|Lancaster County... A great place to live!|
|Lancaster County Farm Stand|
So cooking breakfast one day, I discovered that I was short of fruit and I needed spinach. What was an innkeeper to do? Well, as always go to Giant! That would solve the problem. Being a city boy, if you can't find it there, you don't need it. However on the way, I soon discovered that I was gonna be really late for breakfast if I drove all the way down there. What was I to do? Help!!!
As I started to fret, I pulled over on the side of the road at this little farm stand to collect my thoughts. Nervous as all get up, I got out of the car and looked at the farm stand for assistance to ask if they knew of a closer grocery store, being new in the area there may just be something a bit closer. Then before the words could come out of my mount, I noticed that they had fresh berries, melon and hand picked spinach. Lights were going on all over the place in my head. My menu was decided and I placed my order to the young Amish man behind the counter. Certainly though this was going to cost me and all I had in cash was a five dollar bill. Surely a bag of spinach for the egg dish, a fresh rhubarb and some wonderful strawberries were going to be more than I bargained for. Ka-ching, the total was 4.25... Really, I $till have .75 cents to spend?
|Wow... It looks so good!|
So that is when I began to realize that this claim of being the "Garden Spot" has more validity than I could ever understand. It really is that important to our area how we sustain ourselves with the local fare. With things like Lancaster County Farmland Trust, PA Preferred, the outreach campaign of Buy Fresh - Buy Local, local farm stands/markets and local co-ops dotted all over the place, it is easy to see that farming is paramount to Lancaster. And tourists hoping on the rails of Culinary and Agri-tourism are beginning to realize the bounty of freshness that Lancaster County has become known for. I like to call it Lancaster Fresh.
Lancaster County is ripe with opportunity for just about any epicurean to immerse themselves into a culinary weekend filled with great knowledge, great fun and a super tasty experience. You'll clearly see why I'm on board with that self proclamation. It really is the truth!