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Market at Hartwood Acres to offer fresh produce and variety of other items

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Shoppers can peruse produce, antiques and vintage clothing with scenic Hartwood Acres as the backdrop during a new community event at the Allegheny County park.

The Market at Hartwood runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month through September.

With more than two dozen tents, visitors can find fresh strawberries and greens from Picarcik Greenhouses; retro metal signs from This n 'Nat in Sharpsburg; and antiques from Friends of Hartwood, the fundraising group sponsoring the event.

“We hope this event turns into a regular destination for area residents and that this will be one more way to bring visitors in to Hartwood Acres,” said Amy Giammattei, a Friends of Hartwood member.

Founded in 2003, the Friends of Hartwood aims to preserve the natural environment of the 629-acre park.

Straddled between Indiana and Hampton townships, Hartwood includes a 1929 Tudor mansion, stables and gate lodge.

The mission is to protect its natural beauty and rich history, Giammattei said.

Proceeds of the monthly markets will support upgrades and maintenance of the grounds and mansion. The group hosts fundraisers throughout the year that include Hartwood Fest in October and Hemlock Groove, where local bands entertain crowds the second Wednesday of each month from May to September.

Most recently, Friends of Hartwood donated money to help with preservation of the stables. Work included new bulkheads, stall flooring and gutters and painting the wrought-iron bars.

At the market, there will be typical farm items, but also vendors with coffee and muffins, kettle corn, live plants and miniatures.

Anna Tallon of Shaler owns This is the Day Antiques. She frequents regional markets with her salesman's samples and vintage clothing.

“We specialize in miniature items like old-time salesmen would bring to your door,” she said.

“If they were selling beds, they might bring a miniature example to show you.

“It's different. It's a specialized collection.”

Tallon set up shop at the market's debut in June and though it was small, she was impressed.

“It was very nice. Everyone seemed excited about what was going on,” she said. “I think we'll have a much bigger turnout this month.”

Friends of Hartwood will have two booths, one with homemade muffins and another with antiques.

“It's a chance to look for that perfect addition for your home,” Giammattei said.

“It's an upscale event. There will only be high-quality items.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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