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Best Pick-Your-Own Farm Markets In Western Pennsylvania

Updated on August 30, 2014
Sailing near Erie PA
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A Place That Will Never Disappoint You and Your Family

Pennsylvania will always be one of my favorite states. It has been so since my first automobile ride across its scenery to Washington DC on the way to the Smithsonian Institution museums in my childhood. I can remember this as if it were only this morning.

Returning many times by car and by bus, I saw additional sights each trip. For a time, I had friends in Eastern Pennsylvania that owned a stretch of land that included its own gasoline pump. Farms across the state and the associated Farmer's Markets, restaurants, and Amish roadside vegetable stands can offer visitors a vacation journey all by themselves.

Western Pennsylvania

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Erie PA:
Erie, USA

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Pittburgh PA:
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Monangahela PA:
Monongahela, PA, USA

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Presque Isle in Erie, NW PA

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Presque Isle PA:
Presque Isle, Millcreek, PA 16507, USA

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Northwestern PA

Erie, Pennsylvania is the gateway to Northwestern PA and includes the tranquil Presque Isle State Park. The park sits on Lake Erie and has been revitalized throughout the last couple of decades. The tree-lined causeway is so densely vegetated with trees and plants that one cannot tell that one is driving across a waterway. Historical installations and a long beach area are available for enjoyment. From time to time, the Aurora Boreas can be seen from this area.

At the entrance to the park is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, a research and education center that helps visitors enjoy the animal and plant life of the peninsula. Admission is free to several interactive exhibits and a 75-foot observation tower.

During the War of 1812-1814 on Lake Erie, six of the eleven ships commanded by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry were constructed at Cascade Creek in Erie. Little Bay at Presque Isle was the temporary dock for this fleet. During Autumn 1812 - Winter 1813, so many soldiers died here that the place was renamed Misery Bay. A monument to Commodore Perry is located within the park since 1926 and boat tours show visitors more of the historic scenery.

An operating replica of Perry's second flagship, the Niagara is docked at the PA Maritime Museum across the bay from Presque Isle and travels for commemorative events. The years 2012 - 2014 will be particularly busy, in remembrance of the war.

  • Friends of Tom Ridge Environmental Center
  • PA DCNR - Presque Isle State Park - Don't forget to see the lighthouses.
  • Pennsylvania Elk Herds - Located in Penn's Woods areas of Northwestern/ Central Pennsylvania forests, these elk are breathtaking to see. Scenic Elk Corridors in this region can be found along State Route 555 from Weedville to Driftwood along Sinnemahoning Creek. State Route 144 runs through Sproul State Forest and the Audubon Important Bird Area.Don't miss the scenic Dennison Run Overlook and Burns Run Overlooks near Renovo PA. Several other routes exist for viewing elk, but try Sinnemahoning State Park for elk herds that can be seen from the park's great viewing platform, and see other varieties of native wildlife viewing, including eagles; or do some overnight camping. All this is found along State Route 872, about 15 miles north of the intersection with Route 555 at Sinnemahoning.

Sinnemahoning In the Elk State Forest

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Erie PA:
Erie, USA

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Sinnemahoning:
Sinnemahoning, SINNAMAHONING, PA 15861, USA

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Western Pennsylvania

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Waterford PA:
Waterford, PA 16441, USA

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Titusville PA:
Titusville, PA 16354, USA

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North East PA:
North East, PA 16428, USA

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Popular Farm Markets in Northwestern PA

Near Erie, Pennsylvania

More farms and roadside stands are clustered in Erie County than nearly anywhere else in Pennsylvania. A few of them are listed below:

Berries and Blooms

  • www.berriesandblooms.com
  • 5255 Wheelertown Road, Waterford, PA 16441. Phone: 814-438-8113
  • Usually open 8-8 Monday through Saturday from early July through the first frost.
  • Several types of berries, U-Pick and pre-picked. Peppers, sweet onions, tomatoes, other.

Church Run Orchard

  • 44868 Warner Rd, Titusville, PA 16354. Off Church Run Road. Phone: 814-827-7172
  • Apples and other produce, petting zoo, other features.

Conn's Blueberry Farm

  • 9069 Route 89, North East, PA 16428. Phone: 814/725-6800
  • Open 7 days a week from early July to the end of the growing season.

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RAHAL FARMS:
8200 Bort Rd, North East, PA 16428, USA

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North Springfield PA:
North Springfield, PA 16411, USA

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Holliday's Farm Market

  • On Crooked Creek, one-quarter mile from Lake Erie.Farm built in 1796.
  • 455 Holliday Road, North Springfield, PA 16430. Phone: (814) 922-3517.
  • beans, sweet corn, squashes, pumpkins, field corn and soybeans.

Rahal Farms

  • Largest selection of fruits, vegetables, farm-made food items, nuts, eggs, and more in Western PA.
  • 8200 Bort Road, North East, PA 16428. Phone: 814-725-1257

Additional nearby farms specialize in grapes and a number of types of blueberries that ripen throughout the growing season. Other farms sell meat, eggs, and honey to the public.

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Monongahela PA:
Monongahela, PA, USA

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Wexford, PA:
Wexford, Pine, PA, USA

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Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Triple B Farms

  • 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063. Phone: 724-258-3557
  • A variety of berries, plus apples, peaches, pumpkins, autumn activities, market and deli; fresh honey and eggs. May through October.

Soergel Orchards

  • 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15237. Phone: 724-935-1743
  • Open all year! U-Pick and pre-picked produce. Farmer's market, bakery, deli, garden center, farm animals, monthly festivals, corn roasts in late summer. Harvest time: traditional hayrides, pony rides, late night moonwalk, and more.

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McDonald PA:
McDonald, PA 15057, USA

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McMurray PA:
McMurray, PA, USA

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Farm Markets in Southwestern PA

Bedner's Farm and Greenhouse

  • 315 Coleman Road, Mcdonald, PA 15057. Phone: 724-926-2541
  • Any of these, depending on month: apples, asparagus, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins and yellow squash, sweet corn and tomatoes. Also handles culinary herbs and spices.
  • Concessions available

Half Crown Hill Orchards

  • 600 North Branch Road, McDonald, PA 15057. Phone: 412-913-4981
  • Pre-picked fruits and vegetables, honey, farm-made jams and jellies, fresh-pressed apple cider, many other items.

Simmons Farms

  • 170 Simmons Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Phone: (724) 941-1490
  • Apples, peaches, pumpkins, other fruits and vegetables; call ahead first.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      You are blessed to have that!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      6 years ago

      I have several pick your own orchards right at my doorstep. There is nothing better than fresh locally grown produce.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Ohio used to be just like that until the 1980s. Now, we are burning up. Spring/Summer (one season now, really) began for us in February. I hate being stuck in the snow, however. There were a couple winters in the 1990s that snow plows covered up my car!

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      Cygnet Brown 

      6 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      I agree, it is nice most summers, but the winters are long and very snowy. I have seen it snow in October and then again the next May.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hanks for that comment, cygnetbrown. It's a wonderful place there.

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      Cygnet Brown 

      6 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      I grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania. There was nothing better than the pick-your-own strawberries and the fruit stands with fruit from North East, PA.

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