It’s fall and the outdoor farmer’s markets are beginning to close up shop. Wah! Don’t fret, while the abundance of spring and summer may be coming to an end, there is still a ton of local fresh produce to be had. IF, that is, you know where to find it… Here are a few tips.
*Plagirism Disclaimer* Just so you know, I cut and pasted the descriptions for each of these markets and CSA shares directly from their respective websites! Oh, and just in case you aren't familiar with CSA, it is Community Supported Agriculture, you are basically paying it forward to the farmer's so that they can afford to grow food for you.
is so darned lucky to have two great year-round indoor markets that feature local farmers and their products: Pittsburgh
- The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty: http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/ The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is a permanent, indoor farmers' market open every Saturday year-round, from to . We are located in the
East Libertyneighborhood of , making us the only year-round market operation in our fair city. We are one of the only sources of locally grown meat and fresh produce during Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 's winter months. Pittsburgh Public Market: http://pittsburghpublicmarket.org/ When visiting the Strip, you'll find a unique marriage of historic industrial architecture and modern retail and technical commerce... dozens of distinctive shops that exist nowhere but the Strip... the perfect café to spend an afternoon engaged in spirited conversation with friends. But most of all, you’ll find the aroma of coffee, the scent of fresh baked bread and biscotti, the tang of seafood and the excitement of a festival. Pittsburgh
- Oh, and I should mention that our friends over at Chatham's Food Studies Eden Farm campus are known for having pop-up farmer's markets, selling produce and fair trade coffee, on their Squirrel Hill/Shadyside campus. Friend them on Facebook to get the latest updates! https://www.facebook.com/foodstudiesatchatham
Second, we are even more darned lucky to have a great selection of winter farms that are willing to bring fresh meat, produce and eggs directly to our neighborhood, some will even bring your order to your door! Could it be any easier???
Green CircleFarm: http://greencirclefarmpa.com/contact-green-circle-farm.php Weekly Buying Club. Green Circle Farm delivers products from our farm and other local farms to locations in Carnegie, , Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Churchill, Oakland , Fox Chapel, the North Side, and Sewickley. Customers order by email. Products include local meats, eggs, dairy items, produce, prepared foods, and baked goods. We sell and deliver only locally-grown, sustainably-produced, and mostly organic meats, eggs, and vegetables. The prepared foods, baked goods, and dairy items we offer sometimes include conventional or non-local inputs — our product descriptions include complete information about each product’s ingredients and provenance. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all about how or where the foods we provide were raised, fed, grown, or produced. Highland Park Organics: http://clarionriverorganics.com/ Clarion River Organics is a cooperative of 10 family farms working together from Clarion River . All farms are certified organic and strive to maintain healthy soils as their main means of pest and disease control. We believe this benefits our family’s health, the farms health and the health of the watershed. Since we have multiple farms working together, we are able to offer a good selection of produce over an extended season to our customers. Sligo, Pennsylvania
- Penns Corner Farm
: http://www.pennscorner.com/index.phpFounded in 1999, Penn's Corner Farm Alliance is a farmer cooperative in Alliance Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to provide high quality, farm-fresh products directly to customers while providing a sustainable rate of return to the farmer. As a group of more than 30 members; we deliver fruits, vegetables, and other farm food products directly to customers in the area through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Pittsburgh
- Kretschmann Farm: http://www.kretschmannfarm.com/ Becky and I (plus many other helpers) have been providing
area customers with organically grown produce, fruits, and meats since 1971. Our 80 acre farm is located near Zelienople, about 35 miles north of the city. We also cooperate with several area farms, some close neighbors, and a wonderful group of Amish families to our north who have been farming organically. This assures an even steadier and more varied supply of produce while promoting the growth of organic production in western PA. Pittsburgh Northwest PAGrowers Co-op: http://www.nwpagrowers.com/content/4582 The Northwest PA Growers Co-op is a cooperative of farmers from , Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, Butler , Clarion, and Venango counties, dedicated to bringing you fresh, naturally-raised, local produce all 52 weeks of the year. Erie
- Everblossom Farm: http://www.localharvest.org/everblossom-farm-M9521 Everblossom Farm offers Certified Naturally Grown produce, and is dedicated to sustainability. We use the biointensive method of agriculture, using compost and only Certified Organic pest control.
- Village Acres: http://www.villageacresfarm.com/content/1027 For over thirteen years Village Acres has provided fresh organic produce using the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, with distribution at the farm in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania and in the nearby towns of State College, Burnham, and Selinsgrove.
Have I missed some? Let us all know!