The Spring Market will bloom from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Feb. 23, at Juniper Village in the Bryn Mawr section of Forest Hills.
The Post-Gazette's Doug Oster will be on hand to do a talk on organic gardening while vendors peddle their handmade, local wares.
"The reason for the market is when the regular farmers markets close down, the smaller vendors don't have a place to showcase their products," says Elizabeth Donohoe, the organizer. "The idea is to support local, small producers of healthy real food and products. At the same time, a growing number of people are recognizing the many benefits of eating/buying real food and are at a loss to find what they came to love at the weekly markets in the summertime."
This is the fourth time the indoor farmers market is being held. Donohoe said there were two last spring and one before the holiday season.
The vendors for this market include:
- Her Bold Farm (winter organic vegetables, homemade breads, farm-fresh eggs, chocolates)
- Flower & Bee Honey (honey, infusions, skin care products)
- MoTeasa Tea Blends (handcrafted teas)
- DJ's Butcher Block (artisanal sausages)
- Love Heals (natural skincare products)
- M&M Robertson's Farm (heirloom seeds, garden tools, books)
- MyGoodies Bakery (vegan baked goods)
- Full Circle Soil (vermicompost)
- Najat's Cuisine (authentic Lebanese food)
- Forest Hills Garden Club (gloves)
- Linkages (a program focused on senior citizens)
"Previous markets were very small scale and happened in my house, but the interest in a winter market has grown, and so have we," Donohoe said. "Because I do a weekly Self-Shiatsu class at Juniper Village with the residents, I know how much they enjoy unusual, old-timey things, so having the market right there where they live is a bonus for everyone when it's cold and wintry outside."