Have you ever thought about planting a garden, but don’t have the time or space…or a green thumb? Maybe you want to cook using home-grown fresh produce but aren’t *great* in the kitchen? Or maybe you enjoy a good glass of wine? If you didn’t agree with that last one, we’re not sure we can be friends anymore…#jokingnotjoking. But seriously, if any of these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse is where you should be hanging out.
Bedner’s is located in McDonald, which is only 30 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh. They’ve been around for decades, and they cover all of your produce, garden, and landscaping needs, in addition to some awesome events. For example, do you want some potted plants for your porch or balcony but don’t know where to start? They’ll plant them for you. You read that right, they will create arrangements in your own pots for you – or you can buy pots there.
We’re even more excited about the events they offer. Things like picking your own vegetables – so you don’t need your own garden to feel connected to what you’re eating. The pickings change based on what’s in-season, but you can expect veggies like beets, bell peppers, cucumbers, hot peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes. They provide the containers, you just have to bring your camera for some insta-worthy snaps. Well, that and your hands (or a friend) to do the actual picking. U-pick is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 11-2 from July 17 to September 7.
If eating fresh produce is more of your thing than picking it, you’ll definitely love Bedner’s Fields to Fork Wine Dinners. The next one is coming up quick on July 20, and chef George Austin of Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon will be cooking a pretttty amazing five-course dinner, complete with wine pairings from Russ Bedner’s Passiflora Springs Winery. If you can’t swing July 20, there will be two other dinners on August 17 and September 14. Go with a group or make friends there…you can’t go wrong with delicious food and wine!
And if you’re one of those people who aren’t really into the veggie or garden scene, you can just go to Bedner’s to sample the wines Russ Bedner makes in their in-house winery, Passiflora Springs Winery. We’re talking small batches of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and even a Chocolate Cherry Port. Plus their food truck, The Food Shack, is cooking up tasty offerings from 11-3…so you can make an afternoon out of it. Wine tastings are offered twice a week through September.
If we’ve convinced you that we should all hang out at Bedner’s this summer, the only question left is who’s arranging the carpool? We call shotgun!