Well, that was fast. Summer is officially over, and soon the air will become chilly and night longer. But while you were out having fun in the sun, local farmers were tending to their pumpkin patches and apple orchards, so they’re ready to meet the demand of the new season.

If you live in the Pittsburgh area, you’re lucky to have a handful of places to pick your own (PYO) apples and pumpkins right from the farm.

Many of the pick your own below farms are hosting fall festivals too, so be sure to call ahead or visit online if you want to attend on a day where your family can participate in other fall favorite activities like hayrides and corn mazes — usually held on weekends through the end of October.

So grab a jug of apple cider, and head out in to a local farm for some old fashioned fall fun.


Bender’s Farm and Greenhouse

  • Where: 315 Coleman Road, McDonald, PA 15057
  • Pick your own hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11-4 p.m. through Oct.
  • What: Pumpkins
  • Contact: 724-926-2541; bednersgreenhouse.com

Half Crown Hill Orchard 

  • Where: 600 North Branch Road, McDonald, PA 15057
  • Pick your own hours: Saturday 10 – 4 p.m., Sunday 11 – 4 p.m. through Oct.
  • What: Apples
  • Contact: 412-913-4981; www.hchorchard.com 

Hozak farms

  • Where: 488 Anderson-Hozak Rd., Clinton, PA 15026
  • Pick your own hours: Monday – Sunday 10-6 p.m. beginning Sept. 30., through Oct.
  • What: Pumpkins
  • Contact: 724-899-2400; www.hozakfarms.com

Norman’s Orchard

  • Where: 2318 Butler Logan Road, Tarentum, PA 15084
  • Pick your own hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10-6 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. through Oct.
  • What: Apples
  • Contact: 724-224-9491; normansorchard.com

Schramm Farms

  • Where: 1002 Blank Road, Jeannette, PA 15644
  • Pick your own hours: Monday – Saturday 9-dusk, Sunday 10-6 p.m. beginning Sept. 30. through Oct.
  • What: Pumpkin
  • Contact: 724-744-7320; www.schrammfarms.com

Shenot Farm

  • Where: 3754 Wexford Run Road, Wexford, PA 15090
  • Pick your own hours: Saturdays – Sundays 11-5 p.m. beginning Sept. 30. Plus Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9, 12-4.
  • What: Pumpkins
  • Contact: 724-935-2542; shenotfarm.com

Simmons Farm

  • Where: 17170 Simmons Road, McMurray, PA 15317
  • Pick your own hours: (Apples) Monday – Thursday 9-5:45 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday 9-4:45 p.m.: (Pumpkins) Monday – Thursday 9-6:45 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday 9-5:45 p.m. through October.
  • What: Apples and pumpkins
  • Contact: 724-941-1490; www.simmonsfarm.com/_index.php

Soergel Orchards

  • Where: 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15237
  • Pick your own hours: Saturdays – Sundays 11-5 p.m. through Oct.
  • What: Apples and pumpkins
  • Contact: 724-935-1743; www.soergels.com

The Springhouse

  • Where: 1531 Route 136, Washington, PA 15301
  • Pick your own hours: Monday-Thursday 9-6 p.m.; Friday 9-2 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday 11-5 p.m.  through Oct.
  • What: Pumpkins
  • Contact: 724-228-3339;  www.springhousemarket.com

TRax Farms

  • Where: 528 Trax Road, Finleyville, PA 15332
  • Pick your own hours: Saturday and Sunday 10-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 4:30-7 p.m. Beginning Sept. 30 through Oct.
  • What: Pumpkins
  • Contact: 412-835-3246; www.traxfarms.com

Triple B Farms

  • Where: 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063
  • Pick your own hours: 10-4 p.m. (apples). 10-5 p.m. (pumpkins) through Oct.
  • What: Apples and pumpkins
  • Contact: 724-258-3557; www.triplebfarms.com

Feeling festive? Try out a new pumpkin recipe.


 

For fall snacks that fit your gluten-free, peanut-free, or vegan lifestyle, visit everybodycravespantry.com.

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