Where does Lebanon go for fresh-grown fruits and veggies?

Sure, the groceries and supermarket chains always have a nice selection, but local folks throughout south-central Pennsylvania often gravitate to the produce stands and markets that dot the landscape every spring, summer, and fall.

And, of course, agricultural areas like south-central Pennsylvania have more than the average number of options to choose from.

“We are fortunate that we have all these choices available,” Betty Kindt remarked.

LebTown asked readers to tell us their favorite places to get everything from corn, cantaloupes, asparagus, sugar snap peas, strawberries, tomatoes, and all the other produce that’s produced in local farms and gardens. This is by no means a scientific poll, but we compiled 32 emailed and Facebook responses to give readers an idea where to go for some healthy treats.

Here are the results, along with a sampling of comments about each.

Howard’s Produce

724 W. Main St., Annville

VOTES: 7

COMMENTS

Pat Steely: “The owners, Sam and Betty Howard, are hardworking and always have delicious produce. I am never disappointed in their produce. Their prices are good.”

Wise Produce

405 W. Main St., Newmanstown

VOTES: 6

COMMENTS

Tammy Kapp: “Best produce stand!”

Lisa Doster: “Best tomatoes anywhere!!

Heagy’s Pumpkins & Produce

917 Kochenderfer Road, Lebanon

VOTES: 5

COMMENTS

Russell Richmond: “Heagy’s is our favorite by far. Not the largest but awesome fruit and produce. A bonus is the family who is always there, helpful, and smiling.”

Ernie Steele: “EVERYTHING sold there is grown there and not purchased at an auction like some others. … Right now the strawberries and asparagus are outstanding. If you like radishes he’s got the best.”

Deloris Shepps: “Their produce is all grown on their farm. The young man who grows the fruits, vegetables, and flowers started dabbling with this back in high-school. It turned into his independent career on his parents working farm. He has several hot houses he built that he starts all his fruits and vegetables in during the winter months.”

Weaver’s Produce

790 E. Kercher Ave., Myerstown

VOTES: 4

COMMENTS

Nita Shutter: “You name it they have it (when in season). … A lot of things that are jarred. I always go to this roadside market, everything they have is fresh & very good. It is good to support our local roadside markets. The people there are very friendly too.”

Robert Engle: “Best corn around.”

Jackie Brouse: “The best strawberries anywhere!!!”

Frey’s Farm Market

1874 Colebrook Road, Lebanon

VOTES: 3

COMMENTS

Jane Owsiak: “The people that run it are so kind and always make sure they have fresh produce available. Their corn is amazing. We go almost every weekend when they are open for all of our veggies and fruits.”

Joan Ervine: “It’s iconic. They have plants, too.”

Risser-Marvel Farm Market

2425 Horseshoe Pike, Annville

VOTES: 3

COMMENTS

Linda Chobanoff-Mettley: “This place is great ‘one stop shopping’!!!”

Pick-your-own strawberries at Risser-Marvel Farm Market. (Source: Facebook)

Sallada’s Produce

891 Palmyra-Bellegrove Road, Annville

VOTES: 2

COMMENTS

Ruth Roy: Sallada’s Produce on Bellegrove Road in Annville is a treat!

Seyfert Orchards

1050 Mt. Zion Road, Lebanon

VOTES: 1

COMMENTS

Jay Garvie: “Great peaches!”

Ulrich’s Farm Market

2172 Heidelberg Ave., Schaefferstown

VOTES: 1

COMMENTS

Juliana Lawrence: “Ulrich’s is my go-to place for fresh, local produce in the spring and summer because they always have an incredible selection of delicious produce, beautiful flowers, and welcoming people! They also recently remodeled their stand and have other products from local businesses from all over the area, like an array of baked goods and coffee.”


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Tom Knapp

Tom has been a professional journalist for nearly four decades. In his spare time, he plays fiddle with the Irish band Fire in the Glen, and he reviews music, books and movies for Rambles.NET. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and has four children: Vinnie, Molly, Annabelle and Wolf.