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. 

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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!

Rooted In Lanc

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 a vegan restaurant in Lancaster.

Located at 223 West Walnut Street you will find a delicious eatery for vegans, and all people who love a good meal. Root is open Tuesday through Sunday providing patrons a space to eat, but also learn. Root works to provide a space that helps the environment in more ways than one. 

Root was opened in 2015 by a Lancaster resident who became a vegan. He has the knowledge of health and environmental benefits while creating this plant based space for patrons to enjoy! When you go to Roots you can see the restaurant and bar are a fun space perfect to hang out with friends or to try a new dish!  

Vegan means meals that do not use or try to stay away from non-human animals specifically while eating as well as in other ways like soaps, cleaning products and more. Vegans do not eat things like meats, fish, eggs but also do not eat products like dairy, honey and other products that are made from animals. Typically people that are vegans eat foods like vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, seeds, rice, breads and use dairy alternatives like oat milk, almond milk, plant-based butter and more. What is very cool about vegan food and meals is that you can create so many different types of dishes as well as desserts, pastries and treats! 

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The menu at Root is seasonal and locally sourced produce. This is a great way to support not only one business but multiple across Lancaster County…talk about Rooted in Lanc! Their menu changes each week as they work to use seasonal produce and locally sourced items. I suggest checking out their Instagram account to see the weekly menus as you look to try this spot for your next meal. Recently they had a delicious salad with quinoa berries, broccoli and sprouts in a vinaigrette. It was mouth watering! Another dish is an Italian wrap that is stuffed with artichokes, and other vegetables served with some delicious fries. The bar is always full of fun and delicious drinks from beer, wine and liquor. The variety is wonderful! Each week their menu has a large variety of options meeting everyone’s taste and needs. With the warm weather around the corner Root is a great restaurant and bar to try out and enjoy a seasonal meal with a refreshing cocktail! 

Root does so much to help our environment such as not having plastic straws, helping animals and reducing takeout waste. You do not show up to your table and see napkins or plastic ware on the table; this is only given to customers at the request of the diner. This is a way to help make a movement for the environment. The work they are doing is benefitting our local community and is a testament to many simple ways we can help. Their takeout system is creative. You can bring your own container to get your take-out meal or use one of their take-out boxes which are biodegradable and compostable, pretty cool! If you purchase a t-shirt from Root the money is donated to Raven Ridge Wildlife Center which is a rehabilitation center specifically for animals that are native to the state of Pennsylvania.

Currently due to Covid-19 Root is not accepting reservations because of the limited seating. That being said you can call for take-out or go to the restaurant and see if they have any open tables. 

If you get over to Root let me know what dish you get so we can try it next. If you are not a vegan but curious about what it means or what dishes would taste like why not give it a try? A popular trend right now is Meatless Mondays where people eat no meat for the whole day and eat plant-based, maybe you want to try this out and add Root to your takeout for the night! 

Whether you are new to being a vegan, want to support a company that is environmentally conscious or just want to try a new spot I suggest trying out Root! You will not be disappointed! 

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties where you can enjoy incredible new food dishes whenever you want! 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 http://www.WolfandWebb.com no home is too big or too small for our team. Wolf and Webb: Where People are the Key!

Touring Lancaster

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 history in our County.

As the spring is upon us that means amples of opportunities to get outside in our wonderful county! We have the ability to explore and experience so much of Lancaster especially in the warmer weather. It is a great way to learn about the history of Lancaster County while having fun! One of the places to check out is Hans Herr House located at 1894 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. This is a historic landmark from 1719! 

The Hans Herr House is a museum that offers tours of the oldest homestead in Lancaster County. While it is the oldest home in Lancaster it is also the oldest mennonite meeting house in all of the Western hemisphere! The home was built by Christian and Anna Herr now the purpose of this house/museum is based off of six core values they are education, preservation, accessibility, intentional health, relationships and faith. These values emulate through your experience be it a museum tour or attending one of the classes offered within this space. 

The Herr House is open April through October on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am until 4:00pm. If you want to go into the house you need to go on a guided tour where you learn about the history, experiences and architecture. Tours are an hour and 15 minutes providing you with the opportunity to ask questions and learn from an expert. There is a small admissions price depending on your age as well as the size of your party as well as if you are a member. The house also offers events from their annual music nite to rare and used book auctions. They have learning tours, music, book sales, classes, family history heydays and special events, this space actively brings the community together in fun and creative ways.  

A unique and creative factor is that you can rent out Hans Herr for an event of your choosing…talk about a breathtaking location for your next family birthday party, bridal shower or work event! Not only can you rent the property out, they also offer school tours. These tours have a load of hands-on learning opportunities for students through workshops from games, butter churning, clothing making and more to historic demonstrations of cooking, candle making, storytelling and finger weaving. It really gets students to learn about the history of this land, and the people who lived here. 

If you are not looking to host an event and are not a student but want a hands-on learning experience you can attend classes at the Hans Herr House to build up your experience and knowledge. The organization offers multiple classes in blacksmithing, from ones meant for children to adult groups or one on one classes you can learn how to be a blacksmith and the art that goes into it by working with a true blacksmith learning and practicing this craft. For more information on pricing of classes be sure to check out their website! Sounds like an experience of a lifetime! During school field trips students have the opportunity to go into the Lancaster Longhouse on property to learn about Eastern Woodland Native Americans. The Hans Herr House also offers a fall festival for not only students but their families to learn about the Native Americans and Pennsylvania German cultures. 

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In the summers children ages 10 and older have the opportunity to hone in on all that the Hans Herr House has to offer by being a part of their Summer Student Program where they learn skills of blacksmithing, fraktur, gardening and more. This program is a wonderful way for children to meet friends while also having fun, you never know what passion might spark from the program!

If you or your children fall in love with the history and beautiful terrain of Hans Herr House you can also consider being a volunteer. Their volunteers do it all from the workshops and classes to the guided tours, volunteers have the opportunity to be a volunteer in what interests them while also working a schedule that best suits their lives so long as they can commit to half-days. This is a great way to give back to our community to a space that brings family and friends together to build knowledge of the rich history of Lancaster County.

Whether you want to learn more about what life used to look like in Lancaster County during the 1700s or you are interested in getting hands on experience with blacksmithing I challenge you to do something new this spring. Take time to learn and try new spaces and places within Lancaster County, fall in love with our beautiful space one new experience at a time. As we look to the warmer weather the Hans Herr House is a great idea to get the family outside on a beautiful piece of property and learn about Lancaster County. 

Thanks for checking out this week’s Lancaster Local Secret, did you know in Pennsylvania many call very thin deli meat chipped? Have a great week! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to experience some interesting history whenever you please. 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

Four Legged Friends

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 best stop to shop, parks and training for our four legged friends both cats and dogs….let’s run in! 

Basset and Lab is located at 1352 Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. They are open Tuesdays through Sundays providing you opportunity to shop for retail, and incredible foods. Basset and Lab provide their patrons a lot of opportunities for you to meet the needs of your four legged family members. The owners of this shop have four legged members of their family so they truly make this a personalized experience creating an exciting space to enjoy meeting all of your needs. Within the shop you will find healthy food options for cats and dogs as well as specialty treats made in the shop. You will also have the opportunity to shop for toys that are non-toxic! When you walk into Basset and Lab you feel as though you are in a bakery looking at the show window of all the treats. When you see them you will think they are for humans, that is how good they look and smell, yet it is for your pet to enjoy. This is how you know the products are well made with attention to detail and care! 

Their website is also easy to use if you want to check out what products they offer, you can shop by vendor from dry, wet, raw or dehydrated foods. There is also a section for treats and supplements such a wide variety you are sure to meet the needs of your four legged pal! On their website you will also see a kitchen section, where there are cakes, bakery and deli. This is a great way to view what they might have available. But if you ask me definitely make it a point to head over to Basset and Lab shop location see for yourself this one of a kind experience. You will not want to miss all that they have to offer! The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, creative and kind truly providing an enjoyable, clean experience to each of their customers. For more information before swinging over to their retail store you can email, call or fill out an inquiry form on their website. 

Something I believe is great about this luxury pet shop is it can provide you the opportunity to get a thoughtful gift for a loved one. You can stop over and get some treats or toys for a new neighbor that has pets. A great way to welcome them into the neighborhood and our wonderful community! If you are not from Lancaster County do not worry, Basset and Lab offers shipping across the nation! If you are a Lancaster neighbor and are interested in checking out this gem head over soon you will be hooked and make it your new spot to shop! The business also offers you the opportunity to have local delivery or in store pickup. 

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After treating your pup to a delicious treat or stocking up on some great food for them, maybe you want to take them to move around and get some exercise. The first park is located in Manheim Township though that does not mean you can just pull up with your favorite pup. Overlook Dog Park is located within the Manheim Township Recreation and Park at 1241 Lititz Pike within Lancaster County. You need to be a member to use this park with your dog and to do that you can register to receive access to the park. It is a great space for your dog to exercise, meeting other pets off the leash is allowed and a great way for you to meet some of your neighbors! The dog park started through a community effort to ensure safety and fun for our furry friends. The Manheim Township Dog Owners Group works with the park and recreation to manage the space help with registration and facility access. Being a member park this ensures that all the furry friends your pump meets are vaccinated and follow the policies. The park is also open in the winter so as the warm weather approaches and you are excited to get your pup out keep it in the back of your head that you can also enjoy this space bundled up too! 

The second dog park in Lancaster County that is a must go is Beau’s Dream Dog Park within Buchanan Park. And let me tell you the name is truly perfect, this park is a dream, it is incredible! The park has small and large spaces for your pups to play, they can swim around in some water wading pools, run through a tunnel or play with a tennis ball tree! It is free for all dog owners and lovers to use and maintained by the City of Lancaster it is kept clean and updated. While your four legged friend is enjoying the space you can enjoy some shade in the seating area or take a ball and throw it around the turf with your pup. Leave the toys at home and take a ride to Beau’s Dream Park. Your pup will love it, truly a dream vacation right in your backyard for your dog!  

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Realize your pup was not on their best behavior at the park? Or maybe you saw a dog so well trained you are questioning if you should teach your furry love some new tactics? Look no further than The Zen Dog Den. The business is run by certified dog trainer Cherisse Feddock plus two other fabulous behavioral trainers Stacey Samii and Kelcy Waller. Everyone works as a team to help families achieve peace and happiness with their dogs inside and outside the home. The dog trainer Cherisse has been working with four legged friends as a foster pet parent, walker, educator, and trainer while also promoting pet adoption. The team has years of experience and expertise to help you and your pup be the best they can be! Cherisse has also worked with trainers across the world such as Cesar Millan.

The approach of the Zen Dog Den is to not only train but train by focusing on behavioral, instinctual and primal approaches which is truly remarkable and creates a different experience for the dog as well as the owner long after they have completed the program. Owners learn to truly understand their four legged family and build on methods that can be practiced in multiple settings. Through the work of the trainers, you and your family will be forever grateful as you learn and adapt to understand and connect with your pup. There are multiple types of services and training you can request from refreshers to a brand new owner. All of the training is done in-home so it is personal and convenient for clients, not to mention that most of the unwanted behavior occurs in the home in the first place.

Something that is a crowd favorite is the Zen Dog Pack Walks at the Overlook Park. This is an opportunity for clients to practice what they learned in the program and see what kind of pup they have within a pack of other dogs and humans. The best part is that the Pack Walks are free of charge and do not require RSVP! The trainers are available during the walks to answer questions. If you are interested in learning more, request a session or contact the Zen Dog Den today. The work that Cherisse, Stacey, and Kelcy does is remarkable and I am sure you will be talking about it for years to come! In fact, the Zen Dog Den offers clients a lifetime of support for their beloved dogs and families. Even after training is over, clients may reach out by text, phone call, or email for any reason with no cost. Having a pup of my own that has worked with the Zen Dog Den, I have nothing but great things to say. Cherisse has incredible talent and has helped us learn about our puppy while also helping her build up and learn great training techniques.

Lancaster is full of dog friendly places and spaces. Take a look below and make a list of summer fun for both you and your four legged friend. Can’t wait to hear about where you go!

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties where you can stock up on treats, healthy meals for your four legged friends that you love or get them moving around at the parks. 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

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

Ice, Chili & Fire


It is our favorite time of year again…the annual Lititz Fire & Ice Festival would be right around the corner. What we typically look forward to and  know is a time with ice sculptures, great food, live fire show, breathtaking art, block party, an awesome chili competition and the Lititz Lions Carnival & vender fair. While the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival is not happening this year it will be back in February 2022. But that doesn’t go without some celebration this year! 

Though we will not have our favorite chili cookoff, fire show, carnival or block party festivities we WILL be able to experience the remarkable ice sculptures! Lititz Fire & Ice Festival is revamped to the Lititz Ice Walk for 2021. From February 12th until February 20th you can walk through the streets to see the sculptures. Each day more will be added so this does not have to be a one day walk you can go to Littiz multiple times to see what has been added! This is a great way to get the family outside and moving after the past few cold snow storms we have had while getting a taste of one of our favorite Lancaster County winter traditions. 

Venture Lititz has thought of everything making sure we are all kept safe, this event is all outside, there will be no live carvings, and people are required to be masked and stay socially distant. By adding extra days to the event this is a way they are working to help spread out the crowds as well. It truly is magnificent that during this time the committee and organizers thought to figure out a way for us all to have a little cheer and taste of our Lancaster! 

The ice sculptures will be located on North, South and Broad street. There are going to be twenty six ice sculptures put out on just one day! Then in the following days another fifteen sculptures and twenty two…that is over sixty plus ice sculptures to enjoy and truly marvel at.  What is wonderful is that like the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival the Lititz Ice Walk is also sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Some of the ice sculptures are in front of local shops and businesses. This is a great way to pop into the shops and get a valentine gift for someone you love or a birthday gift! Attending this event is a great way to support our local businesses while enjoying the artwork of so many! Consider getting a hot chocolate or order takeout for when you finish your walk for a great meal after with your family. 

So over the next few days plan a night, an afternoon or two or three to get over to downtown Lititz, you will not want to miss the incredible artwork of the ice sculptures or a little taste of our favorite festival. Bundle up with some warm clothing, look up some of the shops and local buisnesses that are sponsoring the event, check out some restuarant menus in Lititz and have yourself a day! Get out into the town and enjoy the fresh air while getting a piece of our favorite tradition and opportunity to help buisnesses in the local area by enjoying a treat or two and shopping for your loved ones. Thank you to all that worked so hard to bring us a version of our Lititz Fire & Ice Festival. We look forward to when we can all be back together enjoying the festivities like in years past! 

Thanks for checking out this week’s Lancaster Local Secret, did you know in Pennsylvania many call pickled vegetables Chow Chow? Have a great week! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to experience some Lancaster County Traditions yearly, seasonaly or monthly. 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

Just Wining Here

As we enter the new year many people set new year resolutions as a way to have something to work for and hold themselves accountable. While many say they want to whine less we are wining here… hidden gems of Lancaster County are the wineries in the area, each unique providing patrons wonderful experiences in beautiful atmospheres. Let’s jump into the top 3 wineries in Lancaster County: Waltz Vineyards, Thorn Hill and Moon Dancer. 

Waltz Vineyards, a winery that is full of breathtaking views across Lancaster County with three locations. One in Manheim township, Gordonville, and Lititz; each provide a unique and personalized experience. Waltz is owned by a 6th generation Lancaster farmer and his wife who pride themselves on using the land to produce award winning wine. The farm that holds the grapes is located on a hill that holds a micro-climate that is perfect for creating air flow to create mouth watering tastes. The first wine at Waltz was created in 2000 within their garage learning the art of blending and fermenting. Each wine is made from hand-picked fruit…talk about using the local land and produce! The winery opened in 2009 to provide patrons wine tasting experiences within their tasting room. This space provides individuals a space to learn about the history and work that goes into making Waltz wine. One of the major reasons I appreciate this vineyard is all their partnerships with local businesses, there is an entire section on their website where they provide you lists for restaurants, breweries, experiences, hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts, caterers, and grocery stores. Each name is linked to their website, Waltz provides us the opportunity to learn more about local businesses we may not know of and an easy way to find out more about how to support them! Let’s dive into the wines at Waltz, they offer Red, White and Rose. The reds available to enjoy are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Dry Red Blend, and Semi-Dry Red Blend. The whites available to enjoy are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Semi-Dry Blend, Semi-Sweet White, and Wine Club Exclusive. Wine Club you read that right…Waltz Vineyards offers a wine club membership a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their wine regularly! This membership has so many perks, first you can pick from 3, 6 or 12 bottles quarterly while also having the opportunity to enjoy complimentary tastings, access to pre-released wines, discounts and exclusive events. What is important to note…this membership provides you with award winning wine regularly! Waltz has changed their hours for the upcoming weeks. They are open Thursdays & Fridays from 12-4pm as well as Saturdays from 11-5pm at their Manheim location. Their bottle shop is open the same hours on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays but also Sunday from 11-3pm this shop is located in Lititz. Their wine shop at Kitchen Kettle Village has hours Monday through Thursday 10-4pm and Fridays & Saturdays 10-5pm. What is wonderful about Waltz is they are taking extra precautions for all their patrons you are able to arrange a personal appointment by emailing them or going during their hour of opperation at Kitchen Kettle Village specificially for high risk. Multiple wines made in Waltz have won awards from competitions, showings, and top reviews, enjoy a glass or two soon!  

Thorn Hill Vineyards, the second winery I would like to highlight. Thorn Hill is owned by Jack and Amy Thorn, where they create wonderful wine for so many to enjoy! The grapes in their wine come from California vineyards providing patrons the opportunity to taste so many flavors from California fruit to earthy tastes, winemakers creating an experience for their customers unlike any other through not only flavor but with experience as well. Thorn Hill has two tasting locations one in Lake County, California and the other in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This family winery creates award winning wine with flavors for all to enjoy. Learning about winemaking is best done by a winemaker that is passionate and detailed, when looking at Thorn Hill Amy Thorn does just that. There are seven steps in winemaking that are shared in detail on Thorn Hill’s website: One being grapes, cultivating wonderful grapes that are an essence of the terrain, two being harvesting, picking grapes when ready is the next step, three being fermentation, grapes need to be crushed and fermented so they can age properly, four is picking a barrel, this is where the wine will age barrels matters as it affects the flavor and process, five is fermentation again, six is blending to create the flavors a winemaker desires, the final step is bottling, properly bottling the wine so when ready can be enjoyed. This year marks nine year of wines within Thorn Hill to celebrate they are hosting events on February 12th and 19th where attendants are asked to wear silver or black and enjoy plated tapas, friends and wine to celebrate! To RSVP head to their website as they have limited number of guests allowed each night. If you have the opportunity to go to one of the tasting rooms to experience the creations of Amy Thorn I highly suggest that you go, you won’t regret it!  Be sure to check out their events page and join Thorn Hill soon for an incredible experience. Enjoy a glass in our backyard of Lancaster County and when the time to travel comes head over to California and experience one of their villa experiences! 

The last winery I would like to highlight is Moon Dancer Winery Cider house & Taproom. Moon Dancer is located in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania providing patrons a wonderful experience of not only wine but food, beer and ciders as well. Moon Dancer was established in 2004 located on the Susquehanna River, a beautiful location where you feel like you are transported to another place. They offer wine tastings, tours and space to enjoy time with your friends with fireplaces, live music, patios, and more. The name comes from the Moon Dancer Legend, a man who appears during the harvest late at night providing star-filled nights, rain and appreciation of simpleness. If you are looking to experience this space of tranquility be sure to check their events section of their website because tickets may need to be purchased depending on the day and the event. Moon Dancer offers 5 ciders, two of which are seasonal from their on property cider house. If wine or cider is not your drink of choice don’t worry they offer local PA beers on tap, by bottle, or can…there is something for everyone. While enjoying a drink you most definitely should also get a handmade pizza from their on property wood fired oven, Ta Ta Kua. While Moon Dancer provides an afternoon of relaxation with friends and a space to enjoy local wine, cider, beer, and pizza you also have the ability to host a private event on property. Moon Dancer is known for a dream location for weddings! This year take an afternoon to get lunch and a drink with some friends soaking in the beauty of the river! 

As you look to the new year why not make a resolution to try new things and go to new places? Checking out one or all three of these wineries will provide you with wonderful weekend adventures with your friends or family. You will feel like you are away soaking in the landscape while being able to support some of the many wonderful local businesses within Lancaster County! As we continue through the new year take time to find local buisnesses and support them how and when you can, they are working so hard to accomodate all, providing many options and services to ensure not only safety but comfortability to anyone that works with them.

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties not far from all the wonderful wine trails in Lancaster. 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

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