McConnell’s Farm, Aliquippa, PA
Nine generations of the McConnell family have worked this farm since 1787 when it was awarded to Captain John B. McConnell as payment for his services in the Revolutionary War. He received 1000 acres for forming and commanding a militia outside Philadelphia. Today, brothers Cal McConnell, Naval Academy grad and retired military, and Ed McConnell, Harvard grad and high school teacher, farm the remaining 200 acres and grow the best peaches I have ever eaten.
No wonder. They begin pruning their peach trees in January and continue tending the trees and thinning the fruit until it is time to pick. Their hard work results in softball size peaches whose juices run to your elbows after the first bite.
Cal’s daughter Amy, her husband David and their six month old daughter are the newest generations to work on the farm. In fact, they believe McConnells’ Farm is the oldest farm west of the Alleghenies to be farmed continuously by the same family.
Their peaches can be found at a variety of farmers’ markets around Pittsburgh from late July to mid September. But if you have time, be sure to stop at the farm and visit with Cal’s mother, Anna, who just celebrated her 90th birthday and has been working on the farm for 73 years. What ever you do, try their peaches…they are like nothing you’ve ever tasted!
Learn more at their new website — www.mcconnellsfarm.com.
Hours: Mon. to Fri. 10Am – 7PM, Sat 10AM – 6PM, and Sun 10AM – 4PM.
294 New Bethlehem Church Road
Aliquippa, PA 15001
Contact: Amy McConnell Schaarsmith