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7842 Buffalo Road • Erie, PA • 16421 • 814-899-8242 • www.facebook.com/finnellfarms
 
 

For nearly sixty years, the Finnell family has been sowing their seed in the Erie area's farming industry. “It all started with one seed placed in the soil. Now, that one seed has evolved into a 7-foot corn stalk with an ear of corn comprised of nearly 600 little seeds on it. It makes you wonder just how it all happened. Such a simple idea, so many years ago, has helped us grow into what we are today — the best farmers and farmers market in Erie County,” says Robert “Bob” Finnell, Jr.

Finnell Farms is a 6th generation family owned farm, which was started in 1948 by the grandparents and parents of current owner, Robert M. Finnell, Jr., when he was just one year old. The family had originally started the business as a hobby farm. Prior to even the first US Census, Bob's great-great-great-uncle went around selling produce from a wagon. “We are quite proud that we can say we have always had the farming passion running through our veins. It's in your blood; you either love it, or you hate it. Farming has been part of the Finnell name forever.”

From a young age, Bob knew he wanted to take over the family farm someday, although his father wasn't too fond of the idea and wanted Finnell to pursue a job at General Electric. After just a few short days in the office setting, Bob knew it wasn't for him and that farming was truly his passion.

“The family dynamic that we have here is nothing short of amazing. We are all our own bosses out here, and we're not stuck in a cubical or factory for hours on end. This is what we enjoy.” A lot of dedication has allowed for the success of Finnell Farms. Today, Bob's wife, Debbie, runs the family's farmers stand and keeps the whole gang on the beaten path. Although, “the crops are by far the big boss. They tell you what they want and what they need. If there is a problem, you better get out there and fix it. It doesn't matter if you've had a six or sixteen hour day, the crops get what they want even if it means working around the clock.”

Over the years, the farm has developed from 40 acres to 240 acres, specializing in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Approximately 200 acres of Welches grapes cover the farm. The Finnell product line also includes: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, apples, peaches, pears, grapes, cabbage, melons, sweet corn, Indian corn, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins, gourds and even apple cider. These products are available at local farmers markets, Giant Eagle, Tops and the family's farmers market.

The family has harvested their investment in their own farmers market, offering their exceptional produce from June 1st to November 1st annually, from 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM daily. Every year, customers new and old flock to the Finnell's to get a taste of the best produce in Erie. In this region, the Finnell name has become synonymous with their mouthwatering produce.For nearly sixty years, the Finnell family has been sowing their seed in the Erie area's farming industry. “It all started with one seed placed in the soil. Now, that one seed has evolved into a 7-foot corn stalk with an ear of corn comprised of nearly 600 little seeds on it. It makes you wonder just how it all happened. Such a simple idea, so many years ago, has helped us grow into what we are today — the best farmers and farmers market in Erie County,” says Robert “Bob” Finnell, Jr.

Finnell Farms is a 6th generation family owned farm, which was started in 1948 by the grandparents and parents of current owner, Robert M. Finnell, Jr., when he was just one year old. The family had originally started the business as a hobby farm. Prior to even the first US Census, Bob's great-great-great-uncle went around selling produce from a wagon. “We are quite proud that we can say we have always had the farming passion running through our veins. It's in your blood; you either love it, or you hate it. Farming has been part of the Finnell name forever.”

From a young age, Bob knew he wanted to take over the family farm someday, although his father wasn't too fond of the idea and wanted Finnell to pursue a job at General Electric. After just a few short days in the office setting, Bob knew it wasn't for him and that farming was truly his passion.

“The family dynamic that we have here is nothing short of amazing. We are all our own bosses out here, and we're not stuck in a cubical or factory for hours on end. This is what we enjoy.” A lot of dedication has allowed for the success of Finnell Farms. Today, Bob's wife, Debbie, runs the family's farmers stand and keeps the whole gang on the beaten path. Although, “the crops are by far the big boss. They tell you what they want and what they need. If there is a problem, you better get out there and fix it. It doesn't matter if you've had a six or sixteen hour day, the crops get what they want even if it means working around the clock.”

Over the years, the farm has developed from 40 acres to 240 acres, specializing in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Approximately 200 acres of Welches grapes cover the farm. The Finnell product line also includes: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, apples, peaches, pears, grapes, cabbage, melons, sweet corn, Indian corn, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins, gourds and even apple cider. These products are available at local farmers markets, Giant Eagle, Tops and the family's farmers market.

The family has harvested their investment in their own farmers market, offering their exceptional produce from June 1st to November 1st annually, from 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM daily. Every year, customers new and old flock to the Finnell's to get a taste of the best produce in Erie. In this region, the Finnell name has become synonymous with their mouthwatering produce.

 
 
 
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