From Farm to Pitt

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

The Farmers Market will be back at the William Pitt Union on Thursday, June 13, and Thursday, June 27, and then break before returning in late summer when the fall term begins.

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.

  • Tony Grace, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and professor of psychiatry and psychology, incorporates the Farmers Market as a destination during his walk around campus. Mediterra is a regular stop; he said bread is fabulous. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Kristin Grover (left), dietician for Sodexo, takes ice cream from Clarice Taylor of Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. “I knew I wanted to try the lavender ice cream,” Grover said, which Taylor joked is the “hot” flavor this summer in terms of popularity. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Pitt Police Officer Jeff Crum (left) and Shari Manges, business manager in the Office of the Provost, order from the Revival Chili food truck. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner checked his phone after getting lunch at the Panther Grille food truck. Bonner was getting ready for a busy afternoon of “zipping and zagging” to various meetings. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Heather Bastian (right) and Lisa Schoon (center), both from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, stopped by Kalvin’s Kitchen for a lunch of pasta salad and other fare. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)