Friday, March 25, 2011

Sustenance Bakery at the Pittsburgh Public Market

FamJam in Pittsburgh 2011
Stop #4: Pittsburgh Public Market

This is the fourth in a series of posts on my family's first visit to Pittsburgh.  To start from the beginning with Friday's lunch, click here.

After brunch at Pamela's, we took a quick stroll along Penn Ave, then headed to the Pittsburgh Public Market on Smallman St.  Now here's a hidden gem even many Pittsburghers have yet to discover!  Opened just a few months ago, the Pittsburgh Public Market features fresh produce, meats, baked goods, coffee, and more - from local sources.  In other words, it is a locavore's paradise. 

Inside the Pittsburgh Public Market
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, you will find lots of amazing local foods and other goods at the Pittsburgh Public Market.  I really hope they continue to grow and expand.

The Binge! Eating in Pittsburgh blog recently wrote up a nice piece on the Pittsburgh Public Market.  Here, I will focus on the two merchants I visited on this trip.

Just as soon as you walk into the Pittsburgh Public Market, you'll come across a little bakery stand on the right.  That's Sustenance Bakery.

Sustenance Bakery is an all-natural bakery that uses many locally-sourced ingredients in their baked goods.  In the past I've had a couple different kinds of muffins and cookies with creative flavors.  One was a citrusy-grapefruit muffin (forget what it was called) that was very moist; another was a cookie topped with fresh ground peppercorn that was surprisingly good. But the one thing that keeps me coming back to Sustenance again and again is their sesame cookies!

Sesame cookies
Just the slightest bit chewy and chock full of the flavor of sesame seeds.

In fact, I once paid $6 for parking in the Strip District just to go to the Pittsburgh Public Market for these cookies.  They come in little half-dozen packets.   I bought two packets and they were gone within two days.  Too good to resist, and perhaps a little dangerous for one's waistline! ;)

Update:  As of December 18, 2011, Sustenance Bakery no longer sells baked goods at the Pittsburgh Public Market.  Owner Sarah Kelby Lewis' recipe for the Toasted Sesame Cookies was published in the Food & Wine Magazine and can be found here.  Read about my attempt at baking them here.

Next up:  Pittsburgh Marshmallow Factory at the Pittsburgh Public Market

Links of interest:
Sustenance Bakery on the Web:
Pittsburgh Public Market on the Web: