The Farmers Market Returns

Just in case you don't have May 12 — that's tomorrow, by the way — circled on your calendar, now's the time to grab that Sharpie and make a few rings around the date. That just happens to be the day that the Farmers Market returns to Market Square and the kickoff of our Thursdays in Market Square events. Now, we all know it's been a long, cool wet spring. But every time we stroll around the Market in the Square, we feel like we're walking on sunshine every Thursday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. until November.

Of course, a lot of perennial favorites will set up tables and shop their wares tomorrow. It's kind of like getting back together with old friends or a high school reunion. We know that there are plenty of old acquaintances that we're looking forward to renewing — and getting to know even better in the weeks ahead. And if you look at the list below, you'll probably notice a smile stretching across your face as you spot a few of your favorite vendors:

Sand Hill Berries — Stop by for some of the tastiest fruit pies in town, or fruits to make your own
Greendance Winery — Take home a perfect bottle of vino for sipping with dinner
Cinco de Mayo — It's always hot, hot, hot with these homemade salsas and prepared vegetables
Gosia's Pierogies — Pittsburgh's favorite food in a pouch, ready to eat in the Square or to make at home
Evelyn's Elegant Edibles — Accent your purchases with gourmet seasonings, rubs and ready-to-go sides
Harvest Valley Farms — Your pick of 50 varieties of fresh produce (returning early June with their strawberry crop)
Little Athens — Of course it's all Greek to us... food that is, and desserts too.
Colaizzi Brothers — Satisfy your sweet tooth with speciality cakes and chocolates
Rise Above Bakery — Buy a loaf of your daily bread, or scone, or cookie...
Billy's County Smokehouse — Sausages, bacon, salmon, jerky and other meats smoked to perfection
Ridgeview Acres Farms — Add a splash of color to your home or office with flowers both familiar and unusual

And as much as we love all our old friends, we're always excited about introducing new faces in the Square. This year's crop of newcomers includes:

Uncle Fester's Favorites — Sample homemade mustards, barbecue sauces, pickled vegetables, peanut butter, jams and more
Clarion River Organics — Stop by and say hello to a cooperative of six farming families selling organic produce, meats, dairy, grains and kombucha, a fermented homemade herbal tea
As I Am Naturals — Pamper yourself with artisan soaps and skincare products

Keep your eyes open for other new additions to the Farmers Market, such as an on-site market manager to help keep things going smoothly, samplings from local chefs, seasonal recipes and some social media fun happenings.

Speaking of fun, City Paper is bringing you Thursdays Noontime Concerts take the stage again, starting in June. We think this year's lineup of musical talent will strike the perfect chord as you dance to the music all summer long in the Square.

Remember, the Farmers Market sets up in the Square every Thursday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 12 to November 17. Whether you're looking to pick a peck of peppers — pickled or otherwise — or just want to relax with some great food and tunes, we'll see you at the Market in the Square.

Note: If you miss our market tomorrow, or you just can't get enough of markets, the one at the City-County Building has its first day on Friday so you can stop by and say hi to them too!

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