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This semester I have visited the Adams County Farmers’ Market almost every weekend, and this is why you should too!

Support Local Businesses

Ever since the start of the pandemic, I feel like I’ve heard the phrase “support local businesses” more than I have my whole life, and I couldn’t agree more! Farmers’ markets are one of the easiest ways to do this since there are so many small business vendors all in one place! They often have business cards available as well, so you can pick one up to give to a friend, or keep for later.

Local Farms Food
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There’s a wide variety of Goods

When I first took myself to the Adams County Farmers’ Market, I was surprised to see such a range of products to buy. I assumed there would be farmers selling their produce, and there were, but there were also butchers, bakers, artisans, live music, food trucks, and so much more. I’ve gotten some of my favorite pairs of earrings from the market, a lotion bar for my roommate, and I’m hoping to get some fresh pasta before the end of the season. There will always be something that will catch your eye or surprise you when you visit.

Fresh food

Nothing is better this time of year than fresh apples, a warm cider donut, or even freshly brewed coffee! All of these delicious foods and more are sure to be at almost any farmers’ market you wind up at. I’ve never seen more varieties of apples before, and you know they will all be perfectly ripe and ready to eat. The tents of baked goods always have a wide range of pies, cookies, loaves of bread, whoopie pies, and so much more.

enjoy time outside

As we all know, it’s really important to spend time outside, but sometimes it’s hard to find the right opportunity to do so. Since farmers’ markets are usually held outside, it’s super easy to enjoy the changing weather and get some sunlight in while you’re walking around. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, you can leave feeling refreshed and thankful that you gave yourself some time to just relax.

Dogs!

Who doesn’t love dogs? Every single time I’ve been to the market this semester I’ve seen people walking their dogs, and most of the time, if you ask politely, you can pet them! This is almost always the highlight of the market for me, and if you go frequently enough you might run into some of the same dogs each time.

This list just scratches the surface of all that farmers’ markets have to offer. I genuinely feel that they have something for everyone, and you should go find that something for yourself! The last day of the Adams County Farmers’ Market is Saturday, October 30, so stop by so you don’t have to wait until they reopen in May!

Natalie Sinclair

Gettysburg '23

Natalie Sinclair is a junior at Gettysburg College. She is majoring in Sociology, with minors in Business and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She loves spending time with friends and family, and hopes to work for a non-profit after graduation.
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