Property, 1/2 mile west of downtown Seasonally on Saturday 7am to 12 noon.
- Monroeville- Gateway High School Seasonally Saturday 9am to 12 noon.
- Plaza Farmers Market- Heights Plaza Shopping Center, Natrona Heights Seasonally on Saturday 8am to 12 noon
- Farmers Coop Market of East Liberty- beside Home Depot Seasonally on Saturday 5am to 1pm
- Teddy’s Restaurant- RT 30, North Huntingdon Seasonally on Saturday 9am to 12 noon.
- The Strip District- Strip District, Pittsburgh- Seasonally on Saturday 9am to 1pm. (Most people know about this one because of the variety of things you can find here! Great and fun place to go on a Saturday am!)
Those are some really great places to get fresh and local produce and other products for cheaper than you would in a grocery store! So tomorrow try going to a farmer’s market and let me know what you find!!