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The Tomato Barn & The Goody Barn

One of the “must-experience” hidden gems of Lancaster County is The Tomato Barn of Washington Boro, which is world famous for its tomatoes and annual Tomato Festival.  Known for its distinctive weathered appearance, The Tomato Barn features the juicy Jet Star tomato which thrives in the Boro’s rich limestone-based soil.

Owned and operated by the A. Steven Funk Family…their story is one of deep faith, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to growing the best tasting  tomatoes in the world.  Although Steve has transferred the ownership to his daughter and son-in-law (Tyler & Jen Rohrer), the entire family remains involved in the Barn’s market and distribution of tomatoes to local wholesalers and mail order shipping.

This destination is your one-stop shop for the best field-to-table produce and high quality market fare selections in the heart of PA Dutch country.

From ice cream creations to homemade baked goods, from Turkey Hill drinks to homemade soft pretzels…your sweet tooth will find its satisfaction at The Goody Barn.

The Tomato Barn
& The Goody Barn
65 Penn Street
Washington Boro, PA 17582
(717) 684-2597
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Join the Tomato Barn CSA!

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Our Hours…

The Tomato Barn is open and ready for your visit during these seasonal hours…

June through August Monday – Saturday 8am – 8pm

September Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm (Self Service October-November) weather permitting

Closed Sundays

 

 

About Our Tomatoes…

The Tomato Barn The Goody Barn Farm to Table Produce Locally Owned Family Operated Washington Boro Lancaster County PA Famous Tomatoes PlantsRaising tomatoes is a very labor-intensive business, especially for the early season market.  Here is how the tomato growing process works:  It all starts with the beginning of the new year.  Seeds are sown in January and are transplanted into groups of 72 in mid-February.  In the middle to the end of March, the tomatoes are planted in high tunnels with 500 plants per house.  Heaters are used in each house to keep temperatures at  around 85 degrees.  The tomatoes are planted 18 inches apart in black plastic to help protect from weeds.  Each plant is tied to a stake and pruned four times as it grows.  Finally, they are ready to be picked, a process done entirely by hand.  Currently, The Tomato Barn has 16 high tunnels throughout the season.  The use of chemicals is rare…during the past two years, the tomatoes were sprayed twice for bugs and late blight.  The total process of growing tomatoes takes over half a year and uses lots of manual labor!

The Tomato Barn The Goody Barn Farm to Table Produce Locally Owned Family Operated Washington Boro Lancaster County PA Famous Tomatoes FarmAt one time, there were 200,000 tomato plants grown in the Washington Boro area.  Today, there are less than 14,000 and The Tomato Barn raises 12,000 of these plants.  A lot of stores will say that they carry Washington Boro tomatoes but may the buyer beware!  Many times, stores will use the good Washington Boro name to help sell their product when, in fact, the tomato did not even touch the soils of the Boro.

 

Our Tomato Gallery…

 

 

Seasonal Produce & Market Fare…

In addition to an abundance of tasty tomatoes, The Tomato Barn offers a full range of seasonal produce selections.  From cantelopes and cucumbers to watermelon and zuccini, they are your source for the best in locally grown.  Click HERE for approximate harvest dates.  They also have a wide variety of market fare items, from local cheese to lots of preserves.

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Our CSA Program…

The Tomato Barn The Goody Barn Farm to Table Produce Locally Owned Family Operated Washington Boro Lancaster County PA Famous Tomatoes CSA Community Supported AgricultureOur Community Supported Agricultural Program (CSA) provides a way of purchasing fresh fruits & veggies directly from our fields and family to you!  When you purchase locally from us, you can be guaranteed that our produce is grown for optimum nutrition and flavor by people you know and can trust.  We do not raise any “genetically modified” produce and use very little to no pesticides on our plants throughout the year.  By purchasing food locally, you support local agriculture, which preserves open space in our community, keeps local family farms viable, and keeps spending power in our local community.  The 2013 CSA season runs from June 18 through September 4 and involves a weekly pickup of your designated share. Interested?  Contact The Tomato Barn for more information and to register.

Our Tomato Festival…

The Tomato Barn The Goody Barn Farm to Table Produce Locally Owned Family Operated Washington Boro Lancaster County PA Famous Tomatoes CSA Community Supported Agriculture Tomato Festival Washington Boro PAYou are invited to join The Tomato Barn for the world famous Washington Boro Tomato Festival, an annual event that brings locals and many visitors together in celebration of the savory tastes of Boro tomatoes.

 

The Goody Barn…

The Tomato Barn The Goody Barn Farm to Table Produce Locally Owned Family Operated Washington Boro Lancaster County PA Famous Tomatoes CSA Community Supported Agriculture Hand-Dipped Ice Cream sundaes floats shakes
Those who have a sweet tooth can have their hankering satisfied when they stop by The Goody Barn everyday, except Sunday, 11am until 8pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions…

The Tomato Barn The Goody Barn Farm to Table Produce Locally Owned Family Operated Washington Boro Lancaster County PA Famous Tomatoes CSA Community Supported AgricultureThe Tomato Barn is located in Washington Boro and is always worth the drive from wherever you are.

 

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