Foodies Love Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide

Foodies Love Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide

Franklin County Visitors Bureau showcases fresh food and great dining in the Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. The county has an abundance of freshness to share. It ranks second in vegetable production in the state, is home to the Chambersburg peach, and yields 850 million pounds of milk annually. With such a variety of fresh foods, foodies love Franklin County.

For 2020-21, the “Sweet Trail” is back with more stops—including delicious ice cream, chocolate and candy stops across the county. It even throws in a few favorite recipes and tips on growing fresh food. Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide also features all-American and international flavors of Franklin County; a spotlight on local breweries, wineries, and distilleries; listings of farm stands, farmers markets, and honey producers plus a guide to local restaurants. Franklin County’s agricultural past is showcased in Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail; trail map is included on the inside back cover.

The publication is a great way to plan a “foodie tour” of Franklin County and take home some of the fresh foods from farmers markets, cheese makers, and creameries to enjoy a little longer. It even throws in a few favorite recipes. Plan a visit today; check out the publication online here. Or, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 to receive a printed publication.

Bees are the BEST!

Bees are the BEST!

Franklin County appreciates BEES! Bees pollinate enough vegetable plants to make Franklin County a top PA producer of vegetables and are integral to the county’s fruit production, too.

A good way to attract bees is by planting herbs and flowers. Some good herbs to plant include chives, mint, lavender, thyme, and oregano.  Crocus, bee balm, and zinnias are good flowers. Try making your own newspaper pots. Find instructions here on how on ExploreFranklinCountyPA’s Fun in Franklin County page.

Kingsland Apiary – Bee Enablers shared these coloring pages:

A Bee

Bees at Work

Bee Keeper at Work

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) showcases fresh food and great dining in Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. Franklin County has an abundance of freshness to share. The county ranks second in vegetable production in the state, is home to the Chambersburg peach, and yields 850 million pounds of milk annually. With such a variety of fresh foods, foodies love Franklin County.

Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide includes listings of farm stands, farmers markets, and honey producers plus a guide to local restaurants. The publication is a great way to plan a “foodie tour” of Franklin County and take home some of the fresh foods from farmers markets, cheese makers, and creameries to enjoy a little longer. The 2019-2020 Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide includes a “Sweet Trail,” highlighting ice cream, chocolate and candy stops across the county. It even throws in a few favorite recipes, ways to eat more plant-based meals, and tips on growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Franklin County’s agricultural past is showcased in the Cumberland Valley Bank Barn and the new Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail, both topics of the newest edition of Franklin Fresh. Food is an essential part of every trip, and Franklin County food is a reason to visit. Plan ahead by checking out the publication online here. Or, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 to receive a printed publication.

 

 

Cover It! A Franklin County Photo Contest

Cover It! A Franklin County Photo Contest

Calling all picture takers to Franklin County PA for the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s Photo Contest. The buds of spring are slowly popping. So, grab a camera and start taking all those beautiful vistas, landmarks, and iconic shots of Franklin County because the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is selecting a cover shot for its 2018-2019 Franklin County Visitors Guide Capture the essence of  Franklin County for the Franklin County Visitors Bureaus Cover It: Franklin County’s Great Moments Photo Contest.  The winning photo will be the cover of the 2015 Franklin County Visitors Guide.

Travel the trails of Franklin County through acres of farmland and forests. Trek back to frontier settlements and forts, stopovers along the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War raids and invasions. Woven between these stories of America’s history are the verdant, rolling hills and azure skies, old-fashioned ice cream shops, bakeries with shoo-fly pies and sticky buns; orchards in blossom; theatres and inns, meandering trails and streams, golf courses, and charming towns. Capture the photo that best showcases Franklin County and not only will the photo be the cover of the 2018 visitors guide, but the photographer will win $250 in cash.

In addition, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is seeking photos for, Franklin Fresh: The Fresh Food & Dining Guide of Franklin County PA and On The Move in Franklin County Rec Guide. Two $100 prizes will be awarded to the top “fresh food” and “on the move” photos.

The contest kicks off May 1 and runs for just two weeks. It is easy to enter:

  • Complete an entry form for each photo submitted. Also, if the photo has an identifiable person, please have the subject complete the personal release section of the entry form.
  • Email the entry form and photo to: jpollard@explorefranklincountypa.com. Or, mail the photo along with the entry form to Franklin County Visitors Bureau, 37 South Main Street, Suite 100, Chambersburg, PA 1720. You can also drop it at the office from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday, or use the mail slot any time.

Up to 15 photos per photographer are allowed.

Photo Contest Form and Subject Release

Questions…please contact the visitors bureau at 717.552.2977 or 866.646.8060. All submissions must be received by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau by May 14 at 4 PM. Good luck!

Franklin County Visitors Bureau is highlighting February as National Black History Month, Library Lover’s Month, and Great American Pie Month. Of course, on the surface, it may seem there is nothing that these celebrations have in common. But, all of these celebrations bring attention to February, and all are strong focuses for Franklin County PA.

Black History Month is an annual focal point of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. In 2018, the visitor bureau recommends viewing its Road to Freedom video to understand how important the area was as a route for escaping enslaved. The video can be viewed here. In addition, Franklin County Visitors Bureau recommends the Franklin County Historical Society’s presentation by author, pastor, and teacher Ed Maliskas on his book, “John Brown to James Brown – The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied” on Saturday, February 24 from 1-3pm. Maliskas will discuss the story of a small farm in Washington County from which John Brown led his famous raid. The property was later purchased by the Black Elks and hosted dances featuring James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and many other famous artists. Appropriately, the event will take place at the John Brown House on 225 East King Street in Chambersburg, which was the northern headquarters of John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry. Maliskas will have copies of his book for sale.

Library Lovers Month is a must-celebrate for Franklin County PA. The county is home to more than a dozen libraries—from county-supported libraries, community libraries, bookmobiles, college libraries, and Little Free Libraries. It is a good month to visit libraries, support with donations, and volunteer time. For Franklin County, the newly renovated Coyle Free Library in downtown Chambersburg is an asset to local residents and a welcome destination for visitors to Franklin County.

Finally, with the fresh fruit of Franklin County, celebrating February as Great American Pie Month is easy to understand. Throughout February, Franklin County Visitors Bureau plans to offer its favorite pie recipes on Facebook.com/FCVBen, incorporating the fresh fruits of Franklin County such as peaches, apples, blueberries, raspberries, pears, and even a delicious milk pie to recognize Franklin County cows are the second highest producers of milk in PA.

Explore Franklin County PA and celebrate Black History Month, Library Lovers Month, and Great American Pie Month. Enjoy trails of history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods, and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Explore more here or contact 866.646.8060 for help putting together your visit.