Friday, June 26, 2009

Pennsylvania Dutch Market Field Trip

Today's specials are Curried Tuna Salad Sandwich, a Beet Kale Salad with Walnuts from our CSA produce, Oatmeal Whoopie Pies and Coconut Custard Pie from Aunt Erma's Bakery.

Just a few minutes up I-83 and around the corner from Wegman's is the Pennsylvania Dutch Market. Let me start with a warning; the market is only open Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-8pm and Saturday 8am-4pm. This weekend (June 25-27) they are having a Pig Roast and Sidewalk Sale (I saw homemade ice cream!). And the first Friday of every month from 4:00pm - 7:30pm the BBQ Pit serves an all-you-can-eat buffet of BBQ chicken, potatoes, macaroni salad, cole slaw, roll, beverage and dessert.

But the reasons to make the trip are Welsh Mountain Deli's cheese case and locally produced milk and cream (in glass bottles); Aunt Erma's Bakery's homemade cakes and pies; the Pickle Patch's homemade donuts, fresh popped grain cakes ("rice cakes") and fresh potato chips; the gorgeous meats and sausages from Amish Country Meats; and the amazing selection of candies (including old fashion favorites like Walnettos, Sky Bars and Squirrel Nut Zippers) and nuts from Lydia Ann's Candies (who offers 10% off on Saturdays from 8am-10am).

In addition there is also a few craft vendors that sell furniture, braised rugs/mats, pottery and jewelry. Several prepared food vendors offer sandwiches, fried chicken, barbecue and desserts.

I hope you enjoy the slide show and my very first video production. It says a lot about fresh rice cakes that their smell is as enticing as the sweet goodness wafting over from the bakery!