We like to support our local businesses as best we can, and this extends not just to our area restaurants, breweries, and attractions but for our home shopping as well.
Recently we expanded our freezer space and were able to make a bulk purchase of half of a pig from Birch Creek Farmery- located about an hour west of Pittsburgh just outside of Burgettstown. Not only were we big fans of the meat, but it was also wonderful to place a direct order from farmers who are raising their animals right.
Naturally, when we heard that Birch Creek Farmery was starting a dinner series at the farm itself, we were in and bought tickets right away.
A Serene Hilltop at Birch Creek Farmery
I generally don't like to throw rural around as a descriptor to a place's location all too often, but I think it is pretty fair use to describe Birch Creek Farmery.
When we left for this one, the first thing we noticed was that they're not on Google maps. At all. The second thing we noticed was that their farm has a Burgettstown address despite being over five miles outside of the town entirely and only being a half-mile from the West Virginia border. Throw in some gravel roads into the mix on the way there and we would be hardpressed to get any further out into the PA countryside.
And it is beautiful.
The farm is set on 250 acres and every turn we took to get there was more beautiful than the last. When we arrived, we parked in a field and were directed to head to a nearby hilltop set with a pitched white tent. In every direction we looked it was rolling hills and big sky (as big as you can get in Pennsylvania, at least), and was, well, simply serene.
The evening started off with a welcome flight of wine from Refucilo Winery (an Argentinian winery with a tasting room in the North Side) with extra glasses available to purchase for dinner, live music, and a fire pit was getting started for later in the evening. Shortly after that, the food began coming out.
True Farm to Table Dining
While the section of the farm we were dining at was away from the animals, if you spend any bit of time shopping at Birch Creek Farmery you know that they raise just about everything- cows, pigs, chickens, duck, turkey, and lambs. Naturally, the first menu item that came out was a charcuterie board with sausages, kielbasa, bacon, and a whole lot more (plus another of fruit and cheese to go along with it).
Considering many of the animals were raised just a few hills over, this is about as true to the expression farm to table as you can get, and is the kind of thing we love when hitting up farm dinners like these.
One of the best parts about the dining experience was that Birch Creek Farmery was quite cognizant of dietary restrictions as the menu was gluten and nut-free for allergy concerns- something we always appreciate.
After everyone had enjoyed the charcuterie boards, dinner was served with a salad and a roasted half chicken- also from the farm. This was then finished off with a chocolate ganache slice with poached pear and guests were then able to hang out by the roaring bonfire while listening to the live music a few feet away to end the evening.
When it comes down to it, the night was everything we wanted from our farm dinner. A chance to get to know the farmers a bit more, a delightful meal straight from the farm, beautiful views, and good company. As we were already customers from Birch Creek Farmery, it felt really good to get more of an insight as to where our pig was raised, but also to give back to the farmers who desperately need local support to stay in business.
Even if you cannot make it out to a future event at Birch Creek Farmery to learn more about what they're about, you can always place an order with them online!
Birch Creek Farmery is located outside of Burgettstown, PA, near the border with West Virignia. We attended their first farm dinner in late 2020 and have purchased bulk meats from them as well.