Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest offers outdoor summer activities

Market and Symposiums a focal point for shopping, organic food, and entertainment 

FarmFest is only a month away, and among the events are the Homemade and Homegrown Market, where quality artisans and farmers, including an Organic Food Court, are featured on Friday evening and Saturday during the day on August 2nd and 3rd.  Placed among a grove of trees to shield the August sun, explore the vendor booths and food court while being entertained by live music and keynote speakers throughout the festival.

Vendor applications are still being accepted.  Use FarmFest as a platform to promote your organization, sell your wares, and raise funds. Restaurants and food trucks specializing in local, organic, and sustainable food are also invited to be part of the very popular Organic Food Court.  

Held at the Centre County Grange Fair Grounds in Centre Hall, PA, FarmFest is a zero waste event, where vendors and the public are encouraged to recycle and use reusable containers and packaging.  Bring your water bottle (and sunscreen!). And best of all, spend the night in your tent, RV, or one of the famous Grange Fair canvas tents.

“One of the highlights of last years’ FarmFest was the Homemade and Homegrown Market,” says FarmFest education coordinator Lee Rinehart.  “This year will be even better as we have included the Organic Valley Stage placed right in the market where the public can listen to local bands and hear some innovative talks from our keynote speakers.” 

New to FarmFest this year are the Outdoor Trail2Creek Symposium and the Natural Health Symposium.  The Outdoor Symposium will celebrate diverse outdoor resources by highlighting area outfitters and outdoor gear, environmental groups, and outdoor clubs.  Visit an array of tables and exhibits, and sit in on a variety of 15-minute talks and demonstrations.  At the Natural Health Symposium see businesses and organizations that specialize in all forms of Natural Health.  Join us at FarmFest as these exhibitors demonstrate new ways to change the way you see your own healthcare.

You can also visit commercial and non-profit exhibitor booths throughout FarmFest that feature FarmFest sponsors such as Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), The Fertrell Company, the PA Women’s Agricultural Network (PA WAGN), Organic Valley Family of Farms, Horizon Organic, Nature’s Best Organic Feeds and don’t forget to visit the Homemade & Homegrown Title Sponsor, Bell and Evans where you can try tasty organic chicken samples.

If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor of the Outdoor Symposium or the Natural Health Symposium or would like more information on vending at the Homemade and Homegrown Market contact Kathryn Tokarz at (814)-422-0251 or

Pennsylvania Certified Organic is a non-profit organization that educates and certifies organic growers and handlers in Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.  To learn more about PCO or to apply for organic certification, call 814-422-0251 or visit our website


Friday, August 2, 2013 - 12:00pm to Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 6:00pm