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Cook at home with the freshest ingredients from the Citiparks Farmers Market at the Carrick Dairy District in Pittsburgh, PA.

Locally grown food is sold seasonally by growers directly to people weekly at the Citiparks Farmers Market in Carrick from mid-June to November.

The Farmers Market in Carrick is one of several open-air farmers markets operated by Citiparks to bring farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods to local communities. The others are held on Sundays in Squirrel Hill, Mondays in East Liberty and Fridays North Side.

They have a decent selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses. … the produce here is way better.

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Citiparks Farmers Market vendors redeem SNAP benefits. SNAP, short for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a federal government program that provides food assistance to people who are food insecure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture writes that people with food insecurity have “reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet … [or] multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.” About 40 million Americans qualify for SNAP.

Farmers markets happen weekly across America, often from late spring to fall. They are physical retail marketplaces where farmers sell food directly to consumers from booths, tables or stands. Buyers have the opportunity to speak directly to the people who grew or made what is being offered. They can be indoors or outdoors. Along with home grown produce, prepared foods, dairy products, meat or beverages may be sold. The market may have a few stalls or it may be as large as several city blocks. Live entertainment may be provided.

After moving the farmers markets to the Carrick Dairy District, crowds of people thronged to the open air marketplace.

During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, local shoppers were encouraged to order in advance from vendors to limit time spent at the markets. Many vendors accepted advance orders and online payments. At-risk people were asked to shop early, when crowds were usually smaller. Sick people were asked to stay home. Shoppers were limited to one person per household. Masks, washing or sanitizing hands, and social distancing were required. Pets were not permitted.

The Citiparks Farmers Market is held locally on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM from mid May through late November at the Carrick Dairy District, 1529 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.

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