Hops for a Good Summer

Wolf and Webb Realtors like to provide our clients personalized experiences where we not only work to help you sell or buy your home but also provide you ideas, suggestions and tips for the process and your time after. One way we provide tips is through our suggestions of things to do or ways to get involved in Lancaster County. This week we want to share with you more about the Farm that brings us entertainment, great food, drinks and live music.

You heard that right, a farm that does all this! Kissel Valley Farm is one of a kind right in our backyard. Located at 645 East Oregon Road in Lititz you will find home to this wonderful farm. At the farm you will find a few things from 21 acres that provide the perfect sunset view, to a farmhouse from the 1800s giving you a taste of our rich history. You can also enjoy their vineyard. This is a partnership with Waltz Vineyards where they work to create delicious wines for Lancaster patrons and visitors to enjoy regularly. If you have not already be sure to check out our blog on wineries and vineyards within Lancaster County! While walking around the farm be sure to take in the breathtaking wildlife as they have created a 3 acre wildflower field not only for patrons to enjoy the beauty of the floral colors in bloom but to help rebuild and support the pollination within Lancaster County. 

Are you curious about homes that are currently on the market, our website is a great spot to start your search!

While Kissel Valley Farm provides a variety of breathtaking views, incredible scenery, historic buildings and local partnerships it also works to provide the Lancaster community activities, events and enjoyment all year round. One thing they are known for is the Pop-Up Beer Gardens. In 2019 Kissel Valley Farm partnered with Wyndridge Farm Brewing for their pop-ups; they did it again in 2020…do you think there might be a pop-up partnership this year? One can hope! 

The pop-ups were weekends long providing individuals opportunities to get to the event or even go a few times. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of August and September you could go to Kissel Valley Farm for the free event. When on the farm you had the opportunity to taste and enjoy beers and ciders from Wyndridge as well as amazing food from local food trucks. These pop-ups were great ways to get together with friends, enjoy the outdoors, support the locals, and soak in the last weekends of summer.

If you got to the pop-ups at the right time you might be able to enjoy live music and entertainment from our Lancaster community as well as yard games. If you attended a pop-up beer garden you would see patrons sitting on beach chairs, towels and blankets. You would hear instruments, laughter, and gulps. These weekends were times that brought the Lancaster Community together full of joy and fun. This year the pop-up partnership is with Bulls Head Beer Garden, and…it already started! A video was recently posted about smoothing out the lawn for upcoming beer garden pop-ups with Bulls Head Public House throughout the weekends of May through October, more time to enjoy! 

Admissions is five dollars and children 12 and under are free. There will be a rotating mobile beer tap, wine and cocktails too, providing a taste for everyone who attends! 

If you are thinking about heading to the garden this weekend or maybe a couple times this summer be sure to bring your admissions fee, something to sit on because picnic tables are limited. Do not bring outside concessions but do support the local businesses, food trucks or catering of the weekend for delicious meals and snacks. Be sure to bring sunscreen as the summer months get closer. It will be getting warmer and stay hydrated with water and lotion to protect yourself! 

What seems like a new yearly tradition is one to be sure to make note of, it is a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and time with your friends.

Finding local events in Lancaster is not hard, so many companies and businesses work to bring the community together through food, drinks, entertainment and more. This is one of the many reasons why Lancaster County is truly one of a kind! A space for all to enjoy, where everyone can find things to do, try new places and meet new people. Our County is full of Local Secrets making it a unique and special place to be a part of.

Have you heard of a local event happening in the summer of 2021? Let me know about it, I would love to check it out! 

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties where you can explore the outdoor events and spaces of Lancaster any day of the week! You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit the Wolf and Webb team on our website. Wolf and Webb: Where People are the Key!

Can’t Touch This

Wolf and Webb Realtors like to provide our clients personalized experiences where we not only work to help you sell or buy your home but also provide you ideas, suggestions and tips for the process and your time after. One way we provide tips is through our suggestions of things to do or ways to get involved in Lancaster County, this week we want to share with you more about one of our favorite fundraisers of the year…Derby Day! 

Get your floral attire out of the closet and find your biggest spring time hat…you won’t want to miss this night out!

On May 1st it will be the ninth annual Derby Day at The Farm at Eagles Ridge, not only a historic piece of Lancaster but a beautiful spot to kick off the spring while raising funds for our community.  The event has all the things you think of when you think of the Kentucky Derby~ Mint Juleps, hats, prizes, horses and more! See who will be crowned roses as the first of the three legged journey to Triple Crown!

There are four different betting options for attendees- traditional derby betting on the horses, table games such as blackjack, plinko which is a board betting game and a wheel that you can spin. At the event there will be a complimentary cigar bar, bourbon and champagne tastings and more. From 4:30pm until after 8:00pm get dressed up and enjoy this wonderful event! 

This year the event is broken up by times-

  • 4:30~ The event opens this is when you can enter into the event and the game tables are open for you to enjoy
  • 5:00pm~ the food stations will open bringing southern favorites to the north with delicious treats!
  • 6:15pm~ Tune in to the start of the Derby coverage while on the beautiful farm property watching the horses race (hopefully one of the horses you bet on is crowned the winner)
  • 6:50pm the Race begins and you will see twenty horses race across the track
  • 7:00pm~ You better be in your best Derby hat because now is the time they will be doing a hat contest! Go big to win! 
  • 7:15pm~ Incredible music from Uptown Band will begin for time to dance around and enjoy the company of your friends
  • 8:00pm~Ending the night see if you are a winner as this is when the event will be announcing the raffles (every year the raffles are incredible be sure to take time to look at all there is to pick from)

Will you be at the derby May 1st? Why not bet on the horse we know has all it’s neighbors best interest at heart! That is right Wolf and Webb Realtors will be sponsoring a horse at the Lancaster Derby Day! Lancaster Local Secrets will be racing against the other horses…we have high hopes that our horse will win! Bet and see if Lancaster Local Secrets is your golden ticket!

This is always a wonderful event full of fun, laughter and great times all while helping raise money for local organizations that benefit the growth and success of Lancaster County every day. 

Are you curious about homes that are currently on the market, our website is a great spot to start your search!

The Kentucky Derby has been around since 1875, this year the event is in May. And all those involved have been working to ensure safety, procedures and proper protocols are in place to keep all the attendees, jockeys and horse owners safe. This event has been held annually as spectators come together to watch the fastest riders compete to be crowned winner. The race is a Grade I stakes race that three year old thoroughbred horses can race in for 1.25 miles the event is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky a dirt track. It is the first of the three races these horses participate in otherwise known as the American Triple Crown. It is truly the most exciting 2 minutes of sports that happens each year! Though we are not near Churchill Downs it has always been a great tradition for Americans all over the country to tune in to this race and what is wonderful is that within Lancaster County we get in the spirit through the derby event while also turning it into a fundraiser! 

Last year over one million dollars was raised for charity, I am excited to see how much our community can come together and raise this year for charity! This is truly one of the biggest charity events in Lancaster each year and makes a difference for so many. This event is hosted by Clark Associates Charitable Foundation, they have been around for fifty years helping give back to the Lancaster Community. This year the money raised will be supporting seven different organizations:

  • Anchor Lancaster
  • Conestoga Valley Education Foundation
  • Lancaster County Conservancy
  • Manheim Township Education Foundation
  • Pequea Valley Education Foundation
  • Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development 
  • Warwick Education Foundation

These are all organizations that so many members of our community have utilized or know of so it is important to be given the opportunity to help support them. 

The event is sold out so if you were unable to register in time for a ticket consider donating to one of these organizations on your own to be a part of the money raised to help support Lancaster County. Our County has always been one that helps others and works to support those around us during this spring, and this year I hope you take time to help other neighbors. Volunteer, donate monetarily or your time, help our community when you can, it is important to be a part of the community in a positive way! This is one of the many reasons why I love our Lancaster community! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties where you can enjoy incredible events and community fundraisers to benefit our beautiful county! You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes in Lancaster County like those we have made a forever home for our neighbors, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com

Isn’t this a-MAZE-ing

Have you ever experienced a top ten? Maybe it is top ten ice cream flavors at a parlor, listening to the top ten songs of the week on your favorite radio station or it could be trying top ten most popular workouts of the year…but have you ever experienced one of the top ten corn mazes in the United States? There is one right in our backyard! 

Located at 150 Cherry Hill Road in Ronks you will find Cherry Crest Farm, an incredible space that has been within Lancaster County for over twenty-five years. This farm offers amples of events and activities for school, friends, and families! The farm is open in Spring, Summer and Fall months.This is an adventure farm that is operated with only solar power and has over 300 acres of land! What is wonderful about Cherry Crest Farm is that they are driven by their mission, vision and values in all the work they do through entertainment, service, education and cultivation. The farm has eight values and they are:

  • Integrity
  • Biblical Stewardship
  • Service
  • Simple Fun
  • Exceeding Expectations
  • Creativity
  • Safety
  • Education 

The farm dates back to the early 1700’s but was owned by a different family and over the years the farm has switched families until the current owners, the Coleman family. Their farm is made up of beef cows, crop farm, and a ton of activities for fun from their famous corn maze to a jump pillow, petting zoo, slide, wagon ride and more! If you have children they would absolutely love all the games and activities to do at the farm. Let’s focus on their three months starting with spring since that is right around the corner…why not spark some ideas for the family and a day out on the farm!

Spring is known as “Early Season” at Cherry Crest Farm. During the spring you can enjoy over thirty activities. Help with the baby chicks or go to the paintball range…Cherry Crest works hard to bring a variety of activities in each season so that there is something for all age ranges. During the summer the fun and activities continue to grow from apple games & more. During the summer is also when the corn maze opens up and guess what…the path and design changes every year! Good luck to newcomers and regulars, what a way to keep the fun coming! During the fall Cherry Crest continues the maze fun while adding in classic fall favorites like a pumpkin patch! If you feel like you want a bigger challenge you can do the maze at night with flashlights too. Talk about creativity! With enough activities to fill multiple days I suggest you take a day or a few to experience the farm and they offer a variety of food options as well your whole family can enjoy the entire day including incredibly tasty treats! They have Chuck Wagon Cafe & Grill, Home Cookin’ Cafe, Maizie’s Dairy Barn and wagons of treats like: Apple Cider Donuts, pizza, kettle corn and lemonade. The Dairy Barn is definitely a must before you leave their ice cream and other sweets are mouth watering! 

While the farm itself can give you a day outside full of laughter and enjoyment the Cherry Crest Farm does a wonderful job of adding in unique and creative events throughout their seasons to enjoy. From butter making demonstrations, pig races, bringing local wineries and breweries to the farm, fireworks, music and variety shows. The farm’s events are each different. Be sure to check out their seasonal event calendar to find out how you can enjoy one of their special days on the property with friends! 

Cherry Crest is a great way for enjoying a nice day outside, having a birthday party, having a campfire, booking a field trip for your students or an afternoon of live music. The innovative way Cherry Crest uses their land, and space to provide a true one of a kind experience is exactly why they are one of the top tens you need to experience this spring! 

As we power through the cold weather and get closer to spring be sure to check Cherry Crest Farm out and when they open this spring plan a trip with your friends or family. You will have an absolute blast at the adventure farm, this is a great way to get outside, learn about the local environment and support a local family owned business! Can’t wait to hear what you think of this wonderful spot! 

Thanks for checking out this week’s Lancaster Local Secret, did you know Birch Beer does not contain alcohol? Have a great week!

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to experience this a-MAZE-ing farm. You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes in Lancaster County call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com

Moo’vin on Over

One of the great aspects of Lancaster County is the fresh produce. We are so lucky to live in a space with farms and properties that grow, make and create some of our favorites! Kreider Farms is one of my go to favorites when it comes to dairy products…but that is not all they offer, continue reading to learn more!

Kreider Farms was established in 1736 located at 1463 Lancaster Road (RT.72) in Manheim township. The farm was started on 102 acres with a dozen cows and a few hundred chickens. The farm was run by the Kreider family: a husband, wife and their two sons. This farm is a dairy farm where they processed and bottled not only their own milk but ice cream as well! During this time of the early 1970’s the eggs began to also do very well over the years Kreider Farms became the largest egg producer in the state! The farm has stayed in the family for three generations with over 400 staff members helping the farm thrive. The property has grown immensely to 3,000 acres- what is wonderful about this family farm is their mission that has stayed true to the efforts and initiatives of the farm, “live a philosophy that emphasizes high quality, hard work, and willingness to take risks”. 

While their is such a rich history to Kreider Farms the employees and family continue to shape the farm working towards sustainability and preservation through tradition. What is so wonderful is tha the farm continues to invest and work towards ethical practice and clean energy. One practice that the farm does is waste recycling which is using cow and chicken manure to create fertilizer for the farm. That is not the only way Kreider uses fertilizer, they also use liquid by-products as bio-available fertilizer for their crops. The incredible things about this is that it limits the runoff that is typically caused by fertilizers. If you are into gardening or one of your new year resolutions is to build up your green thumb then you should consider buying their manure blend and potting mix that is made with their manure…talk about using what you have to be sustainable and effective! A few important notes on Kreider Farms is that they employ no-till farming, crop rotation, and use of solar panels. The farm really works to be sustainable and create a product that is ethically made (and TASTY)  while promoting sustainable practices. Talk about a win win!

So what can you get from Kreider Farms? 

  • Eggs
  • Lactose Free Milk
  • Lactose Free Ice-Cream
  • Yogurt Drink
  • Whole Milk
  • 2% Reduced Fat Milk
  • 1% Low Fat Milk
  • Fat Free Milk
  • Chocolate Whole Milk
  • 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk
  • Strawberry Milk
  • Seasonal flavored milks (pumpkin pie…yum!)
  • Fresh Heavy Cream
  • Buttermilk
  • Half & Half
  • Iced Coffee Mocha
  • Orange Juice
  • Orange Drink
  • Fruit Punch
  • Citrus Punch
  • Lemonade
  • Blueberry Lemonade 
  • Seasonal Lemonades
  • Lemonade Tea Fusion
  • Sweet Tea
  • Unsweetened Iced Tea
  • Diet Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Mint Tea
  • Hemp Teas
  • Ice Cream in SO many flavors

Talk about finding something for everyone in the family from tea flavors, to milk types and more you truly can please everyone at home with their products! While Kreider Farms offers so many products for their patrons they also offer a very cool experience…their farm tours.

Kreider Farms was rated in 2018 as Best of the Best for their farm tours. This is a ninety minute tour where you not only learn about history, and facts but have a time of fun. Through riding on the Kreider Farms Tour Trolley you get to see where the cows live, what life is like on the farm and more. You can ride on the trolley for $15 or $10 if you are aged 2-11. Another great option is a car tour. What is wonderful about the tour is that if you have a large group you can make a reservation that way you ensure a time slot and can all experience the tour together. What is important is that prior to attending the tour you should fill out their tour waiver which can be found on their website. The tour has many highlights including an observation tower, milking merry go round, tasting and more!

Whether you are looking to shop local and support companies and products from around the corner or you are looking for a day out with the family Kreider Farms offers you both! Get some ice cream for an at home movie night and have a create your own sundae bar, stock up on some eggs to make a sunday brunch for you and your friends to enjoy. Whatever you decide with their produce or signing up for a tour the farms are definitely a Lancaster County gem that we are lucky to have in our backyards! 

Thanks for checking out this week’s Lancaster Local Secret, did you know Lancaster is pronounced: LANK-iss-ter? Have a great week!

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties not far from the farm. You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes like: 679 Goose Neck Drive, Lititz PA 17543 overlooking the 13th-hole fareway call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com