One of my favorite things about spring and summer is fresh produce and it's almost farmers market and pick-your-own time in the South Hills of Pittsburgh!
We love supporting our local farmers and buying locally-grown produce and goods. Plus, it's fun for the whole family to visit a pick-your-own (PYO) farm or a farmers market in the South Hills. If you'd like to support your local farms but are still practicing strict social distancing, maybe consider a CSA opportunity or online pickup at a farm. You can find a few of those that deliver to the South Hills at the bottom of this guide.
Here are four things to note before heading out to farmers markets or PYO farms in Pittsburgh.
- Pick-your-own farms can sometimes change hours on short notice dependent on weather, produce availability, and other factors. It's best to call ahead to make sure pick-your-own is available that day. Prices can also change from day to day.
- Bring your own containers or bags to avoid any extra charges!
- Bring cash as some South Hills' farmer market stands and pick-your-own farms don't take credit cards.
- Many farmer markets and pick-your-own farms in Pittsburgh have mandatory mask rules, capacity limitations or other requests in place due to COVID. Please check their websites or social media sites before heading out!
Here are the details on South Hill's farmers markets, pick-your-own farms, local dairy farms and CSA's:
Farmer Markets in the South Hills of Pittsburgh
Farmer markets in Southwest PA typically open for the season in late April to May. Here are Farmers Markets in the South Hills of Pittsburgh listed by days of the week:
Bethel Park Recreation Farmers' Market
When: Tuesday's from 3-7pm | May 2nd-September 26th. Rain or Shine!
What: Vendors offer a great selection of fresh and prepared meals and snacks. Gyros, fresh made salads, BBQ sandwiches, cakes, cookies, breads, freshly made Kettle Corn, hummus, BBQ sauce, locally made wine and more! To further tempt your taste buds, enjoy old-fashioned shaved ices, granola, breads, honey, cheese, coffee, and delectable appetizers and desserts.
Where: Skating Rink Parking Lot | Corrigan Drive South Park, Bethel Park, PA 15102
More information: bethelparkfarmersmarket.com
City of Pittsburgh Farmers' Market
When: Wednesday's from 3-7pm | May 12th, 2021 - November 24th, 2021
What: All City of Pittsburgh Farmers' Markets accept food stamps (SNAP), credit and debit cards as part of Just Harvest's Fresh Access Program.
Where: Carrick Dairy District | 1529 Brownsville Road
More information: pittsburghpa.gov/events/farmers-market
Peters Township Farmers Market
When: Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm | June 2, 2021 - October 27, 2021
What: Local artisans include but are not limited to Cherish Creamery, City Fresh Pasta, Fresh from the Farm Juices, Hello Hummus, Kern Farms, Loafers Bread, Logan Family Farms, The Olive Tap, P3 Grain Free, The Pie Place, Simmons Farm, Swopes Honey, Wild River Kettle Corn, and Wu's Shaved Ice.
Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church | 905 E. McMurray Road, Venetia, PA 15367
More information: peterstownshipfarmersmarket.org
Green Tree Farmers Market *more details coming soon
When: Thursdays from 4-7pm from May 20th - October 28th
What: Little Athen’s catering, Bayer Farm, Simmons Farm, Lutz Farm, Jose Quiroz Farm, Hot Dog Winery, Ron’s Snow Cones, Brochachos Salsa, Green Tree Garden Club
Where: Green Tree Park | Lower parking lot | 905 Green Tree Road, 15220
Market Square Farmers Market
When: Thursdays from 10am - 2pm | May 13 – October 28, 2021
What: Presented by Green Mountain Energy, the rain-or-shine market offers regionally-grown produce, organic products, and small-batch foods from a variety of vendors each week, serving Downtown’s workers, residents, visitors, and more.
Where: Market Square
More information: downtownpittsburgh.com/market-square-farmers-market
The Main Street Farmers Market
When: Thursdays from 3-6pm | May 20th, 2021
What: Vendors include Aunt Kimmie's Homemade Hams, Jellies and Relishes, Bandel Natural Gardens, Bro Chachos Salsa, Heritage Craft Butchers, Jodikinos Farms, Kern's Farms, Mia Cucina, Pampered Paw Resort, The Pie Place, Plum Run Winery, The Ross Farm, Simmon's Farm, The Smoke Wagon, The Spring House, Swope's Berries & Bees, Wild River Kettle Corn, Wood Street Bread Company, and more! SNAP Benefits accepted - for every $1 of SNAP benefits redeemed at the Market you will receive $2 in tokens to spend at the Market.
Where: Main Street, Washington, PA 15310
More information: msfm.org
Mt. Lebanon Uptown Market
When: Saturday's from 9am-noon | May 8th - October 30th 2021
What: Located in the center of the business district, the Mt. Lebo Uptown Market offers everything from produce, breads, meats, cheeses and more. The second Saturday of each month will also host maker and craft vendors who carry art, apparel, jewelry, housewares and more.
Where: Uptown Mt. Lebanon | Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
More information: mtlebopartnership.org/events/wesbanco-uptown-farmers-market
The Terminal Farmers Market
When: 3rd Saturday of the Month - April through October - 9am-1pm
What: Find a selection of local farmers and artisans socially distanced with vendors located both indoors and out.
Where: Between the 18th-20th Street Passageways - parking behind the Terminal
More information: stripdistrictterminal.com/the-terminal-farmers-market
Carnegie East Main Farmers Market
When: Sundays in the Summer & Fall from noon - 3pm. | July 11, 2021 - September 26th, 2021 (closed September 5th).
What: Primrose Farm (McDonald, PA0 produce, jams, jellies, pickles, honey, herbs, spices, eggs, free-range pastured chicken, turkey and beef. Duck eggs from Zuback Farm and honey and salsa from Big Bob's Local Honey. Steel City Sanitizers, The Bluegrass Kitchen & Mobile Café, D&O Wine Cellars, Dolcezza Dagny and Mediterra are only the start of amazing vendors and artisans you will find here. This Farmers Market is pet friendly.
More information: carnegieborough.com/market
Triple B Farm Market
When: opens May 4th, 2021: Monday - Thursday from 10am-3pm Friday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
What: Farm Market offers a variety of locally grown produce and Farm Fresh Bakery is on Friday's, Saturday's, and Sunday's only.
Where: 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063. You can also shop the Online Market and order curbside pick-up!
More information: triplebfarms.com
Bedner's Farm Market
When: Opens Friday April 30th from 10-5pm
What: Bedner's Farm Market carries fresh produce from their farm, Breadworks Bread, Sarris' Chocolate Milkshakes, Bedillion's Honey, Pasture Perfect Beef and more!
Where: 1520 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
More information: bednersfarmmarketusc.com
Pick-Your-Own Farms in the South Hills of Pittsburgh
Pick-your-own farms in Western PA are fun for both kids and adults! Berry picking, flower picking, and vegetable harvesting is a great family afternoon outing in Pittsburgh. Here are farms closest to the South Hills that offer PYO:
What: Strawbeerries and Blueberries
When: Pick-your-own Blueberries: Saturdays & Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8am - 12pm. Pick-your-own Strawberries daily from 8am - 12pm.
Where: 528 Trax Road, Finleyville, PA 15332
More information: All PYO's are while supplies last and weather permitting.If you are ever unsure if they are having PYO because of weather or any reason, you are advised to call ahead and ask before driving out. 412.835.3246 traxfarms.com
Bedner's Farm and Greenhouse
What: Take a hayride out to the produce fields to pick-your-own fresh vegetables. The vegetables to be picked each day will depend on crop conditions.
When: Reservations are required and space is limited.
Where: 315 Coleman Road, McDonald, PA 15057
More information: bednersgreenhouse.com
What: Strawberries, Apples, Peaches, Flowers, & Pumpkins
When: Strawberry Picking starts the harvest season and starts in late spring/early summer.
Where: 170 Simmons Road, McMurray, PA 15317
More information: Days and times may change based on weather conditions and crop supply. Due to variations in weather, we suggest that you always check the website or call ahead (724-941-1490) before arriving. simmonsfarm.com/pickurown.html
Triple B Farm
What: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Pickles, Sweet Corn, Peaches, Peppers, Tomatoes, & Apples
When: PYO Strawberries starts the Harvest Calendar and opens May 2021
Where: 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063
More information: triplebfarms.com/picking.html
When: Soergel's typically starts strawberry picking in June but is unsure if they will offer this for the 2021 season.
Where: 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090
More information: soergels.com/harvest-schedule-pick-your-own/
What: Cherries, Blueberries and Apples
When: Check Norman's Orchards Facebook page for PYO options and hours. facebook.com/NormansOrchard
Where: 2318 Butler Logan Road, Tarentum, PA15084
More information: normansorchard.com
Local Dairies in the South Hills of Pittsburgh
Local dairies in the South Hills of Pittsburgh produce milk, cheese, yogurt and butter. These products may be purchased at our local grocery stores or directly from the farm. Dairy farms make for a great field trip for families where kiddos can learn about dairy production and maybe even meet the cows who are producing their favorite chocolate milk. Here are Pittsburgh farms located in or near the South Hills that offer local dairy:
Schneider's Dairy, Inc
What: This family owned and operated business works with over 40 family-owned farms and is a Pennsylvania Preferred dairy, certified by the state's Department of Agriculture. They produce milk products, ice cream mixes, cream, juice, iced tea and more.
Where: Schneider's Dairy HQ is located in the suburbs of Whitehall, PA but their products are available at almost every local grocer. Find where to buy HERE.
More information: schneidersdairy.com
Linden Creek Dairy
When: Monday & Tuesday by appointment, Wednesday & Thursday 3-6pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-2pm
What: Creamline Milk, Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, and Strawberry. They offer home delivery within a 35 mile radius of the farm.
Where: 538 Linden Creek Road, Canonsburg, PA 15317
More information: lindencreekdairy.com
The Spring House
When: Monday - Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday noon to 7pm
What: A family farm with a creamery, eatery, country store and catering. Get a group together and sign up for a Spring Farm Tour!
Where: 1531 Route 136, Washington, PA
More information: springhousemarket.com
Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy
What: Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy is a 130 acre family owned farm that has a herd of more than 100 alpine and Nubian dairy goats and bring in cow’s milk from le-ara farms to make a variety of fresh and aged cheeses using traditional techniques for artisan cheese production.
Where: The farm is located near Pittsburgh Pa in northern Allegheny County, but you can find a list of local purveyors of their cheeses HERE.
More information: goatrodeocheese.com
CSA's in the South Hills of Pittsburgh
CSA's in Pittsburgh are a wonderful opportunity for you to introduce your family to the importance of fresh produce and developing a relationship with the farmer who grows your food. There are plenty of CSA options that will deliver to a local host home in the South Hills of Pittsburgh where you can do a contactless porch pick up of your feed weekly. Read 10 Things to Consider When Choosing a CSA for Your Family to help you decide which one might be best for you.
Dillner Family Farms
What: Dillner Family Farm specializes in sustainable agriculture which consists of a multi-pronged approach to crop protection using mulch, crop rotation and frequent scouting to minimize the use of pesticides. A variety of CSA shares are offered along with ab optional weekly/bi-weekly egg share.
When: The Dillner Family Farms CSA program is 20 weeks from June through October.
Where: Find CSA Pickup Locations HERE
More information: dillnerfamilyfarms.com
Who Cooks For You Family Farm
What: Weekly shares include cooking greens, salad greens, fresh herb or allium, fruits and melons, snacking veggies, cooking veggies, and something starchy. Along with your veggies you will receive weekly emails with veggie storage tips, cooking tips and specially crafted recipes just for your CSA that week.
When: The Spring/Summer CSA runs 23 weeks (1st week of June - 1st week of November).
Where: Find CSA Pickup Locations HERE
More information: whocooksforyoufarm.com
Edible Earth Farm
What: The farm raises vegetables, fruit, herbs, ginger, turmeric, spices, mushrooms and pastured pigs, chickens, goats and beef.
When: Edible Earth Farm offers a year-round CSA program to Pittsburgh and outlying areas.
Where: Find a South Hills pick up location HERE
More information: edibleearthfarm.com/
Do you have a favorite farm to take your family to pick-your-own or buy fresh produce in the South Hills of Pittsburgh that you don't see listed here? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll add it to our list!