Paul Baumgardner is the third generation to farm his family’s land in Emmitsburg, Md.
“The face of American agriculture is really changing,” he said. “My heart is in agriculture. We’ve tried to be good stewards of the land.”
To help ensure that the family farm can sustain itself into the next generation and beyond, Paul and his wife, Susie, recently opened the Harvest Barn Country Market in Gettysburg. After some cleaning, painting and other cosmetic work, the market opened in July at 1924 York Road, inside the former site of Hartlaub’s Antiques. A grand opening celebration is planned for the weekend of Aug. 18-19.
Baumgardner said the market is “an extension of the farming operation.” The family sold some of their produce at roadside stands last summer, and he said he’s been considering opening a permanent market for years. The location on Route 30 allows for good visibility and easy access for locals and visitors alike, he said.
“I’m one of those farmers who’s always been willing to try other things,” he said.
Chad Knox, Baumgardner’s stepson and the fourth generation to farm the family land, and his wife Sarah manage the market, with help from a number of extended family members.
The market offers seasonal produce from the Baumgardner farm, including corn, watermelon, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini, as well as beef, pork and eggs. Other food items, including cheese, baked goods, ice cream and snacks, along with soaps, candles, tea, baking mixes, and much more, come from local producers and artisans within about 25 miles of Gettysburg. A selection of Susie’s hand-painted gourds are also available for purchase.
The Harvest Barn Country Market is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 717-353-2459 or visit harvestbarncountrymarket.com.