Lehigh Valley Farms & Its Agricultural Scene
Lehigh Valley's food scene is nationally lauded, and much of that praise centers on the roots of organic farming hailing from Rodale Institute and a nod to our great region, coupled with our local farm-to-table movement. To get to the foundation of Lehigh Valley's food, you must visit our farms, farm stands, farmers markets, and orchard “u-pick”. And you may just want to do by bike. Lehigh Valley’s farming and cycling go hand-in-hand. That's what agritourism is: a way to let visitors tour and engage with agriculturally focused sites and activities.
Buy fresh, buy local. Here, you can see how local crops are grown and how those fresh ingredients are brewed into one-of-a-kind beers. Indulge in breakfast, lunch, or dinner made up of local produce and farm-raised meats and please your palate with a wine tasting or grain to glass cocktail, all grown just a few miles from urban centers. Small local farms are more likely to use sustainable farming practices and to grow a wider variety of crops. The heirloom seeds that your neighboring farmer grows will remind you what tomatoes (or green beans, potatoes, peppers, etc) used to taste like. They will also remind you that there is more than one kind of each, as local farms grow vegetables that are unique and inspirational to cook with.
But agriculture isn't defined just by crops in Lehigh Valley. Tree farms, sunflower fields, dairy farms, alpaca farms, CBD, and more make up our agritourism footprint. Whether you're after a pre-cut tree or one you can cut yourself, we've picked out the top places to buy a Christmas tree. The best part is that you'll be supporting a local farm, many of which have been in their families for generations.
Lehigh Valley's tradition of agricultural tourism is alive and well. The following places all offer something special for an agritourist — or anyone appreciating the good, hearty, authentic, and responsibly-grown.