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Producers' Markets

Eastern Market
308 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-283-0742 x204
www.historiceastside.org
Directions: Corner of Shippen and East King streets, 4 blocks east of the square in center city, Lancaster.
Open: June – Oct, Sat 9am – 2pm
Products: Farm fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, candy and crafts

Mount Joy Farmer’s Market
cabbage115 East Main Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
717-653-4227
www.msmj.org
Directions: From Harrisburg, Route 283 East to Route 772 (Manheim/Mount Joy Road), turn right onto 772 for about 1 mile, turn left onto Lefever Road. At stop sign turn right onto 230 (heading west). The Farmers Market is at the intersection of Barbara Street and Route 230 at Union National Bank. From all points east, travel Route 283, getting off at the Mount Joy exit (Route 230). Approx. 2 miles into the borough.
Open: May – last weekend in Sept, Sat 5am - 12 pm
Products: Farm fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, candy and crafts
Events: Taste of Mount Joy Celebration/Festival every July

blue berriesQuarryville Grower’s Market
333 West Fourth Street
Quarryville, PA 17566
717-284-2077
Directions: Routes 372 and 222 intersection at Good’s Store.
Open: May – Oct, Sat only 8:30am – 1pm
Products: Farm fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, candy and crafts

Willow Street Grower’s Market
10 East Penn Grant Road
Willow Street, PA 17584
717-284-2077
Directions: Intersection of Route 272 North and Penn Grant Road at light.
Open: May – Oct, Thurs 2pm – 6pm
Products: Vegetables, pumpkins, melons, berries, tree fruit, herbs, cider and baked goods

4-square garden
Four-Square Gardens

Smaller in scale (a minimum of 55 square feet) than the fields tended by men, the kitchen garden was the primary source of green vegetables, cooking and medicinal herbs, and material dyes that were essential parts of everyday life.

Pennsylvania German kitchen gardens are called Four-Square Gardens because they are raised beds, supported by hardwood boards, bisected by a narrow footpath that divides the larger square into four smaller, equal squares.

The farmer’s wife was judged by how well she tended the garden with an equal combination of utility and ornamental beauty. At the center of every Four-Square Garden was a yucca or rosemary plant—both of which had religious signifi cance and evoked a heavenly blessing for a bountiful harvest to feed the family.

Many Pennsylvania German Four-Square Gardens were planted with seeds early settlers brought from their homelands, as well as native Pennsylvania plant species. But Pennsylvania Germans also adopted proven planting methods of other cultures, such as the Native Americans’ Three Sisters tradition—beans, corn and squash. Native Americans knew such companion crops grew well together and restored vital nutrients to the soil.

Landis Valley Museum, 2.5 miles north of Lancaster on Route 272, maintains a traditional Four-Square Garden for living history demonstrations and educational programs. Modern reliance on Four-Square Gardens has diminished since grocery stores provide a year-round supply of fresh produce. But many backyard gardens found along our country lanes and city alleys echo the traditions employed in historic Four-Square Gardens.

 



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