Farmstand returns to Clairton

(by Eric Slagle / TribLive)

Art Austin lives around the corner from the LifeSpan Steel Valley center for seniors in Clairton along Miller Avenue.

All this summer he’s been checking for the weekly farmstand that was there in previous years.

His investigations had disappointing results. The produce program, which had been in operation for about 10 years, lost backing from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

But when Austin approached the center on Thursday, he discovered a table out front loaded with collard greens, onions, corn and other seasonal produce.

“I’ve been looking to see if this was here,” said Austin, who bought a tomato, zucchini and bag of beans. He said the farmstand plays an important role in the city. “We don’t have a grocery store here in town.”