Even city folk can try their hand at farming at a u-pick farm, where you'll get some exercise as well as a great big bunch of fresh produce you pick yourself. There's something about harvesting your own food that makes you appreciate it more. Since u-picks are seasonal, you'll want to call ahead of time for operating days and times. Here are some of the u-picks in the Pittsburgh region:
600 N. Branch Road, McDonald, PA 15057
Open weekends/Tuesdays/Thursdays & private outings during apple harvest season
110 Slebodnik Road, Irwin Pa 15342
Jul-Sep: M, W, F: 6:30pm-dark; Sa: 2-5pm
Certified organic lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, greens, eggplant, squash, zucchini, melons and more!
2318 Butler Logan Road, Tarentum, PA 15084
June-Oct: T-Sa: 10am-6pm; Su: 12-5pm (or by appointment)
Featuring heirloom apples, cherries, berries and more!
36 Starr Road, Cheswick, PA 15024
M-Su: 9am-2pm. Always call for availability.
Offers a variety of locally grown produce and seasonal goodies.
438 Old State Rte. 66, Greensburg Pa 15601
This certified organic farm provides u-pick strawberries by appointment only; also offers a CSA that features beets, peppers, radishes, Chinese greens, melons, pumpkins, eggs and meats and more!
170 Simmons Road. McMurray, Pa 15317
May-Oct: M-F: 9am-7pm; Sa: 9am-6pm; Su: 9am-5pm
Strawberries, peaches and apples seasonally, as well as cut-ur-own flowers. Best to call to verify the availability of picking at the farm. Baked goods and other specialties at market house.
2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, Pa 15090
Summer Hours (3/14 - 12/26): M-Sa: 9am-8pm; Su: 9am-6pm.
Winter Hours (12/27 - 3/13): M-Su: 10am-6pm
Call ahead for pick-your-own strawberries and blueberries; specialty is apple orchard, including Gala, Rome and Jonathan apples. Year-round market house has local meats and other goods, as well as bakery, wine shop, ice cream and more.
528 Trax Rd., Finleyville, Pa 15332
M-Sa: 9am-8pm; Su, 9am-6pm
Call ahead for specific times to pick-your-own strawberries and blueberries throughout the growing season, from May through August, as times vary.
823 Berry Ln., Monogahela, Pa 15063
Summer Hours: M-Fri: 9am-6pm; Sa&Su:9am-5pm
Fall Hours: M&T: 10am-6pm; W-Fri: 10am-7pm; Sa&Su: 10am-6pm
Strawberry and pumpkin picking (call to see what's in season); baked goods, candles, gifts; also farm animals for viewing and a playground.