About Our Farm
Pittsburgh's Oldest Organic Farm--20 Years of CSA, 40 Years Growing Organic Produce
The Kretschmann Family Farm has provided Pittsburgh area customers with local, organically grown produce, fruits, and meats since 1971. Don and Becky Kretschmann were one of the first organic growers in western Pennsylvania, have always grown strictly organically, and are certified organic with OEFFA.
Our 80 acre farm is located near Zelienople, about 35 miles north of the city. We raise an extremely wide variety of vegetable and fruit products, with a 3 acre apple orchard. We have several greenhouses, including high tunnel greenhouses which we use to extend our season. We also cooperate with several area farms and some close neighbors to assure our customers an even steadier and more varied supply of produce while promoting the growth of organic production in Western PA.
We believe in no magic formulas, just encourage life everywhere we can. We fertilize most heavily with the farmer's footsteps, keeping our operation diverse and simple. We try to give service and value to our customers and to stay humble enough to change. We have always felt our organic produce should be able to compete well with conventional in both price and quality. We feel we give our customers both. And more.
Over 40 years ago, when we started farming organically, we sold most of our produce directly to consumers at farmers’ markets. Over the years, we also sold to stores, schools, hospitals, resale wholesalers, and restaurants. We have always strived to ensure that our beautiful chemical-free produce was obtainable to all consumers.
In 1993, we started one of the first CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) in the Pittsburgh area (and one of the first in the Pennsylvania!), offering boxes of produce via subscription for conveniently delivered to your neighborhood or business. This arrangement allows for more connivance of location and time arrangements for the individual local consumer. For 20 years, we have operated one of the most efficient, large CSA’s in Western PA with many satisfied customers.
We feel it is important for consumers to know where their food is coming from and how it is produced. We host a yearly open house at our farm, which allows customers to see our operation and get to know us.