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McConnells' Farm

McConnells' Farm
294 New Bethlehem Church Road


- McConnells’ Farm has been owned and operated by the McConnell family since 1787, making it one of the oldest farm operated by a single family west of the Allegheny Mountains.

- The original property was made in payment for service by Capt. John B. McConnell in the Revolutionary War. He commanded a company in the Cumberland County Militia during the war.

- Nine generations of family members have worked the farm, the newest of whom is six months old (Julia Claire Schaarsmith, granddaughter of co-owner Cal McConnell). The current owners are brothers Ed and Cal McConnell, who raise the peaches themselves.

- Three generations of the family currently work the farm. Besides owners Ed and Cal, they include Cal’s daughter and son-in-law, Amy McConnell Schaarsmith and Dave Schaarsmith, and Ed’s sons Calvin, Will, Joel and Merle

- The farm now consists of 200 acres, much of which is planted as a peach orchard

- On the farm, there are more than 4,000 peach trees of more than 30 varieties.  We also raise apples and press raw cider in the fall, and grow corn, tomatoes and other vegetables.

- Most people think of Red Havens (ready end of July) when they think of peaches. Everything after them, however, is even better. Some great peaches that might be new to you? Try Glowing Star (mid-August), Jersey Glo (mid-August and after) and Harcrest (end of August

- Our peach season usually begins in early-July and lasts until mid-September.