Crunchy Connections

Crunchy food, goods, and services, especially local ones, are not always the easiest to find.  Keep your ears open and talk to your crunchy friends and neighbors to find the best options near your house.  Here are some local and online resources known to or used by This Crunchy Life writers.  This list may contain affiliate links:

Local Food in General

Homegrown in the Valley Brochure – Download this amazing brochure of local food, flowers, CSAs, and other agricultural offerings for Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour, and Columbia Counties in Pennsylvania. This brochure includes many farms with no websites, but do not be shy to call with questions or to confirm operating hours. Download PDF here.

Local Harvest – This national website provides information about many local farms, as well as information about CSAs and farmers markets.  Although not always kept up-to-date, it usually links to any available websites or facebook pages for more information if available.

Farmers’ or Growers’ Markets – Find your local markets and get to know your farmers to find the best quality food in your area.  Here are some local markets in central PA area.  Note: not all sellers use natural, organic, or sustainable practices, so ask questions and talk to the growers.

  • Danville Farm Maret – Mill Street, Danville, PA 17821. Open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays during the season.
  • Lewisburg Farmers Market – Fairground Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m Wednesdays year-round.
  • Middleburg Farmers’ Market – Route 522, Middleburg, PA 17842. Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays during the season.
  • Selinsgrove Hometown Harvest Farmers Market
  • Susquehanna Valley Growers’ Market (Lewisburg) – Ard’s Farm Market, 4803 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Open noon to 6 p.m. Friday afternoons, May through October.

Dairy

Cultures for Health – Online storefront offering all kinds of starters, including yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, sour cream, kombucha, and sourdough.  Jennifer buys her starter to make sour cream from Cultures for Health.

Kefir – You can learn a bit about Jen’s love of kefir from this post.  If you want to make your own and live in Central PA, Jen will be happy to share her ever-expanding kefir grains. Just leave a comment below and she’ll be in touch. If you live somewhere else and don’t know of anyone with grains to share, you can buy grains online, including from Cultures for Health.

Raw Milk – Use the Real Milk Finder to locate raw milk sellers in your state.  The list for Pennsylvania is available here.  Jennifer and Matt buy raw milk and cheese from Grace and Paul Weaver of Greenfield Dairy in Middleburg, PA, who are included on that list.

Toy Cow Creamery – Williamsport, PA – Wonderful source for all kinds of dairy products from healthy, grass-fed Jersey cows, including milk, yogurt, butter, kefir, cheese, cream, and more. Jennifer and Matt buy this from their red trailer stall at the Lewisburg Farmers Market.

Honey

Aucker’s Apiary – 226 Hemsarth Road, Millville, PA 17846.  More information can be found on this list of PA Pollinators.  Jennifer and Matt buy this filtered, but uncooked honey (raw) from their stand at the Lewisburg Farmers’ Market.

Fruit

K. Schegel Fruit Farm – Dalmatia, PA.  Sell a variety of fruit and use growing practices to reduce their pesticide use by 80%.  Jennifer and Matt buy their fruit, especially their apples and peaches in season at the Lewisburg Farmers’ Market.

Byers’ Blueberry Farm – Allenwood, PA.  Sell unsprayed highbush blueberries.  Pick-your-own for the best value or buy already picked ones at the farm.  Jennifer and Matt spend hours picking these berries to freeze and enjoy the non-sprayed goodness all winter long.

Meat

Owen’s Farm – Located in Sunbury, PA, Owen’s farm sells pastured chicken, grass-fed lamb, pastured pork, honey, fleece, and wool.

Tuscarora Lowlines – Sells very high quality grass-finished beef at very competitive prices.  Farm is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Harrisburg near Millerstown,PA. Beef is also available for sale at the Selinsgrove Hometown Harvest Farmers Market.

Disclaimer:

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2 thoughts on “Crunchy Connections

  1. Hi Jen,
    I came across this blog when looking for some kefir grains. I live in Danville, PA. I would like to start doing kefir, wondering if you would like to share some of your kefir grains with me as I read in your blog you are willing to sharere your ever expanding kefir grains. We have been doing raw milk from an organic farmer here, so I would like to do some raw milk kefir. Please let me know.
    Thank you
    Sarah

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