Love Autumn Locally at Paulus Farm Market

Messiah seniors Lena Karlson and Alina Chapman hand-picking flowers at Paulus Farm Market. Messiah seniors Lena Karlson and Alina Chapman hand-picking flowers at Paulus Farm Market.

By Amie Miller
Student Writer

“Grown-ups, little ones, old ones [and] new ones” will all discover something special at Mechanicsburg’s Paulus Farm Market according to farm stand worker Millie Ramires.

Paulus Farm Market provides guests with an opportunity to experience the wonder of fall harvest and local culture with homegrown produce, quirky farm critters, fields of flowers waiting to be picked  and an abundance of autumn activities.

Upon arriving at Paulus Farm Market, visitors are welcomed by local produce, hanging greenery and warm smiles.

Messiah College students can take a quick seven minute car ride to this family-run farm to stock up on locally grown fruits and vegetables. For a more active role in the journey for food, students can take a short trip over to Paulus Orchards to pick their own apples or pumpkins.

Each Paulus experience is run by one of the Paulus brothers. By offering family-run experiences to the local community, the farm market and orchards help preserve a sense of local culture.

Lena Karlson, a Messiah senior and regular patron, shared her opinion on the local market: “People talk about eating local foods, and what’s really cool about this area is [that] there are a lot of farm markets, which is something I’m not used to at home. It’s great that we have that opportunity so close by to us,” said Karlson.

In addition to local produce, customers can enjoy the tempting pastries baked right at the farm stand or experience a local cultural tradition by taking the recommendation of Millie Ramires and trying their “famous sauerkraut.”

Beyond the bins of produce, stacks of breads, and shelves of jarred goods, the refrigerated section holds a wealth of soups, milk and farm-raised beef. Raised right in Dillsburg, this beef can be bought in various forms, the sausage being a common favorite.

An entertaining option for one and all is a visit to the farm animals. Snow White the miniature donkey welcomes guests along with her goat friends Faith, Hope and Love. Their neighbors, the chickens, quail, and turkeys, are quite an entertaining bunch.

The baby cow and sheep will melt hearts, and the pigs will undeniably leave visitors with a smile. Apples can be purchased at the farm stand to send down the apple shoot into the pig pen, where the pigs will enthusiastically wait to gobble up their treats.

What sets Paulus Farm Market apart from the rest are the opportunities to experience local culture and farm fun.

What could be better than frolicking through a field of flowers in the warm sunshine, while filling an old can with bright blooms you have cut yourself? Not your style? Then, perhaps you would prefer the corn cannon and pumpkin chuckin’ offered during the fall.

Mid-September brings out the true fall festivities. The fall fun fort for younger children, a corn maze and hayrides all begin when that crisp fall feel finds its way into the air.

Keep up with the activities and hours of operation of Paulus Farm Market and Paulus Orchards on their websites, http://www.paulusfarmmarket.com/ and http://www.paulusorchards.com/index.htm, or follow them on Facebook for the latest information.

Lena Karlson encourages other students to embrace this special opportunity: “It’s so close. You know the food is really fresh, so why not?”

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