This is the second post in my Farmers Market Series, in which I give you the scoop on Pittsburgh farmers markets.  This post will feature the East Liberty Citiparks Market, the Southside Citiparks Market, and the Oakland Market.

Oakland Farmers Market This tiny market takes place Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:30 on Sennot St. between Meyran Ave. and Atwood St.  Although it’s tiny, it has a very important feature that could keep me coming back: multiple bakeries!  There are about 3-4 bakeries with all manner of regular loaf breads, pies, and other baked goods.  If you’re in the mood to munch, there’s a great stand that has Polish donuts (paczki) which have cinnamon and raisins inside.  Tasty!  There are also the standard fruit and veggie vendors, and a Lebanese stand with hot food to eat there.

East Liberty Citiparks Market This market takes place on Monday evenings from 3:30 to 7:30 pm at 5800 Penn Circle West in East Liberty, next to the Midas.  I was really, really impressed with this market!  The sheer number of vendors is enough to make me a regular here, not to mention the variety!  There are plenty of the standard fruit and vegetable vendors, as well as a few organic produce vendors.  I bought some absolutely gorgeous tomatoes from the main organic vendor (pricey, but worth it).  There are also numerous other vendors selling things like meat, cheese, salsas, Italian ice, flowers, smoked meats, jams, jellies, pies, etc.  The only thing I was disappointed with in this market was the lack of a bread vendor.  Not a deal-breaker, just something to keep in mind so you don’t end up going there to buy a loaf of French bread and come away disappointed like I did.  Still, this market is probably my favorite out of all the ones I’ve reviewed on this blog.

Southside Citiparks Market Taking place on Tuesday nights from 3:30 to 7:30 pm at Sidney and 20th St., this market has a lot of the same vendors as the East Liberty Market (smoked meats, salsas) and the Oakland Market (the bakery with the Polish donuts, Lebanese food stand).  There’s also a pierogie vendor, which sells hot or cold pierogies in different quantities.  I got four hot ones to eat there for $2.50 and they really hit the spot- so cheesy and topped with caramelized onions…yum!  I also stopped at an Amish bakery and got a huge maraschino cherry whoopee pie for $1.  Dessert!  Who needs dinner when you can eat your way through the market?

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