We've known for a while that the Market Square Farmers Market's first day is next Thursday, May 16.
People keep asking me, "When's the market open?" "When's the market opening?"
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is going to officially send out the news tomorrow morning, and we'll share details from that here on The Forks.
But the group's friendly marketing and communications v.p., Leigh White, points out that details already are published on its site about "Thursdays in Market Square" and this season's "significantly expanded" market.
Once again, it will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays through October. Concerts will be performed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., when most of what the Partnership says is 7,000 to 10,000 people pack in to shop, eat and enjoy a scene that got noticeably bigger and better last season.
This season, on any given Thursday, there'll be as many as 25 vendors. The Partnership's list, which it notes is subject to change from week to week, is:
Always Summer Herbs, LLC – Bee keeper, flowers, teas
Billy’s Country Smoke House – Meats
Cinco De Mayo Salsas – Fire roasted salsas and dips
Clarion River Organics – Organic dairy products
Colaizzi Brothers – Sweets
Edible Earth Farm – Fruits and vegetables
Evelyn’s Elegant Edibles, LLC – Spice mixes
Fabulous Homemade Cookies – Baked goods
Gosia’s Pierogies – Homemade pierogies
Good L’Oven Bakery – Sweet baked goods
Harvest Valley Farms – Vegetables
Kous Kous Café – Uncle Zee’s beans and dips
Little Athens Catering – Ready to eat Greek foods
Morning Dew Orchards – Fruits
The Olive Tap – Olive and other oils
Out of the Fire Café – Smoked Salmon, hummus, mushroom soup
Prospect Meadow Berry Farm – Berries, fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers
Ridgeview Acres Farm – Flowers
Rise Above Bakery – Scones, cookies, breads
Sand Hill Berries/Winery – Pie, jam, berries, jelly, wine
Simmons Farm – Fruits and vegetables
Spring Harvest Farm – Vegetables, fruits, plants
Sweet Patootie – Homemade pet treats
Underhill Farm – Yarn
6 Mile Cellars (May 16, 23, 30, August 15, 29, September 12) – Wine
Hungry for Time (May 16, September 12, October 10, 17, 24) – Personal chef, prepared foods
La Vigneta Winery (June 6, July 11, August 1, September 5, 19, October 3) – Wine
Mike’s Kitchen (May 30, August 29) – Homemade Italian pasta sauce
Pittsburgh Pie Guy (May 30, June 20, July 25, August 22, September 19, October 24) – Pie
Quiroz Farm (June 13, 20, July 25, August 8, 22) – Fruits and vegetables
I love that we regulars will get a crack at some of these new vendors such as Pittsburgh Pie Guy.
The Partnership also has posted a list of the first few concert performers, starting with Tony Barge, and they'll be updating that regularly.
I can't wait!
Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette photo from the market last year. Ade Fougnies of the North Side, right, was trying to encourage her friend Katerina Delatola to smell the rich celery aroma of a celery root, also known as celeriac.