NEPA Farms Selling Soybeans and Produce
I live in Drums, PA...between Wilkes Barre and Hazleton. My family is new to the area, and I am trying to find a source of organic, local, farm-grown vegetables, fruits, and soybeans. Any sort of farm stand or even a roadside stand would be acceptable, as long as the food is fresh and of good quality. I am also looking for sources of organic honey, eggs, and milk. I have been to the Hometown Market, but I was not very impressed. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for me????
Hey, Valentine. I live in Drums, too. I just brought an old post of mine back to the top of the Pennsylvania board. The place you're looking for is Forks Farm Market. It's about a 45-minute drive, but well worth it. They have limited market days. Check out that post. I'm sad because I'm going to miss the first market day, but I have the May market day on my calendar and I WILL be there! A co-worker and I go together. You could ride with us if you wanted to.
Also, try Ochs Farm. They are located on East County Road in Drums. Much smaller but open six days a week year round. They sell their own produce as well as a variety of products mostly sourced from other farms, generally around the Lancaster area. They do not carry raw milk, but they do have locally sourced eggs and honey. I'm not sure where you are in Drums, but if you know where Greco Estates is, it's just down the road from there, also down the road from Dave's Gun Shop. If you need specific directions, let me know where you are and I can get you there. They are a great family and I love shopping there year round. Fridays are baked good days - all kinds of homemade pies and cakes - but you have to get there early because they sell out quickly.
In the summer there is a farmers' market on the square in Wilkes-Barre, I think it's every Wednesday (not sure on that, though, I'd have to check) but I never make it there because I'm pretty sure it's daytime only. The Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre also carries a lot of local produce during the local growing season, and they label it as such, specifying which farm each item came from.
Hometown Market is just okay. I haven't been there in years because it reminds me more of a flea market than a farm market. I've never found it to be worth the trip.
Let me know if you need any more information!
Thank you for your reply. Lisa! Sorry that it has taken me so long to reply to you!
The Forks Farm Market sounds great. I hope to get there this weekend depending on my schedule
I do have a question for you regarding soybeans...Do any of the merchants sell soybeans in bulk? I am interested in 25 to 50 lbs. of dried soybeans. I am also interested in 25 to 50 lbs. of brown rice. Do you have any idea where items like this would be available to me?
Hey, Val, no problem. I'm just glad you got the information in time!
I would just caution you not to be too disappointed by the first market. It's a little early in the year, so we don't have a lot of produce yet in this part of PA. Don't let that deter you from returning for the rest of the summer. Also, Forks Farm itself is meat-centric (they raise cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens and turkeys) but most of their other vendors are produce vendors. I only mention this because I see you are on a path to veganism, and I don't want to give you a wrong impression. There's lots to love about it, and it just gets better as the season progresses!
As far as the soybeans and brown rice, you won't find them at Forks; however, perhaps one of the farmers there has access to them or can steer you to someone who does. You actually might have better luck at Ochs. They likely won't have those items in stock (not in bulk like you're looking for) but can probably obtain them for you, as they get a lot of items from other PA farmers when they don't have their own produce. They also stock a lot of locally sourced non-fresh produce items (dried spices, dried beans, etc.) but not in bulk (at least not right in the store, perhaps in a back room). But since they do source a lot of those products in smaller quantities, I would bet they can get you the soybeans and brown rice in bulk. They are a very nice family, although I'm embarrassed to say, for all the years I've been going there, I don't know their first names! But just ask. They are always more than happy to tell you about what they have and where it comes from and all of that great information. It's a really cute indoor store.
As I was typing this, one other place occurred to me: Junas Natural Foods, 928 Peace Street, Hazleton. I've never been there so I can make no personal recommendation, but it may be worth trying.
Good luck, and please let me know your impressions if you make it to Forks this weekend!
Thanks for all the great information, Lisa!
I am trying just to be as healthy as possible and to direct my family in this way, too! As far as becoming vegan, I am not even close to that! I am still consuming eggs, milk, and chicken on a limited basis. I have managed to cut out red meat and pork, so I am making progress. I am happy to do my best to reduce my Carbon footprint!
I am starting to plant my garden this weekend, so maybe I will be able to grow enough produce for my family so that I do not have to depend on any other sources...LOL...I wish!!!
Well, keep me posted if you come upon any interesting info! I appreciate your guidance!