About this Guide
With increasing gas prices, food scares and healthy lifestyle choices, the importance of buying fresh and local food is more important than ever. The Growing Traditions Discovery Guide helps to strengthen the relationship between farmer and consumer. More than 100 listings are included in this online guide that have been selected on criteria based on their strong connections to local agriculture. The farm markets, roadside stands, wineries and other listed resources sell produce and other value-added products grown in the region.
Click through the various categories listed at the top of any page to find the farm and urban markets that you are interested in visiting as well as other agriculture sites and experiences. So, in using this online guide to buy farm-fresh goods, you are helping to sustain a way of life that has existed in Lancaster and York Counties for centuries.
The Growing Traditions Discovery Guide has been produced by the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area. For more information about the Heritage Area and discover more than 200 heritage sites, tours and events to explore and experience. please visit www.SusquehannaHeritage.org
Be a Part of Our Tradition
You are invited to enjoy a delicious,
Pack the paper plates, some silverware, a few napkins and this guide. Bring along a few friends, and set off for an excursion of a few hours—or a stay of several days—exploring, shopping and eating your way
through the rich, beautiful countryside from roadside
stand to market stand to vineyard.
Get started early so you can munch on dew-laden,
fresh-picked berries at a farmer’s fruit stand. Be sure
to stock up on jars of jams and relishes. They are not
only delicious, they make great gifts, too. Just ask the
farmer, or his wife, which items people come back for,
again and again.
Each gracefully meandering country road opens a door
to a new experience. Perhaps it’s a vineyard amble, followed
by a tasting and a visit to the winery store. Or
maybe it’s one of the dairies that invite you to come in
and look around. There’s one with cows that give chocolate milk. Well,
so they say. (Maybe they feed them Hershey bars.)
As local residents will tell you, every roadside stand
offers something different: the tomatoes that were
picked just hours ago by the farmer’s kids; the corn,
zucchini, and melons—all fresh and naturally delicious;
or, let yourself be lured down an Amish farm
lane by the promise of baked goods or brown eggs
advertised on a hand-painted wooden placard. (Just
remember that Amish religious beliefs prohibit
There are more than 150 farms, stands, markets, dairies,
orchards, vineyards, and even museums that welcome
you warmly and reinforce the never-ending connection
between nature, the family farm, and you.
If you are fortunate enough to live in the region, use
the guide to find the stands and markets nearest you.
Make a habit of visiting them often. It’s good for you. Study the guide. Grab your market basket and fill ‘er
up with the bounty that awaits you.