My article on winter farmers markets was published by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review this week. It was interesting to see what products are available during these cold months when most local fruits and vegetables are out of season. Fresh-made salsa, hot soups and winter vegetables are a few of the items that can be found.
Pittsburgh markets keep farm-fresh foods on the table throughout winter
By Emily Balser
Tim Hileman has been coming to the Farmers Market Cooperative of East Liberty since he was 10 years old.
Now, decades later, he has taken over his family apple farming business, Kistaco Farm, and continues his grandfather’s tradition of selling apples and cider during the winter months at the farmers market at 344 N. Sheridan Ave.
“The reason I like to come to this market is I grow apples and make cider, and we have those all winter, so it’s nice to have somewhere to sell those,” says Hileman, who is one of the four members of the cooperative running the market.
Most farmers markets close in late fall once pumpkins and other cool weather produce are finished for the season. But some, such as the market in East Liberty, continue on through the coldest months of winter.
You can read the whole story here.