Exploring Amish Markets & Roadstands

One of the reasons Lancaster County is a unique, vibrant place to live is because of the history of the County. One piece of history are the groups of people who live within Lancaster, the Pennsylvania Amish have been a community since the 16th century. The Amish are a religious community that live amongst one another within a simple way of living. The blend between communities amongs Lancaster County is a reason why we all love to live here. Through food, produce and materials there is a wonderful community within Lancaster County where the Pennsylvania Amish and other members in the community work together to use the local land to create and provide for one another. This week’s article I am going to dive into the Pennsylvania Amish and the wonderful items they provide for so many! A great day in Lancaster is experiencing the Pennsylvania Amish markets full of food and wonderful gift ideas! 

Pennsylvania Amish is the largest and oldest Amish community within the United States. Their religious beliefs come from within the Mennonite beliefs, though different. Their traditions focus on farming, worship within homes and not moving with modern ways of being such as use of technology or electricity. They arrived within Pennsylvania in the early 1700’s settling creating their community. The Amish community can be spotted within Lancaster County by many distinctions such as driving a horse and buggy on the streets!

One of the ways our communities flourish is through the Amish Markets, there are no better places to pick up fresh produce or delicious baked goods. Stopping over to a market on your way home from an early morning walk or to stock up for a weekend family gathering is your best bet to ensure everyone is eating with a smile on their face! With so much to choose from you are sure everyone will be satisfied. A few of my favorite market finds are 

  • Fresh Flowers
  • Homemade Jellies
  • Fruits
  • Homemade Root Beer
  • Seasonal Vegetables 
  • Whoopie Pies
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Baked Breads and Sweets

What is wonderful about the Amish markets are that we can buy fresh and local produce that is truly tasty! Being able to buy the local and fresh produce also gives us the advantage of consuming healthier produce since the food we are buying are not traveling to us. A few markets to check out for some Amish delicacies are:

  • Darrenkamp’s Market
  • Bird-In-Hand
  • Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction
  • Kissel Hill Fruit Farm Orchard & Market
  • Lancaster Central Market (a historic farmer’s market in downtown Lancaster City)

While going to a market is a great way to get an array of items at one stop be sure to stop at a Roadside stand next time you pass one! Roadside stands are stands on the side of the road where you can pick up produce – literally farm to table shopping. Most roadstands are on the backroads a few of my favorite stands are:

  • Sheep Lane Produce Stand 
  • Fisher’s Festivals
  • The Corn Wagon

One way to enjoy the Amish markets or Roadstands is take your family there and pick out your produce to then create a meal together, this makes it a family affair and also a great learning opportunity for young children to cook while also learning about seasonal produce and the nutrients that come from the foods you choose to cook with. Consider trying this out, a great way to get the family together, learn a new recipe and enjoy one another’s company! 

While the markets and roadstands meet your needs for food and beautiful floral arrangements it is important to learn about the Amish delicacies and craftsmanship that you can also enjoy when in Lancaster County or take home! Let me share a few of my favorite handcrafts for you to check out:

  • Peaceful Valley Furniture offers wooden handmade furniture such as tables, chairs, bookshelves, bed frames and more! If you are new to the neighborhood or wanting to mix up your house decor look no further! Wellmade and long lasting furniture your whole family can enjoy~
  • Family Farm Quilts & Handcrafts put aside your blankets and grab an Amish quilt they are beautifully made with colors and patterns galore as well as incredibly warm. As the winter days get colder these quilts are a great gift for your holiday shopping~

While these two stores have wonderful items there are more homegoods you won’t want to miss as you explore Lancaster’s Amish shops and markets. A few of my favorite buys are:

  • Brooms
  • Baskets
  • Soaps
  • Linens
  • Pottery
  • Potholders
  • Birdhouses

A few things to know when shopping at Amish markets or Roadstands is that the shops are closed on Sundays as well as certain holidays due to their religious faith. Be sure to bring cash when shopping because credit cards are typically not accepted (when stopping at a roadstand look for where to put your money, if someone is not there you will typically find a jar, container or box for you to pay for your items). 

Whether it is a day in Lancaster County or you are looking to move into the area Pennsylvania Amish provide wonderful fresh and local food as well as incredible craftsmanship. Their markets and learning about their community is a must see and do! Head to Lancaster County to experience it for yourself, the perfect way to spend the day as a family or to get out with your friends for some holiday shopping, a wonderful way to support locally and experience Lancaster flavor!   

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to experience the farm to table food and locally created home goods of Lancaster County’s Pennsylvania Amish whenever you hope.  You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes 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

Lancaster Country Club

Your own Piece of Paradise!

Golf, pool, tennis, fine dining and more: Lancaster Country Club is the best place to spend your weekends. This prestigious private club is full of wonderful amenities that it has something for everyone. Located at 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster PA 17601 it is the perfect location to take in the trees and perfect terrain for a round of golf. The country club was started in 1900, originally a 9-hole course near Lancaster Catholic High School. Thirteen years after opening, the country club moved to its current location on New Holland Pike where a 9-hole course was created along with tennis courts. Over the next 80 years, the club purchased land to create an 18-hole course and an additional 9-hole Highlands Course due to such high demand in membership. In 1929 the club added a swimming pool to add to the amenities for members to enjoy. The rich history of the club goes deeper than the amenities and the work done on the grounds and clubhouse; the Lancaster Country Club has hosted many well known golf tournaments of the past 120 years including the Armstrong World Invitational in 1974 and the Women’s U.S. Open Championship in 2015. If you are passionate about golf you will notice that professional golfers, celebrities and athletes have had the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful course! As the Lancaster Country Club continues to update and provide for their members, the history of the club is the perfect example of Lancaster County and the wonderful experiences you can enjoy regularly. To follow their changes be sure to look at the defining moment on their website as they continue to be prestigious and innovative. What’s coming within the next year to two years is going to be remarkable!

Lancaster Country Club’s course was designed by William S. Flynn, one of the most prominent golf course architects in the 20th century. He designed clubs like Cherry Hills, Merion Golf Club, Shinnecock Hills and so many more! William S. Flynn is well known for using the natural terrain to create landscapes that are strong in competition, making golfers work all sides of the art of golf from short and long games as well as strategy while emulating the beauty. You can find a plaque in his honor at the first tee. Though Flynn designed the course, it is important to note that course restoration has occurred ensuring that the course is well maintained and continues to be a joy for golfers. There are three parts to the course: Meadowcreek is the first 9-holes of the round(1-9), Dogwood is the final 9-holes (10-18) and Highlands another set of 9-holes (1-9). This gives golfers looking to play a full 18-holes or 9-holes multiple options. The dress code for the golf course is set for men and women but no golfers are permitted to wear denim jeans, cargo shorts, athletic shorts, or sweats. Golf shoes are required for playing.

If you are not a golfer, don’t worry! Lancaster Country Club has many other amenities to enjoy such as tennis. The Tennis pavilion was rebuilt in 2007 to accommodate the needs and wants of members such as adding a lounge, locker rooms, a pro shop and wonderful views to enjoy the match. There are 3 Har-Tru courts. Har-Tru courts are clay courts that have playing surfaces created by unbound mineral aggregate, shale, brick or crushed stone. These courts are outside and are the world’s leading clay court surfaces. The other 6 courts are hard courts indoors allowing for year round tennis. The club started providing indoor tennis in 2003, making the tennis facility a total of 9 courts, some outside behind the clubhouse with a beautiful view of the river and others perfect for the winter months! Paddle tennis is also available at the country club. They offer 3 courts to enjoy this outdoor sport. Paddle tennis was adapted from tennis. The differences are that the court is smaller, the net is lower, there are no double lanes and you play with a solid hard paddle as well as a depressurized tennis ball. Paddle tennis has similar play to tennis but is a great alternative should you want to try something new! The pool is a mix of a baby pool and a competition-size pool. Surrounded by lounge chairs and a snack bar, the pool is a great way to spend your summer months with friends or family. It is the perfect way to relax whether your hope is to enjoy a nice book in the sun or cool off with a few laps.

Lancaster Country Club does not stop there. The staff also provides Junior Programming for the children in your family as well, truly making the country club a place for everyone to enjoy. There are multiple ways for your children to get involved with the club while building new skills and building lifelong friendships. In the summer months they can join the swim team, attend summer camp, junior golf or one of the many children oriented events. The club offers Friday nights at the pool and each one is themed. Plus, there are father daughter dances, parties, fests, cooking classes and private lessons. Your children will be able to enjoy the Country Club just as much as you while being able to learn life long skills and having fun with others attending programs. Lancaster Country Club truly is the place for family enjoyment!

Lancaster Country Club offers amenities for everyone including golf, swimming, paddle tennis, and being able to play tennis in the winter with their indoor courts. The country club staff work to provide an enjoyable experience for all members and their guests year round. One way they ensure this is through hosting annual social events and activities. A few favorites are the Independence Day Celebration, and the Christmas Party. The events hosted by the club are a great way to build annual traditions with your family and have a day or evening full of laughter, creating wonderful memories together. As a member, you also have the ability to host your own special event. This gives you the ability to host major milestones in your family’s life surrounded by your loved ones without worrying about details. The Director of Catering and Events ensures that your experience is everything you hoped for. While you have the opportunity to enjoy annual events or host your own, the country club has superb options and locations for dining regularly from casual dining, quick dining and elegant dining. The menu is always enjoyable and there is something for each member of the family to enjoy. The culinary team at the country club is magnificent!

Does this sound like a place you would like to enjoy with your friends and family? The benefits of membership continue to be some of the best. To learn more about membership amenities or ask about membership, visit the Lancaster Country Club website. You will be hooked!

A weekend in the life of Lancaster Country Club History…new renovations, history of hosting elite golfers, golf, tennis, pool, dining, activities for the whole family. Does it make you want to be a little closer to the Country Club?

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that emulate the history, beautiful landscapes, and your own piece of paradise at Lancaster Country Club. You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes like: 70 Eshelman Road, Lancaster PA 17601 overlooking the 13th-hole fareway call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at WolfandWebb.com