Farmers Markets are a great way for farmers to sell directly to customers. Farmers Markets typically run from March through the end of November, and offer a wide variety of local products at good prices. Buy Fresh, Buy Local! Your support for our local farmers helps to strengthen our regional economy and makes Pittsburgh a more resilient city.
Several factors have led to Pittsburgh being incredibly well-positioned to maximize the impact of its farmers markets. Pittsburgh’s locating in the middle of an abundant agricultural region, combined with strong city and regional pride, and a robust network of food access nonprofits and organizations has allowed famers markets in the city to thrive for decades.
In an effort to improve the markets that serve Pittsburgh residents, the City of Pittsburgh hired the Farmers Market Coalition to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the farmers market system. This included the seven markets that the City of Pittsburgh operates, as well as the 18+ privately-operated markets. The goal of this study was to understand the effectiveness of current markets throughout the city and develop a plan for growth that improves equitable access to fresh, affordable, culturally appropriate food, supports our regional food producers and promotes healthy eating choices for all residents.
Based on findings from these initiatives the City should build upon the existing conditions within the farmers market system: provide city services to support market operations; facilitate sustained, structured collaboration between farmers markets and partners; and position City managed farmers markets as exemplars of best practices. By creating the framework and foundation required to bolster market operations across Pittsburgh, the City will create the conditions required for markets to take on the work of bringing new vendors and customers into the market system.
The farmers market study led to the development of three broad goals for the City moving forward. First, The City of Pittsburgh should provide clear support and service for farmers markets, facilitate active partnership among all Pittsburgh markets and community partners, and create a best-in-class market to lead by example. With the strength and commitment of the city we should be able to achieve these goals.
For information on the City-run markets, click here.
Farmers Market Websites
Bloomfield Saturday Market
City of Pittsburgh Farmers Markets
Farmers at Phipps
Forest Hills Farmers Market
Fox Chapel Farmers Market at Shadyside Academy
Green Tree Farmers Market
Lawrenceville Farmers Market
Market Square Farmers Market
Monroeville Farmers Market
Mt. Lebanon Lions Farmers Market
Mt. Lebanon Uptown Farmers Market
Sewickley Farmers Market
Swissvale Farmers Market
Wilkinsburg Open Market