Explore Chester County Agriculture

Posted May 27, 2022


Warmer weather means it's a great time to start exploring Chester County's pick-your-own farms, wineries, farmers markets and more. From strawberry fields to rows of radiant peonies, the county's diverse array of farms offers many springtime opportunities for fresh-air fun and locally grown farm products.

Plan your farm visits throughout the seasons with the county's newly released A Guide to Local Farm Products in Chester County magazine, which highlights over 125 family-owned farms and markets. The guide includes a map and farm addresses for easy navigation, plus a chart that indicates what's currently in season.

"In this issue, you'll learn the history behind Chadds Ford's popular peony festival, meet the county's Farmer of the Year, discover what it means to run a micro dairy and embrace the healing power of horses," says Chester County Ag Council Director Hillary Krummrich. "We hope the guide inspires you to eat well, get outside more and connect with your farming neighbors."

With approximately 31% of Chester County's land in farming, agriculture is a critical industry for the regional economy and the county's sense of place. Chester County ranked second among all 67 Pennsylvania counties and 53rd in the U.S. in the total value of agricultural products sold with annual sales of $712,468,000.

A Guide to Local Farm Products is available free-of-charge at libraries, many township and county offices, and at select farm stands across the county. It can also be read online.