Thursday, August 20, 2009

Farmer's Market...

My fellow Tattlers,

I recently noticed that a small farmer's market has opened up along McKnight Road at the former location of the Dunkin Donuts (near Chili's). While this is quite a small operation out of the back of a kidnapper van (no windows), I'm loving it.

This made me think. Wouldn't it be great if we had a large farmers market along McKnight Road? A perfect location would be in Ross Towne Center, which has Panera Bread and Wendy's. It could be located where the fireworks tent/ Christmas tree area usually is.

In my vision, this market would offer goods from several local farms such as Soergel's, Shenot's and others. Each would have a table or area.

I think this would be a great pet project for local leaders to undertake. It would help local residents and bring some fresh vegetables to the plate. Is this unrealistic and a pipe dream or could this be done? Just a thought.

What do you think?

6 comments:

hairexpertease said...

agreed! we have a farmers market in morganrown WV that is fairly large. i love to go get fresh produce, and they even have vendors that bring organic breads and desserts! it is a fun thing for a family to do on a saturday morning, promotes healthy eating habits, and supports local farms!

Mel said...

We definitely need a farmers' market. Here's a list of Pittsburgh area markets, including ones in Wexford, West View, and Sewickley:

http://www.achd.net/wic/pubs/pdf/09farmermktlst.pdf

Off topic, but did you hear about the Lowe's, hotel, townhouses, cinema, grocery, etc development planned for McCandless Crossing?

http://www.wpxi.com/news/20240878/detail.html

Northhillstweet said...

Great idea! It would be a nice alternative to Kuhn's and Giant Eagle. Kuhn's produce is pretty bad and Giant Eagle is well, Giant Eagle... Ross Towne Center would be a good location and you'd think the other stores there would appreciate the added traffic.

Sirfuller said...

Mel,

My prediction:

When a movie theater opens in that new development (fun fact -- there is an old indian burial ground there), Wal-Mart will devise plans to go where Showcase North is.

I know for a fact that Wal-Mart has wanted to go there for YEARS. Since the plans for Ross Township didn't come to fruition, that will be their next move.

Anonymous said...

YES YES!! I am dying for a farmers market in our area. I work on the north shore and there is a decent on by there (by east ohio st) on Fridays in the evenings, but I never understood why we don't have one. I actually don't even know the first step in encouraging / promoting establishing one.

Sirfuller said...

I think it would be a great project to set up over the next year. I believe farmers would be easy to get on board, it would just be getting the space, logistics, etc figured out.

That is where a Ross Commissioner/ official could come in to help.