This summer residents can get fresh produce, entertainment and a family atmosphere at a variety of local farmers markets. Below is our round-up of area farmers markets to plan your summer meals and entertainment.
On Mondays from 3 to 7 p.m. at the former Holy Trinity Church parking lot, 5718 Steubenville Pike, the Robinson Farmers Market takes place. The Robinson market has prepared foods, crafts and fresh produce from Woolf Farms in Columbiana County, Ohio and Quiroz Family Farm based in Salem, Ohio.
Miguel Quiroz has been a farmer for eight years and has been attending the Robinson Farmers Market for four. They offer strawberries, beets, lettuce and a variety of other fresh produce.
“We have peaches coming,” Quiroz said.
Fresh meat and dairy can be purchased from Barberry Farm in Sewickley.
There will also be food trucks, prepared foods, alcohol and flowers available for sale.
Location: 5718 Steubenville Pike, Robinson
The Bellevue Farmers Market is held at Bayne Park, 34 N. Balph Ave., Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 26. The market has multiple vendors that accept SNAP/EBT. Promoted by Bona Fide Bellevue, the market also offers a 1-for-1 Food Assistance Match to qualifying residents in the 15202 ZIP code.
Jackie Cleary owns Auburn Meadow Farm in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, and the Bellevue Farmers Market is the only one in which she participates specifically because of the food assistance matching.
“I’m a big fan of the program and I think Bellevue Farmers Market has been really proactive,” Cleary said.
Cleary is a “conservation breeder” which means she raises “heritage” cattle that thrive on eating grass alone, and she organizes her farm to minimize negative environmental impact.
There are crafts on offer at the farmers market, prepared foods and other farms which offer fruit and produce including Sturges Orchards and Rootspring.
Location: Bayne Park, 34 N. Balph Ave., Bellevue
Moon Market & Music
Last year the farmer’s market was held at St. Philip's Church, but now it’s being held at Moon Park once more. This year, they’ve also added live musical performers. Moon Market takes place on the second and fourth Wednesdays all summer through September from 5 to 9 p.m.
Music starts at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in September) and free activities for children runs from 5 to 7 p.m.
The schedule is as follows:
July 12th – “Identity Crisis” is scheduled to perform and children’s entertainer Jimmy Kanfoush Caricature Ariste is scheduled.
July 26th – “Blues Attack” is set to perform and airbrush tattoos are scheduled.
Aug. 9th – “Smells Like the 90s” is scheduled to perform and face painting will be available for kids.
Aug. 23rd – Tom Petty Tribute band, “Change of Heart” is scheduled to perform and kids get free Kona Ice.
Sept. 13th – “Cello Fury,” a cello rock fusion band is scheduled to perform.
Sept. 27th – Southern, classic rock band “Shady Mugs” is scheduled.
Location: 1350 Ewing Road, Moon
The Sewickley Farmers Market at St. James Church of the Divine Redeemer Parish is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 19.
The local farmer and merchant market features items from Dillner Family Farms, Meadow Sweet Apiary, Snappy’s Taphouse, Coyne Family Farms and much more. No early birds and event organizers ask that pets be left at home.
Location: 200 Walnut St., Sewickley
On Sundays the Carnegie Farmers Market is open, running July 9 through Sept. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. The market will be set up on East Main Street between Mary and Broadway streets.
Carnegie Farmers Market accepts food stamps via its Fresh Access program. There will be a Fresh Access tent set up at the event. The market lists more than 90 vendors in total including vendors selling crafts and prepared food along with live entertainment.
Location: East Main Street, Carnegie