Autumn brings the spectacular harvest season in Pennsylvania, when local farmers fill markets and roadside stands with brilliantly colored produce and other goods fresh from the fields. These farmers markets help visitors truly experience the value of “farm-fresh” cuisine, and many of these historic markets have been providing the tastes of the regions for generations. For a complete list of Pennsylvania Farmers Markets or to locate the market closest to you, please visit www.papreferred.com.
Keystone Country Roadtrips
If talk of fresh produce and country air has you ready to hit the road, you’re in luck. VisitPA.com features several farm fresh road trips to encourage you to drive through the lush PA countryside on the way to farm stays, country markets and county fairs.
• Slow down and savor in Philadelphia
• From chow-chow to chardonnay
• Farm-to-table cuisine along I-79
Reading Terminal Market - Philadelphia and the Countryside
This historic farmers’ market in downtown Philadelphia opened in 1892 and is a favorite among locals as well as visitors. Choose from the homemade Amish specialties, fresh produce and seafood, and tasty meats; browse the handmade crafts; and explore everything from ethnic restaurants to the Food Network famed pork and roast beef at DiNic's. Explore the seven new stores that have opened this year including Border Springs Lamb Farm, an all-lamb deli, selling farm-raised lamb cuts and dishes. Visitors can also enjoy live music, market tours and cooking classes.
The Strip District - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Dripping with character, the Strip District is one of Pittsburgh’s most fascinating experiences. Restaurants abound and shops sell everything from bread and coffee beans to prosciutto and popcorn. Sidewalk vendors sell their wares from around the world alongside one-of-a-kind boutiques. Cookware and demonstrations by local chefs are available, as well as cooking classes and tours.
Lancaster Central Market -Dutch Country Roads
Voted the fourth best market in the nation by USA Today, Lancaster Central Market has been recognized as the oldest farmers market in the country. Located in the heart of Amish Country, Central Market occupies a 120-year-old, red brick building in downtown Lancaster and this National Historic Landmark is the best place to find Pennsylvania Dutch traditions. Guests can sample farm produce, a specialty grocery store and ethnic delicacies all year around.
Miller’s Orchard Farm Market - Upstate PA
This year-round, food-producing farm, greenhouse, market and bakery opens its gates to visitors to enjoy the adventures of farm life. Guests can explore fall attractions and taste farm-fresh goodies all while getting a peek into authentic food-producing farm operations.
State College Farmers Market - The Alleghenies
This market, located in downtown State College, directly across from Penn State’s campus, is held every Friday from May 4 – Nov.16. All vendors produce or grow what they sell and offer freshness, high quality, reasonable prices and convenience.
Warren Farmers Market - Pennsylvania Wilds
For the past 39 years, local gardeners, bakers, horticulturalists, bee keepers, meat suppliers, and home preservers have been offering their wares at the Warren Farmers Market. This market runs on Saturdays from June 15 through October and is bigger and better each year with local vegetables, fruits, baked goods, canned goods, bison meat, pork, beef, goat, chicken, eggs and flowers.
The Fresh Market - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
The new Fresh Market opened its doors in June 2013. The 19,000-square-foot store offers a product line of about 40 percent organic foods. The market also offers free cooking demonstrations with professional chefs where you can also enjoy a tasty sampling.
Meadville Market House - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Renovated in 1970, the Market House serves as a city market and meeting place in downtown Meadville, offering a variety of products including fresh baked goods, candies, homemade pasta, coffees, maple sugar products and crafts to name a few. The Meadville Council for Arts is located on the second floor, housing an art gallery, a dance studio and a small theater.
West Shore Farmers Market - Dutch Country Roads
The West Shore Farmers Market offers the freshest meats, produce, cheeses, baked goods and more in the area. Started in the late 1940s, the property was constructed by Ray Garver, Sr. and started with only 26 vendors the market has grown to more than 50 vendors. The Upstairs Specialty Shoppes include fine gifts, jewelry, antiques and more.