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Farmers' Market a treasure lost in change of location


November 30, 2010

One of the seasonal pleasures in South Side is the Tuesday Farmers' Market.

Not only is it a great alternative for buying fresh produce and other foods, but an excellent way to stay in touch with neighbors and friends. For some years the market was in the parking lot at the corner of S. 18th and E. Carson. This was a central location with lots of traffic.

This was good for the vendors and an easy way for new people moving into the area to become aware of the market. Even in late fall, it was well lit and always seemed vibrant.

This past year we were told that the market would move to the lot on the corner of Sidney and S. 20th. It would be a bigger area which would attract a wider variety of vendors. In reality, in was in response to some business owners' complaints the market was tying up parking for their customers.

The move proved to be just short of killing the market off. Far less people attend, mainly because of poor advertising of the location. People who enjoyed walking to the previous lot find this just a little too far to carry back bags of groceries.

As pointed out last week, South Side is one of Pittsburgh's top three neighborhoods in terms of walk-ability.

At first there were a few more vendors, but they died off over the season for lack of business. One of the mainstays of the market for years, SandHill Berries, left very early in the season because they could not afford to tie up their man with such a drastic cut in business.

Many vendors I spoke to last week are rethinking where they should set up next season. Most are losing money to be there, and I can't blame them if they don't come back.

The Farmers' Market is an important part of the community, I believe.

Whatever the intent was in moving the market, it did not work. For the good of the neighborhood, as well as that of business owners, we need to find a solution to bring vitality and convenience back to the market. We owe it to the vendors. More importantly we owe it to ourselves.

Harry O'Brien

Resident and Businessman

South Side


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