Quarry Critters
Farmers' Market Magazine

Who are those Farmers that sell us the products at the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market?
                    Well in this new series we will meet the farmers you see and
talk too every Saturday morning on the Square.
  This week we will be traveling over to
Swartz’s Pumpkin Patch. 
Chris Swartz is our market Treasurer.

It’s raspberry season!!!!!! 
and everyone at the Swartz Family farm knows it……..
You see Chris Swartz on the Market on Lincoln Square outside the Pub in Gettysburg.
Chris and Jennifer help a customer at the market

Once raspberry season hits it seems sleep is something of a luxury.
Everyone in the family and some friends
helps get the raspberries to market.
Here is some of the help returning to work
after a short break.
These mighty guys can
work up to 8-9 hours straight
during the raspberry season.

Raspberries are not the only fresh produce at Swartz’s Pumpkin Patch not by a long shot. Let’s take a look at some of the other crops grown here in one of Adam County’s most picturesque farms. Just take a look. You’ll agree working conditions couldn’t be more beautiful.

If you look really hard you can see the boys picking raspberries.
Patty Pan Squash
Watermelon is offered in red, seed or seedless, yellow, orange, and personal size.

Rhubarb in rowsTomatoes


Layers in high tunnel

High Tunnel, or loop house is a green house like structure,  it’s different in that it has no heat.  It helps to start and grow produce earlier.  For each layer on the tunnel is like moving south one growing season.


What can we do for our customers? A good question for any sales person to think about. Here at   Swartz’s Pumpkin Patch because their customers are so important they have plantings spread out so produce such as corn can be picked at various times for a longer growing season. Customers get that fresh picked flavor of  sweet corn longer and more often.

The work they enjoy keeps them working as one crop is over
they start in with another.
Here is the end of strawberries and the beginning of pumpkins.

string beans

You can visit  Swartz’s Pumpkin Patch for your self and pick your own fresh produce.

From mid-May to early July (strawberry and black raspberry season) we are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 7:00am until 7:00pm
Saturdays 7am - 5pm

We are closed on Tuesdays & Sundays.

We are open by appointment for other products.

Visit us at the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market on the Gettysburg town square,
Saturdays (7:00 Am - Noon), late April thru October.

Also, visit us at Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home
Tuesdays 9am - 1pm.

Please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail to place an order
and/or to schedule a time for pick-up.

Phone: 717-677-0831
email: [email protected]

Fun Facts

Free Kittens

Come visit us on the Square in Gettysburg.
Saturday Mornings 7AM - 12 Noon.
May through October.

Visit us on line Gettysburg Farmers’ Market

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