Sewickley Village held their annual Wine Walk this year on November 4 and wow, what a crowd! I arrived in town alittle after 5pm and already the streets were lined with people ready to check in and receive their list of participating businesses.
I came mainly to visit Cuttingsfor their annual Holiday House. Jim Price and his staff outdo themselves every year and create such a feast for the eyes. Everywhere you look are magnificent Christmas trees, enchanting displays and wonderful gifts for family and friends alike.
It’s so worth a ride to Sewickley to visit Cuttings. While you are there, check out the many new (and old) businesses! Make a reservation at Vivo Kitchenand top the evening off with a delicious dinner.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
Henry David Thoreau
Don’t you just love this time of year? The leaves are turning golden yellow, orange, and red. There is a chill in the air. Pumpkin everything is available- coffee, donuts, pumpkin pie, you name it.
One of my favorite places to experience the fall season is McConnell’s Farm. Established in 1787, it is one of the oldest farms operated by a single family west of the Allegheny Mountains. If you love rustic, this is the place to visit. It takes a bit of navigation to get there, but only a tad. It’s about five minutes off of the Hopewell exit of 376. There’s good signage and google maps should take you there easily.
When you drive up to the barn, it’s a feast for the eyes. Pumpkins, mums, haybales await. Walk inside and sniff. Right now, it’s all about apples. Lots and lots of apples! Gala, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and on and on. Bags of 1/2 peck, little baskets of ’em, they are everywhere. You could easily get what you need here to make a fantastic pie.
Along the side of the barn are bins of very fresh vegetables. Potatoes, kale, onions, fresh garlic, and numerous squashes. Up on the blackboard was a recipe for spaghetti squash that so inspired me I bought one! I can’t wait to bake it and top with some of my husband’s fresh honey.
McConnell’s Farm is a CSA or Community Shared Agriculture Farm. How it works is you pay them a set amount (their website says $288) before the season and they use this to support the farm. This entitles you weekly visits and $20 free fruit and vegetables per week for seventeen weeks of summer. Visit their website for more information- HERE.
On my most recent visit, I also bought fresh cider, a bundle of kale (5 huge stems for a $1), and some delicious potatoes. That evening, I created a side dish of sauteed sweet onions, kale, and potatoes. I sprinkled fragrant dill from my own herb garden and added a fresh squeeze of lemon. Can I tell you? It. Was. Amazing.
This weekend, consider taking a ride and visiting this wonderful farm. Be prepared to be inspired. You’ll love McConnell’s Farm.
We loved this tea towel the moment we laid eyes on it! Katherine’s Daughter Events and Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley Pennsylvania have joined together for a fabulous giveaway. Win this awesome tea towel plus a $50 gift card to purchase anything else you’d like from their beautiful store!
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Cross the last gifts off your list by visiting Cuttings. Beautiful ornaments and decorated trees, stylish gift and entertaining ideas, wall hangings, vintage finds you will not see anywhere else. Please go and check them out!
Years ago I owned a gourmet coffee shop in Sewickley called Cappuccino City. It competed directly with a national chain only a block away (we were there first) and I tell you, it was tough. We lasted seven years and in the end, sold our business successfully. Since then, I have always had a soft spot for local business.
There is easy attraction to the big box chains- national advertising, sleek displays, lures of deep discounts- especially at the holidays. Honestly, I do shop one or two chain stores at Christmas. But I always stop at my favorite local businesses and complete my shopping there.
Why? Because there are unique finds among the small shops. They carry items that the big boxes will not have. Beautiful items to decorate, to give, and to adorn your packages.
Supporting local business creates and maintains jobs. It helps keep intact those small towns that would not otherwise survive in the wake of big shopping centers and malls. There is a great flavor to small towns where you can walk outdoors and wander in and out of shops.
I patronize each of the stores I’m showing here. At Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley I buy unique gift items such as tea towels and ornaments I use to embellish my packages. At The Basket Loft I purchased Root candles for my Christmas table. Grandpa’s Joe’s Candy Shop has two locations- Beaver and the Strip District- where you can indulge your sweet tooth in old favorites such as Mallo Cups and Mike and Ike candies. I buy bacon flavored treats there- including chocolate covered bacon!- for my niece who loves bacon. During a recent shopping trip to Consignment Cottage in Moon Township, I purchased a primitives- style wall hanging for my dining room (for less than $10) during their 20% Thanksgiving weekend sale. Kathleen’s in Beaver PA was a complete surprise. A mecca of primitives (which I love) and a Santa that I may just head back there for.
Wherever you live, please make a note of what local businesses you can patronize. It is worth the effort to go out of your way just a bit to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Shop local this year and love it.