Farm Fresh food at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

On Sunday we went to the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. I have been to the Farm Show many times- as a school child, with my family, and in my college days I worked there over Semester Breaks.

Those cold January Mornings my sister and I would wake up about 4 AM to drive over to the Farm Show. We would work all day-by all day I mean from the time the building opened for the Farmers to the time the building closed. It was a long day, everyday for a week. Pay Day was the best. At the end of the week we all got an envelope of cash-our payment for the week. Money to take back to college.

This year I was not working, not on a school field trip. I was an adult. I could get there when I wanted, leave when I wanted.

We arrived at 9:45 AM. We parked across the street since the lots were full. Parking is $10, the shuttle bus is free, and admission to the show is Free. A shuttle bus took us to the farm show building.

 After the few hour car ride we hit the bathrooms first. The bathrooms are clean, well lit, and plenty of pottys for women. Yep, that is important.

Interested in going to the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year? Show information is on their web site-http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/. We watched a cattle show and the draft horse show. The arenas have show times listed by the entrance to the arenas.

Pick up the Daily Schedule when you get there. We used it several time to navigate around. Look for people handing out the FREE schedule when you get inside the building.


For children there are plenty of free activities and coloring books to pick up. There is also an activity guide kids can do through out the show. Look for the Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt Book where you see the Big blue signs that are Historical Markers located inside the building. Children can learn about Pennsylvania History while you walk around the farm show.



Good Food is available to purchase. Pennsylvania Food.Farm Food.

This is what I had for lunch. A baked potato and a milkshake. From Pennsylvania Farmers. My husband had the same, and a mushroom sandwich made with Pennsylvania mushrooms.




There are plenty of exhibits to see such as this one on Maple Syrup.




There are animals;

Draft Horse Hitched Competition




There are tractors;






There are trailers;


Don't miss the building with samples of food and vendors selling all things Pennsylvania. We bought a bag of buckwheat pancake mix, a bag of cornbread mix, and a bottle of maple syrup for only $10.00. Great price and glad to support Pennsylvania farmers. anytime.