Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience: A New Way to Explore Gettysburg Area Farmlands

This summer, join Savor Gettysburg and step into the countryside for an exciting new all-day culinary journey—the Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience. The event is perfect for experienced foodies or those who would like to expand their interest in farm-grown food and cooking. Tours will take place July 22, August 19 and September 9.

“This is an exciting next step for Savor Gettysburg Food Tours,” said owner and tour guide Lori Korczyk. “Our goal is to introduce and connect guests directly to the farmer, to create that opportunity to hear the farmer’s story and develop a relationship so guests can revisit when they return to Adams County.”

Guests will travel Adams County’s historic country roads, stopping at various local farms for hands-on tours to learn about the rich and varied agriculture long nestled within the rolling orchards and farmland surrounding historic Gettysburg.

“I’m very thankful for Lori and her food tours,” said participating chef Jennifer Boger. “She brings us all together—from chefs like me to home cooks and farmers. We can all learn from each other and create our passion, which is food.”

Hands-on opportunities will include harvesting seasonal produce and discovering the area’s finest agricultural offerings, including apples, artisanal goat products, wine and cider, honey, mushrooms, vegetables and more.

Each tour will end at Beech Springs Farm, where guests will help harvest fresh herbs and vegetables from the farm’s gardens and will be invited to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Guests will be served wine and cheese during an interactive chef demonstration to turn the day’s harvests into a fresh, delicious meal. Meals will be prepared by Chef Jeremy Schaffner (July 22), Chef Jennifer Boger (August 19) and Chef Chris Spear (September 9).

“I really enjoy going with the flow,” said chef Chris Spear. “My style tends to be contemporary, mid-Atlantic and Southern with global influences, so I’m looking forward to working with the harvest the guests bring with them to pull together a delicious seasonal meal. They can relax, observe and ask questions.”

Guests will finish their day by reaping the benefits of the Field-to-Fork Experience under a beautiful maple shade tree at Beech Springs Farm. Savor Gettysburg and its tour collaborators can’t wait to show you all that the Gettysburg area farmlands have to offer! Read on for a snapshot of tour locations.

Caprine Delight

Caprine Delight is located less than four miles west of Gettysburg. This stop will include a farm tour and a chance to purchase artisan goats’ milk and cheese—including First Shot Feta, Generals Caraway and Dill Picnic—for use later in the day in the kitchen. With Alpine dairy goats roaming on rotated pasture, Caprine Delight is thrilled to introduce its fresh, natural and delicious goat milk and cheese to the tour guests.

Owner Candy Walker shared that the farm “appreciates this opportunity to showcase our natural aged raw milk cheeses and goat milk, from our own Alpine goats, raised without GMOs, soy and antibiotics.” She continued on to say, “Buying direct from the farmer is the best way to ensure that farming remains viable in our culture.”

Boyer Nurseries & Orchards

The tour will travel another six miles into the heart of Adams County to Boyer Nurseries, nestled among rolling orchards. Family-owned and -operated since 1900, Boyer offers flowers, shrubs, trees, pick-your-own seasonal fruit and a stocked fruit market. Guests will learn more about this family business, have a chance to harvest seasonal fruit and visit the nurseries’ new wine/cider tasting room featuring cider made with Boyer’s own apples (tour attendees for August 19 will enjoy the Adams County Winery tasting room).

Beech Springs Farm

Located a few miles from Boyer’s Nursery is Beech Springs Farm. Jayne Shord, the farm’s owner, will greet the tour group, show them her garden and talk about the farm-to-table philosophy of the farm and the heirloom produce grown for local restaurants and on-farm events. Guests will have the opportunity to hand-pick vegetables and herbs from the garden and learn about the farm’s honey bees.

Up the road a short distance is Jayne’s neighbor and fellow farmer, Peter, who inoculates logs to produce shiitake mushrooms. After a short introduction to mushroom growing, everyone will have a chance to harvest mushrooms directly from the logs and gather eggs from the farm’s henhouse.

Back at Jayne’s farm, a local/regional chef will conduct an interactive cooking demonstration

and prepare a meal that will include all of the fresh ingredients gathered throughout the day. Guests will be able to relax and watch the chef while sipping and nibbling on wine and cheese. If the weather holds out, guests will enjoy their feast under the big Maple shade tree along with fellow tour guests and the chef.

“I feel honored to be in this movement of clean eating,“ added Chef Boger, “sharing with people what food can really taste like and how good it is for your body and soul. It’s great to be able to take people to the source where we can all learn how to really appreciate our food.”

The cost for the full-day (9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience is $125 per person. To ensure that everyone has a full and personal experience, the tour is designed for a limited group of 14 guests.

To purchase tickets and learn more about how you can participate in this exciting, educational and delicious tour, visit the Savor Gettysburg Food Tours website.

Photos, top to bottom: Beech Springs Farm, Caprine Delight, Caprine Delight, Boyer Nurseries, Beech Springs Farm

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New food tour launches in Gettysburg, PA. Latest experience takes participants from the field to the fork

If you are looking for a truly unique agricultural food experience, join us on our newest adventure as we travel the back roads of Adams County and visit some of our local farms.  At each location, you will harvest ingredients that will be used to prepare a deliciously fresh meal at our journey’s end.  From visiting a local dairy where Alpine goats roam on open pasture and you will learn about how artisan goat cheese is made, to visiting an orchard where you will harvest fruit from their pick-your-own orchard and sample wine and cider in the orchard’s wine cellar, to harvesting herbs and vegetables direct from a CSA garden, learning about how Shiitake mushrooms are grown and bees are raised to collecting eggs from free range chickens, your day will be packed full of farming experiences.   At your final destination, an area chef will combine all of the products collected throughout the day into a fabulous meal that will be served (weather dependent) under the spreading arms of the farm’s enormous maple tree.  A late afternoon return to Gettysburg with tummies full and the memories of a day full of unique farming adventures will complete this truly rare field-to-fork experience.”

Here’s a sample of some of the locations that we visit:
We’ll first visit Caprine Delight, located less than four miles west of Gettysburg, for a farm tour and to purchase artisan goats’ milk and cheese for use later in the day in the kitchen. With Alpine dairy goats roaming on rotated pasture, Caprine Delight is thrilled to introduce you to its fresh, natural and delicious goat milk and cheese.
We’ll travel another six miles into the heart of Adams County to Boyer Nurseries, nestled among rolling orchards. Family-owned and operated since 1900, Boyer offers flowers, shrubs, trees, pick-your-own seasonal fruit and a stocked fruit market. You will learn more about this family business, have a chance to harvest seasonal fruit and visit the nurseries’ new wine/cider tasting room featuring cider made with Boyer’s own delicious apples.
We’ll then cross Adams County to Beech Springs Farm, where farmer Jayne Shord will greet you, show you her garden and explain how she created her CSA and started providing her seasonal produce and fruit to local restaurants. You will then have the opportunity to hand-pick and wash seasonal vegetables and herbs. An added bonus: you’ll learn all about the bee-raising process, including harvesting the honey.
We’ll head up the road to visit Jayne’s neighbor and fellow farmer, Peter Bugler. Peter will explain how he inoculates logs to produce shiitake mushrooms, and everyone will have a chance to pick the mushrooms directly from the logs. You will also select freshly laid eggs.
Back at Jayne’s farm, you’ll have an interactive demonstration with a local/regional chef to prepare a meal based on all the fresh ingredients gathered throughout the day. If we are lucky enough to have a sunny day, you’ll enjoy your feast under the big maple tree.  

6 Gettysburg Experiences to Enjoy This Fall

Fall in Gettysburg is refreshing, relaxing and really amazing. It’s hard not to anticipate the crisp air, gorgeous pastoral views of the Battlefield, surrounding fiery-colored vistas and crunchy leaves under your feet as you walk downtown. It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t highlight some special events that welcome all that comes with the fall harvest season. Here is a highlight of the area’s fall happenings:

Festivals

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The National Apple Harvest Festival is always held during the first two full weekends in October. Join the celebration of apple everything that has been going on for 51 years. If you haven’t tried apple sausage, fried apple slices, freshly pressed cider or apple pizza, then you must attend. The festival has something for everyone, with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands and entertainment.

The festival takes place in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple Country at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, near historic Gettysburg, and within a two-hour drive of Washington DC, Baltimore and Harrisburg. Special attractions include performances in the Apple Auditorium, antique cars and steam engine displays, orchard tours, a petting zoo, craftsman demonstrations and even appearances by the Pennsylvania Apple Queen. The National Apple Harvest Festival is located at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, 615 Narrows Road in Biglerville—rain or shine!

Farmers’ Markets

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The Adams County Farmers’ Market is a wonderful way to experience our abundant agriculture. Look beyond the battlefields for rolling hills of endless orchards, wineries, dairies and farms. You may know Pennsylvania for apples and peaches, but don’t miss the fresh fruits, berries, produce, flowers, herbs, artisan cheese, farm eggs and pumpkins; scenic vineyards; and hand-crafted skincare.

The Adams County Farmers’ Market can be found on Thursdays from 2–6 p.m. on Historic Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. Hurry! Both markets close for the season at the end of October.

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The Gettysburg Farmers’ Market is creating community thanks to a unique group of individuals with a passion for their products: family-owned businesses, farms and nurseries. Dining in and around Gettysburg, you’ll be pleased to also discover that many restaurants source their ingredients locally. We definitely take pride in all that there is to offer agriculturally!

Check it out Saturdays from 7 a.m.–noon in Historic Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg through October 29.

Food Tours

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Remember those locally sourced ingredients we mentioned above? Well, at Savor Gettysburg, we offer a 3-hour food tasting experience and walking tour to show off Gettysburg’s culture and history. Our tours are suitable for all age groups and fitness levels. Be prepared to delight your taste buds on our history-infused explorations. We have a few tours from which to choose:

  • Try our Historic Downtown Food Tour, offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. We unite food and fun noshing at Gettysburg’s finest ethnic eateries, historic taverns, family-owned bistros and wineries, all within about a mile of non-continuous, history-soaked walking!
  • Want to discover Gettysburg’s food and wine scene? Join our Wine, Cider and Dine Tour and savor four distinctive wineries nestled downtown joined with an artisanal food experience. Tours start at 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Check out a farmers’ market with a chef AND learn how to prepare a gourmet recipe with your bounty in our Gettysburg Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class! You’ll wander the market with one of our local chefs, who will show you how to select the highest quality produce and teach you new techniques for an inspiring kitchen experience. There are just two more classes: September 17 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (with Knob Hall Winery executive chef Jeremy Jones) and October 15 from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (with Food 101 chef Jennifer Williams). Register today!

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We hope you’ll check out all there is to do and see in Gettysburg this fall. Come join us—and don’t forget to pack a sweater!

Erin Phelps

Photo credits: apple, Michele Kornegay; shepherd’s pie, Savor Gettysburg; remaining photos: Ed Williams

An Insider’s Look Behind the Tour

Did you ever wonder what it takes to put together an all-encompassing food tour that delivers an unmatched experience for each and every guest that visits Gettysburg? At Savor Gettysburg, we strive to be the best and to seek out ways to be more effective, inspiring and unique. In fact, our goal is to make each guest feel comfortable, showcase this wonderful town that we call home and leave them saying, “WOW, that was amazing, informative, delicious and fun!”

We do everything we can to create a lasting memory for each and every guest on our tour. We thought we would share with you some of our owner Lori Korczyk’s favorite ways to make your experience memorable.

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Here for you.

“From the first meet and greet, I try to develop a social connection. I learn names, find out where people are from, and smile and acknowledge each guest. I start with the basics of making them feel comfortable, like offering a shaded area to sit before we begin the tour or providing umbrellas on a rainy day. I want to know whether our guests have visited Gettysburg before because that makes a huge difference in what their interests may be.”

Like a (food tour) virgin.

“90–95% of my guests are first-time food tour participants. This is great! But I am establishing the bar, so I feel a deep sense of responsibility to deliver an exceptional experience. If they have a great experience with me, hopefully when they travel anywhere else in the world they will consider taking a food tour and experiencing another town’s rich history and culinary delights. Not only am I introducing guests to our food establishments and local owners, but also to Gettysburg in general.”

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There is so much to do here! Call out of work.

“I feel it’s my duty to help introduce our guests to something new, to go above and beyond as far as delivering a great experience and to offer each guest as much information as I can about Gettysburg. Most guests say at the end of the tour, ‘Wow, I only planned on staying two days, but with so much to do here, I need to stay a week!’ I want them to walk away feeling that they got so much more than just a food tour.”

Hey, wanna see something cool?

“Along the tour, I like to point out places that are off the beaten path (something they wouldn’t have found on their own and is not publicized), like the tucked-away bistro seating behind Ragged Edge where guests can relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle, the flight of beer for only $5 at One Lincoln, museums, a walk through our Farmers Market on Saturday morning and free Song and Stories of the Civil War shows that truly deliver a unique Gettysburg experience. I feel that exceptional service is always in the details. Those are the things my guests remember most.”

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Say cheese!

“When I travel, it’s all about the experience for me: who I engage with, what I learn, what I take away and how I feel. Most of these experiences are delivered by frontline staff and tour guides. With that said, I’m always honored to be photographed during my tour and to know that I’m a part of someone’s vacation experience.”

Savor Gettysburg Food Tours strives to be the highlight of your trip—check us out this fall as Gettysburg shifts gracefully into autumn. There are only two Farmer’s Market Tour & Cooking Class outings left where you learn to cook like a chef from the area’s best chefs—September 17 and October 15. Don’t miss them! Then, continue to celebrate fall with our Historic Downtown Food Tour, our Wine, Cider and Dine Tour, many local festivals and happeningsFarm-to-Table dinners and more. We will be your path forward to explore and fall in love with our little town. Come join us!

Erin Phelps

Why You Need to Check Out Adams County’s Booming Food Scene

Planning a visit to Gettysburg can be happily overwhelming because there are so many wonderful spots to visit, whether you’re here to see the Battlefield, wander the historic downtown, shop, enjoy our agriculture or sample our wines.

This area may be famous for the Civil War, but our town has an incredible amount of diverse food and beverage offerings that pair nicely with our history. The following is a list of eateries, historic taverns, family-owned bistros and wineries (plus hard cider!) that we know will help make your trip even more memorable. Even better—many of these spots are part of our Food Tours, which makes visiting them super convenient, fun and easy. We hope you’ll join us!

Adams County Winery

One of the oldest wineries in Pennsylvania, Adams County Winery offers a broad variety of wines, from the dry red Turning Point to the sweet white Tears of Gettysburg. Join us on a tour and visit the winery’s downtown Wine Shop to sample wines and learn all about their winemaking process that’s spanned 40 years. 25 Chambersburg St., (717) 334-1381. 

Appalachian Brewing Company

From its new downtown Battlefield location, ABC serves eight flagship craft beers on tap and in 12-oz. bottles to tantalize your taste buds. Keep an eye out for seasonal specialty brews. Its formidable pub menu makes this a great spot for singles, couples and families alike. 259 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 334-2200. 

The Dobbin House

For historic charm and a throwback to a time even before the Civil War era, unwind at this colonial manor restaurant, bed & breakfast and gift shop. The beautifully restored stone home is warm, inviting and cozy with a downstairs alehouse, candlelit dining room and charming ballroom. The hospitality and elegance offer a unique experience not to be missed. 89 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 334-2100. 

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Eighty-Two Cafe

A new coffee shop in town, Eighty-Two Cafe features Ragged Edge Coffee and specializes in freshly roasted coffee, artisan coffee and tea drinks, smoothies, pastries, breakfast and brunch. We predict amazing things to come with this hot spot! 82 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 316-0039. 

Fidler & Co. Craft Kitchen & Grocery

Escape the hustle and bustle after a day touring Gettysburg and enjoy the beautiful drive to Fidler & Co., located in Biglerville. Both the location and the cuisine are memorable at this fabulous spot for rustic fare and gourmet to-go selections. Want to start your day off with an amazing brunch? Don’t miss the eggs benny, specialty pancakes and other incredible, locally sourced creations. 213 E. York St., Biglerville, (717) 677-7014. 

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Garryowen Irish Pub

If you’re looking for a cozy pub featuring Irish fare, this is the place to be. Savor dinner in the dining room or pull up a barstool—downstairs or upstairs. Either way you’ll be pleased. Fresh ingredients, more than 85 varieties of whiskey and an inviting ambience combine for a stellar local dining experience. Come on the right night and you may just hear some acoustic live music. 126 Chambersburg St., (717) 337-2719. 

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Gettysburg Baking Co.

A sweet spot on the Historic Downtown Food Tour, Gettysburg Baking Co. is known for its delectable artisan breads and pastries. Honoring craft traditions from long ago, its signature Adams County sourdough is one not to miss. Pop in for breakfast, a meal to-go or coffee and dessert. 17 Lincoln Square, (717) 334-236 7.

Hauser Estate Winery

The home of Jack’s Hard Cider, Hauser has evolved into an alternative agri-tourism venture cultivating acres of grape vineyards on its fertile farmland. Hauser features not only a hilltop tasting room, winery and outdoor patio with stunning views of farmland, orchards and the surrounding area, but also a downtown tasting location. Stop in with us on the Historic Downtown Food Tour or the Wine, Cider and Dine Tour, and see all that Hauser has to offer, including fine wines and a line of hard ciders. 19 Lincoln Square, (717) 334-4888. 

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Kaitlyn’s Cafe on the Square

If the mere mention of a homemade slice of fresh strawberry cream cheesecake makes your toes curl and your mouth water, then you need to visit Kaitlyn’s. Our Historic Downtown Food Tour definitely makes time to visit Kaitlyn’s, which is no doubt one of the tastiest dessert spots in town. Bonus: the cafe serves Mr. G’s homemade ice cream. 1 Baltimore St., (717) 339-0009. 

Mason Dixon Distillery

This small-batch distillery is now open in Gettysburg, with craft distilling as its passion. Owned by a father/son duo, the downtown Gettysburg tasting room is a place for socializing, indulging in food and sipping on cocktails made with distilled liquors: rum, gin, vodka and whiskey. Take some time to check out this unique offering right in the heart of downtown. 331 E. Water St., (717) 398-3385. 

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Mr. G’s

If you accompany us on our Historic Downtown Food Tour, you’ll get to stop in to this local favorite ice cream parlor housed in the historic John Winebrenner house, which stood during the Battle. With extensive flavor options, large portions and a downtown location in the midst of all the action, this homemade ice cream shop is a place you’ll want to visit more than once. 404 Baltimore St., (717) 334-7600. 

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Reid’s Orchard and Winery

Whether you join us for the Historic Downtown Food Tour or the Wine, Cider and Dine Tour, you’ll get to pay a visit to Reid’s Cider House Cafe. Tucked in among the hustle and bustle of downtown, it offers quiet moments at the tasting room sampling wine or hard cider paired with a cheese and cracker tray. Don’t pass up this cozy spot, which is a truly unique space and a testament to our local agriculture! 400 Baltimore St., (717) 334-7537. 

Round Barn Farm Market

While exploring Adams County’s breathtaking countryside and rolling orchards, stop in at the family-owned, historic Round Barn, built in 1914, for some photo ops. While there, check out the market for flowers, fruits, small-batch artisan breads, baked goods and more. 298 Cashtown Rd., Biglerville, (717) 334-1984. 

Sidney at Willoughby Run

Make it a point to stop in here for a fine dining experience featuring the culinary expertise of renowned chef/owner Neil Annis. With plentiful outdoor seating and views of the beautifully preserved Battlefield land, guests will enjoy small bites with sophisticated flavor prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The full bar and relaxing atmosphere bring urban contemporary dining to this small town in a hip and easygoing fashion. 730 Chambersburg Rd., (717) 334-3774. 

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Tommy’s Pizza

If you visit Gettysburg, you have to stop in at the staple Tommy’s Pizza on Steinwehr Avenue. From the golden-crusted pizzas and the dynamite subs to the on-site taps and growlers, this is the perfect family spot to relax after a day of sightseeing. Sit inside or out and enjoy a meal at this family-owned, long-time Gettysburg favorite. 105 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 334-8966. 

Erin Phelps

Fidler & Co. photo credit: Alexandra Whitney Photography; Hauser Estate Winery photo credit: Hauser Estate Winery; Mr. G’s photo credit: Ali Waxman Photography; remaining photos credited to Savor Gettysburg

Gettysburg: The Perfect Getaway for Holidays and Special Occasions

At Savor Gettysburg we celebrate Gettysburg as a fantastic destination for special occasions or that long holiday weekend. We love the history, food, endless supply of outings and specialty tours. With culinary temptations for celebrating mom and dad, weekend antique hunting, farmers’ markets and patriotic events, we think you’ll find various spring and summer activities for the picking.

Whether you want to enjoy brunch and then go on a battlefield tour or watch a parade and visit the National Cemetery, here are a few of our favorite “to-dos” that will take the work out of special occasion planning so that you may revel in all the area has to offer. And, as always, our tours are a perfect way to celebrate anyone and any occasion.

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Mother’s Day

Reid’s Orchard and Winery

Celebrate mom with a Mother’s Day brunch at Reid’s Home Winery and Tasting Room from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The alfresco brunch will feature gourmet cuisine buffet style from executive chef J. P. Wolfe. Culinary features will include local products, artisanal cheeses and classic American dishes accented with creative accompaniments and sauces. The culinary celebration will be topped off with an elaborate cake display. The event will include Reid’s version of a mimosa made with their signature Grizzly Hard Cider fermented with champagne yeast and fresh squeezed orange juice. Fresh fruited sangria will also be available. Order tickets here. 2135 Buchanan Valley Rd., Orrtanna, (717) 677-7047

Inn at Herr Ridge Mother’s Day Brunch

Gather your family or make it a party for two with a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Inn at Herr Ridge. Diners will be delighted by the a la carte menu, from the starters through the decadent smoothies and drinks. Reserve your spot by calling (717) 334-4332. 900 Chambersburg Rd., Gettysburg, (717) 334-4332

Historic Round Barn & Farm Market

One of the Gettysburg area’s most unique offerings is the Round Barn. Take mom for a lovely brunch, offered from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and dine in the spacious and airy Round Barn. Stop by the farm market downstairs for artisan breads and baked goods, fresh fruit, flowers and more. 298 Cashtown Rd., Biglerville, (717) 334-1984

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Adams County Farmer’s Markets

The Gettysburg area is home to abundant orchards, wineries, dairies and generations of farming communities. The market offers the freshest fruits (apples, of course!), berries and produce as well as flowers, herbs, artisan cheese, farm eggs, pumpkins, homemade soaps and hand-crafted skincare. Find the market on Lincoln Square Thursdays from 2–6 p.m. starting May 19 and extended to October.

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If you don’t make it out of the borough, don’t worry—the agriculture will come to you! The Gettysburg Farmers Market is celebrating its 25th year on the square this season. With dedicated vendors and lots of fresh produce and baked good to choose from, you’ll have plenty of temptations as you make your rounds. Find the Gettysburg Farmers Market on Lincoln Square Saturdays from 7 a.m.–noon starting April 30.

Gettysburg’s Annual Outdoor Antique Show

What is more perfect than attending the semi-annual antique show Saturday, May 21, in one of the most historic towns around? For those who have the “bug,” casually wandering from vendor to vendor is a dream come true. From 7 a.m.–4 p.m., rain or shine, Lincoln Square is transformed into an outdoor market with antique treasures from more than 125 vendors. This is a perfect opportunity to snag a true souvenir from the area and participate in this cool event.

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Patriotism Reigns Supreme

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

As one of the longest-running Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in the country, this year marks the 149th anniversary of the parade’s beginnings. With the traditional pomp and circumstance associated with patriotic parades, the parade begins Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at Lefever Street, heads northeast to Middle Street, turns west on East Middle Street and then south on Baltimore Street to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The Memorial Day Ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. at the Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

Father’s Day

Sharpshooters Grille

Enjoy on the deck or get them to go: Rip’s hard shell crabs will be available at 11 a.m. at Sharpshooters every Sunday including Dad’s special day. Pair them with a beverage, warm weather and the unrivaled company of your family and friends. 900 Chambersburg Rd., Gettysburg, (717) 334-4598

Historic Round Barn & Farm Market

Treat Dad to a “hoppy Father’s Day” from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. with freshly brewed craft beer from Thirsty Farmer Brew Works and delicious BBQ prepared on-site. Kick back and enjoy entertainment from local musicians (formerly of Klinger McFry). Additional games and activities will be available for the entire family. 298 Cashtown Rd., Biglerville, (717) 334-1984

Live Battle Reenactment

153rd Gettysburg Anniversary Reenactment

The reenactment will be held July 1–3, coinciding with the dates of the actual 1863 battle. For those who remember Gettysburg the movie from the early 1990s, starring Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels and Sam Elliott, the reenactment will be held on the site of the movie’s filming, overlooking the Round Tops and historic Sachs Mill Covered Bridge, adjoining Gettysburg National Military Park. Spectator tickets are available here.

No matter the occasion, Savor Gettysburg has you covered to find the ideal outing or tour that meets your needs. Be sure to check back on more upcoming events around Gettysburg this spring and summer!

Erin Phelps

Photo credits: Wine bottles, Savor Gettysburg Food Tour; farmers’ market, Gettysburg Farmers’ Market; antiques market, Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association

6 Gettysburg Tours to Try Before the Official Start of Summer

This is not the Gettysburg of your middle school field trip. Oh no. Tourism is a huge boon for this small town, but with a surging food and beverage scene it’s not just about the battlefield anymore. Based on this alone, visitors deserve—no, need—to know the varied offerings around town.

Maybe you have toured the battlefield before. Maybe you think a historical tour wouldn’t be all that exciting. Or maybe you have tried some of the area restaurants. But there is a good chance you haven’t combined history with cuisine. You’ll be surprised at what you learn and what you enjoy without even trying when you experience the current Gettysburg tours and attractions. Hop onboard and take in the culinary and cultural resurgence this quaint little town with a history problem has to offer. Read on for 6 creative and enjoyable adventures awaiting you in Gettysburg.

Town & Battlefield Tours by Savor Gettysburg

Wine, Cider and Dine Tour

Gettysburg is making a resurgence by way of dining, local wineries and breweries and live music. It is truly a destination for more than the battlefield. Come enjoy the new culinary frontier where food, wine and history come together to create a most delicious experience through the Wine, Cider and Dine Tour. The tour features four wineries—Adams County WineryHauser Estate WineryKnob Hall Winery and Reid’s Orchard and Winery—and dining at Food 101, a gourmet dining establishment on Lincoln Square. All locations are within the downtown area, creating a scenic walking tour of historic Gettysburg. Tours are offered 5–8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Memorial Day. After that (and through Nov. 4), you can also take the tour from 2:30–5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets; it’s just $69 per person (21 and older).

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Historic Downtown Tour

Appease your taste buds and enjoy a step back in time through a visit to family-owned bistros, unique eateries, historic taverns, homemade ice cream shops and local wineries. The three-hour downtown lunch tour starts at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As the tour weaves together history and modern culinary delights, participants will enjoy the unique perspective of touring the historic town as a visitor while stopping in to favorite local spots. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets.

Scenic Adams County Tour

There is so much to see in Adams County outside of Gettysburg, and it’s definitely worth exploring beyond the town limits. Not sure where to go? Let the Scenic Adams County Tour do the work for you, as you get to sit back, relax and enjoy. The four-and-a-half hour tour covers five tasting locations and a winery tour, offering a scrumptious opportunity to learn more about the agriculture that helps put Adams County on the map. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets.

Not Your Mom’s Tours

Segways

So you have done the walking tours or the driving tours and you want something different. Visit Gettysburg Segway Tours to hop on a segway and zip your way through the Western or Eastern sides of the battlefield. An escort accompanies all groups along with a recorded audio tour from a licensed Battlefield Tour Guide.

Horses

Want to experience the battlefield the way many soldiers did? A horseback tour with Confederate Trails Horse Tours is the one for you! Climb atop a trail horse and prepare yourself to be transported back in time through an interactive, theatrical and licensed battlefield tour.

Gettysburg ghosts

And Ghosts, Oh My!

Looking for a bit of a scare or simply want to relive history through the eyes of an injured soldier or a townsperson in hiding? Hoping to find a few ghosts or wander through the historic streets? Check out Gettysburg Ghost Tours or Ghosts of Gettysburg for the candlelit adventure that most intrigues you.

With more to offer than the traditional Gettysburg experience, these tour opportunities are memories just waiting to be made. Bring a friend, make it a double date or make it a group outing. Visit Gettysburg and experience the historical charm with a culinary (or ghostly) twist. You won’t be sorry you tried, but you might be if you let the opportunity pass by.

Erin Phelps