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Summer Festivities Abound on Local Farms

Soergel Orchard, North Hills Monthly Magazine
Soergel Orchard

Get ready to enjoy a day out on the farm! Many Pittsburgh farms host a variety of not-so-typical farm events from candle making and goat yoga to exquisite farm-to-table dinners. These educational events showcase local products, while offering guests a unique outdoor experience.

PGH Candle, North Hills Monthly Magazine
PGH Candle

Candle Making with PGH Candle at Simmons Farm

Known for their hand-poured candles with unique, strong scents, PGH Candle has teamed up with Simmons Farms to bring several candle making workshops, along with wildflower picking, at the McMurray farm. Guests can choose from an array of candle scents that are inspired by summer.

After hand pouring your own soy candle, take a stroll through the wildflower fields to pick your own bouquet. A glass vase and nonalcoholic refreshments are also included with your $50 ticket.

“Our collaboration event aims to inspire your creative side. Who doesn’t love candles and flowers? This is an opportunity to create both,” said Kayla Branca, owner of PGH Candle. “Simmons Farm is a magical place, and we believe creating candles is a magical process. So many of our memories are tied to scents, and we can’t wait to create more.”

Homegrown Happy Hour at Soergel Orchards

In its second year, Soergel Orchards’ Homegrown Happy Hour features a progressive dinner on the orchard section of the farm. This 21+ event includes several food stations where guests are taken to on a wagon. Each station provides bites from the freshest produce on the farm paired with food and drinks from local suppliers.

“We love providing fun events for the community,” said Amy Soergel, manager at Soergel. “Homegrown Happy Hour has gained popularity and provides a different kind of experience for guests. We focus on our produce, as well as local foods by partnering with local meat processors and other vendors. Come learn about our farm while reengaging with your food and drinks.”

The event is scheduled twice per month during the summer season and takes place outdoors on the farm for two hours. Tickets cost $80 per person. For more information, visit:

Churchview Farm Dinners

Churchview Farm, a small, third-generation sustainable family farmette in the South Hills, is in full swing with their pop-up dinners this summer. Featuring local chefs from across Pittsburgh, these dinners aim to educate guests on the farm-to-fork process. Churchview Farm was built as a teaching and learning space where their main focus is to foster relationships and engagement within the community. Guests will hear firsthand from the owner and farmer of Churchview Farm, Tara Rockacy, and locals chefs about how their meal was prepared.

From a casual eight-course Japanese tasting, to an elevated ten-course prix fixe wine pairing menu, to a family-style cocktail/spirit-free event, you’ll find something delicious on the farm to celebrate the firsts of summer.

There are many delicious options in which to experience an immersive dinner at the farm. Among the featured restaurants include Black Radish Kitchen, which will co-host a “Bad Reputation” dinner, and DiAnoia’s Eatery, which will feature a summer heirloom tomatoes and pasta dinner. Expect to see seasonal products on all menus, such as sour cherries, asparagus, squash, cucumber, eggplants and more. All meats and cheeses are also sourced locally.

“I’m most excited for us to collaborate with local chefs and provide a unique menu for every event,” said Rockacy. “All of our event menus are based on the products grown on the farm and used as inspiration to build the menus.”

Additional events will be added this season including an outdoor yoga series. Stay tuned and check their website ( to learn more about what’s coming up on the farm.

Goat Yoga at Freedom Farms, North Hills Monthly Magazine
Goat Yoga at Freedom Farms

Goat Yoga at Freedom Farms

Whether it’s a date night, girls’ night out or another fun occasion, spend it on the farm for goat yoga. This event at Freedom Farms includes an hour of yoga with goats, plus enjoy a second hour of wine, beer, cheese and goat cuddles! Enjoy this bucket list experience without traveling too far out of the city. Goat yoga takes place once a month through the end of August. For more information, visit:


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