August is National Peach Month and peach eaters for decades have known that “Chambersburg peaches” are among the sweetest and juiciest. Franklin County orchards have been bearing delicious peaches all summer and many are expected to be producing through Labor Day. There are many ways to enjoy Franklin County’s 100-year-old sweet, golden treasure! Near and far, Chambersburg is known for delectable, juicy peaches. 

Peaches! Franklin County GOLD!

Franklin County is home to more than 20 farm stands, farmers markets and locally owned grocery stores who celebrate peaches each year. With a longer shelf-life, purchasing peaches and other local produce is the freshest option and provides an opportunity for consumers to take in the most nutrition and flavor possible. In addition to simply enjoying fresh peaches from local vendors, there are other great ways to enjoy them with other locally made products.

On the Grill, In a Cone or Uncorked: Fun ways to enjoy peaches!

Visit the Butcher Shoppe in Chambersburg and grab a jar of locally made Pappy J’s BBQ. With a dash of hot sauce, a little local honey, peach preserves and some cut up, fresh peaches you will have a perfect peach glaze for Summer grilling!

How about a refreshing adult beverage? Located in Jim’s Farmers Market (open Fridays & Saturdays) and Boyer Cellars, JanZell Wines is a local winery with a variety of sweet and dry wines that incorporate local flavors. Uncork a bottle of their peach wine while supplies last! Check out more stops along the Franklin County PA Pour Trail here

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Franklin County sweet spots offer many ways to enjoy the sweet treat of summer in many exciting ways! Try a Peach Pie custard at the Meadows Frozen Custard of Chambersburg or a peachy sundae at The Ice Cream Station. Follow the Franklin County Sweet Trail for more tasty treats here.

Check out the Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide, your way to discover great farmer’s markets, fruit and produce stands, local honey, local spirits, recipes, gardening and more! Download a copy here.

Photos: Country Creek Produce Farm & Hess Orchards Farm Market

Try a peach!

What makes these peaches so desirable? Franklin County has the rich soil and ideal climate for these sought-after peaches, such as the Redhaven peach, often compared to the Georgia peach. Other well-loved peaches that are in peak harvest through Labor Day are the Donut Peach, White Peach, Cresthaven, Sunhigh, and Baby Gold with freestone, cling-free and clingstone varieties.





Peachy Fun in Franklin County


Country Creek Produce Farm
Pick Your Own (PYO) Peaches
3794 Etter Rd., Chambersburg, PA

Visit Country Creek Produce Farm for PYO peaches the weekend of August 12th and 19th.

Fort Loudon Peach Festival
August 19th, 2023 | 9am – 3pm
142 Mullen St. Fort Loudon, PA


In the town of Fort Loudon the smell of peaches will fill the air during Peach Festival featuring vendors, activities, entertainment, food and of course PEACHES! FREE parking, FREE admission and FREE entertainment for adults and children. Event details here.

Explore more here! 


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