Release Date: Monday, May 9th 2016
PDP’S MARKET SQUARE FARMERS MARKET OPENS FOR THE 2016 SEASON ON THURSDAY, MAY 12
- NEW SEASON OPENS WITH TEN NEW PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME VENDORS
- POPULAR FLOWER BULB & TREE GIVEAWAY FROM WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA CONSERVANCY
Downtown Pittsburgh – The Market Square Farmers Market returns on Thursday, May 12 for its 12th season. Presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, the Market features more than 30 vendors of locally grown produce, organic products, small-batch foods, and live entertainment. The Market occurs rain or shine each Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through October 27, 2016.
With a new Farmers Market season comes many new part-time and full-time vendors increasing the Market’s already diverse product offerings. This year, ten new participants will join the Market, including Freedom Farms (known for their Great American Country show, “Farm Kings”), The Pickled Chef (a popular Picklesburgh participant), and Two Acre Farm who will be providing all-natural, gluten-free, and sugar-free artisan sauces, rubs, and condiments.
“The Market Square Farmers Market has served as an opportunity to provide fresh produce and goods to the Downtown community for the past eleven years,” said Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “For 2016, we are thrilled to present ten new vendors, increasing the diversity of product offerings, as well as continuing to utilize the Market to support the Downtown retail community with our Small Business Spotlight Program.”
After much success in its pilot year of 2015, the PDP Small Business Spotlight program is returning to the Market. The program is designed to support small retailers in Downtown Pittsburgh. Most weeks at the Market, a featured Downtown retailer will showcase their offerings to promote engagement with the Market’s more than 5,000 weekly visitors. Among the Downtown businesses slated to participate this year are Amazing Books and Boutique La Passerelle. More information on the program can be found here.
To kick off the season, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will give away thousands of daffodil bulbs and trees during the May 12 Farmers Market. The bulbs are recycled from the more than 400 Downtown Pittsburgh planters, funded by Colcom Foundation and maintained by the Conservancy. The bulbs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of two dozen bulbs per person. Donations to the Conservancy are welcome in exchange for the bulbs. There will be approximately 150 trees also being given away on a first-come, first-served basis. The tree giveaway is in celebration of the Pittsburgh Redbud Project, also supported by the Colcom Foundation.
In addition to the excellent vendors, the Market features free, weekly entertainment, including performances from a variety of local festivals, groups and luminaries such as the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Irish Festival, and Feed More Festival. The first of many local musical artists performing throughout the season will be Two Tall Twins, who will perform this Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Market will also present special theme days such as a Hawaiian Luau, Greek Day, Christmas in July, Irish Day, and a Halloween Bash.
“Sharing Freedom Farms' quality produce and other farm fresh products with the Downtown Pittsburgh community at the Market Square Farmers Market is an exciting new venture,” said Joe King, president of one the newest Market vendors, Freedom Farms. “We are so proud of our third-generation farming practices and we love to give folks the opportunity to improve their health and their recipes through our varieties of delicious, locally sourced goods.”
Just Harvest will be back conducting their Fresh Access program every week of the 2016 Farmers Market season. This program enables shoppers to use their credit/debit cards and food stamps via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to purchase a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, meat, and dairy products. SNAP users can swipe their cards and receive tokens that are accepted by many of the vendors. Users of the token service for credit and debit card purchases will be asked to contribute $1 per transaction to defray costs of the program.
2016 Farmers Market Vendors
The list of regular Market Square Farmers Market vendors features many familiar faces who, along with a mix of new participants, will bring diverse products to market (* denotes new vendor).
Always Summer Herbs – Family business specializing in honey, tea, and herbs from Slippery Rock, PA
Aunt Carol's Homemade Dips – Pre-packaged homemade dip packets that you whip up fresh at home
Batch – Unique homemade jams and jellies made from surprising ingredients
Billy’s Country Smoke House – Frozen and smoked meats to go and delicious ready-to-eat sandwiches!
Breezy Hill Farm - Organic produce out of Homeworth, Ohio
Cinco De Mayo Salsas – Fire roasted salsas and dips
Cobbler World – Cobblers, cheesecakes, pound cakes and more
Enon Valley Garlic – Featuring over 20 varieties of garlic
Fabulous Homemade Cookies – The name says it all! A local favorite
Family Farms Creamery – Cheese, yogurt, milk, and delicious homemade ice cream
*Freedom Farms – Known from GAC’s hit show, “Farm Kings,” proving various produce items
Good L'Oven Bakery - Specializing in old fashioned cookies using all natural ingredients from local sources
GoodLIFE Juices – Carefully crafted cold pressed health juices
Gosia’s Pierogies – Fresh ready-to-eat pierogies from a Polish family recipe
Hello Hummus – Offers handmade, small batch hummus
Jose Quiroz Farm – Home grown produce out of Salem, OH
Little Athens Catering – Ready-to-eat Greek foods such as grape leaves, spanakopita, pastitsio and more
Mediterra Bakehouse - Bread baked in custom stone-hearth, steam-injected ovens.
The Olive Tap – Unique, flavorful, fresh, and award-winning olive oils and balsamic vinegars
Ridgeview Acres Farm – Located between Ligonier and Donegal, a family owned and operated farm specializing in fresh cut flowers.
Rise Above Bakery – Scones, cookies, breads, loaf cakes and more
Sand Hill Berries – Pies, jam, fresh berries, and jellies
Simmons Farm – Fruits, vegetables, flowers
Stickler’s Ice Pop Co. – Formerly The Pop Stop, homemade ice pops with exotic flavors and fresh fruits
Sweet Patootie – Homemade and natural pet treats
*Tom’s Farm – Onions, shallots, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, and so much more
*Two Acre Farm – All-natural, gluten-free, sugar-free artisan sauces, rubs, and condiments
Woolf Farms – Formerly Morning Dew Orchard, apples, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, sweet corn, and cider
Part Time Vendors
In addition to the vendors who will be at the Market each week, the PDP looks forward to welcoming rotating vendors, including several new vendors who will join the Market for limited engagements.
*A519 Chocolate – Hand-painted chocolate truffles in assorted flavors – May 12, 19, June 2, 16, July 7, 14, September 22, October 6, 20, 27
Drew Mathieson Center for Horticulture & Agriculture Technology – Plants, herbs, and hanging baskets – May 12, 19, June 2, 30, August 11, September 8, October 6, 13, 20, 27
*Grandma’s Canoli and Baked Goods – Cheesecake, cupcakes, zuch/carrot/pumpkin bread, and pepperoni rolls – July 14, August 25
*Happy Camper Cakes – Homemade cupcakes and seltzer drinks – May 19, 26
*The Pickled Chef – Seasonal pickled vegetables, condiments, and sauces – June 2
*Pisarcik Greenhouses & Flower Studio – Fresh flowers including Annuals, Perennials, herbs, succulents, and more – May 19, July 21, October 20, 27
*Pittsburgh Fudge Co. – Homemade fudge, candy, and cookies – July 28
*Retro Gourmet Confectioners – Peanut brittle, caramels, and toffee – September 22, October 20
Underhill Farm – Artisan yarn and wool from Leicester Longwool sheep and Angora goats – May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29, October 13, 27
About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.