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

Kitchen Kettle Village

When some think of a weekend getaway they may brainstorm weekends in Philadelphia, New York City, the Poconos or the shore. But do they think of our own Lancaster County? Living within Lancaster you might have never thought of a well deserved weekend away down the road…but why not! There are hotels, inns, and Bed & Breakfasts located across Lancaster all wonderful places to enjoy a night away. Though it is important to pick a spot for a weekend away that includes entertainment, shopping, food and more…the perfect spot no other than Kitchen Kettle Village! Kitchen Kettle Village is located at 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse Pennsylvania. A quaint village within Lancaster County that is full of shops, restaurants, places to stay and more! The village offers a variety of goods to enjoy and events to participate in. Let’s dive into this incredible gem some more!

It all started with a jelly business in 1954. A family was canning jelly in their garage while also growing some animals in their backyard (where the village is now located). A true family affair is what shaped and created the Kitchen Kettle Village. The jelly is what started the village and you can still find it as well as other canned and baked Dutch goods. With 42 shops and 2 restaurants you can enjoy so many delicacies. What is wonderful about the shops is you can see the employees making things like jellies and jams while you are shopping around, it is truly remarkable to see all that goes into creating these tasty treats. Stopping by one of the shops is a great way to find a gift for a friend while supporting local artisan. While you can enjoy food and baked goods that is not all that the shops have to offer. You can find bags, accessories, shoes, clothing, jewelry, body products, pottery and so much more! Let’s look at the tasty food options- 

  • The Bake Shop- enjoy shoofly pies, and homemade cookies warm and tasty
  • The Jam & Relish Kitchen-for all your jelly and jam needs a perfect gift for a new homeowner with a nice cutting board or spreading knives
  • Harvest Cafe- warm up with soup, sandwiches and savory sides all homemade
  • The Kling House Restaurant- the perfect spot for brunch or lunch for some sit down dining 
  • Pappys Kettle Korn- the popcorn shop with combinations for everyone to snack on from savory to sweet…talk about a tasty treat
  • Pepper Lane Fudge & Sweets- made from natural ingredients hand made fudge in many flavors can be found here but also some other creative treats like barks and nut clusters
  • The Roasted Rooster-as you enjoy strolling through the shops enjoy a hot cup of coffee from the rooster a great way to start your day
  • The Pretzel Haus- Pennsylvania is known for their tasty pretzels, how does this one hold up…it may become your new favorite spot 
  • Aged and Cured- another great gift spot for a new homeowner find some cheeses, mustards and more the perfect gift for someone with a char cuterie board or cheese platter
  • Lapp Valley Farms Ice Cream- be sure to stop for a tasty treat with homemade ice cream before leaving or during a hot day to cool down
  • Waltz Vineyards- a local vineyards delicious wines are located here 
  • The Olive Basin- with over 40 premium oils a great way to get something new to try

Talk about a place full of tasty treats! With shops and food to enjoy there are also things to do with your children that they too will enjoy. There are AA Buggy Rides within a horse drawn carriage throughout Lancaster County’s Countryside truly breathtaking and peaceful. But that is not all…Kitchen Kettle Village has created an “I Spy” for children and gingerbread decorating! 

If a weekend away is what you are hoping for, enjoy The Inn at Kitchen Kettle Village, a truly peaceful space. There are 18 different options for accommodations, each just as charming as the next. There is free parking for patrons of the village and of the inn. Each morning you can enjoy a tasty breakfast while relaxing.There are rooms and cottages to pick from as well as an option to have the Happy Hour package where you can enjoy happy hour after a day of shopping or before a nice carriage ride with a cheese tray from the village and some wine from Waltz Vineyard!

With restrictions it is important to check their website before visiting the village for any new updates. Currently the village is open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm. That being said shops may have limited hours and some are closed during the month of January and February. With that the village is offering online ordering and pick-up to ensure safety of their patrons. This is the perfect spot for a weekend away with friends but with it being right in our backyard you could also enjoy an afternoon or morning brunch! I look forward to hearing what you think of this quaint space within Lancaster County, enjoy supporting local business and artisan while appreciating a large pallet of meals, snacks, and treats!

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

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

Frying up Some Good Eats

What makes a community full of life, culture, laughs, smiles and happiness? Many would say good people, kindness and nice things to do but I would add good eats to that list! Great food and wonderful restaurants truly make a community flourish creating a space for neighbors to enjoy one another, great meals, laughter and time with their loved ones. Lancaster County is known for not only good eats but GREAT eats! The cities and towns that make up our county are full of some of the most tasty spots! Let’s celebrate those restaurants, delis, bakeries, cafes and eateries! Check out some of my go to favorite spots around town! 

Back in 2016 the New York Post highlighted our wonderful Lancaster and how great it is including the food scene being one of the best! 3 years later the New York Times took to their pages to praise our food spots as “a global feast”, you cannot disagree with that! While Lancaster has hundreds of wonderful spots to enjoy a meal I am just going to touch on two of my favorites so be sure to take time next time you are in the area to walk the streets of our wonderful towns and see if you can find some more great spots, truly a diverse array of food and atmospheres there is something for everyone! 

The first spot I would like to highlight is Rachel’s Cafe & Creperie. This spot has two locations, one in downtown Lancaster and the other in Richmond Square. They are open Tuesday thru Sunday 8:00am-3:00pm. Full of so many delicious options there are breakfast crepes, specialty crepes, dessert crepes, wonderful drinks and smoothies! Crepes were started in France back in the 13th century, this is just one of the many ways Lancaster food spots bring different origins to our community through food! With such an array of options this is a fun spot for a quick catch up with friends or trying a few crepes. A fun way to adapt with the pandemic is that their Richmond Square location offers crepe kits for pickup, talk about a fun way to spend your Saturday, learning to make crepes and enjoy them in the comfort of your home! 

The second spot I want to highlight for you all is Flora’s Restaurant. They are open Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays taking reservations and also offering take out. Their menu changes frequently which makes this spot a fun place to go to with a variety of options and new foods to try! Flora’s is a Latin restaurant, with the menu changing daily it gives restaurant goers a large palette of options within Latin food! A few unique aspects about Flora’s, their atmosphere is creative and fun with tables made out of instruments. They also have a podcast where people can submit questions that will then be featured on the podcast. Currently, Flora’s is in the process of manufacturing their sauces for retail! Flora’s also works to highlight local artists as they have a gallery on their website where you can see commissioned pieces as well as at their restaurant. Such a creative and great way to connect with local businesses and help one another! 

And Lancaster County is continuing to shape, grow and change within the food scene with wonderful chefs coming to our space to new regions of food being highlighted at restaurants and places opening! The excitement around the food scene is ever growing and changing! One spot I am excited to try is Collusion Tap Works coming to Lititz soon, it is going to be located in the Lititz Shirt Factory…what a cool piece of history. I am excited to see how it turns out! 

With so many great spots in Lancaster County it is hard to just pick a few favorite spots! It doesn’t matter how long you have been here you are always bound to run into a new food joint you have never tried! A great way to continue your Lancaster food journey is appetizer hoping! A fun activity for you and your friends, all you need is to pick one of our towns or a block in the city. Then one day or evening meet up with your friends and go to a handful of spots you’ve never been enjoying an appetizer or two before moving onto the next restaurant. This is a great way to try multiple places, support our local businesses and enjoy time with your loved ones! As the days get colder another great way to safely try new spots is ordering takeout once a month or a couple times depending on your routine! Enjoy the creativity and art of our wonderful restaurants, you’ll be full of delight! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to experience the delicious restaurant life of Lancaster County whenever you desire.  You will love it here!
For more information on wonderful homes call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at WolfandWebb.com