August is PA Produce Month and Cumberland Valley’s farmers’ markets and roadside stands make it easy for you to celebrate our rich agricultural heritage. With over 1,400 farms of varying sizes and approximately 44% of the county in agriculture use, you won’t have to travel far to find fresh fruits and vegetables and unique farm attractions. Here are some highlights to help you travel like the locals. Find more places to explore in Cumberland Valley and the South Mountain Region by viewing our Local Food, Farm & Outdoor Attractions Guide.
Shippensburg to Carlisle
STCC Open Air Market in Shippensburg is held each Monday from 3 to 7 pm at the Southampton Township Park. Featuring over 20 vendors, all located within a 60-mile radius of the market, visitors will find seasonal fruits and vegetables such as cabbage, peppers, squash, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, plus home-made baked goods and specialty cheeses. Open from early May through the end of October.
Maplewood Farm Market, outside of downtown Shippensburg, is open Monday through Saturday year-round and offers seasonal, local produce – from apples, peaches and melons to sweet corn, green beans, and broccoli – plus eggs, milk, cheese, and bulk foods. Their adjacent garden center and greenhouse offer flowers for all seasons including pansies, geraniums, mums, and poinsettias. If you want to give gardening a try, purchase some of their vegetable plants early in the spring and reap the benefits of an overflowing garden during the summer months.
Farmers on the Square operates their outside market in downtown Carlisle on Wednesday from 3 to 7 pm from May through December (hours adjusted accordingly in November & December). From January through April, the market moves indoors to Project Share on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 3 to 6 pm. The 20+ regular vendors, plus weekly guest vendors, are located within a 50-mile radius of the market and are required to make what they sell and use locally-sourced ingredients. Produce includes radishes, peas, cabbage, beets, cherries, potatoes, lettuce, squash, and tomatoes. Other vendors sell breads, baked goods, honey products, handcrafted drinks and gourmet cheeses.
Mechanicsburg to West Shore
Paulus Farm Market in Mechanicsburg is open daily from May through December and on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only from January through April. In addition to farm-fresh produce, the market also offers baked goods; u-pick flowers, strawberries, and pumpkins; and an extensive children’s play area with farm animals. Fall is a particularly good time to visit with a corn maze, pumpkin chunkin’ cannon, hayrides, and a fall fun fort.
The West Shore Farmers’ Market in Lemoyne, operating since 1950, is a must-stop location with over 50 vendors selling fresh produce. Other vendors sell baked goods, doggie treats, deli items, meats, and cheeses. Visitors can also enjoy the boutique stores located on the second floor of the market, where they can find unique items such as jewelry, artwork, books, home décor, and children’s clothing.