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Down on the Farm!
is fresh and wonderful this week?
a general idea.
2/25/2010 article featuring the East Liberty Farmers' Market.
Thanksgiving article that featured farm families from around the
in Reagent Square, Pittsburgh regularly serves our produce. OUR produce
was specially featured in
Try a cup of Kistaco Farm cider
Enrico's Tazza D'Oro Cafe and Espresso Bar
in the neighborhood of Highland
Park in Pittsburgh.
See our listing with
for great information on family farming.
In 2007 we took the Farm Aid challenge
and celebrated a HOMEGROWN Thanksgiving
We've been in
Alle Kiski Today and
Kistaco Farm History
In 1922 Claude R. Yerger and Bertha Kimmel Yerger purchased
120 acres in Kiskiminetas Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Shortly
after they moved to the farm, they named it Kistaco (Kiss/tah/koe)
Farm, which is an acronym derived from Kiskiminetas Township,
Armstrong County. Before 1923 they planted their
first apple trees.
Over the next 30 years, Kistaco Farm produced everything
from milk, hogs, and eggs to fruits and vegetables. Apples were then,
as now, the main crop.
In 1950 William L. Hileman, who had worked on the farm from
the age of 10, went into partnership with Mr. Yerger. In 1957 Bill married
the Yerger's youngest daughter, Lois Jean. By this time the farm had
transitioned to strictly fruit and vegetable production.
Through the 1960s and early 1970s
Bill and Jean Hileman took the business from mainly wholesale to direct
marketing by establishing Kistaco Farm's first on-site farm market. They
also attended many weekly farmers' markets including Heidelberg,
Greensburg, and East Liberty.
In 1986 Timothy W. Hileman, Bill
and Jean's oldest son, went into partnership with Bill.
In 1996 Tim and his
wife, Suzanne, became the owners of Kistaco Farm. They, along with the
help of their three children, Miranda, Alex and Leah, still produce
apples, cider and many other seasonal fruits and vegetables on the 235-acre
Kistaco Farm Market
3483 N. Balsiger Road
Apollo PA 15613
Directions To This Location
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM,
Saturday 8:30 AM
- 3:00 PM,
Our store is open YEAR-ROUND.