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Local harvest: A guide to 2013 farmers markets

Written by Gretchen McKay on


Pittsburghers take their fresh fruits and vegetables pretty seriously. 

So of course there was a huge crowd at today's Market Square Farmers Market in Market Square, which opened its 2013 season with more than a dozen vendors selling everything from lettuce and rhubarb to chocolate milk, cherry-raspberry pie and hanging baskets of purple and pink petunias.

Plenty more farmers markets are soon to follow, and if you're wondering where and when, stop fretting. We've got you covered today in the PG's Food & Flavor section with the region's most comprehensive and up-to-date list of them.  mktflowers

Working since January, food editor Bob Batz Jr. has compiled the dates, times and locations of more than 130 farmers markets, from Eastern Ohio to State College, and from Erie to northern West Virginia. The list also includes more than a dozen Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank food stands, which open June 19 and run through Nov. 21. 

You can find the complete list here, along with a point-and-click interactive map that will help you locate the markets and/or farm stands nearest to your neck of the woods. It will be continually updated throughout the season as we learn about new locations. (If we missed your market, give Bob a holler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) 

My day's purchases included a couple of cukes I'll use in a sauce to serve with grilled jerk chicken, and a pint of green tomatoes. Hopefully, there's a recipe in "Miriam's Garden" columnist Miriam Rubin's new book "Tomatoes" that will tell me what to do with them.

mktsandhillGretchen McKay photos 


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