CSA Week #7 – A Picture Tour Through Oley, PA

Man did I miss last week’s pick-up! Due to Christmas falling on our scheduled pick-up time for our weekly CSA share, we had gotten a double share the week before. It was wonderful and it lasted both weeks, but I didn’t realize just how nice it is to take the ride up through Oley to Lobachsville every week. This is an area filled with natural (and some man-made) beauty.

The ride is peaceful and calm, even with the kids in the back. I have noticed that whomever I have in the car with me, whether it is C or G or even H, it turns out to be a wonderful conversation about what we are seeing around us or just life in general.

I thought I would take you on a mini-tour of our weekly pilgrimage to Eckerton Hill Farm.

As soon as we jump onto Covered Bridge Road, the beauty starts, hence the name. I try to run a race every year called the Covered Bridge 6K. It is just over 3 miles and you pass through three covered bridges on the run. It starts at an old church on the top of a hill.

Here is one of the covered bridges.

Next up, just after we cross over Rt 73, and turn onto Lobachsville Rd, there is a GORGEOUS, old barn. Every time I make this turn, I look forward to just staring at it…

Just after, as you glance to your left, there is a beautiful, grey stone church with the most picturesque graveyard I have ever seen. It is surrounded by this wrought iron fence that is just amazing. The look of the church and its landscaping is so crisp, it almost doesn’t seem real.

Lobachsville Rd. is a windy, curvy road where in spots, you can see for miles.

There are so many barns and farmhouses. I love looking at the differences between them. Some are old, farms that you can see have been there since this area was established and some that have been built recently with the intention of keeping the architecture and feel of the land the same.

Then, we pull up at our destination, Eckerton Hill Farm.

Often times, I wonder  about the history of this drive and when this land was established. Eckerton in itself is an older farmhouse with lots of land and stories behind it. I just picked up the book by Tim Stark (the farmer at Eckerton), Heirloom, and after reading the first few chapters, I think I am in for answers to some of my questions in addition to a great read. :-)

As I jump into the car after loading it up with our fresh produce and other finds, I feel refreshed and excited for the journey back home and looking forward to the week ahead, filled with good food and great experiences to share.

Note: I feel compelled to mention that I pulled over while taking all of these pictures. 

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Love that you mention you pull over for the pictures!!! Looks beautiful!


  1. […] farm’s ambiance every time I head up there. Located just past the heart of the Oley Valley, the drive is beautiful, the farm is picturesque, and there is always something new there, even if it’s the growth of […]

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