Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Enjoy Lancaster County's foods


    Buy fresh, buy local, and then eat well. Yes, Lancaster County is the Garden Spot of Pennsylvania.
When one thinks of the foods of Lancaster County, most often it’s family style smorgasbords. There are other places where you can enjoy fresh Lancaster foods. These include farmers’ markets, B&B’s, family-owned and fine dining restaurants which offers many international styles such as French, a number of Asian cultures, Peruvian, Columbian, and Italian. While one must search to find a traditional German meal (although an invitation to an Amish family meal will do), many of these eating options use locally grown vegetables, fruits, pastured or free-range meats, cheeses, fine wines, as well as micro-brews.
The program Lancaster County Buy Fresh Buy Local (LBFBL) supports and partners with farmers, markets, business and institutions which follow its principles to produce, use or sell an extremely high percent of foods produced by local farms. So Lancastrian farms, cheeses makers, wineries and Community Supportive Agriculture (CSA) sell foods primarily produced by them. While markets, restaurants and B&B’s directly identify and use locally grown goods, produce or meats for their customers.
At any Lancaster farmers’ market one can see the effects of LBFBL’s efforts to showcase Lancaster fresh organic bounty. Throughout many restaurants and B&B’s one will be delighted by menus and meals using such bounty. Since Amish family gardens offer a true mark of Lancaster’s sustainable farming and living, an invitation to an Amish family’s dinner would safely bring you to the very soul of locally grown and prepared foods.
So go to any Lancaster farmers’ market to get goodies for a picnic or home dinner packed in your cooler. Then perhaps find a nice bottle of local wine, micro-brew or cider. For your next visit to a restaurant or B&B make your selection based on its use of locally grown, freshly purchased and prepared foods. There are also many pick-your own farms and orchards. All of these make for healthier eating.
To get information about LBFBL, its partners, visionaries, and the healthy sources of Lancaster County’s bounty of freshly grown foods and prepared foods visit At this website you can find the locations of participating retail markets, on-farm stands, farmers’ markets, wineries, micro-breweries, restaurants, food processors, and B&B’s.
So stay at a B&B to support not only a small business, but also to meet a personable source of information about the best foods of Lancaster County…it’s more than smorgasbords.

E.J. Bowman House B&B

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Celebrations in Lancaster, PA

Come to Lancaster County to spend the remainder of your 2010 vacation days and close out the year relaxing in one of Lancaster County Bed & Breakfast Inns Association’s properties. 

Some gems to discover in these next two weeks before the close of the year could be the Christmas Show at The American Music theatre -; the Miracle of Christmas at the Sight & Sound Millenium theatre –; White Christmas at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater –; and the Pool’s Paradise at the Rainbow Dinner Theater –  These shows will all be continuing through December 30th.

Another suggestion would be the Winter Wonderland at Hershey Park, showcasing nearly 600 illuminated animated displays that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car in the two (2) miles of wood trails –  Or you can enjoy the half million outdoor lights at Longwood Garden’s dazzling display –

The Sound of Music, the worlds’ most beloved musical, is being performed at the Fulton Theater until the end of the year –

Celebrate New Years Eve in the city of Lancaster.  A concert and fireworks in Binns Park from 10PM till midnight will usher in the New Year –

Be sure to contact an innkeeper at to book your stay.

Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lantern Tours at the Cloister

These tours located in pa dutch county, take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s.  The Cloister, located in Ephrata PA, continues to inform and educate visitors about their surviving legacy and the people who built it.  The Cloister is a national historic landmark run by the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission.

Each year’s story offers a cast of junior and senior high school students playing the roles that bring history to life.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Cloister after December 1.  Admission charged

December 27 through 30
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening

Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600 • Fax: (717) 733-4364

Dave & Bonnie Harvey – Kimmell House Bed & Breakfast