Friday, May 6, 2016

May Market

Today and tomorrow, head to Phipps Conservatory in Oakland for the annual May Market plant sale. I spent some time there today and can preview some of what you can expect. First of all, the parking situation was pretty tough. I had to park about 3/4 of a mile away at the intersection of Frew Street and Schenley Drive. I heard some others talking about driving around for 45 minutes before finding a space. Because of that issue, you may end up parking far away from the plant sale. In that case, it might be a good idea to either bring a friend or bring a wagon. A friend can wait with your purchases while you swing by to load them in your car. It's tough to carry potted trees (which were available!), large hanging baskets, flats of annuals or other seedlings, plus any art work you may pick up if you are walking far.

I only saw one stand selling produce. This was from Cider House Farm Market, which is located near Zelionople. They have some "phat" asparagus and rhubarb. The owner used to be a grower herself but now stocks products from local producers. She has a cider press at her market and you can bring apples to be pressed in the fall! Cool. This could be a great place to visit for those who live nearby if you haven't been already.

There were many, many plants and seedlings for sale. I don't know how you might choose?! There were organic options and many, many varieties of everything, especially tomatoes. Two of the vendors right at the entrance were Garden Dreams and Blackberry Meadows Farm (which also sells produce in lots of places and has a CSA) who had a combined tent. These vendors, as well as a few others, seemed to be selling seedlings that they themselves grew, as opposed to ordered from somewhere else.

                                                                                                                                 Cherish Creamery was there as well with goat cheeses galore. They were offering free samples and selling lots of varieties. 
Other vendors such as Edible Earth Farm (produce producer and CSA), Who Cooks for You Farm (produce producer and CSA) and Grow Pittsburgh had many seedlings. I hope you get a chance to visit and pick out something for someone or yourself.                                                                                         


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