The smell of your favorite flower, the budding leaves on the trees, and the sound of a hummingbird are easy reminders of how beautiful spring and summer are in the Cumberland Valley. Our garden centers and farmers' market have everything you need to get your yard and house ready for the new season and also offer the best in seasonal fresh produce and gourmet foods.
These one-stop shops will bring some brightness into your life after a long period of social distancing and working from home.
Ashcombe's expansive greenhouse, garden, and floral centers, and produce and food sections are a must-stop location year-round, but particularly in the warmer months. Stock up on garden supplies and plants; shop for home items such as dried floral arrangements, framed prints, candles, and pampering soaps and lotions; enjoy a to-go meal from their cafe; or purchase gourmet seasonal foods, baked goods, and specialty items. They resume in-person classes and workshops in late April (with limited attendance; face masks will be required). Or take advantage of the Ashcombe online store for your orders with $10 delivery within a 10-mile radius or curbside pickup. Address: 906 West Grantham Rd, Mechanicsburg
In business for over 50 years, this family-run gardening center specializing in dwarf evergreens, perennials, annuals, and herbs. With over 1,500 kinds of perennials and everything else you need to have a successful growing season, stop by Highland Gardens for their expert advice before starting your picturesque outdoor garden. Address: 423 South 18th St, Camp Hill
Maplewood in Shippensburg is a produce market and greenhouse selling vegetables, melons, berries, tree fruit, pumpkins, deli items, preserves, cider, eggs, dairy products, baked goods, honey, flowers, herbs, bedding plants, country decor, and bulk foods. You will find it all at this one-stop-shop, including a dine-in restaurant serving fresh food for breakfast and lunch. Conveniently located off of Interstate 81. Address: 8564 Old Scotland Rd, Shippensburg
Oak Grove Farms operates a farm and country store offering fresh produce, baked goods made fresh daily, homemade bread and soups, dairy products, 50 types of homemade jams and jellies, as well as hanging baskets, bedding plants, and vegetable plants. Check the harvest schedule on their website for pick-your-own peas, raspberries, and strawberries. They also offer a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, giving members the opportunity to share in the bounty. Address: 846 Fisher Rd, Mechanicsburg
Paulus Farm Market's open-air facility offers a selection of plants, gardening supplies, and hanging baskets that are ideal for the growing season. Enjoy the variety of fresh fruits & vegetables, deli items, baked goods, and locally-raised beef. The kids will love the year-round attractions at the farm park. U-pick strawberries are available May and June and u-pick pumpkins are available in the fall. Or brighten up your day with u-pick flowers from late June through September. Choose from a colorful mix of zinnias, snapdragons, sunflowers, and more! Address: 1216 South York St, Mechanicsburg
Stauffers has what you need to create a beautiful outdoor oasis including flowers, statues, fountains, trees, mulch, plants, patio furniture, pottery, and more. Or create a natural bird sanctuary in your backyard with their birding supplies including houses, perches, baths, food, feeders, and more. Address: 51 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg
Find more fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables at the collection of farmers' markets spread throughout Cumberland Valley. View our Support Local Farmers blog for a more complete list. TIP: Double-check hours of operation. Many locations are open seasonally.
If it's Wednesday, it must be Farmers on the Square day in downtown Carlisle. In the winter months, the market operates weekly on Wednesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm. Beginning in May. market hours are 3 pm to 7 pm. With more than 20 vendors, you can find all your fresh food needs at this robust market including brick-oven bread, pasture-raised meats, gluten-free bakery items, award-winning gourmet cheeses, seasonal produce, and more. Other treats include gourmet popcorn, locally-made hard ciders and wines, hot sauces, and guacamole. Address: Hanover & High Sts., Carlisle
Adams-Ricci Farmers Market features more than 10 vendors selling fresh homegrown produce, farm-raised meat & poultry, homemade baked goods, honey, prepared foods, wine & more. Address: Adams-Ricci Community Park, Enola; Hours: Thursday from 4 pm to 6 pm (3 pm to 7 pm starting in May).
Farmers Market on 4th
Taking place every Saturday from May through October, Farmers Market on 4th in New Cumberland is a great way to start off your weekend. Vendors offer seasonal produce and flowers, plants and hanging baskets, organic jams and jellies, apple butter, cider, baked goods, and more.
The delicious scents that greet you upon entering this expansive indoor market will make your mouth water. 45 food vendors sell everything from meats and cheeses to homemade dog treats, fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet coffee, baked goods, and soft pretzels. Lunch to-go options include Lebanese or Mexican cuisine, crabcakes, sushi, and bbq. Upstairs, you will find specialty shops selling a wide variety of gifts, jewelry, antiques, artwork, and more. Address: 900 Market St, Lemoyne; Hours: Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday 8 am to 2 pm.
Open seasonally beginning in mid-April, Clair's Orchard sells in-season fresh fruits and vegetables, a wide variety of preserves, fruit butter, fruit juices, salsa, baked goods, honey, pretzels, cheeses, salad dressing, and dairy products. They also sell in-season flowers and you will often see beautiful bedding flowers, hanging baskets, and mums outside their farm stand. As an added bonus, customers can enjoy a serving of locally-made ice cream from Misty Meadows Farm Creamery. Address: 1452 Holly Pike, Carlisle; Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Whether you have a green thumb or are just starting your first garden, these locations offer classes that help you learn more about flowers and growing your own food. Currently, in-store classes are canceled but as soon as they are allowed again, you can find dates, times, and more information on our Events Calendar.
Ashcombe presents a variety of classes throughout the year, but spring and summer classes are great for any gardener. Some events require pre-registration.
In previous years, this office provided a variety of informal workshops, conferences, and educational programs throughout the region focusing on topics such as trees, lawns, and landscaping, health; animals and livestock, and forage and food crops. They have also worked closely with the Cumberland County Master Gardeners program to host a series of lectures about home horticulture, plant science, and environmental stewardship through gardening. Currently, interested individuals can access a number of online courses and webinars.