Just before the downpour, Hal and I were able to speak with site coordinator, Joe Holovich at the Sideling Hill Market at the service plaza on the PA Turnpike. Joe and three other vendors had a huge crowd of travelers purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables, value added james/jellies/home-canned fruit, honey, bee products, maple syrup and more.  Farmers must grow at least 50% of the items they sell.  They do sell some products from their neighbors’ farms.

The market has been operating for 15 years. It is a collaboration between the PA Department of Agriculture and the PA Department of Transportation. A new shelter was recently rebuilt for the vendors. Mike Fix is the market manager, an employee at the Department of Agriculture.

Joe’s Farm – Alum Bank Farms – has had a great year with their bees. They produce specialty Buckwheat Honey as well as specialty items from soaps to lip balm and even bees-wax candles.

Farmers were offering produce at these prices: honey – $6.00/16 oz, $17.00/5 lbs; peaches – $5/ quarter peck, $10/peck; blueberries – $2/ half pint; blackberries – $4/pint.

Overall, a great market with lots of customers. All of the growers were getting excellent prices for their products.