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Field Guide to CSAs & Farm Markets

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Easy Alternatives to Farmers’ Markets

Fullers Overlook Farm, Waverly, PA


NEPA farms offer several different ways to get your hands on those fresh fruits and veggies.

You’ve done it. You committed to being a locavore. Soon, your trips to the local grocery store will consist of simply buying the essentials. Say goodbye to that overstuffed shopping cart and hello to fresher, more intensely flavorful food. As you embark on this quest to source only locally-produced food, you’ll come to find that, while farmers’ markets are simply the best, they’re not your only option.

Often, with our increasingly busier lives, it’s not always easy to make it to the farmers’ market. That’s where NEPA farms come to the rescue. Northeastern Pennsylvania farms generate enormous amounts of produce, dairy, eggs and meats. Often what you find them selling at farmers’ markets accounts for only a fraction of their seasonal yield. And because they know that you can’t always make it out to the market, they’ve come up with other ways to bring the market to you.

Check out these helpful alternatives to farmers’ markets all while supporting many of the same local farm families.


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)


Fullers Overlook Farm, Waverly, PA


Signing up for a CSA is one of the best ways to support a farm.

It’s a direct investment that pays you in crops. Your CSA subscription earns you a weekly share of fresh produce and other farm-raised products. CSAs are mostly a seasonal venture, but some farms offer meat, dairy, and eggs all year round.

Most CSAs offer pickup locations either at the farm, or at a safe community locale. Some will even allow you to set up home delivery.

Getting your farm fresh produce, meats and dairy products from a CSA can be a bit pricy. Though it is a great option for families pooling their resources, or even groups. Just be sure to keep an open mind and a broad palate. Quantity and selection can vary.

My 2 cents: Hands down the best bang for your buck! However, if you don’t love spending time in the kitchen, this may not be the best option for you.

Local CSAs

Dancing Hen Farm
55 Toy Factory Rd.
Stillwater, PA 17878
(570) 925-0263
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Fullers Overlook Farm
Fuller & Barnhill Rd.
Waverly, PA 18471
(570) 687-4311
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Hoppy’s Produce
246 Sandy Valley Drive
Falls, PA 18615
(570) 357-1528
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Mid-Valley Organics, Inc.
Cortez Rd.
Lake Ariel, PA 18436
(570) 937-9539
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No Bull Ranch
Cedar Ave. & Alder St.
Scranton, PA 18505
(570) 689-0689
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Purple Pepper Farm
327 Erhardt Rd.
Dalton, PA 18414
(570) 815-7861
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Rowlands Pennsylvania Produce
545 Miller Ln.
Falls, PA 18615
(570) 561-4093
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Buying Clubs

Forks Farm Market, Orangeville, PA


A buying club is a good alternative to a CSA if the commitment just isn’t right for you.

There is generally no minimum order or requirement to purchase. You simply sign up for a weekly or monthly email list that presents you the opportunity to purchase as you see fit.

Buying clubs are generally available any time throughout the year. You will most likely pick up your orders at the farm, or at a designated community location.

Buying clubs are best for those considering a CSA, but who are not quite sure of their level of commitment. These clubs are especially great for households that consume meat and fish regularly. They also work well for groups that frequently buy large quantities of specific foods.

My 2 cents: Buying clubs are a great way to save on your favorite items. The only downside is remembering to place your order on time.

Local Buying Clubs

Forks Farm
299 Covered Bridges Ln.
Orangeville, PA 17859
(570) 683-5820
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Wild For Salmon
521 Montour Blvd.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 387-0552
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Farm Markets

Miller’s Orchards Farm Market, Clarks Summit, PA


Buying direct from the farm has its perks.

Often, you can get produce at the farm that never quite makes it to the local market. Freshly picked berries and finicky asparagus come to mind. One of my favorite aspects is the farm-made specialty products like cider, baked goods, and preserves. And while they offer many of the same items, there’s nothing like getting out for the day and heading to the farm. Some even allow you to do the pickin’.

Farm markets typically operate throughout the farm’s growing season. A few remain open all year, selling farm-made products and other locally-made goods.

Some of the perks of visiting a farm market include, broader hours, better parking and fresh, country air. At some markets you may even find the opportunity to meet the proud farm family behind your favorite produce. You’ll also know where to go when looking for specific items like apples, or strawberries. It’s also an easier way to buy items in bulk, whereas such quantities may not be available at a local farmer’s market.

My 2 cents: What a great excuse for a drive down country roads. Make a day of it with pick-your-own seasonal crops (usually at a good discount on account of you doing the labor). And you can always bring a friend!

Local Farm Markets

Beyond the Blend Market
137 West front St.
Berwick, PA 18603
(570) 759-8203
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Brace’s Orchard
444 Brace Rd.
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 333-4236
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Broyan’s Farm Market
493 Berwick Hazleton Hwy.
Nescopeck, PA 18635
(570) 379-3727
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Burger’s Farm Market
371 Saint John’s Rd.
Sugarloaf, PA 18222
(570) 788-1773
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Carlin Farm & 4 Season Farm Market
3064 State Rt. 3005
Meshoppen, PA 18630
(570) 833-4592
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Darling & Sons Farms and Greenhouses
38 Hildebrandt Rd.
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 675-2080
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Dymonds Farm Market
750 Main Rd.
Shavertown, PA 18708
(570) 675-1696
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Farmer Moofy’s Produce
Central Rd.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 855-6265
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LaRue’s Farm Market
6195 PA-706
Montrose, PA 18801
(570) 934-2618
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Lucas Farms
610 Nanticoke St.
Hanover Twp., PA 18706
(570) 825-9054
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Miller’s Orchards
1421 Fairview Rd.
Scott Township, PA 18411
(570) 587-3399
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Pocono Farmstand
3013 Route 611
Tannersville, PA 18372
(570) 629-4344
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Pros Produce
11 Buckingham St.
Luzerne, PA 18704
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Pumpkin Hill Produce
250 Wapwallopen Rd.
Nescopeck, PA 18635
(570) 379-2106
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Retherford’s Farm Market
4095 Maple Grove Rd.
Benton, PA 17814
(717) 756-2287
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Ritter’s Farm Market — Hamlin
991 Hamlin Hwy.
Lake Ariel, PA 18436
(570) 689-4105
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Ritter’s Farm Market — Mt. Cobb
1459 Mt. Cobb Rd.
Jefferson Twp., PA 18436
(570) 689-5151
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Rohrbach’s Farm Market, Bakery & Gift Loft
240 Southern Dr.
CatawissaPA 17820
(570) 356-7654
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Spring Mountain Farms
4595 Interchange Rd.
Lehighton, PA 18235
(610) 871-2310
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Thomas Farm
556 St. Johns Rd.
Drums, PA 18222
(570) 788-2571
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