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

5 Reasons to Take Our Gettysburg Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class

If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market lately or you go but aren’t quite sure what you are looking for or want confidence to try a new recipe with fresh ingredients, then our Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class is for you! Let’s talk through a few great reasons why, shall we?

1. Fresh, local produce is the bee’s knees.

Not only Gettysburg, but Adams County overall, is known for its agriculture. The fresh meats, cheese, produce, wines and craft beers are available at your fingertips! The easiest way to make your food creations taste gourmet is to use high-quality, fresh ingredients. Boom—done.

2. Support local artisans and farmers.

When perusing the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market you are shopping from our neighbors. Instead of putting your dollars into the register of a corporate chain organization, put your dollars locally. Purchasing that bunch of beets or that bag of lettuce is what helps keep our community stay the vibrant, cultured and healthy place is it. Let’s shop local and buy local!

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3. Let someone else guide you.

So you go to the farmer’s market and you feel lost. Harumph. We are here to help! Join us for the Gettysburg Farmer’s Market tour and cooking class and shop with a purpose. Visit the vendors with the keen eye of a chef and learn how to pick and choose (and substitute) ingredients that make your mouth water. We promise it will be fun and eye opening!

4. Learn to cook like a chef.

Don’t worry—once we shop we’re not leaving you high and dry. Oh no—you’re coming with us! We’ll go to the Adams County Arts Council kitchen and have a full lesson on how to prepare your farmer’s market treasures and reap the incredible rewards with a three-course meal. With guidance from locally esteemed chefs, you will have a chance to learn and develop new cooking skills and techniques. The goal of our tour is to create an intimate and pleasing experience so that you walk away confident and inspired to shop the farmer’s market and create new dishes in your own kitchen.

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5. Pair like a pro.

Ever wonder how everyone seems to know how to pair food with wine? Let the chefs demystify this process while inviting you to explore the nuances in taste and flavor, and you’ll leave with a better grasp on this concept.

We’re excited to offer this offshoot of the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market running monthly through October with upcoming dates of July 16August 20September 17 and October 15 in the kitchen at the newly built Adams County Arts Council facility. Featured chefs include Chef Jeremy Schaffner with SCAAP, Chef Jeremy Jones with Knob Hall Winery and Chef Jennifer Williams with Food 101. Come see what it’s all about and discover more to love about Gettysburg. We hope you’ll join us!

Erin Phelps

Photos credited to the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market