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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Shop for Fresh Local Produce at the PA Open Air Farmer's Market in Harrisburg

PA Open Air Farmer's Market in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The PA Open Air Farmer's Market is a great open-air market to shop for local produce, baked goods, honey, wine, canned jelly and jams, meats, eggs, flowers & garden plants, etc. The farmer's market is located in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex's parking lot. 

It's open from May to November, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9am to 4pm, rain or shine! Free parking is available. The Farm Show Complex is located right across from HACC on Cameron Street in Harrisburg. The market typically has about 25 vendors who offer shoppers fresh items at affordable prices.

PA Open Air Farmer's Market in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

We had the opportunity to visit the open air market for the first time and were pleasantly surprised! We love supporting small businesses and buying local as much as we can. As we walked around we saw vendors selling corn, lima beans, green beans, peppers, watermelons, cantaloupes, onions, carrots, celery, cabbage, red beets, etc. The type of things you typically see at a farmer's market.

What really surprised us was seeing vendors selling local wine, honey, baked goods, meats, poultry products, eggs, fresh cut flowers, guacamole & salsa, jams & jellies, etc. A really nice selection of locally-made products. Delicious items to put on your family's table today or to stock your pantry for winter. 

PA Open Air Farmer's Market in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

On the day that we were there we only saw one food truck offering hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and drinks. If I could recommend an improvement, I would enjoy seeing 3-4 more food trucks offering shoppers a variety of things to eat. A food truck offering barbecue chicken wings, tacos, ice cream offerings, etc. would be nice. 

PA Open Air Farmer's Market in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

If you're looking for handmade craft items...this market isn't for you unless they plan on expanding that in the future. We saw one small vendor selling her handmade crochet items (hats, scarves, booties, etc.) but other than that, I didn't see any crafting vendors. 

Overall, it made for a really nice afternoon and we enjoyed our visit. If you're located in the Harrisburg area it's definitely worth your time to visit if you're looking for locally-grown produce, baked goods, canned goods, honey, and more.

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