Fulton County business hopes for bump from Pa. Farm Show

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 18, 2016 9:27 AM

Kali Rankin, 13, of Centerville, Pa., tends to her cows Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Starting Saturday, thousands of visitors are expected to descend on the state capital for the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, a weeklong celebration agriculture and rural life. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Farm Show is over, but business owners who rented stalls for the week are hoping to reap its benefits a long way down the road.

The Marketplace at the Farm Show was alive with people buying, selling and hawking free samples.

Down one aisle was a display of small plates, each with a dollop of syrup and a pancake the size of a silver dollar.

Dawn Harnish, owner of Burnt Cabins Grist Mill in Fulton County, stood behind the rough counter.

"We have an old grist mill that was built in 1840. We still grind our flours and we use our flours and our cornmeal in our line of pancake mixes," she says. "We have an all-natural line of pancake mixes and corn meal and flour."

Her and her husband bought the business in 2006 and quickly received a PA Preferred designation from the state.

She says they have been at the Farm Show for 10 years.

"It has offered tremendous growth for our product," she says. "The name recognition moreso than anything and getting it onto store shelves and people seeing it on the store shelves and realizing and remembering they had the cute little pancake at the farm show."

Harnish says gaining name recognition from their farm show booth has allowed the business to get their flours and pancake mixes onto more store shelves and expand the flavors they offer.

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