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Organic Food Stores Pittsburgh PA

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West End Citiparks Farmers Market
(412) 351-7702
Noblestown Road at Obey Street
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-Nov Thursday, 3:30 to 7:30 PM
County
Allegheny

Highland Park Citiparks Farmers Market
Pittsburgh Zoo Lower Lot; Butler and Baker Streets
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 15-Nov 22 Thu, 3:30 to 7:30 PM
County
Allegheny

City County Building Farmers Market
(412) 442-6523
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November Friday, 11 AM to 1 PM
County
Allegheny

Plaza Farmers Market
Heights Plaza Shopping Center; Old Rte. 28
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Jun-Oct Tues, Fri, 8 to noon
County
Allegheny

East Liberty Farmers Market
(412) 351-7702
Penn Circle West
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November Monday, 3:30 to 7:30 PM
County
Allegheny

North Side Citiparks Farmers Market
(412) 262-1703
East Park; East Ohio St. and Cedar Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-Nov Fri, 3:30 to 7:30 PM
County
Allegheny

Farmers Coop Market of East Liberity
(412) 661-4414
Rodman and N. Sheridan Avenue; Next to Home Depot
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. noon
County
Allegheny

Downtown Pittsburgh Citiparks Farmers Market
(412) 351-7702
City-Country Building; Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November Friday, 10 AM to 2 PM
County
Allegheny

South Side Citiparks Farmers Market
(412) 351-7702
18th and Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-Nov Tue, 3:30 to 7:30 PM
County
Allegheny

Wilkinsburg Farmers Market
(724) 339-1709
South Avenue; Wilkinsburg Parking Authority
Wilkinsburg, PA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-Nov Monday & Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday, 3 to 6:30 PM
County
Allegheny

Organic Foods - FAQ

1. What is organic food?
Organic refers not to the food itself, but how it is produced. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes the fertility of the soil. Organic foods are produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed to maintain the integrity of the food without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.

2. How is "certified organic" food different from other organic food?
"Certified" means that the food has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards that have been established.

3. Who regulates the certified organic claims?
The federal government set standards for the production, processing and certification of organic food in the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. A National Organic Standards Board was established at that time and now is developing the guidelines and procedures that will regulate all crops from produce, grains, meat, dairy and eggs to processed foods. The law was activated April 21, 2001. Those who grow or market "organic" products were required to comply with the rule as of October 21, 2002. The Act provides that a person may sell or label an agricultural product as organically produced only if the product has been produced and handled in accordance with provisions of the Act and these regulations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the program.

4. Is organic food completely free of pesticide residues?
Organic food is not produced with toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. However, there are some instances where residues may be carried to organic fields from neighboring conventional farms and environmental pollution.

5. Do organic farmers ever use pesticides?
Yes. However, only natural pesticides are permitted with restrictions as a last resort when growers are threatened with crop failure. Organic farmers' primary strategy is "prevention." By building healthy soils, healthy plants are better able to resist disease and insects. When pest populations get out of balance, growers will try various options like insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers. If these fail, permission will be granted by the certifier to apply botanical pesticides under restricted conditions. "Botanicals" are derived from plants and are broken down quickly by oxygen and sunlight.

6. Is organic food better for you?
There is no scientific evidence at this time to suggest that organically produced foods are more nutritious. However, well-balanced soils grow strong healthy plants that many people believe taste better and contain more nutrients. Many restaurant chefs across the country are using organic produc...

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