Philadelphia to Pittsburgh: Your Itinerary for the Ultimate Pennsylvania Veggie Road Trip 

July 31, 2019

In July 2019, PA Veggies set out on a road trip. In less than two days, we were able to travel just beyond Pittsburg (pit-stopping in our nation’s capital of course) and visited a slew of retail farm markets, farmers markets, farm to table restaurants, and a small independent grocer in Hershey that has been carrying Pennsylvania produce and value added products from local artisans for ages. We brought back six important local food lessons from our trip but still wanted to inspire Pennsylvanians beyond those lessons to tackle a #paveggies road trip of their own – entirely or in sections. 

After a delicious research session of Erie, Pittsburgh, State College, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Scranton, Philadelphia, and the surrounding countryside of these well-populated regions, our appetites were piqued and hearts were set on hitting the road again. We hope the results of that research will have the same effect on you. We kept the stops to a minimum of three to four per region/day to allow for time to add your own spin – maybe an extra stop, a bite at a farm to table eatery, a hike through a local park, visiting a friend or family, or exploring a small downtown district and the plethora of local, independent businesses it has to offer. If you’re planning on doing multiple sections at once and need overnight lodging, you can always keep the farm theme rolling by using Visit PA’s Farm Stay database.

Don’t forget to check with farms ahead of time as some offer guided tours by appointment only or have special hours, and remember to share your trip with us on social media by tagging @paveggies on Facebook or Instagram and using our trademark hashtag, #paveggies. Here we go!


Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper has confidently declared that the county has seen remarkable progress over the past five years and is poised for even greater success ahead. In early 2019, she assured citizens that “we’re at the cusp of reaching our full potential as a region” and you’ll soon find yourself agreeing with her as you explore the area and make these four veggie-focused stops.

Port Farms

Fun fact: Port Farms doubles as an outdoor education classroom and recreation area, assisting local families to understand where food comes from while having fun.

2055 Stone Quarry Road, Waterford, PA 16441

Blooming Valley Farms

Fun fact: they offer a produce delivery service to NW PA that makes healthy, local eating as easy as it can possibly be.

26582 State Hwy 77, Saegertown, PA 16433, USA

Godfrey Run Farm

Fun fact: Godfrey also features a large retail farm market and cider mill on site.

8958 West Lake Road, Lake City, PA 16423


Pittsburgh may be known to most as The Steel City with a heavy industrial history, but the rolling lands surrounding this city, the small but mighty urban plots within city limits, and the multitude of farm to table eateries weaved throughout are proof that locals are proud of their region’s ability to produce excellent vegetables, too. Check out Farm to Table Western PA for more insider tips on the local food and farm scene.

Kretschmann Organic Farm

Fun fact: Kretschmann is one of the first organic growers of Western PA.

257 Zeigler Rd., Rochester, PA 15074

Legume Bistro

Fun fact: they boast a menu so fresh it sometimes evolves daily and they were 2018 James Beard semifinalists in the Outstanding Restaurant category.

208 North Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Hilltop Urban Farm

Fun fact: it is the largest urban farm in the USA.

700 Cresswell Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Susquehanna/State College

The Centre region, home to Penn State and it’s agricultural programs, has a plethora of food and farming adventures to offer. From on-farm restaurants to diverse vegetable farms, the area will leave you with a serious appreciation of the local bounty. 

RE-Farm Cafe at Windswept Farm

Fun Fact: RE-Farm is registered with the “Living Building Challenge”, which is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings.

1000 S Fillmore Rd., State College, PA 16803

Revival Kitchen

Fun Fact: Revival offers a 5 course tasting menu that changes monthly that elevates the best of local seasonal ingredients. 

64 South Main St., Reedsville, PA 17084

Tait Farm

Fun Fact: their ever popular, “Tait Raspberry Shrub”, was born in 1986 after a bumper crop of raspberries.

179 Tait Rd., Centre Hall, PA 16828

Centre Markets

Fun Fact: There are 7 producer only markets in Centre county throughout the week.

Various Locations

Millheim Farmers Market

Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

162 W. Main St. Pavillion, Millheim

North Atherton Farmers Market

Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

State College Home Depot Parking Lot

Bellefonte Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Gamble Mill Restaurant, Bellefonte

Downtown State College Farmers Market

Fridays, 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Downtown on Locust Lane

Pine Grove Mills Farmers Market

Thursdays, 3PM – 7 PM

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pine Grove Mills

Tuesday State College Farmers Market

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Downtown on Locust Lane

Boalsburg Farmers Market

Tuesdays, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg


Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania, and Lancaster are both home to the oldest continuously operating farmer’s markets in the country. The areas rich farmlands produce a myriad of fruits and vegetables year round with strong influences from the Pennsylvania Dutch farming traditions. 

Broad Street Market

Fun Fact: it’s one of the oldest continuously operating farmer’s markets in the United States.

1233 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17102

Farm to Fork Fondo-Cherry Crest Farm

Fun Fact: this weekend long event combines a bike ride, with a farmer meet & greet and an on-farm dinner.

150 Cherry Hill Rd., Ronks, PA 

Earth Spring Farm

Fun Fact: in additiona to caring for and selling beautiful vegetables, owner Mike Nolan has perfected a homemade Earth Pig Organic Speedling Soil Mix.

366 Stought Rd., Carlisle, PA 17015

Oyler’s Organics Farm & Market

Fun Fact: Oyler’s offers several “breakfast on the farm” events throughout the year. 

400 Pleasant Valley Road., Biglerville, PA  17307


Scranton, one of the largest former anthracite coal mining communities, has seen a revitalization in recent years. It is home to the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, from the hit show The Office. While you won’t actually find Dunder Mifflin in Scranton you will find plenty of fresh produce to satisfy your taste buds.

Co-Op Farmer’s Market 

Fun Fact: the market is celebrating 2019 as its 80th year in operation.

900 Barring Ave., Scranton PA 18508

Purple Pepper Deli

Fun fact: they also have a produce stand on-site in the summer.

825 North Keyser Ave., Scranton, Pennsylvania

Maylath Farm & Orchard

Fun Fact: they feature a 10 acre corn maze, hayrides, on-farm store, pumpkin patches and more, making it the perfect place to spend a day with friends and family. 

608 Rock Glen Rd., Sugarloaf, PA 18249

Philadelphia/surrounding countryside

As the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness Philadelphia is still encouraging these principles today. This historic region hosts a mind boggling array of teaching farms, historic gardens and legendary eateries that craft the seasons produce into remarkable experiences. 

Fox Chase Farms

Fun Fact: it’s estimated that Fox Chase has been continuously farmed since 1762.

8500 Pine Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19111

Mill Creek Urban Farm

Fun Fact: Mill Creek is an educational urban farm, led by people of color, that offers guided tours. 

4901 Brown St.,Philadelphia, PA, 19139

White Dog Cafe 

Fun Fact: a majority of their ingredients are sourced from local farms within 50 miles and they have 3 locations throughout the greater Philly area.

Multiple Locations

University City

3420 Sansom Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


200 West Lancaster Ave

Wayne, PA 19087


379 Lancaster Ave

Haverford, PA 19041

Pete’s Produce Farm

Fun Fact: Pete’s grows 70 acres of sweet corn, 10 acres of vegetables, 15 acres of pumpkin, 1 acre of flowers and herbs, and 90 acres of hay, the operation is particularly famous for a Japanese variety of sweet corn that they grow called Mirai.

1225 East Street Rd., West Chester, PA 19382

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  • Good Evening from @oaknutfarm ! Thanks for following along today and joining us in celebrating #paproducemonth . We really enjoyed sharing a bit about our farm and are truly honored to be a part of the amazing PA food shed and it’s community of dedicated produce growers. 
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  • This is Sean and my 5th growing season as @oaknutfarm though we have been doing the organic vegetable farming shindig together since 2006. We met and worked at/managed three other produce farms in PA, NJ, and VA prior to moving back to PA to be closer to family. (Side bar: For anyone considering this line of livelihood—because it’s not just work—we highly suggest being an intern or apprentice first). Our previous experience has guided a lot of our decision making process on what to grow and how to grow it—but our main goal is that it tastes good! We pride ourselves on nourishing our local community with the highest quality produce. Sean and I really enjoy adding a few new crops (and dumping some) each season to our repertoire of 40 different vegetables, fruits, herbs, and specialty items—like log-grown shiitake and oyster mushrooms, fresh ginger and turmeric, and cut flowers.
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  • After lunch is always doggie walking time with our sweet rescue “sholly” (Shepherd/Border Collie Mix), Sienna. We usually head out to the farm and on her favorite days she gets to chase down a groundhog. 
Our farm land was originally my parent’s and where we had a family garden growing up. The property is about 18 acres (12 tillable) and located close to the Blue Mountains and Appalachian Trail. We grow on less than three acres and have two passive solar high tunnels.

Our home property is located two doors down from my parent’s home and diagonal from the farm land. Our house was actually my childhood best friend’s house—so I spent just as much time in the house as my own as a kid. 
Our home property is also where we have our On-Farm Farm Stand and where we do our produce washing and packing. This afternoon we were busy doing our final harvesting and prep for our farm stand which is open today from 3-6pm. A big highlight for today was the first official TWO half pints of red raspberries for sale that my husband Sean picked from the raspberry canes he and Ginger gifted me for Mother’s Day last year. We since have added two more beds from that original nurse row for a total of 600 feet of raspberry canes! Next year will certainly be amazing!!! #paveggies #paveggiesguestig #paproducemonth
  • The month of August, for most produce farmers I think, feels like a non-stop marathon. But, instead of running, you’re sprinting the entire way and never quite catching up. This morning was a perfect example—beginning with a computer that refused to turn on so I could send out our weekly farm newsletter—that of course was supposed to be sent out last evening. Once the sun came up and the computer remained asleep—I decided to delay the newsletter (again) and continue to the flower harvesting for today’s on-farm farm stand and for one of our restaurant wholesale orders. After the flowers, it was time to tend to the laying ducks and chickens with our 7-year-old daughter, Ginger. She completes this task often still wearing her pjs—and I don’t mind one bit—as I appreciate the help and the extra snuggles she give the ladies while I’m buzzing around. Then it’s off to town to make our restaurant delivery and pick up some groceries and poultry feed before heading back home for lunch.

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  • Good Morning from @oaknutfarm ! My name is Jennifer and today I’ll be sharing about our small family farm located in northwestern Berks County in our Instagram takeover of #paveggies in honor of #paproducemonth . But first I need to finish harvesting flowers and have some coffee. Thanks for following along!

  • Today we’re heading to Bethel PA to let @oaknutfarm tell their #paveggies story. Their roots run deep in the good food and farming world so you’ll want to tune in for this special takeover in honor of #paproducemonth #pennsylvania #vegetables #bethel #berkscounty #farmlife #goodfood #localfood #agriculture
  • Thank y’all so much for following along today! There’s so much more to share, so follow along at @kneehighfarm to see how our season grows. Many thanks to @paveggies for hosting these farmer takeovers, and bringing awareness to #paproducemonth ! Take care y’all, and enjoy the late summer bounty! #paveggies #paveggiesguestig #kneehighfarm #igtakeover #localfarms #buyfreshbuylocalpa
  • As of last year, a new addition to the farm was cut flowers. These have proven to be incredible attractants for beneficial pollinators. They are also a profitable option for areas of the farm where growing veggies isn’t ideal due to soil quality. •
If you drive by the farm, the flowers are the first area you see near our farm stand. We like to think of them attracting and welcoming folks to the farm (just like the bees!) Our farm stand is open to the public, Tuesdays from 3 - 6, and Wednesday - Saturday most of the day (honor system). We’d love to have you stop by and take a peak at what we got growing. #paveggies #paproducemonth #paveggiesguestig #kneehighfarm #farmstand #cutflowers #polinators
  • Growing delicious veggies all starts with the soil. We’ve been experimenting with low-till techniques to reduce compaction and increase soil biology and structure. We farm in a very wet area, with heavy clay as the predominant soil type. It is our top priority to feed and heal the soil, so we can grow the most nutritious and healthiest vegetables. 
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