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Eichner's Farm Market 

A family farm has kept Pittsburghers in fresh eggs for generations

It's just after 8 a.m. and the girls have already had a busy morning. Dozens of eggs -- white and brown -- line the trays outside of the chicken coops at the Eichner Family Farm.

The farm, and its adjacent market, have been supplying the North Hills with fresh eggs, vegetables and sausages for decades. Generations, actually.

"We've had five generations working the farm, with a sixth on the way," says Ron Eichner, who oversees the farm's management. On this morning after Thanksgiving, he and his father, Dick Eichner, are explaining the merits of their truly farm-fresh products. 

While larger egg-producers cut costs by giving their hens feed made with animal by-products, for example, Eichner's chickens are given a strict diet of vegetarian feed. That, the Eichners say, produces a better-tasting, more natural egg.

"Our main focus here is the egg and the things that accompany it," says Ron Eichner, although the farm also produces a full array of vegetables. You'll also find the family's homemade sausage (delicious with eggs) in four varieties -- sweet, maple, mild and hot Italian -- along with kielbasa and natural-casing wieners.

And they do it all with a family pride that has stretched back to 1897, when Dick's father Michael bought the land.

Says Ron Eichner: "Above all else in this business, my grandfather taught us to take care of the customer."

Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 285 Richard Road, Wexford. 724-935-2131

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