Food is one of the best parts of the Pennsylvania Farm Show! Remember, New Year’s Resolutions don’t count during Farm Show.
The Food Court, one of the most popular Farm Show attractions, is located in the Expo Hall and the Main Hall of the complex, and offers a wide variety of Pennsylvania-grown and made products. The Food Court generates income to support the non-profit Pennsylvania Agricultural Commodity Organizations.
PA Bee Keepers Association
There are 1,700 registered beekeepers in the state of Pennsylvania. Money raised during the PA Farm Show funds honeybee research at Pennsylvania colleges, promotions for PA honey production and scholarship and travel expenses of the Honey Queen.
Products for Sale: honey ice cream, honey waffles, bottles of honey and beehive products.
PA Cooperative Potato Growers, Inc.
Chartered in 1922, this is the oldest potato cooperative in the United States. Money raised during the week helps to support the marketing and promotion of PA potatoes. Monies are also used to pay dues for PA growers to belong to National Potato Organizations, fund research projects and promotional opportunities for PA growers.
Products for Sale: baked potatoes, fresh cut French fries, potato donuts, potatoes and baked sweet potatoes.
PA Dairymen’s Association
This is a service organization that provides scholarships, youth programs and agricultural education programs across Pennsylvania. The association maintains the milk house facilities in the PA Farm Show Complex. The Dairymen rely on the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show to fund their activities.
Products for Sale: milkshakes, white milk/chocolate milk, ice cream sundaes, deep fried mozzarella cubes with marinara sauce, toasted cheese sandwich and ice cream cones.
PA Livestock Association
The main purpose of the association is to develop and conserve the agricultural and soil resources of Pennsylvania by promoting the production, marketing, processing and maximum use of beef cattle, sheep, swine and horse livestock in the state. Money raised helps support youth livestock programs, the Keystone International Livestock Exposition and collegiate and youth judging teams.
Products for Sale (Expo Hall): pork barbeque sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, lamb stew, ham and cheese sandwiches, beef meatball sandwiches, beef sausage, jumbo beef/pork hot dogs, Italian sausage, steak salad, ham salad, horseradish and pink lemonade.
Products for Sale (Main Hall): beef brisket sandwich/sub.
PA Maple Syrup Producers Council
Income from sales during the show is used to promote Pure Maple products in a variety of ways, including sponsorship of the Pennsylvania Maple Sweetheart.
Products for Sale: maple sundaes, maple yogurt, maple cotton candy, maple coated nuts, maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream sugar, maple sugar and cookbooks.
PA Mushroom Growers Cooperative
This organization gives its proceeds to the American Mushroom Institute, which conducts research and supports mushroom growers throughout the United States.
Products for Sale: deep-fried breaded mushrooms, packaged fresh mushrooms and portabellos, mushroom soup, grilled portabellas, grilled portabella sandwich, mushroom salad and shroomies.
PA Vegetable Growers Association
The Association represents the commercial vegetable, potato and berry growers in the state. It provides educational resources and opportunities for its members, to supporting practical production research, to promoting growers and their products, and to representing the interests of the industry. The Association started selling vegetable soup at the Farm Show in 1979 and has since expanded its menu, as well as its profits, thanks to the help of over 200 volunteers now needed to staff the booth for the week. In the past 16 years, the Association has contributed over $310,000 from its Farm Show profits to vegetable and small fruit research projects at Penn State University.
Products for Sale: vegetable soup, batter-dipped vegetables, blooming onions, strawberry slush drink, broccoli-cauliflower salad, chicken corn soup, chili, dill pickles, carrots and celery, tomato juice, broccoli soup, berry pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate dipped strawberries, vegetable wraps and bean salad.
Penn Ag Industries Association
The council is a part of PennAg Industries, the oldest agribusiness trade organization in the United States and one of the premier agricultural organizations in Pennsylvania. The funds are used to support programs for industry as well as educational programs for consumers. In addition, $5,000 in proceeds are ear-marked to the FFA Foundation Endowment Fund for the next five years. The money will go toward contests, awards and other youth activities related to poultry.
Products for Sale: chicken nuggets, chicken breast sandwiches, hot dogs, turkey barbecue, wings, bucket of chicken, chicken cheese steak, seasoned slow roasted rotisserie sliced chicken, chicken soup, deviled eggs, red beet and mustard eggs, chicken parmesan sandwich, turkey meatball sandwich, pork nachos, chicken nachos and chicken chili, fish sandwich, trout chowder and tortilla crusted tilapia, fresh bagels w/or w/o cream cheese, cinnamon sticky bun, shoofly pie by the slice or whole pies, whoopie pies with white or peanut butter icing, large cookies and cinnamon bun, breakfast sandwich (egg & sausage or Canadian bacon) and slow roasted pulled pork.
State Horticultural Association
The SHAP booth at the Farm Show is committed to raising money for the apple and fruit tree industry. One of the major benefactors of the booth is the fruit research lab in Biglerville. The center is committed to development of new knowledge and education necessary to lead and support the successful transition of the industry to new production systems and markets. The fruit centers infrastructure transformation through orchard replanting into new production systems, equipment technology development and laboratory renovations will continue to allow our field to grow and address the changes that need to be made for the future fruit farmers to thrive in Pennsylvania.
Products for Sale (Expo Hall): apple cider, fresh apples, apple dumplings with ice cream, apple butter, cider floats, caramel apples on a stick, dried apple snacks, cider slushies and apple or peach sundaes.
Products for Sale (Main Hall): fresh apples.
Pennsylvania FFA Foundation
The mission of the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation is to raise funds to cultivate Pennsylvania’s most important agricultural commodity – our youth. The financial support provided by the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation helps to grow and develop the future agricultural leaders of the Commonwealth. The FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Products for Sale: Pennsylvania Preferred Pizza.
Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association
The Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association (PCA) has over 1400 members, and is affiliated with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The PCA is a co-sponsor of the Pennsylvania Beef Quality Assurance Program, the Pennsylvania Beef Expo, summer Cattlemen’s Field Day, and several other educational and information programs. The PCA also publishes the quarterly Keystone Cattlemen magazine. Monies raised at Farm Show help to provide scholarship for college students, supports many other youth and adult educational activities, and provides funds for NCBA membership.
Products for Sale: rib eye steak sandwiches, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, beef BBQ sandwiches, beef hotdogs, steak, egg and cheese sandwiches, beef sticks, peach tea, apple cider, honey dumplings and chocolate or white milk.