Fresh Picked Fun
Start a fresh-picked fun weekend at the West Shore Farmer’s Market in Lemoyne. This 60,000 sq. ft. farmer’s market and boutiques district offers all the local food goodies and adds a bonus of an upstairs shopping center! The first floor farmers market features finds like gourmet coffee, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, seafood, ready-to-eat meals, desserts and doggie treats. The upstairs includes specialty stores that offer baby clothes, home décor, designer jeans, upscale jewelry and more.
While on the West Shore, travel across the Susquehanna River to the state’s capital, Harrisburg. Visit the West Hanover Winery to taste their award-winning wines and take a tour. Stop by in the summer and stay for a concert on the lawn.
You could also start your day in Carlisle at the world’s largest gourd-crafting company. Meadowbrooke Gourds is a working farm that showcases the gourd making process from seed to final work-of-art. Pick out a unique piece for your home or stop by on the right day to select and paint your own gourd.
Spend a day picking your own fresh fruits and flowers and browsing locally grown foods at the assortment of farmers markets in Mechanicsburg.
The family will enjoy picking your own strawberries, raspberries, peas and beans at Oak Grove Farms. More you-pick fun can be found at Paulus Farm Market. This market is known for their U-pick flowers and pumpkins. Pick a wonderful bouquet for an amazing price! Paulus is also a great place to bring the kids. In the warm months, kids can climb on the wooden tractor and wagon, visit with barnyard animals and swing on horse tire. In the fall, they can enjoy a mini-straw maze, corn and soybean boxes and a slide and climb area.
Travel a few minutes down the road to Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses. This horticultural complex features greenhouses, a garden center, a gift and floral area, a farm bakery, produce department, display gardens and much, much more! Plan ahead and attend one of their informative classes or children’s programs.
Make it a Weekend
If you are traveling with the kids extend your agricultural trip and stop by Bent Pine Alpacas to visit with and learn all about the beautiful alpacas. The whole family will also enjoy shopping for goodies at Mountain Lakes Market in Carlisle and Peters Orchard in Gardners. Outdoorsy families will enjoy biking or walking along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. This relaxing, flat, 11-mile trail features informative signage explaining area agriculture and Civil War history as it relates to this historic trail.
If it’s an adults-only weekend, extend your trip with a visit to the Valley’s surrounding wineries. Stay in the conveniently located Cumberland Valley and branch out to Gettysburg to visit Hauser Estate Winery, Adams County Winery and Reid’s Orchard and Winery.
If you love the taste of locally grown food, view our selection of green and organic restaurants here.