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How Did Trax Farms Get Started?

“Farmers are the biggest gamblers in the world.” –Ralph “Pop-Pop” Trax . 1948

In 1814, Jacob Trax and his family left their home in Strasburg, France and set sail for America. Arriving in the new land, son Louis eventually made his way to the tiny village of Library, PA located in today’s South Hills of Pittsburgh. In 1865, married and raising 15 children, Louis purchased an 1806 log house on 75 acres for $5000. Thus, began Trax Farms and the family has continuously farmed the property ever since.

As Pittsburgh continued to grow, a new trolley line to Library in 1909 made it possible for following Trax generations to transport surplus from the farm to Pittsburgh to sell fresh farm products. Selling to the public proved profitable, so the family purchased adjoining farms to increase growing capacity. By the 1940’s weekly truckloads of fruits and vegetables were delivered to the produce yards in the Pittsburgh Strip District.

In 1956, the family decided to experiment with selling produce at the farm. After some fresh paint they opened the barn doors and Trax Farms Market was born. The experiment was a huge success and today thousands annually visit the farm’s 86,000 plus square feet of retail space. Longtime customers often comment, “If you want the best go to Trax.” Today’s 7 th generation of the family continues to work toward that goal – providing the Pittsburgh region with the very best farm market and lawn/ garden center experience. With 15 retail departments, special events and seasonal festivals throughout the year, Trax Farms has become a favorite Pittsburgh destination and perfect place for making family memories.

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