The traditional farmers' market at Trax Farms, owned and operated by the Trax family since 1865, teems with an eclectic array of produce grown onsite, freshly baked goods, deli fare, and gifts amid 325 acres of fields and orchards. The owners eschew imported produce for farm-grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and furnish their shelves with local and international specialty foodstuffs, Sarris and Wagner’s chocolates, and the farm’s own brand of flavored coffee. The aroma of freshly baked seasonal pies, homemade breads, and made-from-scratch cookies tantalizes noses as the deli rolls out soups, salads, and sandwiches assembled from premium meats and cheeses. In addition to a selection of quilts, clothing, and jewelry, the shop boasts wines, including award-winning Arrowhead Wine Cellar varietals. Furthering its homey, community-centered approach, the farm hosts flea markets, festivals, and special events, such as its autumnal hayride, which entices young visitors and scarecrows with thinning scalps.
The berry experts at Triple B Farms invite Pittsburgh-area crop gatherers to fill farm-supplied baskets with fresh-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. After arriving to the Strawberry Festival and donning the stylish all-day-access wristband, guests are free to roam the verdant rows of leafy berry-bursting plants in search of the perfect pound of flavorful mouth-pleasers (a $1.99/lb. value; prices may vary). The delicious fruit’s devotees turn out en masse every year for the annual festival, which is a celebration of all things strawberry and more, including a visit from the Pennsylvania Honey Queen, an inflatable all-ages obstacle course, a rock shaped like baseball great Darryl Strawberry, and a strawberry-themed pancake breakfast and lunch (not included in the value of the Groupon). Triple B Farms’ Strawberry Fest also entertains children with a playground, farm animals, tube slides, and rope mazes; parents can peruse the farm's expansive selection of fresh-grown produce, baked goods, jams, and rustic lifestyle guides.
Applelicious sates saccharine chompers with hand-dipped granny smith apples adoringly coated in a savory concoction of sweet and salty toppings. Each dewy-eyed apple is ensconced in a layer of creamy vanilla caramel and two extra layers of rich milk chocolate before tumbling down a salty slide of nuts and candies and drizzled with a salacious sprinkle of white or peanut-butter chocolate ($9.95/small, $12.95/large). Eschew lackadaisical lollies for Applelicious's bestselling roasted-cashew apple, which tickles ears with the sweetened crunch of freshly roasted cashews enveloped in ribbons of white chocolate.
Owned and operated by a family privy to gluten-free diet imperatives, Eden's Market caters to celiac sufferers and other dietary nonconformists with healthy grocery options. Similar antigluten activists may enjoy the likes of Katz gluten-free bread ($5.99) and Against the Grain products (most from $5.99–10.99). Much of the Eden's Market stock is sourced from local businesses and sustainable farms, ensuring that eating healthy can also fill up the perpetually hungry ethical stomach. Vegan and nondairy items, as well as vitamins and other supplements, keep customers from gnawing on their seatbelts for sustenance. For anyone with their larder already stocked full of non-lard, the Vindure 900 tablets offer a blend of extracts from red-wine grapes in the Bordeaux region of France with pure resveratrol and quercetin, elements that pump in purportedly life-extending polyphenols and antioxidants said to combat heart disease and other age-related ills.
The Getaway Cafe has its own way of defining the notion of a family-friendly restaurant: Owned by husband and wife Lou and Nancy Manolios, the restaurant has seen all five of their daughters work between its walls, and Lou's nephew, Christopher, is the general manager. Running a restaurant was a lifelong dream of Lou's. He grew up in a close family and was washing dishes at his grandfather's restaurant at the age of 12, an age when many boys are only washing their footballs. Now, at Getaway Café, he and his wife have created a large, eclectic menu with everything from baby-back ribs to fresh seafood and weekend breakfasts. They also host a variety of events such as martini nights with live entertainment and wine dinners.
Pittsburgh Water Limo’s fleet of Coast Guard–certified water taxis have ushered patrons down each of Pittsburgh’s three rivers since 1999. At the helm, captains combining more than 150 years of experience oversee safe transport as guests imbibe beer, wine, or bottled water while the skyline steadily rolls past. The taxis charter regular trips to Pirates and Steelers games or ferry passengers looking to sightsee the city.