All Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will remain closed on Thursday, November 27.
small text medium text large text

CSAs, Farms and Farmers' Markets

See also: Local Food or think about growing your own Kitchen Garden.

Pittsburgh Farmers' Markets

The farmers' markets in Pittsburgh generally run from May to November.

 

CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)

 

Pittsburgh Area Farms

If you miss the farmers market, you can drive out to these farms and purchase fresh produce there.

  • Beccari's Farm and Market
    Oakdale, near Heidelburg, south of Pittsburgh.
  • Brenckle's Farm and Greenhouse
    Brenckle's Farm serves Cranberry, New Sewickley Townships, and Beaver Valley and offers a CSA.
  • Cherry Valley Organics
    Cherry Valley Community Farm is a certified organic producer of specialty cut flowers, berries, herbs, and vegetables. (Ala Carte CSA)
  • Churchview Farm
    Tara Rockacy works at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh but also runs Churchview Farm, a third generation sustainable family farmette in the south hills of Pittsburgh that offers a CSA. Read more about her in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "On a hilltop in Baldwin, Churchview Farm sustains a family enterprise and its new subscribers".
  • Emerald Valley Farm: Artisan Cheeses
    Artisan cheeses made with all natural, whole, raw milk, no added hormones, no food coloring or preservatives. Located in Scenery Hill, southeast of Washington, PA.
  • Frankferd Farms
    Frankferd Farms, located in Saxonburg (North of Pittsburgh), is an OCIA certified organic farm and flour mill and also offers an organic foods warehouse. You can buy retail or order from their warehouse for pickup or delivery. Or you can form a buying club with your neighbors and friends!
  • Friendship Farms
    Located east of Pittsburgh in the Laurel Highlands of Westmoreland County, Friendship Farms sells beef, jam, bread, and native plants.
  • Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery
    Would you believe there is a farm in Wilkinsburg? It also sells seedlings in the spring!
  • Goose Creek Gardens
    A family farm in Western Pennsylvania, located in Oakdale (28 miles southwest of Pittsburgh), producing culinary herbs, salad greens, and fresh-cut flowers.
  • Green Circle Farm
    Green Circle Farm offers eggs, chicken, beef, lamb, and turkey and is located in Union Township, PA, just west of New Castle along the Mahoning river.
  • Harvest Valley Farms
    Family farm in Valencia just north of Pittsburgh. Fresh Vegetables & "Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin" in October. They also offer a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in which you can buy a share that will give you fresh fruits and vegetables each week.
  • Jamison Farm
    Jamison Farm in Latrobe, Westmoreland County produces certified humane lamb that is purchased by some of the most prominent chefs in the country.
  • Janoski's Farm & Greenhouse
    Located west of the Pittsburgh International Airport in Clinton PA. Hozak Farms is located nearby.
  • The Kretschmann Farm
    The Kretschmann Farm, located near Zelienople, about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh, provides Pittsburgh area customers with organically grown produce, fruits, and meats. They offer subscriptions (CSA) to be delivered to your neighborhood or business.
  • Morris Farm
    A pick your own farm in Irwin, PA, east of Pittsburgh.
  • Paradise Gardens and Farm LLC
    They sell organic harvest shares (CSA) and also goat cheese, milk, yogurt, and ground meat at the farmstore, through the CSA, and in Pittsburgh. Located in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County.
  • Sand Hill Berries
    Sand Hill Berries is a family owned and operated small fruits farm in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County (southeast of Pittsburgh), specializing in red raspberries, red currants, black currants, gooseberries, yellow raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.
  • Schramm Farms & Orchards
    Located in Jeannette, PA (Westmoreland County outside of Murrysville), east of Pittsburgh
  • Simmons Farm
    Located south of Pittsburgh on Route 19.
  • Soergel Orchards
    Located north of Pittsburgh in Wexford
  • Trax Farms
    Located in Finleyville, PA, 12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88
  • Triple B Farms
    Located 15 miles southeast of Pittsburgh near Elizabeth, PA.
  • Weatherbury Farm
    Weatherbury Farm grows Grass-Fed Beef & Lamb, as well as heritage grains, as featured in this August 2011 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.
  • Wil-Den Family Farms
    Located in Mercer County, north of Pittsburgh, Bill and Denise Brownlee raise "pastured" pork.
 

Pennsylvania

  • Buy Fresh, Buy Local
    "The Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign is a common marketing campaign being developed across the nation by the Food Routes Network. Buy Fresh, Buy Local aims to create a common branding identity for local foods so that consumers can easily identify food that is fresh, flavorful, and local. In Pennsylvania, Food Routes is working with PASA, Farm to City, and the Philadelphia Fair Foods Project to reconnect consumers back to the land."
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Food from Amish farms to city tables
    Bryan Greenawalt makes the trip to Somerset County Amish farms every Friday to stock up on produce for the Saturday East Liberty Farmers market. Follow him on his trip September 21, 2012.
  • Robyn Van En Center Center for CSA Resources
    This is a resource center for Community Supported Agriculture, in which community members buy a share of a farm and in return get weekly produce. It is located at Wilson College in the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
 

Nearby Farms and Markets

If you happen to be visiting one of these cities in the summer, here are attractions worth seeing.

 

United States

  • AMS Farmers Market Search
    Agricultural Marketing Service at the US Department of Agriculture offers a directory of farmers' markets as well as information on setting one up.
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
    Information from the National Agricultural Library about CSA farms.
  • Epicurious: Farm to Table
    Includes a Peak-Season Ingredient Map with a state-by-state guide to what's at farmers' markets with each crop linked to recipes.
  • Fondy Market: Taste the Season
    Fondy Market is Milwaukee's largest farmers market. It has a TV show about using produce and offers their episodes online.
  • Local Harvest
    "Local Harvest maintains a definitive and reliable "living" public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources.."
  • Project for Public Spaces: Public Markets
    The Public Market Collaborative is a network of individuals and organizations involved in the planning, design, development and operation of public markets. Look here for news about public markets throughout the US.
 

Selected Books

For additional books browse Farmers' Markets.

Castle, Sheri
The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes
TX715.2.S68 C385 2011
The cookbook from the University of North Carolina Press centers on the diverse array of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the South.
 
Corum, Vance
The New Farmers' Market: Farm-fresh ideas for producers, managers & communities
HF5472.U6 C67 2001x
Are you interested in starting a farmers' market for your community? This book will tell you how to sell at the farmers' market and how to run a farmers' market.
 
Denevan, Jim
Outstanding in the Field: a Farm to Table Cookbook
TX715.2.C34 D36 2008
Learn more about the author Jim Denevan in this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article or check out his website.
 
Estrine, Darryl and Kelly Kochendorfer
Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America's Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans
q TX715.E835 2010
Here's a collection of recipes from top American chefs using the food that their local farmers provide them, including meat and cheese as well as produce. It includes very interesting, and rich, dishes.
 
Fletcher, Janet
Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers
q TX741.E235 2010x
This book focuses on CSA farms around the nation and how to use their produce. Learn more from this YouTube video of Janet Fletcher.
 
Good, Phyllis Pellman
"Fresh from Central Market" Cookbook
"Favorite recipes from the standholders of the nation's oldest farmers market, Central Market in Lancaster, Pennsylvania"
TX714.G65 2009
Finally! A farmers' market cookbook that's not from California!
 
Grant, Susan McKenna
Piano, Piano, Pieno: Authentic Food from a Tuscan Farm
TX723.2.T86 G65 2008x
Look here for recipes to use those Italian vegetables you pick up at the farmers market, like Tuscan kale (cavolo nero), spinach, chard, peas, fava beans, and herbs.
 
Hirsheimer, Christopher and Peggy Knickerbocker
The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market Cookbook
TX801.H58 2006
"A comprehensive guide to impeccable produce plus 130 seasonal recipes"
 
Madison, Deborah
Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets
TX715.M1157 2002
Madison's portraits of markets from Maine to Hawaii showcase the bounty of America's family farms and reveal the sheer pleasure to be found in shopping for and cooking with local foods.
 
Parsons, Russ
How to Pick a Peach: the Search for Flavor from Farm to Table
TX391.P37 2007
In this follow-up to his critically acclaimed "How to Read a French Fry," Parsons (food columnist for the L.A. Times) helps the cook sort through the produce in the market; reveals intriguing facts about vegetables and fruits; and provides instructions on how to choose, store, and prepare these items.
 
Price, Jessie
EatingWell in Season: A Farmers' Market Cookbook
RA784.P738854 2009x
This book from EatingWell magazine offers up sound nutrition advice on why eating delicious fresh fruits and vegetables will help you live longer, feel better and keep the weight off. The book also includes tips on how to freeze and preserve bumper crops; techniques for roasting peppers and other ways to preserve your farm finds; profiles of local farmers; tips on planting your own kitchen garden, and more.
 
Sebak, Rick
To Market, To Market, To Buy a Fat Pig
(DVD) HF5472.U6 T624 2007x
In this PBS video released in Auguest 2007, Rick Sebak of WQED tours farmers' markets around the United States, including Cleveland's Westside Market and Baltimore's Lexington Market.
 
Suszko, Marilou K.
The Locavore's Kitchen: A Cook's Guide to Seasonal Eating and Preserving
TX715.S9536 2011
If you are tired of cookbooks from California where farmers markets run year round, try this nicely organized book from Ohio University Press that deals with produce we can find locally.