Category: Apple Country

Rhubarb Pudding Cake

May 31, 2018

We are lucky in Adams County, Pa., to be surrounded by farmland that produces such a variety of crops – both large and small. We may be the largest apple producing county in Pennsylvania, but our growers provide us with many small-batch crops as well – like rhubarb. Visit any of Adams County’s farmers’ markets or countryside markets in the springtime, and you’ll be sure to come across home-grown rhubarb. If you’re anything like us, it sparks your interest, but you just aren’t sure how to use it. We turned to Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm and Market for a recipe ... Read This Story

Which Adams County craft beverage are you?

May 9, 2018

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly poured craft beer, the first glass of wine out of a freshly corked bottle, a spirit aged to perfection, or the bubbles of a sparkling cider hitting your palate just right.

Rooted in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Fruit Belt, Adams County is home to more than 20,000 acres of apple trees, making it an ideal location for growing not only 100 varieties of apples, but peaches, grapes, hops and more. Tucked among the farm markets, orchards and vineyards is a growing number of wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries.

Created as a way to bring together a ... Read This Story

Pick-Your-Own Paradise

May 3, 2018

Adams County, Pennsylvania is the fruit belt, technically we are part of it, but once you have made a trip here you will understand exactly what we mean. Our fresh fruit includes every berry imaginable – melons, 100 varieties of apples, 30 varieties of blueberries, peaches, apricots, plums, the list goes on and on! The best part of this, is that throughout the summer and early fall, several of our farms offer pick-your-own – talk about truly knowing where your food comes from!

June really kicks off the picking season with sweet and sour cherries at Boyer Nurseries & Orchards. These ... Read This Story

Test your knowledge on Adams County’s blossoms!

April 18, 2018

You know it’s springtime in Adams County, Pennsylvania when the orchard-covered hills are vibrant shades of pinks and whites as the fruit trees begin to blossom. Visitors from all over look forward to these gorgeous blossom views. And Adams County is home to many different types of fruit trees, so there’s a wide variety of blossoms for visitors and locals alike to admire. While many enjoy the annual blossoming, how much do you really know about blossoms? Take the quiz to find out!

Click here for a list of places to view these springtime blossoms in Adams County. And take a look ... Read This Story

Adams County Growing Season – Blossom to Harvest

April 10, 2018

In Adams County’s countryside, time is measured in growing seasons. It begins in spring – when we start to see the first signs of new growth – buds pushing their way through the branches of fruit trees. Those buds then turn to beautiful, vibrant blossoms that create a blanket of color on the orchard-covered hills of the countryside. Take a look:

The yearly transformation of Adams County’s countryside is an amazing thing to witness, and if you’ve never seen Adams County in bloom, we highly recommend adding it to your bucket list – and making your way through this list of ... Read This Story

10 Signs of Spring in Gettysburg

March 29, 2018

As winter draws to a close we start to see subtle signs of spring inching closer in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The locals and frequent visitors of the area know exactly what to look for as spring draws near and Gettysburg prepares for a busy season of family fun, romantic adventures and solo travel. Check out these 10 signs of spring in Gettysburg!

Battlefield Tours

Battlefield bus tours and tours with a Licensed Battlefield Guide run year-round, but when the temps warm up you see some unique tours taking place on the battlefield. You can tour the battlefield by Segway, horseback, scooter, horse drawn ... Read This Story

Celebrating Fastnacht Day

February 8, 2018

By Jess Clevenger – There are many traditions that I’ve been introduced to since moving to Adams County three years ago, and one that I can most definitely get behind is Fastnacht Day. Fastnacht Day, which translates to ‘fast night’ or ‘night before the fast,’ is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, and is big in Adams County because of the heavy Pennsylvania Dutch influence of the area. Kids get treated to fastnachts in area schools, you can find fastnachts in grocery stores and many churches make large batches of fastnachts to celebrate.

I’ve never celebrated Fastnacht Day, but decided that this would ... Read This Story

Wassail Punch – Honoring Adams County Apple Orchards

January 11, 2018

By Jess Clevenger – I recently came across a story about apple orchard wassailing and was instantly intrigued to learn more. I love hearing stories about traditions and customs of past generations and places, especially those associated with apple orchards. Apple orchard wassailing seemingly originated in cider-producing areas of England. Sometime in the winter months, most often in mid-January, a group of people would travel from orchard to orchard with their wassail punch. Traditional wassails would include singing, pot-banging, dancing, and believe it or not, placing a wassail-soaked piece of bread in the tree. The point of it all was to ... Read This Story

Adams County Pear Harvest Loaves

November 16, 2017

We’re celebrating fall and the beginning of the holiday season in Gettysburg, Pa., with this pear harvest bread, a recipe courtesy of one of our countryside fruit markets – Boyer Nurseries and Orchards. Warm ginger, zesty lemon, toasty walnuts, caramelly brown sugar and sweet, juicy pears are combined to make this comforting, festive bread.

These pear harvest loaves would be the perfect treat to snack on Thanksgiving morning or while you are preparing your Thanksgiving day feast. The recipe makes four small loaves of pear bread, which would be perfect for sending home with loved ones during the holidays; ... Read This Story

Falling for Pumpkin in Gettysburg

October 13, 2017

We have enjoyed the growing season in Adams County this past year – from asparagus to strawberries, cherries, summertime veggies, peaches and apples – it’s been a delicious year. And with fall now here, and the growing season coming to an end, we are fully embracing pumpkin season. To celebrate the season, we felt inspired to get to the kitchen to bake a tasty treat, using homegrown Adams County pumpkins. We turned to the Inns of the Gettysburg Area cookbook, where we found a fabulous recipe from the Historic Fairfield Inn 1757 for homemade pumpkin pie filling. This is a ... Read This Story