Cumberland Valley in south central Pennsylvania is where a group tour can find fresh items at a farmers market and have fun while learning new culinary skills.
This sample tour from Cumberland Valley Visitor Bureau includes a sampling of culinary delights, kitchen gadgets and sweet desserts.
The day begins in Lemoyne at the 60,000-square-foot West Shore Farmers Market. Choose from over 50 vendors for locally-grown produce, fresh meats, cheeses or baked goods. Not only can the group grab lunch, but it can also shop in the retail stores on the second floor.
After lunch, it is time to find some handmade chocolate. Brittle Bark in Mechanicsburg is taking a creative approach to the classic. Throwing in everything from chocolate chunks to marshmallows, Brittle Bark’s brittle is unlike anything else.
Still have a sweet tooth? Head to Camp Hill and The Pennsylvania Bakery. The bakery specializes in one-of-a-kind tortes. Its famous spaghetti bread is a must-have.
End the day in Carlisle at The Kitchen Shoppe and Cooking School. This store provides more than crafty kitchen supplies. After having some time to shop, the group will get the chance to test cooking skills at one of the many classes ranging from wine and cheese seminars to build-a-burger workshops. Complement the fresh produce and goods from the West Shore Farmers Market with newly purchased kitchen gadgets.
Since agriculture and food go hand in hand, the day begins in Carlisle with a visit to the Cumberland County Historical Society, following a local potato chip maker and his family. This library and museum shares a wealth of regional history.
For lunch, look for authentic tastes from around the world in downtown Carlisle. Encounter Belgian flavors at Café Bruges, Thai cuisine from Issei Noodle or traditional English fare from Market Cross Pub & Brewery.
As the day winds down, slow down with a stop at a nearby tea parlor, Camellia’s Sin Tea Parlor & Gift Shop. Enjoy an afternoon tea with fresh fruits, finger sandwiches, breads, pastries and desserts.
A number of Cumberland Valley spots offer cool desserts in a cup or a cone. Choose Massey’s Frozen Custard Inc. or Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream, where group members can experience unusual flavors of ice cream. There’s even an entire Ice Cream Trail if those options aren’t enough.
Top off the day by experiencing the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. The trail’s 15 locations include the Revolutionary War-themed Molly Pitcher Brewing Company or the recently opened Desperate Times Brewery.
For those who prefer wine, Castlerigg Wine Shop in Carlisle offers a selection of Pennsylvania wines.
Depending on the day of week, explore one of Cumberland Valley’s local fairs or festivals. From May to September, a collection of events can be found throughout the valley.
Cumberland Valley Visitor Bureau