There are numerous organic farms in Pennsylvania. With the state's excellent climate and growing conditions, organic farms are able to flourish in all parts of Pennsylvania.
"Pick Your Own" Farms
It is wonderful to go to an organic farm, support the farmers, and get fresh produce. For a more extreme back-to-nature experience, consider picking your own produce. This is a unique and educational family outing.
The phone numbers and email addresses for the following farms can be found at the Pick Your Own site or by doing a search of the name of farm that you are interested in.
Eastern Pennsylvania is the home to one of the largest organic research farms in the United States, the Rodale Institute. With 60 years of sustainable and organic farming practice, Rodale has been the inspiration for much of the movement toward organic and sustainable farming today. This 333 acre certified organic farm is devoted to educating the public and ongoing research about organic farming. You can visit the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania from May through October and pick your own pumpkins, apples, and other produce.
Indian Orchards is one of the few organic farms in eastern Pennsylvania that allows you to pick your own fruits and vegetables and cut Christmas trees. They are open from June through October and ask that you call ahead to check availability of the item you are looking for. They also sell organic produce that already has been picked. Indian Orchards is located in Media, Pennsylvania.
County Line Orchard
County Line Orchard is located in Kempton. They have many different types of produce listed, although the apples are the only items listed as certified organic. This farm is open from July through November, but be sure to call for specifics. County Line accepts cash only.
Rahal is an organic farm located in Northeast, Pennsylvania. They grow the following for consumers who wish to pick their own produce:
They also have other produce for sale that has been pre-picked. They are generally open from June through November, but be sure to contact them first.
Nature's Comeback Bison Ranch
Nature's Comeback Bison Ranch follows organic methods, although is not yet certified organic. They have the following for consumers interested in picking their own produce:
- Sweet corn
- Summer squash
Nature's Comeback also gives farm tours. They sell bison, free range eggs, and free range chickens. Located in Punxsutawney, they ask that you contact them before coming out.
Morris Farm is located in Irwin. This pick your own farm has a wide selection of certified organic produce. The farm is open July, August, and September, but lettuce and greens are available all year. Available produce includes:
Stonehaus Farm is a historic site. In fact, the house was built in 1803 by a German immigrant. The grounds still hold three log buildings as well as the original home.The farm follows organic methods, but is not yet certified. At this organic farm, you have the unique opportunity to pick your own organically grown flowers. They also sell organic produce.
Other Organic Farms in Pennsylvania
- Eat Wild has an extensive list of organic farms in Pennsylvania.
- Oyler's Organic Farm
- Star Hollow Farm is located in Three Springs.
Whether you plan on picking your own produce or buying it already picked, buying from a farm directly is a great way to get your groceries. When you buy from the farmer, you are supporting the local economy as well as helping small farms continue to flourish.