Fresh from the Farm

Krista Connor

You can purchase food or handpick produce yourself at several area locations

For quick access to fresh, healthy produce, meats and dairy, look no further than area farms.

Below are a few on-site farm markets, stands and CSA (community supported agriculture) opportunities at local farms. At some locations, you can roll up your sleeves and pick the produce yourself.

Visit www.localharvest.org for more options. Happy picking, browsing, and feasting!

SIW (Stepped in What) Vegetables
www.siw-vegetables.blogspot.com
610-388-7491
4317 S. Creek Rd.
Chadds Ford, Pa.
SIW grows vegetables, fruits and flowers on the family farm in the Brandywine River Valley. The farm stand, open through Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, is also a CSA.

Thornbury Farm CSA
www.localharvest.org/thornbury-farm-csa-M27924
1256 Thornbury Rd.
West Chester, Pa.
The farm offers a CSA and farm stand/market Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free-range eggs, local milk and cheese are available. CSA members get a discount on extra produce and farming classes.

Highland Orchards
www.highlandorchards.net
1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd.
West Chester, Pa.
There’s always something going on at the farm at Highland Orchards, with more than 200 acres of crops. Customers can buy already-picked produce at the farm market, or they can opt to pick their own. Fresh produce from neighbor farms in Chester and Lancaster counties is also available. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and the PYO field is open until 5 p.m.

Whimsical Farms
www.localharvest.org/whimsical-farms-M15584
3315 Steele Rd.
Newark
The 15-acre, family-owned Whimsical Farms raises pastured pigs, sheep for wool and meat, free-range chickens (primarily for eggs), and cows and turkeys. The farm is currently taking orders for turkeys, whole chickens, and fruit-fed, pastured pigs.

Fifer Orchards
www.fiferorchards.com
1919 Allabands Mill Rd.
Camden-Wyoming
Along with a farm market, Fifer Orchards offers “U-pick” crops – just check in with a staff member for containers and instructions before proceeding to the fields or orchards.

Fair Weather Farm at Fair Hill
www.watkinsfarm.webs.com
5727 Telegraph Road
Elkton, Md.
Fair Weather Farm’s CSA fall harvest runs from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15, and includes greens, squash, root crops and discounts on pumpkins.

Meadowset Farm & Apiary
www.localharvest.org/meadowset-farm-apiary-M8042
210 North Creek Rd.
Landenberg, Pa.
The farm’s new store is open from 4-6 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon. Aged sheep cheese, honey, and fresh, grass-fed lamb are available.

So, what do you think? Please comment below.