This third generation family farm actively farms half of its 250 acres just north of Pittsburgh, rotating its crops to strengthen and nurture the land. Jane and Don Dillner and their four children offer more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season. To make the most of their efforts, subscribe to the CSA program with drops in Mt. Lebanon, Wexford, or their farm in Gibsonia. Their seasonal products can be found at farmers’ markets throughout the city of Pittsburgh. This is truly a family farm with all four kids working along side their parents, not only on daily the farm but at the farmers’ markets as well. If you get a chance to visit their farm, it’s a treat for the entire family…and don’t miss the baby pygmy goats!
Field Trip — a Day on the Farm @ Dillner Family Farm
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In the middle of Manhattan is a small but incredible farmers’ market that draws farmers, ranchers, and local food producers from a number of states around the area. Walking around on a rainy Saturday in mid-May I was like a kid in a candy store tasting (and in some cases buying) the few offerings of early spring! Fresh ramps from a father-daughter farming team, which I took to a nearby Connecticut cheese maker’s stand who promptly wrapped the fresh ramp leaves around bites of his gorgeous cheese (obviously made from the milk of very happy grass fed cows!). There was hand made and smoked garlic pheasant sausage. Fresh duck and pheasant eggs. Fresh goat cheese (from Lynne’s herd of happy goats). Fresh fish and seafood. Artisan maple products. Grass fed buffalo and lamb. Tiny spring greens (many of which I’d never known existed!). And you should have seen the potatoes!!! I couldn’t get over the variety of fingerlings. It was a feast for the eyes, and since I couldn’t easily keep the market’s goodies fresh in my hotel room I took loads of pictures instead.