- Sustainably produced by family farmers
- Using ecological practices
- Farmers receie a fair price for their products
“It includes some of the traditional things you’d expect to see at a concert and, of course, more artisanal things and all with family farms,” Farm Aid Associate Director Glenda Yoder said.
Local vendors will sell pierogies, coffee and baked goods, many using flour from Avella’s Weatherbury Farm.
“Anything that’s promoting farming and local food, we’re into working with,” farmer Nigel Tudor said. “We grow the grain, and we mill the flour. We have a stone mill here on the farm, so we’re providing locally grown and milled flour, so then they’re making cookies, hand pies.”
- A Taste for Something Moore
- Baby Loves Tacos
- Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette
- Conover Organic Farm
- Pittsburgh Ice Cream Company
- Republic Food Enterprise Center
- Zeke’s Coffee
(editor's note: The vendors above in green are using Weatherbury Farm flours at Farm Aid.)
While many vendors are local, others, such as Patchwork Family Farms, follow Farm Aid each year from their farm in Missouri to sell pork chops and brats.
As the public consciousness has increased about food and people became disillusioned by factory farming, Farm Aid wanted to reach eaters with its menu, Yoder said. Farm Aid offers a chance for people to engage with the elements of agriculture through the senses, as well as by recognizing a “consciousness about how food and music feed our bodies and our souls,” Yoder said.
“These elements help to build a very powerful and transformative experience for concert goers,” Yoder said. “It’s providing economic opportunities. … It’s a way for [farmers] to be seen and recognized for their contribution to the high quality that we’re serving, and it really starts with farmers and their soil and their production practices.”
“We are selling food that you can consume right there, but it looks like a farmer’s market,” Yoder said. “We’ll have apples and pears and plums and peaches depending on the weather.”
Since it launched in 2015, 412 Food Rescue has saved nearly 2 million pounds of good food from going to waste in Allegheny County and instead distributed to communities in need. The launch of 724 Food Rescue will expand those efforts to Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. Food rescued from Farm Aid will be distributed in Washington County.
Farm Aid officials expect a full house of 22,000 people.
“We sold out in one day, which demonstrated to us the enormous enthusiasm that Pittsburgh has for food culture and for farmers,” Yoder said. “You have a culture of connection between Pittsburgh and its outlying farmers.”