The fields and gardens are bursting with farmland goodness this time of year in PA Dutch Country, roadside stands are popping up all over with fresh produce and baked goods for sale, and my tummy is doing a happy dance!
Nothing beats fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the garden. And there’s plenty to be found here at Kitchen Kettle Village. Our restaurants and food shops offer
locally-grown produce and local meats. “We have a farmer who plants and grows specifically for us,” explains TJ Quinn, the Culinary Colonel for the Village. “That’s why our menu changes seasonally,” he says, “to accommodate to the harvesting.” That even includes the herbs, all grown fresh, locally.
It doesn’t stop with the produce. There’s the meat, most of which comes from a local butcher. Desserts
for the restaurants, the Kling House Restaurant and the Kettle Café, and snacks such as cookies and whoopie pies are all made in our Bake Shop from scratch. Lapp Valley Farm has the yummiest, creamiest ice cream made on the family farm just a couple of miles from the Village, The Pretzel Haus has fresh-squeezed lemonade, and Pepper Lane Fudge & Sweets makes their own fudge to name a few. Of course we still make all of our jams and relishes right here in the Jam & Relish Kitchen as we’ve been doing since 1954 without any artificial additives or preservatives.
Please visit our website, kitchenkettle.com, to learn more about our food shops, and visit the Explore Local are of our website to see all of the locally-made items just waiting for you. The availability of fresh, locally-made food and merchandise extends way beyond summer, but more on that later – some cheese curds from The Smokehouse Shop are calling my name – locally-made, of course!