Last week I took the Amish Farm and House bus tour for the first time. It was great! www.amishfarmandhouse.com They had me on roads that I have never traveled and saw great things. We visited an Amish farm that I want to go back to and take some grandchildren. Being from Lancaster County I was amazed at how big their sweet corn was already. Of course, mine was planted late and I don’t use horse manure , that must be the key to beautiful corn. Mid-week is the time to take this tour since they can’t go to the Amish farm on Sundays. I tell my guests to go get lost on the back roads and you will see things that the normal visitor never sees.
Many of our guests ask for this opportunity and I’ve been declining the experience. NOW something has come along that allows this great cultural event. Someone has put together an experience that you can take part in. You can contact All-In-One-Tours at 717-581-5333 for the full information. http://padutchcountry.com/uploads/files/AIOAneveningwiththeamish.pdf . I can’t give the distance because I don’t know exactly where this is held, but probably 30 min. drive and/or you could do it at the end of your day of sight-seeing.
There is also another experience by Hershey Farm. They have a dinner with the Amish offered at the restaurant, however this is on selected Tuesdays, August, September and October. Hershey Farm Restaurant is about 30 min. from us and again you could do this at the end of your touring day.
You do need to reserve for both of these since there is limited space.
York County is known as the “Factory Tour Capital of the World” and we are just 20 minutes away. June 22-25 they are having 40+ FREE tours and attractions showcased. Some of the places are doing tours ONLY for this event. If you are interested in Made in America this is just what you need to boost your resolve to support this movement. You have to see this to really understand that America can produce and survive. You can see all that is offered by going to www.factorytours.org. We also have a great printed piece to give you for touring.
Okay, now that I have your attention, the Turkey Hill Experience is opening this weekend. They will probably not make the real stuff there but at lest you will see how it is made. Wouldn’t it be nice if they gave samples?? I’m going to get a preview on Wednesday and will let you know if that happens. I’m sure you will be able to buy it. Here at the B&B I’ll even have storage for your purchase and you can sit on the patio and have your own ice cream party. Now that is a great evening!
It’s me talking about food again My favorite subject in this blog.
A few years ago the PDCVB had a year of FlavorFest and our local B&B association www.authenticbandb.com had a huge Flavorfest event. So all that to say, someone else picked this up the next year and now we have “The Great PA FlavorFest” held at Mount Hope Estate and Winery www.parenfaire.com. It will be this weekend May 28, 29. This is not just your average food and wine festival, Flavorfest will dish up a delicious array of the state’s culinary and wine offerings and the finest in artisan crafts. Definitely worth your time, your taste buds will thank you
Lancaster County is steeped in tradition. Flags will wave, people will stand as the flag passes and we will honor our service people. Mount Joy will have a parade on Saturday with all of the above. Monday will be the smaller towns doing their thing with parades, flee markets, craft shows and food, never forget the food. Hershey Park will be open with fireworks late. Come and experience what can’t be found in the city, a sense of community.
The cook in your family might find this a good thing to make since it can be done ahead. This recipe is from a cookbook done by a local church Sharing His Goodness from Manor BIC.
Chicken Veggie Casseole
3 c. cooked chicken, cubed 1 1/2 c. cooked carrots
1 1/2 c. sugar peas 1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c. sour cream 2 Tbs. poppy seeds
1/4 c. milk 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
4 potatoes peeled, boiled and chunked 1/2 c. butter
Mix soup, milk and sour cream. Stir in chicken, potatoes, carrots and sugar peas. Place is greased casserole dish. Melt butter, add crushed crakers and poppy seeds. Place on top of casserole. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
If you have never visited the NW&CM you have missed a jewel in Lancaster County (pun intended). Not only is this a museum of National renown but it is interesting to see often. They change their exhibits to bring people back. Now they are exhibiting items powered by the invention of clockwork mechanisms. Don’t you wonder what all that might be?
This is about food again, but really a neat event that gives you the flavor of our River Towns. April 15 is the date in our little town of Marietta. You must have tickets! You can check out more information at www.parivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249. Each year the chamber puts together an event that focus’ on our food vendors. It is fun to taste and by the time you’re done you’ve had dinner. How neat is that?