Category: Apple Country

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

An Authentic Adams County Autumn Date

October 6, 2017

By Paige Neidig – There is something about autumn that brings romance to the air. Maybe it’s cozy campfires, sharing warm fall foods or squeezing in close to the one you love as the temperatures drop. In Adams County, Pa., there are endless ways you can celebrate fall with that special someone. Check out this authentic Adams County autumn date itinerary.

Stop 1: Fields of Adventure

Begin your date with a trip to Fields of Adventure in Aspers, Pa. Fields of Adventure is bursting with fall fun waiting to be had by children and adults alike. A favorite by many couples is ... Read This Story

Fall 2017 Can’t-Miss Gettysburg Moments

September 22, 2017

By Stacey Fox – The official start of fall is finally here and once the temps realize it, we’ll be kicking through leaves and digging out our favorite sweaters. Until then, I’ve created my “must do” checklist for Gettysburg this fall.

Browse the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Gettysburg’s Outdoor Antique Show happens twice a year, and fall is the perfect time to check it out. I enjoy browsing through old treasures and the antique show gives me a chance to enjoy the crisp fall air while searching for that perfect find. After you browse the antiques that line the streets all along ... Read This Story

Adams County Apple Pie

September 14, 2017

By Jess Clevenger – I’ve been an Adams County resident for two years, and from my observation, there is no dessert more authentically Adams County than apple pie. And it comes as no surprise, as Adams County is the highest apple producing county in Pennsylvania. Most locals I’ve come to know not only thoroughly enjoy eating it, but also know how to make a perfect apple pie. So I decided that after two years of living here, it was finally time that I learned to make an apple pie from scratch. Actually, I decided that it was time to make ... Read This Story

Peach Season in Adams County – Peach Pizza Pie

August 11, 2017

It is prime peach season in Adams County! Farms in Adams County’s countryside are harvesting bushel upon bushel of juicy, tree ripened peaches, and we are savoring each and every bite of those peaches that we get to eat.

It’s easy to enjoy farm fresh peaches in this area. Although not quite as big as the apple industry, Adams County is the highest peach producing county in Pennsylvania. You can find sweet peaches at our farmers’ markets – Gettysburg Farmers’ Market and Adams County Farmers’ Market; our countryside markets – Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm and Market, the Historic Round Barn and ... Read This Story

10 Must-Dos on Your First Visit to Gettysburg

July 14, 2017

So you’re planning your first trip to Gettysburg, where do you start? With the variety of experiences available in Adams County – from history, recreation, shopping and agritourism – it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. We’ve got your back – here’s a list of 10 things every first-timer should experience in the Gettysburg area.

Get acquainted at the Museum and Visitor Center

It’s a good idea to check out the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center to get a solid overview of the Battle of Gettysburg before venturing off to the battlefield. The Visitor Center features a ... Read This Story

Adams County Summer Harvest Frittata

July 6, 2017

In Adams County, we are watching the growing season progress right before our eyes, and we are eating our way through it, too. We’ve enjoyed every bite of our springtime asparagus and strawberries and early summer cherries, and now we dive into the season of fresh summer vegetables. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for foodies – when both the fields and markets of Adams County are brimming with the delicious veggies of summer.

Whether you are visiting Adams County or you’re a local, don’t leave empty handed this summer. Visit one of our farmers’s markets – Gettysburg Farmers’ ... Read This Story

Cherry Season in Adams County – Fresh Cherry White Chocolate Cookies

June 16, 2017

By Jess Clevenger – In Adams County, we’re spoiled with all different kinds of fresh, local produce. In the fall, we have lots of apples, but all throughout the growing season, we get to enjoy the variety of crops that area farmers grow. Right around mid-June, sweet cherries start appearing at our farmers’ markets, followed not too long by tart cherries.

Local cherries are the best cherries, and all who live in or visit Adams County this time of the year can attest to that. Sweet, juicy cherries are the perfect pop-able snack. And I always look forward to my once-a-year ... Read This Story