When people think of Adams County, their thoughts usually turn to Gettysburg and Civil War history, but did you know that the area is also known for its agriculture? Adam’s County is home to approximately 20,000 orchards and people come from miles around to avail themselves of some of the finest fruit in the country.
The fertile soil is said to rival that of Italy and Adam’s County farmers are making the most of it by growing grapes for wine and hops for beer. As a result, visitors have the opportunity to visit an ever-growing number of breweries and wineries while in the area.
Those who consider apples among their favorite fruits may be interested to learn that the National Apple Harvest Festival is coming up soon and is a delightful celebration that is great fun for young and old.
Pick your own
Hollabaugh Bros. Inc., located in Biglerville, Pa., should be an integral part of any Adams County trip. The family owned and operated business features a retail farm market that is open year-round. Shoppers will find fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, meat, baked goods, prepared food and more. A highlight for fall visitors is a treat that isn’t easily found elsewhere — the apple cider donut milkshake, which receives rave reviews from those who try it. Hollabaugh Bros. also features “pick your own” opportunities which vary with the seasons, from blueberries and raspberries in the spring, to apples in the fall.
Another popular destination can be found down the road a stretch in Aspers, Pa. The Fields of Adventure offers fun for the entire family from picking your own pumpkins, to navigating a corn maze, or sailing down a 600-foot zipline. Products for sale include fresh meat, eggs, kettle corn and more.
Visit the Round Barn
No trip to Adams County is complete without a trip to The Historic Round Barn & Farm Market in Biglerville, Pa., operated by the Knouse family. The unique structure draws visitors from miles around not only for its fresh produce, jellies, jams and baked goods, but also for its interesting architecture. The business is seasonal, open seven days a week from April through October and weekends in November.
Indulge in adult libations
Across the street from the Round Barn is Thirsty Farmer Brew Works, another business owned by the Knouse family. On their farm, they grow seven varieties of hops and offer approximately nine beers on tap ranging from pale ale, to Hefeweizen, lager and more. They also use their homegrown fruit to make a selection of cider as well.
One of the newest establishments in Adam’s County is Fourscore Beer Co. located in Gettysburg near the Dobbin House restaurant. The craft brewery opened its doors in late July and has been doing a brisk business with a selection of 14 craft beers on tap.
If wine is your beverage of choice, consider visiting Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery, located just seven miles west of Gettysburg in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The boutique winery is owned by retired plant pathologists who pride themselves on using as few pesticides as possible on their grapes. They offer varietal wines and blends made from Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Cayuga White, Chardonnay and Traminette, to name a few.
Mark your calendars for AppleFest
The National Apple Harvest Festival is an annual event occurring during the first and second weekend in October. Located at the South Mountain Fairgrounds on Route 235 near Arendtsville, the wildly popular celebration of the humble apple has been attracting crowds for more than 50 years. Among the many delectable delights one can expect are candied apples, apple pies, caramel apples, apple butter, apple cider and so much more. Special attractions include orchard tours, a petting zoo, an antique car display, chainsaw carvings, pony rides and additional attractions that promise a fun time for the entire family.
Fall is such a beautiful time to take your explorations beyond the battlefield and enjoy the many destinations the Adams County area has to offer. These are just a few suggestions for making the most of your time in this picturesque region.
If you go:
Hollabaugh Bros., Inc., 545 Carlisle Road, Biglerville
The Historic Round Barn & Farm Market, 298 Cashtown Road, Biglerville
The Thirsty Farmer Brew Works, 290 Cashtown Road #9528, Biglerville
Fourscore Beer Co., 603 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg
Halbrendt Winery, 1150 Evergreen Way, Orrtanna
National Apple Harvest Festival, 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville