June 28, 2018
Once fresh fruit season in Adams County begins, it seems like there is a new fruit or veggie ready to enjoy each week. We loved every moment of strawberry and rhubarb season, and now we are so excited to be enjoying fresh from the orchard cherries and plums! We made this cherry plum slump, a recipe from Boyer Nurseries and Orchards to celebrate the season.
A slump is sort of like a cobbler – fresh fruit topped with homemade biscuits. For a slump, everything is cooked – not baked – together in one dish, we used a cast iron skillet. The ... Read This Story
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
April 26, 2018
One of our favorite signs of spring in Adams County is the sight of fresh produce. Strawberries are one of the first fruits to become available during the Adams County growing season and aside from eating all the fresh strawberries we can, we know that we’ll be making these Rusty’s Red passion parfaits all season long.
These parfaits combine a sweet, homemade strawberry compote – made simply with fresh strawberries, sugar and Adams County Winery’s Rusty’s Red wine. You cook the compote down until it is thick like syrup and then layer it with a dreamy, homemade chocolate mousse. We topped ... Read This Story
March 22, 2018
By Jess Clevenger – As a foodie, my favorite way to welcome a new season is, of course, through food and what better way to welcome spring than through making homemade peanut butter eggs!
I turned to the National Apple Harvest cookbook – a collection of trusted recipes from Adams County locals – and found a recipe for the most amazing peanut butter eggs. They are surprisingly easy to make and their taste is undeniably good. Creamy peanut butter is combined with butter and powdered sugar, mixed until fluffy, shaped into eggs and then frozen. Once frozen, you dip the eggs ... Read This Story
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
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
December 14, 2017
By Jess Clevenger – It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and if you’re anything like me, it’s a wonderful time of the year for baking. Not only do desserts make great handmade gifts, but it’s so nice to have a sweet treat on hand for when friends and family get together this time of year.
Hickory Bridge Farm is a Gettysburg area restaurant and bed & breakfast that serves mouth-watering, homestyle food that always brings a sense of nostalgia, so I knew that I’d find the perfect sweet recipe to make for this time of the year in their ... 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 26, 2017
By Donna White – Anyone who knows me knows I love to cook, but I flat out do not bake. I love to eat baked goods, but I just haven’t mastered the art of actually baking them. I always walk by the case in Dunlap’s Restaurant in awe of the beautiful mile high meringue atop the selection of pies. I was so excited to get the opportunity to learn just how these tasty desserts are made from Shirley Marquardt, the resident baker at Dunlap’s. Not only are the pies gorgeous, they are absolutely yummy! You just gotta try one!
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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