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Quick bites: Fresh produce, peach festivals, John Rudy gardens

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York City

Fresh produce at corner stores

York Fresh Food Farms wraps up its produce markets in downtown York City with events Wednesday, Aug. 9, and Thursday, Aug. 10.

The program offers fresh vegetables from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pak’s Food Market, 750 E. Princess St., and from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lee’s Food Market, 564 N. Pershing Ave.

The stores are participating in the York City Health Bureau’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative. For more information, visit www.yorkfreshfoodfarms.org.

pick-your-own

Peach festivals

Local orchards are loaded down with peaches just waiting to be picked. Plan a visit Saturday, Aug. 12, to snag some fresh fruit.

At Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township, the Peach Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The orchard grows dozens of varities of peaches, nectarines and plums. In addition to pick-your-own options, the orchard will have wagon rides, a corn maze, live music, children’s activities, fresh peach sundaes and free peach samples. For more information, call 717-252-2540 or visit www.flinchbaughsorchard.com.

At Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South near Loganville, the Peach fest runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The orchard will offer games, crafts, storytime, wagon rides and vendors. Usborne Books will host a storytime at 2 p.m. For more information, call 717-428-2036 or visit www.brownsorchards.com.

John Rudy park

Garden tours

Get answers to your questions about growing flowers, fruit and vegetables during an open house at the John Rudy County Park gardens.

The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the park, 400 Mundis Race Road, East Manchester Township. The gardens are open for self-guided tours, and Master Gardeners will be available to help with thorny gardening questions.

The event features a variety of exhibits, soil testing (bring a sample from your yard), free refreshments, tomato tasting, fresh produce for sale and a scavenger hunt for the kids. Experts will give talks on herbs, insects, tomatoes, weeds and beekeeping.

For more information, call 717-840-7408 or visit extension.psu.edu/york.