A new agritourism passport program launched by Destination Gettysburg looks to spotlight farms and markets in Adams County and Gettysburg.
The Adams County Crop Hop, a digital passport featuring more than 20 local businesses, was created to promote the county’s robust agriculture scene and experiences, said Karl Pietrzak, president of Destination Gettysburg.
The passport can be accessed through a mobile landing page and allows visitors and locals to receive prizes for visiting the many businesses listed.
“Destination Gettysburg is always looking for new and innovative ways to promote the robust agriculture scene and experiences we have in Adams County,” said Pietrzak. “The Adams County Crop Hop will tie many of the hands-on and immersive experiences that we have at our various farms and markets into one agritourism experience for locals and visitors alike.”
Some of the businesses featured in the passport include: Boyer Nurseries & Orchards, the only complete wholesale/retail garden center and farm market in Adams County; Historic Round Barn & Farm Market, a farmers market operated out of a barn built in 1914; and Land of Little Horses, a performing animal theme park.
The program was funded partly by a grant awarded to Destination Gettysburg by the state Department of Agriculture to promote the county’s agritourism.
“Our farm markets, nurseries, orchards, stables and farms represent not just fun places to spend an afternoon, but the value of the wide-open green spaces that feed our senses and our economy,” said Russell Redding, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary. “Destination Gettysburg’s Crop Hop will be a great way to support the agriculture businesses that represent our proud past, our prosperous present and our promising future.”
Destination Gettysburg is the official destination marketing organization for both Gettysburg and Adams County.
The Crop Hop is the organization’s second passport. In 2018, Destination Gettysburg unveiled its Pour Tour, a physical passport with 20 businesses and 33 drinks needed to complete.