Eat Fresh and Local This Spring
Spring means more than just warmer days and brighter sunshine in Happy Valley — it also means the springing of fresh and local produce once more. Thanks to the abundance of farmers markets in and around the State College area, locals will have no trouble finding the season’s latest and greatest from local providers around town. Visit any of these local farmers markets to purchase your own fresh and local foods this spring.
Pennsylvania’s spring produce includes arugula, asparagus, chard, green onions, parsley, lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, thyme and more. The local markets and restaurants offer fresh food and products — all with the promise that you are supporting local farmers and vendors!
North Atherton Farmers Market
The North Atherton Farmers Market opens Saturday, May 11 for the 2019 season. It is a producers-only market, which means vendors sell only what they produce, grow or make. Over 30 vendors participate, selling an array of local products. Visit the market to find fresh spring produce like radishes, broccoli, shell peas, red and white spring onions, strawberries and cabbage, but don’t stop there! In addition to spring’s best produce, vendors offer fresh bread, dairy, meat, baked goods, and prepared foods. And don’t forget to grab lunch at the food trucks! At the North Atherton Farmers Market, you can also purchase locally made products such as soaps and candles. The Saturday hours make it convenient for anyone in town to venture to the North Atherton area for shopping and a farmers market visit.
Address: 2615 Green Tech Drive, State College
Hours: Saturdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
2019 Season: May 11–November 23
Bellefonte Farmers Market
The Bellefonte Farmers Market also offers Saturday hours, making it a convenient option for working families. They are also a producer-only market offering a variety of fresh spring foods. Some vendors begin selling as early as mid-April, but the market will be in full swing by the end of May. Find fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and meats, eggs, baked goods, canned goods, seasonal tree fruit and berries.
Address: Gamble Mill Parking Lot at 160 Dunlap St. & W Lamb St., Bellefonte
Hours: Saturdays 8 a.m. –Noon
2019 Season: May–October
Boalsburg Farmers Market
The Boalsburg Farmers Market operates year-round with its winter market hosted indoors at St. Johns United Church of Christ, and its summer market at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. The market has fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, baked goods, meats, salmon, dairy, maple syrup, honey, wine and more! Boalsburg residents will find the location convenient for a stop on the way home from work before the market closes at 6 p.m.
Address: Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Avenue, Boalsburg
Hours: Tuesdays 2–6 p.m.
2019 Season: June 13–September 26
Downtown State College Farmers Market
Visit downtown State College to find vendors selling produce, bread, milk, cheese, beef, flowers, honey, succulent plants, baked goods and fresh cut herbs. This is a great location for summer students and PSU staff, but street and lot parking are available for those visiting downtown.
Address: Locust Lane off College Ave.
Hours: Fridays 11:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.
2019 Season: May 3–November 22 (except the week of Arts Fest)
Pine Grove Mills Farmers Market
The Pine Grove Mills Farmers Market has a variety of fresh, local produce, meats, coffee, fresh bread and even kombucha. Its location is convenient for those on the West College end of State College and Pine Grove Mills residents.
Address: 277 W Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills
Hours: Thursdays 3–7 p.m.
2019 Season: June 13–September 26
Maine Bay & Berry
Maine Bay & Berry is a unique new vendor that opened in the summer of 2017 and now provides the State College and Central Pennsylvania area with high quality seafood, jams, syrups, cooking sauces, pies and blueberries from 15 small businesses in Maine. Maine Bay & Berry now has a permanent location at The Barn at Lemont, and a seasonal location on Shiloh Road from April through December. Offer one of their fresh and unique options at your spring and summer picnics to bring a piece of the Maine to your Pennsylvania backyard.
Address: 201 Elmwood Street, State College
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. –6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. –5 p.m., Sunday 1–5 p.m.
Shiloh Road locations from April through December
In addition to purchasing your own local foods, plenty of local restaurants have stocked fresh spring fare to integrate into their menus. Visit local restaurants to experience some fresh, local produce at its finest. A great way to do this is by following Culinary Week in Happy Valley. From June 10 to 16 local restaurants will participate in culinary week by offering special menus with discounted, multi-course meals. Participating in this community-wide event will allow you to experience the best that restaurants have to offer while using social media to participate in contests and giveaways!
Here are some options to spice up your spring and summer meals in and around Happy Valley.
Just 15 minutes outside of Bellefonte is Howard, PA and the Hublersburg Inn. This restaurant, pub and country inn was established in 1827. At the Hublersburg Inn, spring is not only a great time for new, fresh menu choices like Duck Nachos, Spring Vegetable Pasta and Deviled Eggs made with local, farm-fresh eggs but a time to launch a new, fun cocktail menu! Some of the new handcrafted cocktails for spring include the English Beet, Peach Blossom, and Lavender Bee Knees. As the warmer weather approaches and the garden patio opens, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy brunch outside with Eggs Benedict and French 75, a Pear Bellini, or a custom-made Bloody Mary from the Bloody Cart. Check their Facebook page or website for upcoming spring events like their Hooray for Rosé wine tasting, Gin in June spirits tasting, and Live Music on the Patio schedule.
Address: 449 Hublersburg Road, Howard
Otto’s Pub and Brewery
Otto’s Pub and Brewery emphasizes their commitment to fresh and local food appearing on their menu. They even grow some of their own produce at local gardens in State College. In addition, they work with local producers including Buy Fresh, Buy Local; Green Heron Farm; Tait Farm; and many more to source seasonal ingredients and incorporate the season’s best. Otto’s also offers outdoor seating so the spring and summer weather can be enjoyed with its accompanying fare.
Address: 2235 North Atherton Street
The Tavern Restaurant
The Tavern Restaurant has been serving the State College and Penn State community since 1948. Its 18th century ambiance is both charming and inviting. The chefs are regularly changing the menu to include the freshest seasonal offerings, which can be enjoyed on the patio during pleasant spring weather. Check The Tavern website for daily hours (usually closed between lunch and dinner hours) and to make reservations.
Address: 220 East College Ave.
Chances are, you have already dined at one of the two Doan’s Bones Barbecue locations — with the family-owned restaurant named #1 BBQ by State College Magazine. You can also have the award-winning barbecue catered to your next event, with mouth-watering ribs, tender beef brisket, and other popular entrees delivered to your location. Doan’s also offers on-site catering and pick-up at both restaurants.
Address: 3507 McAlevys Fort Rd., Petersburg and 401 West Beaver Ave.
If you’re looking for some quick bites off the beaten path while enjoying the outdoor weather, you can find some great stops outside State College. Check out Earlystown Diner in Centre Hall for friendly service and generous portions of home-cooked diner food. Heading out 322? A quick stop in Belleville will take you to Taste of the Valley where you can try their fan-favorite Green Lane Panini on homemade sourdough bread or chocolate trifle cheesecake.