Fresh air, open land, and an honest day's work — even if you aren't cut out for farm life full time, getting a taste (figuratively and literally) of the impact and influence of farmers, ranchers, and artisans is a special experience. Agri-tourism may be a steadily growing trend, but it's what we've been doing and respecting in Chester County all along.
More than a farm-to-table exhibit, a visit to our working establishments gives you a real view of where your food comes from and the hard work and skill that goes into creating it. You'll have the chance to get your hands dirty, understand the unique skills that go into farming, and maybe even green up your thumb a bit. If it turns out you can't bring a new hobby home with you, you'll at least be able to bring home delicious handcrafted treasures from places like the Artisan Exchange or the Wyebrook Farm Market. A day at the farm or in the fields in Chester County is truly a taste of something special.
Book a B&B
Stay over in Chester County so you can wake with the roosters or relax after a long day in the fields. Many area B&Bs are former farm houses.
At Wyebrook Farm it's a truly immersive experience as you tour a fully working farm. Meet the pigs, cows, and chickens that call it home, then head to the market where fresh meats, eggs, cheese, and more await. Take your finds out for a picnic, or stay onsite and visit the restaurant for gourmet lunch, dinner, or brunch dishes served up with a view of the fields.
Yellow Springs Farm raises a variety of plants perfect for your garden, but the real draw is their goat nursery and dairy. Call in advance to set up a tour of farm, try your hand at milking a goat, and get a taste of the freshest cheese available.
Head to the Herr's Snack Factory to get an up-close look at another angle in food production. With windows overlooking the actual manufacturing plant, visitors can learn about ingredient sourcing, production, and, of course, sample some of Pennsylvania's favorite chips.
Springton Manor Farm is a hands-on destination that allows all ages to tour a historic barn, meet baby animals, and learn about the history of farming in Chester County through special educational workshops and demos.