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
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
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
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
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
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
September 1, 2017
By Paige Neidig – What makes a perfect wine trail? Lots of stops close together, a scenic drive and fantastic wines, of course. In the heart of Adams County, Pa., you’ll find all of the makings for a perfect wine trail.
To make it even better, your drive time will be spent meandering through fruitful orchards and rolling hillsides of authentic Adams County, seeing historic landmarks along the way to the four vineyards and three tasting rooms that make up the Adams County Wine Trail. Please remember, don’t drink and drive. Designated drivers, or taking an Uber, are recommended. Take a look ... Read This Story
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
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
June 1, 2017
Festival season is upon us, and the Gettysburg area is delivering this summer with so many festivals to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a list of ones that can’t be missed – there’s something for everyone on this exciting list of summer festivals.Gettysburg Brass Band Festival
Brass bands from across the Mid-Atlantic come together in Gettysburg for three days of musical fun for Gettysburg’s Brass Band Festival. Throughout the weekend at various locations in town, the brass bands perform their best tunes for all to enjoy. Take in the music for an hour, a day or even the entire weekend. And don’t ... Read This Story