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The Funniest Farm Market Sign in Southwest PA?

Fresh peaches as far as the eye can see!

Fresh peaches as far as the eye can see!

A day visiting Fallingwater is luscious, but add a hilarious sign and peaches to the mix, and it turns downright heavenly.

My husband and I were driving through the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania when we got the hot tip from an in-the-know local.

Pletcher's Farm Market is a gem of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pletcher’s Farm Market is a gem of southwestern Pennsylvania.

“There’s a farm market on the route to your hotel near Fallingwater with perfectly ripe peaches on sale,” our friend Anna, the Laurel Highlands expert messaged me (likely with peach juice dripping over her typing fingers). “Try to stop there on your way back!”

A green pepper, sticking its nose in your business.

A green pepper, sticking its nose in your business.

Ever-eager for nibbles, I plugged “Pletcher’s Farm Market” into our map. Little did I guess: The store would provide not just peaches, but also gales of laughter from a certain sassy sign hanging on a big red building…

Perfect red onions with spiky frizz hair.

Perfect red onions with spiky frizz hair.

Now, I think about signs a lot during my travels around the world, seeing as how my face ended up on a giant billboard in West Africa without my knowledge (HUH?!), and given that my photo of a genius sign in India has had over 16,000 views.

However, I admit that I was caught off guard by Pletcher’s sign humor. You see, at first glance, Pletcher’s seems like an innocent farm market. Then, this sign bursts into your face:

The funniest sign in Pennsylvania?

The funniest sign in Pennsylvania?

“We absolutely DO NOT guarantee plants,” it reads. “Some people just don’t have a green thumb. If it was planted since late January and beautiful when you bought it and dead a week later then that should tell you something.”

Oooooo! Now that’s FRESH! (Get it?) But wait — there’s more!

"If you don't like a price, just quietly leave." Fresh!

“If you don’t like a price, just quietly leave.” Ah!

“Please do not come up to us and tell us where you can buy something cheaper. We don’t care and we work way too hard to listen to it. We will kindly tell you to go there then. If you don’t like a price just quietly LEAVE. For those of you who don’t complain, we greatly appreciate your business. We couldn’t have been here 30 plus years without you! Thanks.”

I know around the world, shopkeepers are reading this and cheering!

Zucchini and summer squash, poking out of baskets.

Even this zucchini thinks that sign is funny.

I had to know more. What led to this sign? Who wrote it and why? Was a prize tulip destroyed at one point to lead to this sass?

Soon, I sleuthed it out. Via the Pletcher’s Facebook page, I tracked down the owner, Brian. He revealed the following…

With a flower this pretty, let's hope good green thumbs keep it well!

With a flower this pretty, let’s hope good green thumbs keep it well!

“We are a 4-generation farming family, Brian explained, “and Pletcher’s Farm Market has been at our current location for 32 years.”

“Wow!” I replied. “But… what about that sign?”

I want to crunch those peppers!

I want to crunch those peppers!

“Ha!” Brian replied. “I make all the signs. I just tell it like it is! It gets exhausting working 7 days a week without a day off from April through November, and I get too tired to deal with a bunch of… you know.”

“Ah yes!” I typed back. “Well said!”

A hilariously funny sign in a southwest PA farm market about how not everyone has a green thumb with plants! If you're near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or the Laurel Highlands, this fresh produce stand is worth a visit. #Funny #Farm #GreenThumb #Plants #Gardening #Peaches #Pittsburgh #Pennsylvania #LaurelHighlands

Sun pouring through a fresh flower.

Despite the cheeky sass of the sign, however, it was clear talking to Brian that his family pours its heart and soul into the farm and market.

“We really appreciate our customers,” Brian continued, “and we work very hard to do a good job.”

Ever looked closely at the bellybutton of a yellow squash? It's glorious!

Ever looked closely at the bellybutton of a yellow squash? It’s glorious!

Pletcher’s farm is 42 acres, and their market is stocked with the freshest produce grown there, as well as delectable produce from local farms around Pennsylvania. (FYI, just 23 minutes away sits Ligonier, a cute town with a fabulous garden and glass paperweight collection, plus Linn Run State Park for some juicy Laurel Highlands hiking trails.)

Browsing customer comments on Pletcher’s Facebook page, it turns out that people come all the way from Pittsburgh (an hour drive) to indulge in the fresh yummies! If you are or will be in the area, it’s worth it to follow the page, which is frequently updated with specials and sales.

The bud of a blood red flower, ready to bloom.

The bud of a blood red flower, ready to bloom.

There is a moral in this story: Humor has power! I was not paid to write this article (either in dollars or peaches, thank you very much) but was moved to do so because that sign made me laugh, and I wanted to share it with you.

Similarly, one of the most memorable places I’ve ever stayed in was this spot in Belize because it had the funniest welcome packet in history. Cleverness makes a difference!

Does this yellow pepper have a green thumb?

Does this yellow pepper have a green thumb?

Just as art has the power to turn around a neighborhood (think of the wild rainbow house called Randyland in Pittsburgh!), a place that makes you smile can turn around your heart.

Laughing connects and refreshes us. I’ll try to keep this in mind, going into my 15th year teaching as of this week, by keeping my goofy jokes coming!

A hilariously funny sign in a southwest PA farm market about how not everyone has a green thumb with plants! If you're near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or the Laurel Highlands, this fresh produce stand is worth a visit. #Funny #Farm #GreenThumb #Plants #Gardening #Peaches #Pittsburgh #Pennsylvania #LaurelHighlands

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So what about you? Did that sign make you laugh? Have you heard of Pletcher’s before? Which of these fruits and veggies do you most want to devour? Do share!

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James Slack

Monday 5th of October 2020

We've owned a vacation home up by 7 Springs since 1979 and have stopped there over the years many times. Pletcher's not only has fruits and vegetables but at different times of the year they have plants and pumpkins. Parking on weekends is a little tricky so go during the week too.

Lillie Marshall

Monday 5th of October 2020

Thanks for these tips, James! I'm curious if there are any new signs since I published this!

Robin

Friday 21st of September 2018

This piece really shows your genius of travel blogging. Why would I care about a farmer's market sign? And yet I was fixated. Well done!!!

Lillie Marshall

Friday 21st of September 2018

Aww, thanks Robin! I aim to share delight at the often-overlooked details!

Juan Ovalle

Monday 17th of September 2018

I absolutely love those signs!

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 18th of September 2018

Glad they made you laugh, too!

Harmony

Sunday 9th of September 2018

Love it because honestly, that is so me! I stink at keeping plants, flowers alive!

Lillie Marshall

Monday 10th of September 2018

Hah!

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