Summer in Cumberland Valley

Summer is one of the best times of year to take advantage of all the fresh produce available in Cumberland Valley. There are plenty of places to enjoy fresh-picked fun and below are a few options. Find a full list at

Mechanicsburg U-Picks - Start your fresh-picked fun journey by picking your own fruits and flowers, and browsing locally grown foods at the assortment of farmers markets in Mechanicsburg. 

Paulus Farm Market is known for their U-pick flowers and berries. Pick a wonderful bouquet for an amazing price! Paulus is also a great place to bring the kids. Kids can climb on the wooden tractor and wagon, visit with barnyard animals and swing on a horse tire.

Continue the fresh picking at nearby Oak Grove Farms. This family owned and operated farm and store features homegrown specialties like strawberries, sweet corn, cantaloupes and watermelons. You can also pick-your-own flowers, strawberries, raspberries, sugar peas and pod peas.

Continue exploring Mechanicsburg and travel to Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses. This horticultural complex features greenhouses, a garden center, a gift and floral area, a farm bakery, produce department, display gardens and much, much more. Plan ahead and attend one of their informative classes or children’s programs.

Fresh Produce in Carlisle – Stop by Clair’s Orchard on the Holly Pike for quality fruits like apples, peaches, nectarines, cherries, pears, plums and more. You can also find locally-grown vegetables, meat and dairy products and home-style canned goods.

If you’re visiting Carlisle on a Wednesday, head downtown to the intersection of High and Hanover streets for Farmers on the Square. This farmer-run, seasonal market features vendors within a 50 mile radius of Carlisle.

Lemoyne’s West Shore Farmers Market – Start your day off at the West Shore Farmers Market. This 60,000 sq. ft. farmer’s market and boutiques district offers all the local food goodies and adds a bonus of an upstairs shopping center. The first floor farmers market features gourmet coffee, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, seafood, ready-to-eat meals, desserts and doggie treats. The upstairs includes specialty stores that offer baby clothes, home décor, designer jeans, upscale jewelry and more. You could spend an entire morning shopping and eating your way through the market. 

The month of July is also a great time to get outdoors and explore a Cumberland Valley event. View a sampling below or browse the complete calendar at

Music in the Garden on Pomfret Street Carlisle – Every Saturday through Sept 24th
BYOB and listen to free, live music every Saturday evening on Pomfret Street in downtown Carlisle. Be sure to bring your chairs and snacks too! They offer a wide variety of music for every taste.

Carlisle Chrysler Nationals @ Carlisle Fairgrounds – July 15th-17th  
Welcome to a true Mopar-lover’s paradise. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere in the world with over 2,100 vehicles from all eras of the Chrysler brand, classics, muscle cars, high-performance new models all converge on Carlisle for a one of a kind weekend.

Kayaking at Long Pine Run Reservoir – July 24th
Novice and experienced paddlers are welcome to participate in a relaxed 1.5 hour exploration of this quiet reservoir located in Michaux State Forest near Caledonia State Park.

59th Annual Shippensburg Community Fair – July 25th-29th
The Fair features events that bring town and country together, including livestock exhibits, home products, tractor pulls, horse shows, rides and games for all ages!

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