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2017 Farmer's Markets Guide, Sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital

May 01, 2017 08:00AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Many outdoor farmers markets open for the season in May. Other markets are open year-round. Farmers’ markets can help chart a course to healthier eating for you and your family by focusing your attention on fresh-grown—even organic—produce, and meats raised without hormones, antibiotics and other additives.

The number of farms that specialize in raising food-animals and growing fruits and vegetables sustainably grows every year. Visit as many of these must-see markets as you can. And, if we’ve missed any of your favorites, please let us know! Where possible, we’ve included phone numbers and web sites.  

And don’t forget to check out the tips for picky eaters from our sponsor, Evangelical Community Hospital, at the bottom of this guide.

Adams County

Adams County Farm-Fresh Markets

Wednesday: Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg
Fridays and Saturdays: The Outlet Shoppes, Rt. 97 and 15, Gettysburg
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., May-October

Seasonal open-air markets operating in three locations, all members of the Adams County Farmers’ Market Association committed to assisting consumers in obtaining fresh, nutritious food while strengthening the bond between agriculture and the community. All feature local area growers and producers.             

Bradford County

Farmer Fred’s

1135 South Main Street, Towanda
(607) 738-3837

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Opens April 1 for the season

No chemical sprays or fertilizers. Hormone-free, antibiotic-free, responsibly grass-fed raised Angus beef, pastured and organic-fed chicken, sausage, Cornish hens, pork. Chemical-free produce, fruit trees, shrubs, outdoor furniture and décor, plants and flowers.

Centre County

Downtown Farmers’ Market

108 Locust Lane, State College

Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May-November

A seasonal, open-air producer-only market, the goal of which is to create an environment for farmers and residents of Centre County to mutually benefit from a market of locally produced items.

Clinton County


Lock Haven Farmers’ Market

Clinton County Court House parking lot,
Jay Street and East Main Street, Lock Haven
(570) 748-1576,

Saturdays, 6 a.m.-12 noon, May-October

Farm-fresh produce, eggs, cheese, vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, baked goods and more.

Columbia County

Forks Farm Market

299 Covered Bridge Rd., Orangeville

4th Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April-October

Pastured chickens, and locally-grown, chemical-free food from other area farmers, including pastured eggs, grass-fed beef and lamb, pork and turkey. The farmers’ market also features fresh baked breads, fresh milk, butter, cottage cheese and yogurt, farmstead cheeses (raw and pasteurized), Goats milk cheese, milk and soap and more.  

Cumberland County

Farmers on the Square

2 North Hanover Street, Carlisle
(717) 977-8083
Winter market: 5 N. Orange Street, Carlisle

Open Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. in season
Open Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m., November-April

A farmer-run, year round market with producers-only vendors who live and work within 50 miles of Carlisle. Between 1751 and 1952 the spot that currently holds the Cumberland County Courthouse hosted open-air or enclosed farmers' markets.   Everyone who sells food here grows, raises or makes from scratch the food they are selling.

Dauphin County


Adams-Ricci Farmers’ Market

100 East Penn Drive, Enola
(717) 979-9700,

Thursdays, 3-7 p.m., May-October

Seasonal farmers' markets that provide access to fresh, local and nutritious meat, cheese, dairy, fruit, vegetables, bread and other items to residents of South Central Pennsylvania communities, provide access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits, and engage in educational activities including cooking demonstrations, recipe cards, and collaborative educational events with other local nonprofits.

Lackawanna County

Scranton Cooperative Farmers’ Market

900 Barring Avenue, off Providence Road and Albright Avenue, Scranton

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-7 p.m., July-November

The early roots of the Co-Operative Farmer’s Market date back to August 1, 1939. Today, it’s reported to be the only open-air seasonal market of its kind in Northern PA. Solely owned and operated by the second and third generation descended from original member-farmers, selling home-grown and fresh-picked products.  

Lancaster County

Bird-in-Hand Farmers’ Market

2710 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA
(717) 393-9674,

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

A 30-year-old, year-round family owned and operated enclosed market.

Lebanon County

Lebanon Farmers’ Market

35 South 8th Street, Lebanon
(717) 274-3663

Thursdays, Fridays 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m., year-round

A 30,000-square-foot historically restored facility occupying nearly one-half of the block in an original 1892 Farm Market Building. A variety of quality, farm produced and handmade items offered for sale in a clean, safe environment.

Lycoming County

Williamsport Growers’ Market

249 Little League Blvd., Williamsport
(570) 634-3197

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., May-November

Downtown Williamsport has been a host for growers markets since before the Great Depression. Many families lost touch from where their food came from when the agricultural system shifted from small family farms to commercial farming. Since the 1970s the Williamsport Growers Market has strived to bring back the local and home-grown market.

Montour County

Rohrbach’s Farm Market

240 Southern Drive, Catawissa
(570) 356-7654,

Events held throughout the summer and fall. This 62-year-old business sells their farm-raised Angus beef and farm-grown strawberries, apples, peaches, cherries, pumpkins and sweet corn as well as bakery items and gourmet food products.


Northumberland County

Sunbury Market House

436 Market Street, Sunbury
(570) 286-5801,

Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., year-round

An indoor public market with roots dating back to 1897. Features locally grown and produced goods.

Perry County

Butcher’s Farm Market

590 North 4th Street, Newport
(717) 567-3539,

Fruits and vegetables are grown two miles away on a 100-acre farm and sold direct to consumers at the farm market.

Schuylkill County

Schuylkill Haven Farmers’ Market

Schuylkill Haven Borough Parking Lot,
West Main Street, Schuylkill Haven
(570) 385-1519

Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., June-October

Growers, from commercial farmers to market gardeners, selling seasonal, locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs as well as baked goods and cheeses.

Snyder County

Middleburg Farmers and Flea Market

6592 Route 522, Middleburg  
(570) 837-2222

Open year-round Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Farm-fresh produce, dry goods, tools, toys, antiques and more. Learn more at

Selinsgrove Farmers’ Market

Corner of Market and Pine streets, Selinsgrove
(570) 541-9117

Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., May-October

A seasonal open-air market offering pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef, farm-fresh eggs and local dairy products. Seasonal fruits and vegetables. Handmade products, including jewelry, soaps and home goods.

Sullivan County

Hails Farm Market

273 Eagles Mere Avenue, Eagles Mere
(570) 721-1145,

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 am-4:30 p.m. (Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week for members)

Opens May 11

This membership-based community supported agriculture (CSA) market offers conventional, natural and organic food choices from local farms. Free delivery.

Tioga County

Wellsboro Growers’ Market

First Presbyterian Church lawn
130 Main St., Wellsboro
(570) 439-2000

Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., May-mid-November

The Wellsboro Growers Market began over 30 years ago in reaction to the reading and study, by members of First Presbyterian Church, of: 50 Ways to Save the Earth; and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (by Barbara Kingsolver.) Fresh fruits, veggies, meats, bread, dessert, soap, crafts, all grown and made by friends and neighbors.

Union County

Lewisburg Farmers’ Market

600 Fairground Road, Lewisburg

Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., year-round

Local produce in season, and locally grown and processed meats, baked goods as well as vendors selling everything from bulk candy to vacuum cleaners.


Central Market York

34 West Philadelphia St., York
(717) 848-2243,

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
First Fridays, 5-9 p.m.

Standing at North Beaver and Philadelphia Streets for over 125 years, Central Market is a reminder of York’s storied history and the anchor of the revitalization of downtown York. A grassroots commercial operation and a community gathering place, and the economic and social heart of the city.

10 Tips for Picky Eaters

The farmers’ market is filled with an array of fresh produce. Are you eager to fill your basket, but hesitate because your kids might not eat what you bring home? You are not alone. Many parents struggle with picky eaters, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Below are ten tips to help your child develop and expand their tastes for new foods.

1.     Set an example

Kids eat what they know. If parents don’t regularly eat their fruits and vegetables, children won’t either. Be an example and always incorporate healthy foods into meals.

2.     Respect your child's appetite — or lack of one

Sometimes your child isn't hungry, don't force them to eat a meal or snack. Likewise, don't bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or clean his or her plate. This might cause your child to associate mealtime with anxiety and frustration or become less sensitive to his or her own hunger and fullness cues. Remember to serve small portions of foods that they don’t like to avoid overwhelming your child and give him or her the opportunity to independently ask for more.

3.     Enforce the “one bite rule”

Many parents have success with the “one bite rule,” requiring the child to try at least one solid mouthful of a new or different foods whenever they are served. After enough exposures the food will be more familiar to the child and usually they begin to rate it more favorably.

4.     Reward good behavior

Creating positive food experiences can decrease picky eating tendencies. Rewarding a child for trying one bite of a new or previously rejected food with things like stickers makes it easier for them to try the food.

5.     Make food fun

Kids love to play. Why not let them play with their food? Pretending to be a dinosaur who needs to eat five miniature trees in order to outrun a tyrannosaurus rex, suddenly makes eating broccoli a lot more interesting. Relating healthy food to fun things the child already loves and turning it into a game is a great way to get a few bites of greens down the hatch.

6.     Add a little flavor

There’s nothing wrong with adding additional flavors to vegetables to make them more appealing to children. For picky eaters, the most important thing is to make them comfortable and familiar with new and different foods. If that means serving it along with something you know they’ll enjoy, like cheese or bacon, that’s fine. Or try experimenting with dips like hummus, salsa, or yogurt-based dressings.

7.     Get kids cooking

If your kids become involved in choosing or preparing meals, they'll be more interested in eating what they've created. Take them to the store, and let them choose produce for you. If they're old enough, allow them to cut up vegetables and mix them into a salad.

8.     Offer diverse food colors

Children like colorful foods. You can expose them to more colors by adding more vegetables to their plates. Also consider, adults tend to like flavors mingled together, while kids often prefer them separate. So you may have better luck making separate vegetable dishes instead of a big, mono-color casserole.

9.     Be Stealthy with Healthy Ingredients

If your child refuses vegetables, you can still sneak in the veggies. Try blending veggies into a quesadilla, spaghetti, or even macaroni and cheese. If they’re not a fan of milk and you’re worried about their calcium intake, you might try blending it into a smoothie. 

10.  Understand their values

Children could care less about health—most kids think they’re invincible—so telling them a food is healthy is unlikely to get you very far. On the other hand, most children feel limited by their size and wish to be bigger and stronger. Explaining that broccoli “helps you grow” is therefore more effective than, “it’s healthy” or “because I said so.”


If you are concerned about your child’s diet and nutrition, please talk with your physician. Need a doctor? Call 877-989-EVAN for help finding a physician who is right for you and your family.

Rose, Darya (2013, June 5) 11 Proven Ways to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables
Burns, Julie, RD from Parents Magazine 15 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Better
Micco, Nicci from EatingWell Magazine 5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Everything

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