Saturday, April 21, 2012

Schwartz Living Market Call for Vendors!

Schwartz Living Market at 1317 East Carson Street in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic South Side will be opening this summer, 2012, on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM. We are looking for vendors that are interested in selling delicious healthy foods and drinks, beautiful art and more! There will be 16 vendor booths and a kitchen with a  cafe. The fees for booth rental are $50.00 to $60.00/ day and between $200.00 and $240.00/month at first with three month leases for food vendors, and six month leases for artists and others. Contact Pam Barroso at 412-315-9319, for a vendor application. We are working towards forming a cooperative/collaborative among the vendors and plan to expand to six days/week. Join us in the adventure of a life time!

Inside the building we will be showcasing local environmental and other non-profits and educating and engaging the local community about what sustainability and regenerative design and living is all about. If you are involved in a non- profit that would like to display inside the market, please contact us!

If you are interested in speaking to the crowds of folks that will be shopping at the market, feel free to contact us, and let us know which Saturday you'd like, and we will find an available time slot for you! On opening day this summer, and every Saturday, we will have a lot of folks there talking and demonstrating a variety of topics related to how to eat well, get healthy and stay healthy at this most interesting moment in history.

This building project inside and out is one of creating sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life. Join Us!

Our long term project of transforming the building into a Living Building of an Existing Historic Structure that is zero net energy and zero net water is in the works. As you may know, our project has been registered with the International Living Futures Institute for over a year! Pretty cool for the ‘ Burgh and Main Street USA, eh?

A Living Market. What does that mean? Well, how about a market where you can get food that is as close to having its life force as possible. Food that is as close to being picked as possible? Or maybe you can pick the food on-site. Gee whiz, that might be too lofty a goal for the short term project we are working on, but we shall see! What else could a Living Market have inside of it? Perhaps plants that are alive, fresh air to breathe, fresh water and green juice to drink, and fresh, bright walls to look at so you feel good when you walk inside? What does Living Market mean to you?

I often refer people to the Sustainable Monroeville web/blog as the "back story" of the Schwartz Market project. You see, I live in the Municipality of Monroeville and founded Sustainable Monroeville in February, 2009, before I had ever heard of the Transition Town work of Rob Hopkins or had even thought about working with our family building at 1317 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's historic South Side. The Schwartz Living Market project is physically located in the South Side, but the project's reach goes far beyond. After all, connecting the idea of Food, Not Lawns and us suburbanites selling the food we grow on our front and back yards with the urban core through the Schwartz Market project is a dream I've been thinking about for quite a long time now. And it is happening! Think about who you know who is ready to have a business in the South Side flats of Pittsburgh, the historic district, one of the few long historic main streets in the USA. And send them our way! My husband Stan's grandfather, Morris Schwartz, who founded Schwartz Market in the early part of the century would be proud! Elisa Beck