But there’s no stopping after the fresh cobs are cleaned and ready for the boiling pot.
There are muskmelons to thump, cantaloupes to sniff. Yellow, green and ruby red tomatoes need careful selection for the juicy foundation to the perfect summertime BLT.
Cling or freestone peaches? Beets or beans for dinner? Broccoli or cauliflower?
The late summer bounty from our farm fields is a visceral reminder that agriculture is one of Pennsylvania’s top industries.
“Plenty of Pennsylvania” is one of the catchy songs from “Plain and Fancy,” a 1950s musical set in the Amish countryside of Pennsylvania.
“In Pennsylvania everything grows,” the song goes. “All you need is some seed and a plow or two.”
To find a farm market and farm stand near you, check the state Department of Agriculture’s website.