It’s farmers market time in Lebo, and, per usual we have not one, but two, farmers markets!
The Mt. Lebanon Uptown Market, in the heart of Lebo’s Uptown District on Washington Road, kicked off Saturday, May 13 and runs from 9 a.m. to noon through Saturday, October 23. It’s organized by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership and the municipality.
On Wednesdays, there’s the Mt. Lebanon Farmers Market. Started by the Lions Club more than 30 years ago, its season kicked off June 7 and ends October 25. The hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church, 975 Washington Road. (You can read all about it here!)
To give you an idea of what each has to offer, we’re taking a two-part look at the gastric delights you’ll encounter. First, let’s stroll through Mt. Lebanon’s Uptown Market.
Eating your way through Lebo’s farmers markets
Since it’s Saturday morning, you might want to start with Azeeza’s Cakes & Bakes for samosas, pancakes, buns, cakes and other sweets. If you’re gluten-free, or even if you’re not, The Blue House Bakery offers gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and Paleo-friendly baked goods. Syggelekokle Farm has both chicken and duck eggs, hickory syrup, and pasture-raised meat.
Ready for some fruit? Simmons Farm has a full line of fruits and veggies grown down the road in Peters Township. It’s strawberry time for Jose Quiroz Farms, which also sells assorted fruits and vegetables.
Now that you’ve eaten your way through breakfast, it’s time for lunch! Dip into some salsa from Cinco De Mayo Salsas. Chips, soups, tamales, empanadas and Mexican salads are also on the menu.
Still hungry? Head over to Coyne Family Farm’s booth to pick up some locally raised farm-to-table beef, pork or chicken. You might want some barbecue sauce and dry rubs for that meat. Uncle Jammy’s can fix you up with some high quality barbecue sauce, spices and seasonings.
Or, take home assorted ground spices from Kizzle Foods. The ethically sourced spices are made from plants to meet the growing health concerns of today’s consumer.
Before heading home, check out Olive & Marlowe, where artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars are the specialty of this woman-owned business.
In addition to the core group of vendors in place each week, you’ll also find a group of rotating vendors. And don’t forget about Second Saturdays, when artists and makers join in the fun.