Nick Goodfellow, sustainability coordinator for Business and Auxiliary Services, hoped for rain.
That might seem strange, considering that Goodfellow coordinates the biweekly Farmers Markets outside the William Pitt Union. Market vendors usually set tables up in the main driveway of the WPU alongside food trucks including Panther Grill, Revival Chili and others.
If you go
Most vendors can accept credit card payments; all take cash and $1 and $5 tokens shoppers can buy using Panther Funds from their meal plan. Reusable bags are sold at the market.For more information, visit the Pitt Sustainability website or Pitt Farmers Market Facebook page.
However, with phones buzzing notifications for storm warnings in Allegheny County and tornadoes on the news ahead of the Thursday, May 30, event, Goodfellow thought it best to relocate vendors to the patio.
That afternoon, students, faculty, staff and community members stopped by for bread, pretzels and pickled vegetables from vendors like Mediterra Bakehouse, Axel’s Pretzels and Ferrace Farms. Some offered samples: At Old Time Farm’s table, Shelly Oswald filled small plastic cups with maple sap, which tastes like sugar water and “makes for a nice summertime refreshment.”
Pitt Police Officer Jeff Crum was happy to stop by the Revival Chili food truck, anxious to try something different. “I love when it’s something other than pizza and Chinese food,” he said, referring to lunch options he generally finds.