The Pittsburgh Public Market will be opening Labor Day Weekend — September 3, 4, and 5. This new venture is a revitalization of an old idea: public markets were conceived as a place to sell frsh produce, and other goods. Pittsburgh’s last public market house was demolished in 1965 to make way for development on the North Side, greatly reducing the opportunities for local farmers and artisans to market their wares. There is some great historical information at the Pittsburgh Public Market site.
A few years ago, Neighbors in the Strip began researching the viability of establishing a year-round public market. The result has been the renovation of the historic Produce Terminal building, located on Smallman Street in the Strip District. The vendors displaying their wares in this contemporary take on the public market ranges from specialty teas to Moroccan crafts. A list of vendors is available here.
In addition to the opportunities to shop local produce and artisan-made wares, Pittsburgh Public Market plans to have programming for the community on-site at the market house.
All of this sounds like a great addition to the city. I am looking forward to exploring what the Public Market will offer.
Pittsburgh Public Market is open:
# Fridays, 9am to 7pm
# Saturdays, 9am to 5pm
# Sundays, 10am to 4pm
Pittsburgh Public Market
September 10, 11, and 12.
Stay tuned for more information about everything from balloons to music to the best local foods in the ‘Burgh!