The Sideling Hill Service Plaza is one of 18 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but only one of two hosting a farmer’s market of locally grown fruits and vegetables (the other one is located in Allentown).
Says Mara of The Mother of all Trips, We pulled off at the Sideling Hill Service Area on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in between Harrisburg and Altoona to discover that it is a lovely spot! We grabbed our cooler out of the trunk and had a nice picnic next to the memorial garden that is planted on one side of the service area building (a plaque there honors veterans of the armed forces)¦Nicest of all was the farmer’s market, where five days a week it is possible to purchase local produce, jams, and baked goods. I picked up some cherries and blueberry bread for breakfast they should make a nice supplement to the complimentary cereal we get at our hotel. Read Mara’s full article Playing Catch on the PA Turnpike.
Date last visited: Mid-June 2009
Distance off the interstate: Directly off the turnpike. Access from both east and westbound.
Food Services: In addition to the farmer’s market, the plaza contains a Burger King, Popeye’s, and Hershey’s Ice Cream.
Website: Find information on all of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s service plazas at: http://www.paturnpike.com/geninfo/srvcplaza/svcplazas.aspx.
Directions: West of Harrisburg on the PA Turnpike (I-78), between exits 161-180.
Photo curtesy of The Mother of All Trips.