Farmers’ markets are flourishing in the area, including a sale this Saturday in Greensburg.
About 15 vendors will sell their homemade wares at the 9 a.m. to noon Farmers Market at Lynch Field in Greensburg, said Paul Sarver, director of the Farmers Market Association of Central Westmoreland, which sponsors the event. The market at 520 New Alexandria Road will continue Saturday morning through the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Sarver, who operates Sarver Hill Organic Farm off Route 66 in Hempfield, expects to have around 15 food vendors this week selling fresh produce, milk, meat and baked goods.
At the start of the growing season, customers will be able to purchase fresh root vegetables such as onions, beets, potatoes and garlic, Sarver said.
He anticipates a good season, in part due to the lifestyle changes that have occurred as a result of the covid pandemic over the past two years.
“People are really focused on home-grown, home-grown food,” said Sarver, who has operated his farm since 1979. “They want to see your (farmer’s) face and connect with you.”
The Greensburg-Hempfield area has had a farmers’ market since 1976, said Sarver, who has served as its director since 1991. They’ve kept the focus on food and haven’t opened it up to artisans.
“People are counting on us for their food week,” Sarver said.
Country Market of Ligonier
The Ligonier Country Market, on the land adjacent to the west entrance of East Main Street, kicks off its season May 21 and will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon until October 1.
The market, which attracts about 130 vendors, will take a break after Oct. 1 for Fort Ligonier Days, a community celebration, said Cari Frei, the market’s executive director.
“We can accommodate on average between 4,000 and 6,000 people every Saturday,” Frei said.
Traditional fresh produce is supplemented with hot dishes, cheese and milk, Frei said. About 30% of the 130 vendors will be selling crafts.
A “light” farmer’s market with around forty traders will be held at Le Diamant in downtown Ligonier, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month from June to September. Prepared foods purchased at the Diamond Farmer’s Market will be of the “to-go” variety, Frei said.
Bushy Run Battlefield
The Bushy Run Battlefield Market along Route 993 in Penn Township opened April 23 and will operate from 8 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of the month through September.
There will be an eclectic variety of merchandise, such as arts, crafts, flea market items and merchandise. Sellers will be grouped by items sold.
Keystone State Park
The Keystone Farmers’ Market at Keystone State Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, starting June 5 and running through the end of September at the beach parking lot off Keystone State Park Road in Derry Township.
The Farmers Market usually attracts around 25 vendors. It markets itself as a “make it, bake it or grow it” market.
The Latrobe Farmer’s Market will be held Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. June 7 through October 18 at Legion Keener Park, 1658 Catherine St.
The market usually attracts around 20 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and handmade artwork.
The Murrysville Farmers Market, featuring local produce, baked goods, pantry items, dairy, fresh flowers and plants, honey, herbs, hot food and weekly food trucks, will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from June 2 until September. on the grounds of the Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company, 3235 Sardis Road.
The market organizers stick to the philosophy of “grow it, make it, cook it” and have 100% growers. There is a waiting list for vendors to sell their products.
The Delmont Farmers Market will open at the Delmont Parklet, 27 Greensburg St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 and will continue on Saturdays through September 10.
On the weekends of July 5 and September 5, the market will move to Newhouse Park along Newhouse Park Road.
The market typically attracts a dozen vendors selling fresh produce, crafts, sandwiches and pizza, said Lana Hixenbaugh, market coordinator.
The Irwin Farmers’ Market will open the season on May 14 and will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon until the end of October, said Randy Morris, who operates Morris Organic Farm near Herminie in Sewickley Township. .
Irwin Market is located in an office parking lot near the Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street entrance to Irwin Park, is somewhat different from the others as beer, wine and hot corn will be sold in addition to produce traditional, Morris said. The market usually attracts around 25 vendors.