Throughout American history, the rolling landscapes of Pennsylvania have been well known for producing bountiful farm crops, starting in colonial days when the farms in the area surrounding Boyertown were considered the “breadbasket” of southeastern Pennsylvania. Today in the still mostly rural region, farms continue to produce traditional dairy and meat products, yet have also branched out into organic fruits and vegetables, great artisan cheeses, alpacas, homemade fruit butters and more. To let you taste the goodness, we’ve crafted the best locations that have farm markets and are accustomed to providing tours of their farms into The Farm Trail, so you and your family (or your school group) can discover how and where today’s food comes from, and the variety of skills that go into making it happen.

Frecon Farms
501 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA

Frecon Farms has been growing fruits and berries including cherries, peaches, plums, blueberries, nectarines, raspberries, apples and pears in every season since 1944. In Spring, the orchard comes alive as the gardens get their first planting. In summer, fresh fruit is harvested daily and a huge variety of fresh vegetables come into season all summer long. In fall, the UPick season begins as the orchard swells with fruit and families coming into the orchard to pick their own fruit. In winter, while the orchard hibernates, the bakery prepares for the holiday and winter season, until the whole cycle starts again in the Spring.

Frecon Farms
501 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA

Frecon Farms has been growing fruits and berries including cherries, peaches, plums, blueberries, nectarines, raspberries, apples and pears in every season since 1944. In Spring, the orchard comes alive as the gardens get their first planting. In summer, fresh fruit is harvested daily and a huge variety of fresh vegetables come into season all summer long. In fall, the UPick season begins as the orchard swells with fruit and families coming into the orchard to pick their own fruit. In winter, while the orchard hibernates, the bakery prepares for the holiday and winter season, until the whole cycle starts again in the Spring.

Wilcox Farms
1134 Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA

Wilcox Farms that got its start growing vegetables nearly 75 years ago, is now much more than a farm! In summer, enjoy hand-dipped ice cream and fresh vegetables grown right on the property. In the fall, come for the corn maze, and for younger children, a kid’s corn maze, plus tractor-powered hay rides. During the holiday season, there’s Wilcox Winter Wonderland featuring a large variety of live greens, wreaths, garlands, swags, and more to create your own festive home for Christmas.

Illusion Ranch Alpacas
2079 Farmington Avenue, Boyertown, PA

Illusion Ranch, which has been raising show quality alpacas for 30 years on 10 pristine acres in the Boyertown area, now has more than 30 award winning alpacas which produce the wool for custom-branded yarns and other high quality alpaca products. When you visit, you can watch while alpacas of various colors are sheered to supply the natural fiber, and tour the ranch to see how the alpacas are cared for, where they live, and experience their typical day on the farm.

Illusion Ranch Alpacas
2079 Farmington Avenue, Boyertown, PA

Illusion Ranch, which has been raising show quality alpacas for 30 years on 10 pristine acres in the Boyertown area, now has more than 30 award winning alpacas which produce the wool for custom-branded yarns and other high quality alpaca products. When you visit, you can watch while alpacas of various colors are sheered to supply the natural fiber, and tour the ranch to see how the alpacas are cared for, where they live, and experience their typical day on the farm.

Spotted Hill Farm
530 Colebrookdale Road, Boyertown, PA

When the owners of Spotted Hill Farm moved to the area in 2002, they bought two Nubian goats. Soon more followed and now, 16 years later, they have 20 goats and one horse, flocks of chickens and turkeys, and koi, along with rescue dogs and house cats. In addition to raising all these animals, the farm produces their own brand of soap. The owners pride themselves in giving tours of the farm to teach about the animals and life on the farm.

Red Rope Farm
196 Hill School Road, Douglassville, PA

City dwellers Dave and Kim Day, now the owners of Red Rope Farm, started small when they moved from North Philadelphia to the Boyertown area. Beginning with just with 2 dozen laying hens, they soon added five sheep, a dew turkeys and two calves for beef. They now raise sheep for both meat and wool, chickens for eggs, and calves for beef along with making soap, crafts and yarn. In summer, they also raise vegetables for sale.

Red Rope Farm
196 Hill School Road, Douglassville, PA

City dwellers Dave and Kim Day, now the owners of Red Rope Farm, started small when they moved from North Philadelphia to the Boyertown area. Beginning with just with 2 dozen laying hens, they soon added five sheep, a dew turkeys and two calves for beef. They now raise sheep for both meat and wool, chickens for eggs, and calves for beef along with making soap, crafts and yarn. In summer, they also raise vegetables for sale.

Fisher’s Farm Fresh Produce
1839 Memorial Highway, Oley, PA

The Fisher family has been farming in the Oley Valley for more than 200 years. In fact, the Henry Fisher House is one of the earliest examples of the massive Georgian architecture that has come to represent the finest stone structures in the region. The farm produces award winning sweet corn, spinach, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, lettuce and kale. The Fisher’s also gather up vegetables and seasonal fruits from other farmers to offer in their store. In addition, fresh baked goods that are produced daily by Felicia Fisher’s Black Buggy Baking Company are featured as well. This very friendly family will give you are tour of the farm and the historic buildings as well as the gardens.

Prout’s Jollyview Farm Market
1560 Memorial Highway, Oley, PA

Prout’s Jolleyview Farm has become best known for their annual strawberry festival, with a pick your own strawberries event surrounded by music, free hay rides, antique tractors, and great food. In addition to their famous strawberries, the owner of Prout’s says “if you can grow it in Pennsylvania, we have it, ” including red beets, sweet onions, yellow and zucchini squash, corn, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, eggplants, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, pumpkins, gourds and more.

Prout’s Jollyview Farm Market
1560 Memorial Highway, Oley, PA

Prout’s Jolleyview Farm has become best known for their annual strawberry festival, with a pick your own strawberries event surrounded by music, free hay rides, antique tractors, and great food. In addition to their famous strawberries, the owner of Prout’s says “if you can grow it in Pennsylvania, we have it, ” including red beets, sweet onions, yellow and zucchini squash, corn, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, eggplants, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, pumpkins, gourds and more.

Oley Valley Organics
3071 West Philadelphia Avenue, Oley, PA

Oley Valley Organics is both a farm growing vegetables and a store on West Philadelphia Avenue which carries the farm’s produce as well as other products that promote a healthy lifestyle. Starting with organically grown asparagus which produces a large spear with a delicate taste, they planted 12,000 roots to mature in five years. In addition, they now grow raspberries, strawberries, beans, carrots, celery, cucumbers, garlic, herbs, kale, onions, peppers, Swiss Chard, and tomatoes.

Bendy Brook Farm/Covered Bridge Farm Stand
310 Covered Bridge Road, Oley, PA

The Mast Family has been farming Bendy Brook Farm on 120 pristine acres, for over 70 years. Since entering the livestock business 40 years ago, they now raise 100% grass fed beef, which is lower in fat and higher in nutrition than grain fed beef. They also raise heritage pork, pastured turkeys and chickens, all using chemical free and sustainable farming practices. To produce the highest quality meats, all of the feed that is fed to the animals is GMO free. The poultry and pigs are also grown organically and fed soy free grains.

Bendy Brook Farm/Covered Bridge Farm Stand
310 Covered Bridge Road, Oley, PA

The Mast Family has been farming Bendy Brook Farm on 120 pristine acres, for over 70 years. Since entering the livestock business 40 years ago, they now raise 100% grass fed beef, which is lower in fat and higher in nutrition than grain fed beef. They also raise heritage pork, pastured turkeys and chickens, all using chemical free and sustainable farming practices. To produce the highest quality meats, all of the feed that is fed to the animals is GMO free. The poultry and pigs are also grown organically and fed soy free grains.

Valley Milkhouse,
92 Covered Bridge Road, Oley, PA

Inspired by European cheesemaking traditions, Valley Milkhouse is an artisan creamery producing fresh, soft-ripened, and aged cheeses. To produce the highest quality cheeses, all of the milk they use comes from the Spring Creek Farm Dairy, a fifth generation dairy with a mix of Jersey, Ayrshire, and Holstein cows who are grazed without grain feeding. The creamery took home three ribbons for their cheeses from the Pennsylvania Farm Show in 2017, and another three in 2018.

Rodale Institute
611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA

Seventy years ago, when the concept of organic farming was revolutionary and not well understood, organic pioneer J.I. Rodale studied the connection between the quality of the soil and the quality of the produce grown in it, creating the motto Healthy Soil=Healthy Food=Healthy People. This motto has guided the farming practices of the Rodale Institute ever since. In spite of the pushback in the early years, Rodale was convinced that “organics was not a fad.” In fact, the farming methods use long-established practices from other countries that were much more firmly grounded than the current chemical flair of American practices. Now, seven decades later, organic farms are the fastest growing category of agriculture in the nation, and in the Boyertown area as well. In addition to maintaining working organic farm operations, today, Rodale is well known for publications and other helpful materials to enable farmers to establish and maintain sustainable organic farms. When you visit, be sure to take the audio supported walking tour on the property to learn more about what Rodale does.

Rodale Institute
611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA

Seventy years ago, when the concept of organic farming was revolutionary and not well understood, organic pioneer J.I. Rodale studied the connection between the quality of the soil and the quality of the produce grown in it, creating the motto Healthy Soil=Healthy Food=Healthy People. This motto has guided the farming practices of the Rodale Institute ever since. In spite of the pushback in the early years, Rodale was convinced that “organics was not a fad.” In fact, the farming methods use long-established practices from other countries that were much more firmly grounded than the current chemical flair of American practices. Now, seven decades later, organic farms are the fastest growing category of agriculture in the nation, and in the Boyertown area as well. In addition to maintaining working organic farm operations, today, Rodale is well known for publications and other helpful materials to enable farmers to establish and maintain sustainable organic farms. When you visit, be sure to take the audio supported walking tour on the property to learn more about what Rodale does.

Butter Valley Harvest
1690 PA Highway 100, Bally, PA

Butter Valley Harvest is a family owned, yet fairly large farming operation that uses hydroponics to grow lettuce in water-based channels and herbs year around. They also grow tomatoes and cucumbers in a bucket system from March through December. Beginning in 2008 with their first experimental seeds, they now supply a number of local restaurants and grocery stores with fresh produce, with the intent of getting the highest quality vegetables into the hands of customers as quickly as possible, to ensure maximum freshness.

Longacre’s Dairy
1445 PA Highway 100, Barto, PA

Starting in 1920, John Longacre got up at sunrise every morning, milked his herd, and began delivering milk in his horse drawn wagon in Bally, Bechtelsville and Barto. Longacre’s Modern Dairy was built in 1942 and now processes their own unique brand of ice cream, ice cream mix, fruit drinks, and iced tea using only the highest quality ingredients. In addition, in 1996, they began processing and packaging organic milk, which is now, in addition to being sold to customers, is delivered to grocery stores, educational locations, and nursing homes. Although they no longer deliver in horse drawn wagons, they still provide all the quality dairy products they have become known for throughout the region.

Longacre’s Dairy
1445 PA Highway 100, Barto, PA

Starting in 1920, John Longacre got up at sunrise every morning, milked his herd, and began delivering milk in his horse drawn wagon in Bally, Bechtelsville and Barto. Longacre’s Modern Dairy was built in 1942 and now processes their own unique brand of ice cream, ice cream mix, fruit drinks, and iced tea using only the highest quality ingredients. In addition, in 1996, they began processing and packaging organic milk, which is now, in addition to being sold to customers, is delivered to grocery stores, educational locations, and nursing homes. Although they no longer deliver in horse drawn wagons, they still provide all the quality dairy products they have become known for throughout the region.

Bauman Family Fruit Butters
118 Hoffmansville Road, Sassamanville, PA

Take a tour through the location where the Bauman family produces its famous apple butter which begins with a selection of apples pouring into the facility from delivery trucks, which are chopped finely and pressed into cider. At the same time, whole apples are dumped into the cooking barrels in the cooking room which have heating coils inside. Then a large quantity of the cider that was made separately is gradually added and cooked in for about four hours, until the butter, made according to the Bauman’s unique recipe, is dark and thick, with lots of flavor. After going through a screener, the apple butter is then cooked for another one and one half hours before being automatically filled and capped to produce the highest quality product.

Beekman Orchards
732 Franklin Road, Boyertown, PA

Beekman Orchards is a fourth generation farm that has been growing apples, peaches, nectarines, and wine grapes for over 70 years. There are currently three generations in the operation, with the young ones learning the ropes. The family hopes to become a Century Farm in the future. Since it is very important to the family to continue to be good stewards of the earth, they began using eco-friendly methods about 20 years ago and plan to keep up with innovations in growing to continue to produce the best quality fruit for future generations.

Beekman Orchards
732 Franklin Road, Boyertown, PA

Beekman Orchards is a fourth generation farm that has been growing apples, peaches, nectarines, and wine grapes for over 70 years. There are currently three generations in the operation, with the young ones learning the ropes. The family hopes to become a Century Farm in the future. Since it is very important to the family to continue to be good stewards of the earth, they began using eco-friendly methods about 20 years ago and plan to keep up with innovations in growing to continue to produce the best quality fruit for future generations.

Barn Fresh Vintage Market
311 County Line Road, Gilbertsville, PA

The area surrounding Boyertown was once completely covered with expansive farms with large, comfortable farm houses. Knowing that people would love to have the things that were in these traditional farm houses, the owners of Barn Fresh Vintage Market banded together 30 co-op vendors to bring you the items from historic farmhouses (and a few barns!), to grace your own kitchen, dining room or family room. Run by owners who grew up going to auctions and flea markets and loved to find cool rusty and old forgotten about things to repurpose, they are constantly on the hunt for new items and great finds to bring to customers.