McConnell’s Farm is Open!

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Hollyhocks Greet You at McConnell’s Farm

Every year now I look forward to the opening of McConnell’s Farm. There is just something about this beautiful farm that feels like a walk back in time. When I was a young girl I would spend summers with my grandmother. There was a man (we called him The Huckster) who would drive around and sell fresh fruit and vegetables out of the back of his truck. The juice would run down our chins as we ate his delicious peaches.

McConnell’s is known for their peaches and when I walked into the barn yesterday that was the first thing I could smell. I was taken back again to that time at my grandmother’s and the warm summer peaches we ate. I bought some, plus kale, green beans, potatoes, and fresh corn. I boiled the corn later that night and wow, what a treat. We didn’t even put butter on it….it didn’t need it. I also bought and sauteed zucchini and yellow squash and served it over warm pasta. Along with the home baked bread I made, my husband Jim pronounced my dinner as “pure love”!

In addition to their fruits and vegetables, the farm has two bins with wood for all you smokers 😉 – apple and peach. What a wonderful idea to provide this along with so many other great items.

With the green beans and potatoes I purchased I’ll make Greek style Fasolakia. I use Kale in place of escarole when making beans and greens. My peaches are in a brown bag, ripening slowly. I’m looking forward to those on ice cream or in my cereal.

Mouthwatering

When you park at the barn you can immediately see McConnell’s accent flower of the year (that’s what I call it!) and this year it’s Hollyhocks! They are the most gorgeous shade of purple.

I’m looking forward to McConnell’s sunflowers and also to frequent visits the rest of the summer! See you there!

Click HERE for directions to McConnell’s.

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Posted on July 3, 2017 in Farm Markets, IDEAs!, Shop Local, Wedding Planning Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania Farms

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