Riding through the pumpkin patches and standing in the orchard at Shenot Farm, it’s easy to imagine the area when the Shenot family ancestors purchased the land more than 150 years ago. What is hard to believe is that this 6th generation family farm sits in the middle of suburban Pittsburgh with housing developments hiding behind the rolling hills and wooded areas surrounding the farm.
Mary Lou and Ed Shenot along with and their son, Rob, run the 125 acre farm, keeping the family legacy alive. When I stopped by their farm to get a few of the 23 varieties of apples grown in their orchard and to snatch up some of their cabbage to make Yankee Sauerkraut, I was fortunate to get a guided tour of the farm and its history from Rob. A Penn State grad, like his dad, Rob is serious about the family business and works tirelessly to improve farming, not only for their efforts today, but for generations to follow.
Shenot Farm a rural oasis, so convenient to everyday life. Each time I have visited the farm it is bustling with families, regular customers and newcomers lucky enough to have locally-grown fruits and vegetables so close to home.
Take a little time out one of these fall weekends to visit Shenot Farm, take a hayride to the pumpkin fields, stop in the farm market for endless varieties of apples and the last crops of the season…OH, and don’t miss their homemade fudge, more than 40 varieties!! This is a family and a farm to be celebrated for keeping a part of our region’s history and farmland alive!
(We made Apple Chips with some of our apples from the farm. Try them out for a fun snack or healthy Halloween treat! But make a bunch…they go fast!!)