Pittsburgh Natural/Health Stores and Farmers Markets
We are moving to PIttsburgh in a few weeks and will be living south of the city, in the Mt Lebanon area. Looking for a quality natural food store, preferably one that has bulk items like grains and nuts (I make my own granola.) Also interested in farmers markets and local meat, dairy, egg producers who feature free-range, grass fed, etc.
I am originally from the area but have lived in Central PA for the past 25 years. We are fortunate to have lots of choices for organic produce and humanely raised animal products. Hoping to find the same in the 'Burgh!
Welcome to Pittsburgh. I can't comment specifically on life in the south burbs, but here's a basic rundown of resources for Pittsburgh proper:
City-sponsored Farmers Markets:
The Strip District (Penn Ave and Smallman St, from approx 16th to 23rdt) has many independent shops/vendors/stands/etc. where you will likely find many good things, although the focus in the strip isn't completely on local, it is there, especially in the Public Market: http://pittsburghpublicmarket.org/
Our long-standing excellent Co-Op, which should be right up your alley:
There are the national chains like Whole Foods and Traders Joes (recently added a store in the South Hills/Mt Lebanon).
You may also want to check out the various CSAs available here in Pittsburgh.
Thanks for all the info! The Co-Op looks great, and will give us an excuse to eat at Point Brugge since it seems to be nearby. I love the Strip and usually go there when I am in town on business but never really thought it had a lot of organic/natural choices. Will definitely try the Public Market.
Appreciate the help!
I discovered a farmer's market this weekend. In Aspinwall on Freeport Rd. Loved it homemade bread jams jellies and dessert items too. Luma restaurant three blocks away. Delicious lunch was enjoyed at their shaded outdoor seating area.