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hile driving along Route 30 in Lancaster County, you may see both familiar and unexpected sights. Certainly the Plain folk and their horse and buggy transportation will seem a step back in time. But one unique and unmistakable landmark is the Dutch Haven windmill. Its revolving arms have been drawing thousands of visitors each week ever since it first opened as a restaurant back in 1946. And while hungry visitors could satisfy themselves on any number of Penn Dutch specialties, it was Dutch Haven’s shoo fly pie that put it on the map…and in the record books as “America’s Best Shoo Fly Pie.”

Made with a secret recipe, some 40,000 pies are sold in the store or shipped via UPS all over the USA. Indeed, so popular and delicious are the pies that some faithful customers have been buying them for over 50 years!

This is undisputedly Amish Country’s most famous dessert, and all you have to do is walk through the door at Dutch Haven to be offered a sample taste of this amazing treat, warmed and topped with whipped cream, just as it was served in the restaurant all those years ago.

The pie that was featured in TIME magazine still plays a feature role at Dutch Haven. But the windmill building is now home to an amazing selection of over 10,000 items. One of the area’s best selections of primitive Amish furniture includes corner cupboards, pie safes, chests, and shelves.



Woodcrafts, souvenirs and collectibles of all kinds fill the former dining rooms. Also on the shopper’s menu would be everything from spice mats and Amish dolls to jams, jellies, and local honey. Who can resist buying a T-shirt, or maybe a bonnet or Amish felt hat? If you grow tired looking at all of the Dutch Haven gift items, relax in one of the Troutman Rocking Chairs, from the oldest rocking chair company in America. Also deserving of a trip home in your car are the colorful and decorative hex signs, a perfect reminder of a visit to Dutch Country. Dutch Haven’s shopping hours are Sun.-Thurs. 9am-7pm, Fri. & Sat. 9am-9pm. For more information about this Lancaster County landmark, call (717) 687-0111 or visit A visit to Dutch Haven, “the place that made shoo fly pie famous,” will make your trip to Amish Country even more memorable…and tasty!

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Zook’s. Truly, you can now pick up a complete meal to take home. Select a few pies as the main course, and then add the tempting apple dumplings for a grand dessert. The apples used in the dumplings are grown locally at Kauffman’s Fruit Farm, less than a mile away from Zook’s. This is one locally inspired, delicious apple dumpling, a traditional PA Dutch delicacy that works well as a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert treat.

By Clinton Martin


ighteen years ago, visitors to Amish Country would have experienced chicken pot pie as a hearty stew, more like a chicken and dumplings soup than a meat pie in a crust creation. That style of PA Dutch pot pie is still available locally. But these past 18 years have truly transformed the local taste for “pot pie.” It’s all part of the amazing success story of Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies. Now in the second generation of family ownership, Zook’s started as a market stand in Philadelphia, selling fresh dressed chickens. Near the end of the day, any chickens that hadn’t sold were baked into delicious, simple yet tantalizing, chicken pies, enveloped in a warm, flaky crust, accompanied by just enough supporting ingredients like peas, potatoes, and carrots. Necessity truly is the mother of innovation. Before long, Zook’s Chicken became much more famous for the Homemade Chicken Pies than the fresh chickens themselves, and a fledging business was born. The business expanded quickly in those first few years. Additional family members were brought in to help. By 2001 what had been a one-employee company had grown, one pie at a time, to the point that the family had a small stand-alone USDA inspected kitchen built

on the side of their home, and employed a staff of two helpers. Then, in 2007, the Zook's founder’s husband passed away and the widow was left running the business on her own. She felt it was time for her to retire and thus passed along the family business to the next generation...that would be Leroy (her son-in-law) and Rose Anna (daughter) King. Leroy and Rose Anna continued the steady growth of the family business, continuing to bake the now famous chicken pies sending them home with hungry customers all over Amish Country. At first, Leroy worked full time outside the bakery, but after three years it became clear the business was ready for (and indeed needed) him to come on board full time. In 2010, they took a major step and built a fully stocked two-story bakery, complete with a floor-to-ceiling oven that could bake dozens of pies at a time. A staff of 17 employees now worked diligently at mixing, baking, and boxing up the hearty and now much-sought-after creations. Today, the bakery is a busy flurry of activity, with both family, friends and neighbors working at Zook’s, offering a testament to the unyielding work ethic of the Plain People. Four different pies are baked at Zook’s. Expanding on the Chicken Pies that started it all are Beef Pies, Sausage Pies, and Vegetable Pies. The vegetable pies are not vegan or vegetarian, but they do offer a nomeat alternative. The sausage pies use local Stoltzfus Sausage, produced literally less than five miles from Zook’s. Also new from the Zook’s “R&D” kitchen is a colossal, sweet and tart apple dumpling made from scratch on site. Noodles, pickles, jams, jellies, and fruits are also sold at

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Whether it is the meat pies or apple dumplings, the hard work of the family has certainly paid off as fans of Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies have continued to grow in large number year after year. What started out almost as a local curiosity has expanded its borders to include customers from virtually every State in the US, and even a few international visitors as well. (Leroy recalls a family of Australians stocking the fridge of their RV for a week-long trek across the Country.) So, how does a meat pie & apple dumpling bakery without a restaurant, selling meat pies and apple dumplings to take home, make such an impression? It is all about the flavor. Everything is made from scratch. Raw ingredients like flour, milk, and a few other country kitchen standbys (I can’t give away the whole recipe of course!) arrive in sacks, and the cooks, with focused dedication, combine and mix to create the crust. Rest assured, there are no frozen from-the-box crusts at Zook’s! The golden brown flaky crust is both delicious to eat, and fun to watch gently warm in the oven. Leroy recommends using an oven to heat up the pies for the dinner table, as a microwave (while still an option) doesn’t give the pies that grand crisped edge on the crust like a good dose of convection. After the crust has been rolled out and tucked into a little tin pie-plate, the filling comes next. Whether it is the Chicken, Beef, or Sausage pies, the cooks are sure to sprinkle in generous cuts of moist and

juicy meat, not ground up but purposefully left in beautiful chunks of savory protein. Of course, a variety of vegetables are swirled in with the meats, starring a cast of potatoes, carrots and onions. Holding it all together is a not-too-salty, not-tooplain gravy. All the pies come in various sizes, and the apple dumplings in singles, doubles, etc. so you can feed your family, or indulge only yourself. Every day but Monday both fresh and frozen pies are available so you can pick up one to eat that day and one to stow away for later. On Mondays, only frozen pies are available. Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies welcomes visitors to its retail shop, which is an annex on the side of the bake house. Parking is available, although visitors in cars are asked not to park in front of the hitching posts which are reserved for local Amish customers arriving in horsedrawn buggies. The store is open Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays and religious holidays.

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is located at 3194 Harvest Drive, Ronks PA. From Route 340 (the Old Philadelphia Pike) just west of Intercourse turn south onto Old Leacock Road, between the old Presbyterian Church and Mount Hope Wine & Beer Gallery. After about one mile, you’ll come to Harvest Drive. Turn right, and Zook’s is immediately off to your left. If for some reason you absolutely can’t make it to Zook’s in person, the pies are available at over 100 farm markets. Call Zook’s at

717-768-0239 to ask for a market near you.

The History of Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies By Leroy King (Zook's Proprietor) We all have had those unforgettable moments when the world seems to come to a screeching halt, time stops for a moment and years later, maybe even for the rest of your life, you still recall where you were, what you were doing and who you were with at that precise time. Think September 11th, 2001 and you will probably know exactly what I am talking about. However as you well know, it is not always an event that affects a whole nation that causes such a reaction. We also can experience more private unforgettable moments. One such moment for me was the day I first tasted a Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pie. I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it took place almost 20 years ago. I was working at the Farmer’s Market in Newtown, PA, and had not been feeling well that day, when a lovely young co-worker came up to me and said she had a chicken pie that I absolutely needed to taste. “No thanks.” I said. “I don’t feel well, I’m not hungry, and quite frankly chicken pie just doesn’t sound good right now at all.” Well, knowing that she had some exceptionally good food in her hands and probably having heard from her PA Dutch heritage the old saying. “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” she pleaded until I agreed to take a bite. One bite did it! The world screeched to a halt, time stood still and well, you get the picture. I looked at this young lady and said. “WOW! That is good. Where can I get some more?”

Turns out her family had started making these pies as a way to use up chicken they had left over from market. And this was only the first of many pies that she has served me, though the menu now includes not only chicken but beef pie and more recently sausage pies as well. You see, I married that young lady a few years later. And almost ten years ago we were blessed with the opportunity to take over the family’s meat pie making business. Even though the business has expanded to accommodate the over 100 stores and markets that now carry the Zook’s pies, the recipe stays the same. Chunky pieces of meat and wholesome vegetables in mouthwatering gravy all baked into a flaky and delicious, made from scratch pie crust is still the order for each one of the Zook’s pies made today. You can find these pies at many of the PA Dutch Farmers Markets in eastern PA, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, and also in some local stores. Our retail store is located about 1½ miles southwest of Intercourse at 3194 Harvest Drive, Ronks, PA, where you will find not only meat pies, but our own homemade apple dumplings, as well as an assortment of local canned goods including pickles, beets, chow-chow, applesauce, local grown peaches, jams and jellies and more. Our pies and apple dumplings can be bought frozen or just refrigerated. We have insulated bags and ice packs to keep your purchase cold while traveling. Remember, we don’t have a restaurant and we don’t serve the pies hot. To place an order or with questions on how to find us, you can call 717-768-0239, but you will probably need to leave a message. The retail store is open 8-5 on weekdays and 8-4 Saturdays. We're closed Sundays.

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Full-Service and Fully Authentic --The Olde Mill Restaurant By Clinton Martin


he village of Intercourse only has about 1,200 residents, but it is perhaps the most visited town in all of Amish Country. Its fame goes beyond a shall-we-say easily remembered name. Famous movies like WITNESS were filmed here, and the town’s

location is ideal for welcoming visitors at the intersection of two main roads (Rt. 772 and 340.) Location, name, and fame alone, however, don’t make a destination blossom. Great hospitality, memorable food, and comfortable lodging are the formula now, just as they were when the town was a stagecoach stop on the Old Philadelphia Pike some 250 years ago.

There traditions continue today at the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village Inn. A fine inn owned and operated for generations by the local Thomas family, the inn also boasts the village’s only full-service restaurant in the heart of town. The Olde Mill Restaurant is on the grounds of the hotel, but it certainly welcomes both

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overnight guests and walk-up visitors, not to mention many local “regulars,” to dine on a menu replete with traditional Amish and Mennonite recipes. Employing a staff of both Amish and English (both in the kitchen and in the dining room) this restaurant encapsulates the culture of PA Dutch Country. While typical Lancaster dishes are local favorites, modern American cuisine is also expertly prepared and served. Among my

go-to's are the Chicken Croquettes (like a chicken hush puppy) over mashed potatoes, covered with chicken gravy. And, there’s the Old Fashioned Ham Steak, a locally butchered smoked ham steak, grilled and served with pineapple garnish. But for a more mainstream American taste, I can personally suggest that you try the Village Burger, a tasty L-T-O burger with cheese. From a table for two to a family affair, the small town atmosphere at Olde

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all it Union Barrel Works the first time, but coming back for more (and I know you will!) just say “UBW” like a regular. With parlance now in check, the menu beckons. What decisions you’ll make? There’s simply an unconquerable menu. Go with wild game

If you’ve decided to quaff the delicious and on-site craft brewed Round Boy Stout, I’d definitely suggest you pair it with a crock of old-world smoked trout chowder. It’s made UBW almost as famous as the dozen or so craft beers you'll find always on tap. The stout is a nutritious beer that has a distinct, smooth, and firm body. Specialty hops create a hint of nuttiness, coffee, chocolate, and roasted flavors. UBW is located at 6 N. Reamstown Road in Reamstown (south of Adamstown, north of Ephrata). Open for lunch and dinner. Learn more at (717) 335-7837 or

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umpin' yiminy, by gosh, if you're hungering for great Amish food, we've got heaps inside...” When I was a boy, I used to stand outside of Zinn’s Diner (at the Reading Exit of the PA Turnpike) and crane my neck to hear the huge fiberglass behemoth Amish mascot spout funny jokes and silly sayings. Today, Zinn’s Diner is long gone, and Amos has lost his voice, but the roadside curiosity looks as good as ever, for luckily, Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn saved the iconic 15foot Amishman from an uncertain future in 2013 when the diner closed. With 23 acres of attractively landscaped grounds, Hershey Farm didn’t struggle to find room for the Lancaster County landmark --- big Amos was simply brought in, given a fresh coat of paint, and stood proudly near the restaurant’s entrance. My guess is that visitors who don’t have an emotional connection to Amos probably spend most of their time enjoying the other amenities on site. The restaurant alone is worth a visit to Hershey Farm. Besides the grand smorgasbord that made the eatery famous, there are a la carte menus available, plus a soup, salad, gourmet

There’s more crazy antics and great songs than ever before! It’s the recipe for laughter that you’ve been waiting for!

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Lancaster, PA 17601 9/16/15 11:40 AM Of course, desserts are a specialty of the house. It is fair to say Hershey Farm has become the epicenter of Whoopie Pie culture in Amish Country. Not only do the grounds play host to the annual Whoopie Pie Festival in September, but the on-site bakery creates a new flavor of whoopie pie every month. They can be proudly traditional, or thoroughly modern, and the flavor combinations of cake and icing, I suppose, depends on the whim of the chef. Plan ahead and attend the 2016 Whoopie Pie Festival. You can read more at

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Shopping in Paradise at Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall By Caleb Bressler


re you an “antiquer?” Someone interested in history? Or do you just enjoy a memorable shopping experience? If so, you must check out Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall. With 26,000 square feet of various "finds," there really is something for everyone, with lots of nostalgia to boot! When you first enter the clean, brightly lit, climate controlled mall, you will see what looks like the porch of an old-fashioned general store beckoning to you on the left. Behind the doors of the general store, all sorts of interesting things await. There are antique coffee grinders, rotary phones, vintage tins, nostalgic Coca Cola memorabilia, handbags, and even an old-fashioned ice-cream parlorstyle table with chairs. It is without doubt a fascinating assortment in a cleverly themed environment. However, inside is only a small fraction of the Cackleberry goodies. Venturing outside of the general store area you’ll find fantastic assortments of dishes and china, from everyday to Waterford.

The Good ’n Plenty Experience Stop in at Good ’n Plenty today to enjoy our traditional Lancaster County home cooking and you’ll see why we’ve been chosen as one of AAA’s Top 10 BEST “down-home dining” restaurants in North America. Staffed with local cooks who have devoted years to preparing outstanding food, Good ’n Plenty is like no other restaurant in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch area.

Three Delicious Ways To Dine Family Style Dining Our traditional all you can eat family style dining is our most popular dining option with all the food brought to the table by our experienced and friendly servers.

Menu Dining Our menu dining area is perfect for guests with a smaller appetite who would like to dine at individual tables. In addition to all the Pennsylvania Dutch favorites, our menu dining features fresh made soups, garden fresh salads and made to order sandwiches. Takeout Want all the

delicious food but no time to sit down? The Good ’n Plenty takeout program is ideal for people on the go.

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DUTCH HAVEN - America's Best Shoo-Fly Pie by Brad Igou Around 1970, Roy’s business started to decline, and so did the property. Saving it from an uncertain future, it was purchased by the current owner, Paul Stahl. By 1993, the interior had become a craft cooperative. Even though the restaurant no longer operated, the shoo-fly pies that were the key to Dutch Haven’s fame were still being made with the same famous recipe.


isitors have been coming to Lancaster County by traveling Route 30 for literally hundreds of years. But for over 50 years, a very special building has signaled their arrival in Amish Country. It’s been around long enough that folks tell their grandchildren about it. It has a claim on being the area’s oldest visitor landmark. Most importantly, it’s the “place that made shoofly pie famous.” That building is the landmark Dutch Haven windmill, with its revolving arms still beckoning travelers to stop and come inside.

Tourism first started to grow in Lancaster in the 1940’s, and since many visitors came from New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, they drove right by Dutch Haven, and stopped in to have some of the legendary pie. And who knows? Maybe Doris Day or Dinah Shore had even stopped by prior to their recording of the song “Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy,” a song also recorded by Stan Kenton and Guy Lombardo.

Many people make Dutch Haven a stop on their regular visits to Amish Country. One man said he took his first shoo-fly pie home and ate the entire pie in one sitting! Another visitor tasted the sample and asked what it was. It was the shoo-fly pie. The visitor responded in shock, “Why it can’t be. I don’t like shoofly pie!” Over the years, a frequent visitor to the weekly Manheim Auto Auction was also a frequent visitor at Dutch Haven to pick up a pie. And you can send a pie to yourself or a friend virtually anywhere in the USA. They hold up quite well, and taste like they’re hot out of the oven after a little warming in the microwave. I decided to put the above comments to the test. First, I took a pie to some friends who are not fans of shoo-fly pies, but I encouraged them to give it a try. All three of them did, and told me in great surprise, “This is the first shoo-fly pie I’ve eaten that I really like.”

With a history that goes back to the very beginnings of tourism in the County, the building is rich in memories both for visitors and for local residents. Dutch Haven opened, without the windmill, in the early 1920’s. At that time, it was a small luncheonette, and continued to operate as such when the new owner, Roy Weaver, purchased it in 1946, and Dutch Haven’s life as a full service restaurant officially began. The fame of the restaurant grew with his wife’s delicious shoo-fly pies, an unusual dessert that was new to most people who stopped by to eat. Indeed, shoo-fly pies were virtually unknown until Dutch Haven opened and served the pies warm, topped with whipped cream. Meanwhile, Roy topped the building itself with its famous landmark windmill.

furniture --- corner cupboards, pie safes, chests, and shelves are all available. Gift and decorating items range from Amish woodcrafts to jams and jellies, potholders to copper crafts, and T-shirts to stunning pottery.

Gradually, the store expanded to what it is today, specializing in Amish furniture and over 10,000 unique gift items. Fortunately, the walls on the inside of the windmill still contain many of the original decorations and paintings from the “old days.” The paintings were by an artist named Vince DeHaven, his last name being an odd coincidence to say the least! Other reminders of Dutch Haven’s past remain as well, including the old mailbox painted with Pennsylvania Dutch designs. You’ll also see the big barrel, informing visitors that “genuine Amish style root beer” is available. Now filling what were once restaurant dining areas, are rooms bursting with over 10,000 items. You’ll find one of the best selections of primitive Amish pine

Next I wanted to send the pie to someone I knew liked shoo-fly pies, my uncle and his wife in Florida. It was a simple phone call to Dutch Haven and off went the pie. They loved it, and told me that even the delivery man commented on the pie as he was dropping it off. It seemed he would have liked to have been the recipient, or at least been invited in for a slice! When you walk in under welcoming arms of the windmill, you’ll be encouraged to try a free sample of “America’s best shoo-fly pie.” And like many visitors before, you will probably decide to “Take one for yourself or send one to someone nice.” After all, it IS the place that made shoo-fly pie famous! At this time of year, Dutch Haven is open 7 days a week, 9 am to 7 pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 9 pm Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, about this Lancaster County landmark, call (717) 6870111, or go shopping and send a pie online at • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 11

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erhaps no other town in the entire country can claim its fame on just one simple thing --- its name. Harrison Ford drove a buggy past the road sign on a memorable visit in the Hollywood blockbuster hit of the movie "Witness." For years people have postmarked “Intercourse” on envelopes, and the jokes from visitors who travel through Bird-in-Hand to Intercourse are endless. There are several theories for the name, but that which we find most plausible follows. Around 1730, the Old Provincial Highway (now Route 340) was laid out to connect Philadelphia with Lancaster. Conestoga wagons hauled freight back and forth between the two cities. Providing


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rest for travelers and horses, taverns sprouted along the way, becoming centers for news, gossip, and commerce. The construction of a log tavern in 1754 at the intersection of Newport Road and the Highway took “Cross Keys” as its name. It remained such until 1814, when the name was changed to Intercourse as part of a failed real estate scheme of a Mr. George Brungard, who had acquired 48 acres of nearby land and attempted to lay out a town site and divide it into sections for sale by a lottery, advertising “151 handsome building lots of $250 each to be drawn for by number.” Renaming the town made sense, as intercourse had a common usage referring to the pleasant mutual fellowship and frequent

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intermingling which were so common in the informal atmosphere of the quiet country village. Over time, Brungard’s scheme begat others. As recently as 1971, an enterprising soul tried to take advantage of the town’s name by selling deeds for one-inch square plots of Intercourse to visitors. Creative, but nonetheless a failure. By 1880, Intercourse had a population of 280 with a post office that actually moved among stores or restaurants as owners hoped visits by residents would increase their business. The local stagecoach service started around 1898 as “a single horse conveyance similar to a market wagon, with a roll-up curtain and double set of seats.” When the stagecoach driver knew of passengers beforehand, their comfort on cold days was added to with the placement of hot bricks heated in the oven, and wrapped in newspaper to preserve their warmth. As the days of the dirt road drew to a close, so too did the stagecoach era. In 1923 a transit company was organized and bus service initiated to and from Lancaster. While “many of the Amish residents of the area were eager to see the line started, they did not want to invest in stock of the Company. Instead they bought books of tickets which were really prepaid bus fares.” Enough money was raised to buy a Mack Auto Bus for $6,800. It held 25 passengers and even had solid rubber tires! Today Intercourse has been recognized as a “foodie” town by the Discover Lancaster Visitors Bureau. You'll soon discover why walking the streets of this tiny hamlet is an absolute must-visit for everyone. • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 13

Revere Tavern - A Match Made In Paradise by Clinton Martin

But, I digress. The decor is clearly colonial, true to the roots of this historic tavern. The vivid blues amidst hardwood floors, exposed beams, and stone walls harken back to the time when stagecoaches brought travelers west through the “wilds” of Lancaster County.


he Revere Tavern in the Amish Country village of Paradise is the perfect place for a date night. But, the matchmaking skills of this storied old upscale eatery go much farther than “boy meets girl.” These restaurant folks also know how to bring a bite and a drink together in heavenly harmony. As your humble culinary servant, I decided to pick up spoon and pen to review one of Revere's best dishes.. As we all know, when dining at a fine restaurant, the experience begins well before the first course arrives. Ambience in all respects is a very important part of the meal, and the Revere welcomes you like a gracious innkeeper host would friends for an evening meal. Actually, they do so not out of pretense, for they actually do have an inn.


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When I sat down at the bar, I was pleased to hear the chair that I lounged in give a soft, weathered creak, the kind of sound that wood makes when it has been trod on for hundreds of years, or in this case, sat upon. I placed my elbows on the bar, knowing that it had probably hosted thousands and thousands of travelers, maybe some famous (PA's claim to Presidential fame, James Buchanan is rumored to have been here many times) and maybe some nefarious (horse thieves were prevalent in the area). Did I need a menu? Why, no. I had already received one dish suggestion over and over again by those in the know. The Snapper Turtle Soup. I must admit, it was probably just as well that I didn’t see a menu, because I would have likely chickened out, and ordered something less adventurous – like chicken! But, I ordered with confidence. "A bowl of today’s snapper soup, please". I then laid down the gauntlet to the bartender – a young lady named Yadira. I charged her with choosing a drink that would pair well with the snapper soup. She pondered, calculating just which beverage to put alongside their signature dish. After a moment, she drew a glass from behind the bar and, confidently and expertly holding it under a tap, poured a brew I would never have ordered on my own, a Strawberry Wheat beer from the Lancaster Brewing Company.

The soup arrived in a quaint pewter crock with a heavy spade-like spoon. I could tell the soup was going to be hearty by the look of the sublimely thick gravy-like broth. I filled the spoon and took a sip which was almost more like a bite. I instantly was a recipient of a mouthful of the meaty snapping turtle, wholly unlike anything I’d ever tasted. The texture was especially new to me. It was tender, divided into small pieces that dissolved away almost immediately on the tongue. It was as much fun to eat it as it was delicious. I would take a bite, and hold it on my palate both feeling and tasting the flavors melt together. There were thin slivers of carrots throughout the stew, which added a nice earthy dimension, but the hero was clearly the meat, and the soupy gravy surrounding it. Yet, there was one variable that was up to me to administer. The little glass bottle of sherry. The dash of sherry is traditionally done tableside by the diner, tilting the bottle to crock to taste. I gave the soup a quick dash, and stirred in the rose-water colored liquid. It made for a great condiment to the turtle. With hotdogs go mustard. With turtles, sherry. I turned my tasting back to the beer, washing away the turtle flavors from my palate with a strong gulp. Yes, the Strawberry Wheat beer did taste of strawberries, but only at the finish. It was delicate yet able to stand up to the hearty stew. I polished off the soup and the beer determined to return, looking forward to further sampling the Revere menu. I'm quite sure that your own affinity with the Revere Tavern will begin with your first visit. Easy to find on Route 30 in Paradise, call 717-687-8602 for reservations.

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(Continued from Page 10) having set up their displays of merchandise, creating an eclectic and personalized variety. You can find almost anything. Knick knacks, books, jewelry, vintage luggage cases, dolls and even a marble-topped vanity are only some of the thousands of items awaiting discovery. Stop in October 10-12 for the Annual Columbus Day Weekend Antique Extravaganza, featuring great sales and giveaways. Don’t forget to visit Not Just Baskets right next door for wonderful gift items, and Cackleberry Kitchens for something tasty to eat. Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall is located at 3371 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562. The complex is open 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays. Visit for more information, or call 717-442-8805.

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Smucker's Family Roots in Farming -Hearts in Serving --- at Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe By Clinton Martin


he Smucker Family here in Amish Country is known as the “Bird-in-Hand Family.” That’s not only because their

family farm rests in this peaceful village, but so do the family’s hospitality businesses. Hotels, motels, and campgrounds provide

lodging options, while a Smucker restaurant and smorgasbord satisfy hearty appetites, just as in the stagecoach days. Shopping and other attractions are only a short walk through the village. Nowadays, the talk of the town is the new Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café. The eatery is on the site of the family’s long-running bakery,

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flour used in the artisan breads baked fresh at the bakery is milled on site by the Smucker Family employees. The menu always includes breakfast and lunch sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads and desserts and, just in time for the fall season, a signature harvest salad will appear on the menu just for a few weeks.

The Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café is open every day except Sunday, 6:00am-6:00pm. The goodies are located at 2715 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Bird-in-Hand. For more information call 800-524-3429 or visit

but with double the space, and an expanded handcrafted food menu, the Bakery and Café is an entirely new experience. Many of the ingredients come fresh from the family farm, including certified Angus beef and, just in time for fall, a bumper crop of pumpkins. Pumpkin pies, whoopie pies, breads, artisan ice cream handcrafted on site, and even a spiced latte are all featured this time of year, utilizing the freshly picked pumpkin harvest. From the neighboring 100-year-old apple orchard at the Kauffman Fruit Farm, the Bakery & Café sources the juiciest local varieties to make giant apple fritters, homemade apple pie, and the beloved PA Dutch apple dumplings. Truly, everything that goes into the breakfast and lunch menus at the Café comes from local family farms whenever possible. Even the

Quality wooden toys to last generations Lapp’s Toys is a second generation toy manufacturing company located in the heart of Lancaster’s farmlands. Come visit our retail outlet to browse over 100 products, all handmade on site! ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙

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Journey along back country roads, deep into the Amish Farmlands to discover sights rarely seen. Under the watchful eye of your certified guide, you’ll gain insights into the “how” and “why”of an everchanging culture, and see at-the-moment activities of the Amish. If you’ve seen the Amish portrayed on the various “Reality” TV shows, and you wonder what really is true and not true about the Amish, this is the tour you won’t want to miss! We’ll debunk myths about the Amish and provide accurate, respectful, and authentic information, just like we have done for over 50 years. Plus, now through November 30, 2015 we’ll provide each guest who purchases the Amish Farmlands Tour, when combined as part of your SuperSaver Tour, with a voucher for a FREE BUGGY RIDE at Aaron & Jessica’s, plus a free autographed Amish Cookbook.

The SuperSaver Tour includes the Amish Farmlands Tour, the acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice” at the Amish Experience F/X Theater, and a tour of the Amish House & One-Room School. As a bonus, receive an Amish cookbook and a voucher for a FREE BUGGY RIDE from Aaron & Jessica’s on property. Buggy ride offer valid through November only.

Duration: 1 1/2 hours Mon-Sat, 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm Sun, 10am, 12pm & 2pm

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Rare is the opportunity to meet with Amish families willing to share their traditions and beliefs with you. In a group whose size is never more than 14, this is the only Amish Tour to be designated an official “Heritage Tour” by the County of Lancaster. Visit an Amish farm at milking time, stop at a Cottage Industry, and finally gather round a living room in an Amish home for an informal conversation with the family. Includes FREE BUGGY RIDE voucher.

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Over 50 years ago, Plain & Fancy Farm opened to provide delicious, authentic Amish meals to visitors from all over the world, the first family-style restaurant in Lancaster County. Today Plain & Fancy is a destination all its own, featuring the acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice” at the Amish Experience Theater, Amish Farmlands and Visit-in-Person Tours, the Heritage Site Amish House & One-Room School, and Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides. The onsite Country Store offers excellent country shopping, and the newest addition to the property, Amish View Inn & Suites, has a brand new extension with great views and luxurious lodging surrounded by stunning Amish countryside.

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Amos, Ben, Manny and Elmer are some of the Amish farmers who supply the restaurant with the farm-fresh produce it serves on a daily basis. Depending on the season, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, squash, peppers and onions are all sourced from farms within a horse-andbuggy’s drive. These neighbors, and the neighbors before them, have helped Plain & Fancy go “from farm to table” for over 50 years. The restaurant is AAA recommended, a PA Preferred and ServSafe award winner, and the Pennsylvania recipient of USA Today’s Great Plate Award.

The Amish Farm Feast

Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant is best known as Lancaster County’s original family-style restaurant. The all-you-can-eat Amish Farm Feast includes your entrees, side dishes, starters, desserts and beverages. Enjoy fried chicken, roast beef, chicken pot pie, baked sausage, real mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, green and yellow string beans, sweet shoe peg corn, chow chow, cole slaw, raisin bread, rolls and apple butter, lemonade, iced tea, hot tea, coffee, sour cream apple crumb pie, shoofly pie and vanilla ice cream. It was this very meal that drew Man Vs. Food’s Adam Richman to Amish Country, where he went behind the scenes in the Plain & Fancy kitchen for one of his popular show’s episodes.

The New “a la carte” Menu

The restaurant also offers a new a la carte menu featuring mouth-watering appetizers, signature soups and salads, charbroiled burgers and sandwiches, and made-from scratch entrees and platters, including several PA Dutch specialties. Guests can “build a platter” with items from the family-style menu or choose one of the daily specials starting at $10 or less. You can do it all at Plain & Fancy, so why not come and “spend the day!”

The legend of the naming of Bird-in-Hand dates to the time when the Old Philadelphia Pike was being laid out. By 1734, surveyors at McNabb’s Hotel were discussing whether they should stay at their present location or return to Lancaster to spend the night. One of them said, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” The sign in front of the inn, which became known as the Bird-in-

Variations of this sign appear throughout the town today. McNabb’s Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1851. By the following year, a three-story hotel was built to replace it. More recently, it was Bitzer’s Hotel before becoming the present Village Inn of Bird-in-Hand, a beautiful bed and breakfast property. The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County states that the


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f the many unique village names that dot the Amish Country map, one of the more interesting is Bird-in-Hand. William Penn, an English Quaker, had founded the colony of Penn’s Woods, and settlers began arriving from Europe in the early 1700’s, moving westward from Philadelphia. The trip by stagecoach, or Conestoga wagon with freight and merchandise, lasted several days. Inns were built every few miles, identified with signs held by an iron pole or attached to the side of the building. The reason for the signs was so that they could be understood by all nationalities. Further, since many teamsters or wagoneers were poorly educated they could not read. Given orders to stop at a certain inn, they were able to do so by recognizing the artwork on the signboard.


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existing brick building “may be one of the few 19th century inns in the context of a small town in Lancaster County, which survives with a high degree of architectural integrity.” It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When referring to their bird in hand symbol, some residents say that the bird nestled in the human hand indicates friendship, comfort, and hospitality, all of which you’ll discover in this perfectly delightful little village of shops, farmers markets and eateries.


P RES IDENT president Through November 28 Just in time for the political season comes “Josiah for President,” live on the Bird-in-Hand Stage. This fun, powerful and entertaining musical tells the story of a Lancaster County Amish farmer drafted onto the national stage as a write-in candidate for President. Meal and lodging packages available.

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Mennonite Information Center Answers the Questions by Clinton Martin

Who Are the Plain People? What is the Difference Between Mennonite and Amish? If We Call Them Pennsylvania Dutch, Why Aren't They Originally Holland?


hese questions, and more, seem to be addressed by a wide variety of books, blogs, newspapers, and tourist attractions. Even local passersby all have their opinions about the Pennsylvania Dutch. So, where do you go for an assuredly authentic answer to your inquiries? When it comes to questions about the Anabaptist (Amish & Mennonite are threads, but other groups abound) you will find trustworthy information provided by the Mennonite Information Center, which offers four distinct ways to discover the Amish and Mennonite people of Lancaster County. First, you can enjoy their exclusive threescreen feature presentation of “Who Are the Amish?” produced right here in Lancaster

Hershey Farm Restaurant (Continued from Page 9)

Big Amos. Great mascot. Plain and simple. of whipped, full bodied root beer infused, fluffy-creamy icing. At press time, the October whoopie wasn’t yet announced, but you can find out easily what it is by calling

County. Second, you can browse one of the area’s best selections of books about the Amish and Mennonite communities. A whole summer’s worth of reading awaits, from scholarly works by renowned authorities, to entertaining Amish-themed fiction by the best of today’s story-tellers. For those who’d rather see Amish Country from a closer perspective, the Mennonite Information Center offers guided tours with a “step-on guide” which simply means a tour guide will join you in your vehicle, providing

(800) 827-8635, or by going online to www. Many guests, I’m sure, decide to retire to a tastefully appointed room at the inn to nap away their big-feast sleepiness, but the gogetter in some visitors brings them out to the walking trail. Strolling the mile-long path is not only scenic and serene, but also takes visitors by Hershey Farm’s barn with friendly animals like goats, chickens, turkeys, and pheasants, a fishing pond, beautiful waterfall, child’s play area, and general store and outdoor market. Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn is also a favorite among visitors because of its location right next to Sight & Sound Theatre. A private lane from Hershey Farm provides a direct and easy hassle-free drive or walk to the front door of the epic Biblical-production venue. Whether you decide to dine, stay, play, or enjoy a combination of all three at Hershey

a private, customized tour of the Amish countryside. Lastly, the Mennonite Information Center is home to The Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction, an intricately designed replica of the original Old Testament tabernacle. People of all backgrounds have long enjoyed this intriguing presentation. Finding your way, planning your visit, and getting a few more details is as easy as stopping in personally, calling 717.299.0954 or visiting

Farm, be sure to set aside some time to shop in the various Hershey Farm boutiques. The selection is truly a breath of fresh air and far more than simply a gift-shop atmosphere. Hershey Farm carries many items that are proudly local, or at least domestically made. Take, for instance, the line of handbags and accessories by Stephanie Dawn. These USA made quilted handbags are a culmination of 25 years of design and craftsmanship. Stephanie Dawn quilted handbags are fun, functional and fresh, with colors and patterns designed with modern American women in mind. Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn is located at 240 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks PA 17572, on Route 896 between Route 30 and Strasburg. Plenty of free parking makes it easy to come for an hour, a day, a week, etc. Visit or call (800) 8278635 for hours, directions, special packages, and further information. • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 21

Good ‘N Plenty...Over 45 Years of Good Food and Plenty of It! By Brad Igou


hen you mention Lancaster almost anywhere in the United States (and beyond), people think of the Amish and PA Dutch cooking. When thinking about dining out here, many choose to enjoy their meals family-style, and for years that meant an all-you-can-eat feast at “Good ‘N Plenty.” The iconic restaurant opened in 1969 and remains one of Amish Country’s legendary dining experiences. That the same wholesome hearty meals have been consistently served here is probably best explained by the fact that Good ‘N Plenty remains in the same family that started it. Christ and Dolly Lapp passed the baton (or is it the platter?) to their son and his wife, Glen and Brenda Lapp, partners with Glen’s sister and her husband, Judy and Don Eisenberger. Over 45 years ago, Christ Lapp bought an original farmhouse, and meals were served at the long tables we all associate with this style of dining. Having quickly learned from the ladies that they didn’t like crawling over benches to sit down, chairs were provided instead.

Dolly Lapp brought with her all the things that had made family-style dining successful… simple, home-cooked food, traditional recipes, and all the food brought to the table and passed among fellow dining visitors whom you did not know, but who soon became part of that table’s “family.” Conversations followed as the platters were passed around, refilled, and passed some more before you heard the moans of delight as the desserts finally arrived at the end of the meal. For the first years, there was so much business from tourists and bus groups that they just took the phone call reservations and then had to shut off group meals at 5:00 pm so that they had room for walk-ins. For many visitors, eating at Good ‘N Plenty had become a tradition. Bus groups were arriving, as they still do, and more seating was needed beyond the 200 people they could serve in the farmhouse. People were waiting in line up to two hours to get a place at a table. So, in 1971 the larger “Dutch Room” was added to serve several hundred more and now Good ‘N Plenty can handle 600 guests at a time. Of course, since those early days, the facility has been modernized and is more spacious, with a lovely gift shop and wonderful bakery. Located on the Lower Level, the bakery is filled with traditional PA Dutch favorites, seasonal treats, and award-winning delights. Skilled and experienced bakers are busy every day making fresh baked bread, family recipe shoo fly pie, whoopie pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, sticky buns and much, much more.

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Notwithstanding the changes over the years, you’ll still see people eating in the original farmhouse, clearly visible from the road as you drive down Route 896. You’ll still be treated to the same local favorites that are staples on the family-style menu. More recently, the Lapps heard requests from people who wanted the same great food, but perhaps not the full all-you-can-eat meal. So in 2008, they introduced menu dining with “Harvest Platters,” including entrees like their famous chicken, meatloaf, roast beef, baked chicken pie, pork and sauerkraut, sandwiches, and desserts. You might try my favorite, the PA Dutch Sampler --- one piece of white or dark chicken, one slice of meat loaf, and a serving of pork and sauerkraut, with choice of two sides Just last year, the restaurant began GNP To GO! You can call ahead and a bucket of chicken, sides, and desserts will be waiting for you when you arrive, all ready to take home or back to your hotel to enjoy. Over the years, the successful dining formula and food quality has resulted in several awards. Good ‘N Plenty was chosen as one of AAA’s Top 10 Best “Down Home Dining” restaurants in North America, and has been voted as “Best Local PA Dutch Restaurant” for the last 17 years. In 2014, founders Christ and Dolly Lapp were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau. Continued on Page 26

Amish Country Heritage, History, Hospitality... All Exemplified at the Fulton Steamboat Inn By Clinton Martin


obert Fulton created a steamboat. Amish Country created the Fulton Steamboat Inn. Great hospitality made it famous. Robert Fulton was born in Lancaster, and while his name isn’t universally famous, his invention certainly is (creating the first commercially successful steamboat.) With the goal of honoring a native son in mind, the people behind the Fulton Steamboat Inn decided that the best homage to the ingenuity of Lancaster’s most famous inventor would be to treat visitors to a wonderful, relaxed, richly themed hospitality experience.

provides the perfect company, relaxed and quiet. The only thing guests need do is give their pet a temporary name. Feeding, cleaning, etc. is all handled by the Fulton staff. Guests traveling without children will appreciate the adults-only upper deck of the building, adults-only swimming pool hours, fitness center, fire pit and patio, and live piano music on the weekends.

You might dispute whether Lancaster is at the forefront of transportation innovation and invention. However, the Fulton Steamboat Inn ensures Amish Country will forever be state-of-the-art when it comes to entertaining guests, treating visitors like family, and welcoming travelers with a delicious meal and a restful stay. Call (717) 299-9999 or hop on for information and directions.

The steamboat is “docked” at the intersection of Routes 30 and 896, an ideal location for shopping, dining, and attractions, while still neighboring the surrounding Amish countryside. This, of course, is not an actual working vessel, but guests are encouraged to take advantage of a grand variety of diversions during their “passage.” Not to be missed is Huckleberry’s Restaurant and Tavern. Chef Alan Killian, arriving in 2014 through a successful career in first-rate Lancaster kitchens, has poured his creativity into already much loved local specialties, while at the same time introducing diners to new signature dishes. Repeat visitors to the Fulton need not worry --- the Lancaster County Pot Roast remains a staple on the menu. But those who’ve already enjoyed the tender marinated beef with potatoes and vegetables of this tasty dish might consider trying something new... Perhaps, Chef Killian’s new Roast Turkey entrée? The tender slices of turkey breast over fresh bread and celery dressing are just the beginning. It’s topped with pan-roasted gravy and served with mashed potatoes and in-season vegetables. Delicious! Pair it with the Huckleberry Martini (Absolut Vodka, Razzmatazz and Godiva White Chocolate shaken and served in a raspberry-garnished martini glass) for an indulgence worthy of the cruising theme. Guests traveling with children will appreciate the playground, pool, game room, walking trail, and even a real, live gold fish friend throughout the stay! Yes, guests truly do have the option (if they wish) to welcome to their room, a golden fish. The Fulton Steamboat Inn provides “companion goldfish” for free upon request at check-in. The tiny swimmer


Available at the Amish Experience, Plain & Fancy Farm, Lifeway, by phone and online at leading book web sites. • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 23

People of Peace — Victims of Violence Part Six in a Series...


ow is it that the Amish, who by faith, lead a quiet and peaceful lifestyle, are at times the victims of unspeakable violence? The incidents are true and, in the case of the last two, really not from the distant past. They took place in 1918, 1979, and 1992, respectively. Our 2015 seven-part “Amish Series” offers an overview of the Anabaptist stance of non-resistance in times of war and peace, from their origins over 450 years ago through the start of the 21st century.

by Brad Igou

• The guard struck the Amish boy, “knocking him down and stabbing him with his bayonet. He made a cut in his pants and a gash in his hips about two inches long.” • A 45-mile rock-throwing spree resulted in damage to four carriages, nine homes, one school…and one dead Amish baby. • The arsonist managed to set fire to seven Amish barns in two hours, destroying six of them, killing 177 horses and cows, with damages estimated at one million dollars.

PART 6: September 11 The local Lancaster paper had a short article on the "Amish reaction" to the shocking events of September 11, 2001. They were as horrified as everyone else. Indeed, the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania went down in an area partly populated by Plain folk. Most of what they knew and saw, of course, came from newspapers and magazines, not TV. However, there was one very personal Amish story to be told. A Pennsylvania Amishman, David Wengerd, was at the World Trade Center on that fateful day. David, his wife, and other farmers went on a regular basis to sell their products at New York City markets. Here is his story, as it was printed in the October, 2001 issue of the local Amish publication The Diary… It was September 11 , 6:30 in the morning. It was a beautiful sun shining morning. I was setting up my tent beside World Trade Center #1. People were rushing by, already going to work at the Offices in World Trade. It was a brisk morning for business. I had a lot of my regular smiling customers buying cookies, muffins, cheese, etc. for their office. These people had no idea what was to happen to them that day! th

I heard a plane coming very low, there was a terrific ROAR, and then a noise like I never heard before! People started screaming and looking up; then I noticed debris falling like snow. It was everywhere! Fire showed about three-fourths of the way up at Tower #2. I was at market with about 15 other farmers and we started running. We were all running east, away from the building. People were screaming and running. Cars were blowing their horns. Sirens started going all around. People were getting hit by cars while running across the street! We just kept running and looking back. After I ran about two city blocks, I stopped and looked back with awe at the burning building.

After about 5-10 minutes, I decided to go back and grab my things together before the police wouldn’t let us get that close. We had taken three markets with that driver, so I had no driver with me. I asked the neighbor farmer to take my things away somewhere. He told me just to let him get his things on first. As he said, so I stacked mine behind his truck. About half way through packing, we heard another crash; it sounded like an explosion like the first one had, but that one was more scary than the first one. I thought bombs were going off every so often, as the same building was bombed about seven years ago. We all ran again, looking back which way the building would fall. It was pretty much like the first time except not knowing what would happen. I ran about four blocks; then I started looking for a phone to let my wife know I was alright. She was about 14 miles away at another market. People were trying to use their cell phones. I asked to use one to call, but everybody said they didn’t work. Not all the phones were working then. I was told World Trade Building #1 had a cell phone tower, and it was damaged. There were lots of phone booths, but they had lines from 8 to 20 people waiting in line. People were crying, pointing at the burning building, saying I have family in there! It looked impossible to get out from the upper 20 to 30 floors above the fire. Some people were running into each other’s arms when they saw someone got out that they knew, saying “Thank God, you’re safe!” I kept going uptown. At Canal Street, about 15 blocks away, I got on the Underground Train for uptown. We went to 14th Street. Then all the people had to get out; all train service was stopped. It was about 10:30. I started walking again. The streets were full of people walking, almost all businesses were closed, no one was laughing or joking, a lot were crying. I heard

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sayings, "God is punishing us because we are too lax; we have to change our ways.” It was a heart-rending experience! Finally, I got on the city bus. I was on there about one and one half hours, but I did not get far. There was very little talk on the bus. It was crowded, with about 28 people standing. At traffic lights people tried to get on, but we were loaded. After a while, I decided to get off and walk. At about 12:00 noon, I got to our second market. I wanted to catch a ride over to where my wife was, but no farmers were in sight at the second market. They said the market was closed at about 10:00 am, so I kept walking. At about 3:30, I got to the market where my wife was; they were just about to leave when they saw me coming. I got the feeling my wife was glad to see me. We started home at 4:00 and got home with no other problems. What a day this was! The events of September 11, 2001 caused Americans across the Country to focus on the meaning of freedom in our lives. Amish history illustrates one of the most important of freedoms, the freedom of religion. Sadly, as we look around the world today, the ethnic, political, and religious intolerance of people who are “different” continue to haunt us, just as they did hundreds of years ago. This cancer of intolerance has yet to be cured in our modern age. Although the Amish struggle to remain “not of this world,” they certainly are not immune to its tragedies. Wouldn't it be wonderful if their sense of “live and let live” somehow crept into the fabric of societies world-wide, starting with our own.

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he instability in Europe in the late 1600’s spawned and nurtured the pioneer interest in the deep forest lands of Pennsylvania. In 1681 William Penn received his 40,000 square-mile land grant to settle King Charles’ debt to his father. Himself a Quaker, Penn had experienced religious persecution firsthand, and decided to establish his American colony based on complete religious freedom.

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raged across the area with barbaric ruthlessness. The peasant inhabitants fled to nearby Holland for refuge. And within a decade of the end of that conflict, King Louis XIV of France started a new religious war in the same general area. These Palatinate peasants were exhausted by war’s desolation, and were ripe for a new start. Traveling land agents for William Penn’s new colony found listening ears. In addition to religious freedom and a peaceful existence, Penn offered cheap land. The stated price was 100 English pounds for 5,000 acres.

By 1728, William Penn had been dead for 10 years and his American colony, called Pennsylvania, was being administered by a proprietary governor while the sale of land was formalized by patent deeds. In 1802, when a post office was established and an official name was necessary, there was no objection to naming the town New Holland. These grateful people remembered how extremely kind the inhabitants of Holland were to them, and the assistance that included funds to cover the cost of the refugee German immigrants’ ocean voyage. This was no small matter when the alternative was indentured service for a period of years. For adults, indenture frequently meant four to seven years of labor without pay. Minors served until their 21st birthday. But still, William Penn’s Quaker Pennsylvania was liberation compared to the Europe they fled seeking freedom of religion, assembly and speech for all, hopefully, none of which we take for granted today. • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 25

Good 'N Plenty (Continued from Page 22) Just as the restaurant is a tradition for visitors, so it remains for many of the Lapp’s employees. Lapp family members and even some employees are now third generation “ingredients” in the Good ‘N Plenty culinary recipe.

Sometimes “the kids” make lots of changes when they take over, but Glen knew that what his parents had created was what people expected. As Glen has said, “The secret to our success over 45 years later is not to change what our customers keep coming back for --- a consistent menu that revolves around the freshest local foods.”

The name and mission of the restaurant for the next generation of the Lapp family and their customers still summarizes what the authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and dining experience here is all about -- “Good food and plenty of it!” Good ‘N Plenty is easy to find at 150 Eastbrook Road (Route 896), Smoketown, PA 17576, just a mile north of Route 30. Discover more at Open seven days a week in season. Call 717394-7111 for hours.

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Antiquing in Amish Country

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hat makes Lancaster County such a great place to “go antiquing?” One obvious answer would be that this area has a rich history going back hundreds of years to the first settlers in the early 1700’s. Many of us have stuff in our attics that we have forgotten about. Who knows what may be there waiting for an appearance on “Antiques Roadshow?” Did you know that the Adamstown area alone has over 3,000 antiques dealers, and is known as “Antiques Capital, U.S.A.” The many locations stretch out along Route 272, just off Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 286, such as Shupp’s Grove with its themed weekends, in a beautiful location among a grove of trees. Renninger’s Antique Market, another Adamstown original, is known for being the first stop for dealers and buyers when shopping in Adamstown. Every Sunday before the birds get up activity is already starting at Renninger’s Antique Market. Dealer after dealer arrive and begin to set up. You can feel the quiet frenzy of panic as buyers move around trying to view as much as possible. Suddenly you look at your watch and realize the indoor market is about to open ...more fresh merchandise. You enter the indoor market with confidence that you have found the mother lode of Antiques and Collectibles. The Lititz/Brickerville area has long been popular with shoppers, and Brickerville Antiques at Routes 322 and 501, is literally a barn filled with all kinds of antiques and

collectibles at the historic Brickerville House Restaurant. And Paradise wouldn’t live up to its name along Route 30 in Lancaster without some antique stores. Popular with visitors is the Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall, with 26,000 square feet of merchandise from over 125 dealers --- an antique hunters Paradise indeed!

Most of the antique shops are open on Sundays, making this an excellent weekend activity, whether you stay overnight or just drive in for the day. As the folks at Shupp’s Grove like to say, it’s all about “the thrill of the hunt and the euphoria of the big find!” • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 27

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Strasburg, named for the city in France, was actually “founded” by a Frenchman, Pierre Bezaillion, who traded with the Delaware Indians. The story goes he came to the area in 1693, as French fur traders opened up the first path through this area from Philadelphia to the Susquehanna River.




ll aboard! Strasburg is a destination all its own in Dutch Country, home to many well known attractions. To name just a few --- the Strasburg Rail Road, Ghost Tours of Lancaster, National Toy Train Museum, and the Choo Choo Barn. But you may not know much about the interesting history of "Train Town."

of canals along with the Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Roads were constructed. Strasburg residents became alarmed at the possibility of losing their commercial position and there soon emerged a charter for the Strasburg Rail Road to construct a rail line connecting Strasburg with the Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Road main line near Paradise. Finally in the 1850’s, trains were hauling freight and passengers. About 100 years later, business had dwindled, and a severe storm in 1957 destroyed much of the track. It seemed the SRR had reached the end of the line. To the rescue came a group of local train enthusiasts who began bringing the SRR back to life in a totally new way. They added passenger cars and buildings, and today’s Strasburg Rail Road was born, destined to become one of Dutch Country’s top attractions. Appropriately enough, the State decided to build an expanded Rail Road Museum of Pennsylvania across the street, the ideal place to preserve the history of railroading in Pennsylvania. With the other train attractions nearby, it’s little wonder that Strasburg has earned the title of Train Town!

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Sam's Man Cave...The Cave Never Looked Better! by Clinton Martin


man’s house is his castle, but chances are the other “loyal subjects” of the realm have a lot of say as to what that

castle looks like. Frilly decorations crowd the shelves and push the King’s knick-knacks out of sight. His Majesty’s saving grace? His Man Cave. Ah yes, every man’s four-walled sanctuary in which to express his own style. The cave can be filled with amusements, food, beverages, or simply an over-sized easy chair and a stack of old records and a working turntable. What is sure --- the proper decorations must be secured to create the authentic man cave mood. One might scour all four corners of the Land for such necessities, but chances are that if you're reading my pithy words of Sam-Praise,

you need but visit the nearby ultimate man cave, Sam’s Man Cave. The store is a massive collection of kingly necessities. Beer steins, including the official Munich Oktoberfest steins, are on hand as well as many other breweriana like die-cast beer trucks, neon signs, beer coasters, beer glasses, bottle openers, beer trays, tap handles, beer signs and posters will also be found. A custom beer tap program is also offered. Need a “Chevy” beer tap? Done. How about a “Pittsburgh Steelers” handle? Easy. Sam’s Man Cave, and his one-of-a-kind store, is located on Route 30 in Lancaster, across from the Tanger Outlets, less than a half mile west of Dutch Wonderland. Open Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, call 717-394-6404 or visit for details.

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be a bed of small crushed stones on top with, rather than dirt, larger stones underneath to prevent carriage wheels from cutting into the soil. This revolutionary system of road construction is credited to a John McAdam, whose name became the term for paved or “macadam” roads. The "Lincoln Highway" (RT 30) opened in 1795 as the first long-distance, hard surfaced road in the country. Taverns and stagecoach stops grew up along the turnpike for weary travelers. Of these, the Revere Tavern, dating back to 1740 and originally called the “Sign of the Spread Eagle”, still proudly stands today. In 1841, the tavern became the residence

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The origins of RT 30, also known as “Lincoln Highway,” date back to Lancaster’s Colonial days when the frontier county needed a highway to connect it with the provincial capital of Philadelphia. The first road that was constructed is now RT 340, still referred to as the “Old Philadelphia Pike.” Soon, it was apparent that this road was insufficient to handle the increasing traffic, and in 1790, a commission to survey a new route was created. Since the cost was too much for the state to undertake, the company charged with building it was given the power to demand “reasonable” tolls from users. Investors received dividends earned from tolls collected along the gates of the turnpike. (As the toll was paid, the gate or “pike” was turned, hence the term “turnpike”). The Act described the construction of the highway, which was to

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isitors to Lancaster from the east on RT 30 travel through Paradise. The town’s story traces back to Europe over 300 years ago, to the area of the Palatinate in Germany where Protestants had settled following the declaration of King Louis XIV that all Protestants in France would be persecuted. Fearing a French invasion, many accepted the invitation to settle in the New World in William Penn’s colony of Penn’s Woods. By 1712, they had secured land in Lancaster’s Pequea Valley as the area’s first white people, living peaceably with local Indians.

of Reverend Edward V. Buchanan and his wife Eliza Foster Buchanan. Eliza was the sister of Stephen Foster, whose immortal songs will always be a part of Americana. Foster not only penned music at the tavern, but sent many of his manuscripts to Eliza, also a talented musician, for her approval. On the banks of the Pequea Creek, Eliza and Stephen played many of Stephen’s 200 songs, including “Way Down Upon the Suwannee River” and “Oh! Susanna.” Wherever you happen to call “paradise,” we hope that a little bit of our own Paradise won’t do you any harm!

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Menagerie of the Macabre Returns to Renaissance Faire's Annual "Poe Evermore" By Clinton Martin


ith the help of strange assistants and the addition of a very special guest poet, self-proclaimed "Collector of Bodily Oddities," Dr. Theodora Ellison, hopes to fill the stately halls of Mount Hope Mansion with patrons! To assure a packed house, she has invited none other than

Mr. Edgar Allan Poe to entertain guests with some of his most spellbinding works. “The Tell-Tale Heart,” a psychological thriller told by an unknown narrator who can't seem to ignore the haunting sounds of a heartbeat coming from beneath the floorboards, is just one of the many Poe classics performed throughout the evening.

A lesser-known Poe piece, “Berenice,” will also be featured. It is a short macabre story about the fiancé of a beautiful girl suffering from a disease that's tearing her body apart, except for her teeth, that is. His obsession with her sparkling smile is revealed in a disturbing twist. And finally, Poe himself hypnotizes his audience with unforgettable recitations of "The Raven," “Dream Within a Dream," and “To One In Paradise." Poe Evermore opens October 31 and runs through November 15 in the grand Victorian Mount Hope Mansion at Mount Hope Estate and Winery, home of the glorious Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Call 717665-7021 or visit for more information.

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ooking for an experience, not just another antique mall? Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall is home to 26,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles, items such as furniture, glassware, sterling silver, advertising, jewelry, toys and much more displayed by over 125 dealers. For the nostalgic shopper, housed inside the antique mall is an Old Time General Store, full of vintage barber shop, ice cream parlor, hardware and drugstore memorabilia which will take you back to the Mom & Pop stores of years ago. Not Just Baskets, located next door to the Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall, carries a huge selection of baskets, quilts, luxury gifts and everyday items to

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Discovering the Secrets of Lancaster’s Legendary Miller’s Smorgasbord

selection goes on and on. I tried the chocolate mousse cheesecake, which was so good that it is now on my favorites list. Chef Steve pointed out that Miller’s signature baked apples are sourced from Kauffman’s Orchards, just a short drive from the restaurant.

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blue cheese dressing laced with chunks of freshly added blue cheese. Also prominent on the salad bar are Miller’s sweet and sour pickles. Chef Steve said he makes them in-house, in small batches to capture the best flavors. Steve is definitely doing something right, as someone actually came up to our table later on and graciously complimented Steve on their taste. The delicious pasta salad is absolutely a musttry with a great tangy taste, but avoiding the creamy-like finish of most pasta salads you encounter. Your appetite now fully aroused by your salad, you can make your way to the soup and bread station. All the breads are baked in Miller’s adjoining bakery, and the soups are all made from scratch.


raveling on Lincoln Highway East, otherwise known as Route 30, you pass by the Lancaster County landmark of Miller’s Smorgasbord. The story of Miller’s is a classic American success story. Beginning as a roadside garage in 1929, and eventually transitioning to a mom and pop restaurant, the chicken and waffles that Mrs. Miller began serving to patrons changed the face of Miller’s forever. Indeed, Miller's is very much “part eatery, part history lesson.” Here you'll find one of the most delectable smorgasbords you’ll ever gaze upon. The buffet is beautifully presented, Amish cornfields beckon outside the back windows, and the restaurant is always spotless. I met with Miller’s Executive Chef, Steve Gainer, who gave me a grand tour of the smorgasbord itself, which features a mix of regional Pennsylvania Dutch specialties alongside traditional American-style fare. The first stop I recommend when beginning your culinary journey is the salad bar. Not only are there countless fresh toppings to choose from, but the many dressings are clearly co-stars of the show. Miller’s homemade hot bacon dressing, a classic PA Dutch recipe Chef Steve assured me, is a patron favorite. He also recommended the

Two of the most popular soups, Chef Steve said, are the seafood bisque and the chicken corn soup. I can also attest to the tastiness of the vegetarian chili, as well as a distinctive sausage and cabbage. Make sure you grab some breads to compliment your soup. They're just hours, or maybe minutes from the hearth, including the irresistible iced raisin bread. You could certainly stop now and have had a fully satisfying meal. In fact, for a great deal, the soup and salad bar before 4PM on weekdays is only $9.95. However, if you want to continue (and it will be hard to stop) much, much more awaits just around the corner… Grilled vegetables, French fries, a great mouthwatering carving station, shrimp, Swedish meatballs, and marinated mushrooms make for a feast all by themselves. The options are so many that you'll likely end up using more than one plate!

If the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord isn't on your agenda, the fall back option of the a la carte menu is certainly an excellent one. I should add that Miller’s also offers an assortment of beverages including beer, wine and specialty mixed drinks, to compliment your meal. What are Millers’ secrets? Executive Chef Gainer says it's quality and consistency. The food you see is locally sourced whenever possible. The restaurant works with local Amish who grow fruits and vegetables specifically for the restaurant. You’ll find fresh Lancaster County, in-season corn, local melons, and juicy tomatoes. It's not unusual for the produce on the stoves in the kitchen to be only hours from having been picked from a nearby field. Consistency, Chef Steve says, is what keeps people coming back. One of his favorite things to see are customers who tell him that their parents brought them to Miller’s, so now they are bringing their kids, and everything tastes just like they remembered. Another Miller’s secret, Chef Steve says, is the service. Some servers have been at the restaurant for 30 years or more, and even know many of the regulars. That the team enjoys being there is something that shines through. No wonder local media has voted Miller’s “Best Smorgasbord” year after year. Whether it's your first or one of repeat visits, a trip to Miller's memorable and satisfying. The is located at 2811 Lincoln East, Ronks, PA 17572. Visit or 687-6621 for call-ahead seating, more information.

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But wait, there's even more...the chicken and waffles, a favorite for over 70 years, are still going strong, along with fried chicken, creamed cabbage, brown buttered noodles, and fresh, seasonal vegetables. Even if you try but a tiny bit of everything, your appetite probably won’t allow you to sample it all. But, you'll surely have saved room for dessert, especially if you strolled by the tempting presentation of the dessert bar. Locally made Turkey Hill ice cream, shoofly and cinnamon crumb apple pie, puddings, cheesecake… the • October 2015 • Amish Country News • 35

A Haunting Experience – Ghost Tours of Lancaster By Brad Igou


o you believe in ghosts? Well, you just might after taking one of these two evening Ghost Tours. It matters not if you choose the town of Strasburg or historic Lancaster City for your tour - there are some mighty strange tales and unexplainable goings on. The fun and entertaining tours are based on seldom told stories snatched both from historical fact and local folklore, and are conducted against the dimly lit light from a lantern by period costumed guides. Both tours visit ten “haunted locations.” On my recent Ghost Tour of Lancaster City, I especially enjoyed the way the historical incidents and people’s lives were woven into tales of otherworldly vigils, star-crossed lovers, and fatal curses. The stories about the Fulton Theatre spooked this theater buff, and I’ll never look at the St. James Episcopal Church cemetery again in quite the same way! In addition to the Strasburg Ghost Tour, a “Ghost Hunting Tour” is also offered, enhanced with EMF meters, to make sure a ghost doesn’t sneak up on you at the eerie cemetery. Will you see a ghost? Their answer is, “There have been many reports of unusual sightings on the tour, so bring your camera. You never know what might appear!” The spirited tours are limited to 14 people, are family-friendly, last 70-90 minutes, and involve less than a mile of walking. So I can suggest without reservation that you discover a side of Lancaster you knew nothing about. Tours are added for the Halloween period. You can book yours now and find out where the tours “materialize” by calling 717-6876687, or online at That is...if you dare!

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here really is no place quite like Lititz, and visitors should plan time there while in Amish Country.

The Lititz story is tied to that of the Moravian faith in Bohemia. As was the case with other persecuted religious groups in Europe, many Moravians sought freedom in the New World, arriving in the early 1700’s, with settlements in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 1755 the town actually took the name Lititz, the German spelling for Lidice, where European reformers had taken refuge in the 15th century. Music and education were important to the Moravians. In fact, the Lititz schoolhouse


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erected in 1746 marked the beginnings of what was to be Linden Hall, the oldest continuously operating residence school for girls in the United States. For one hundred years, Moravian church members were the only people permitted to live in the town. It was not until 1855 that non-Moravians were allowed to own their own homes. The complex of buildings comprising the Moravian congregation is well worth seeing, particularly the church built in 1787.

One name is linked forever with the history of Lititz --- Julius Sturgis. It was Julius Sturgis who opened the first commercial pretzel bakery in the New World in Lititz. The year was 1861, and the site at 219 East Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Places. A tour of the bakery, still in operation, is unlike any other and well worth your time. Just recently, Lititz won Budget Travel's 2013 "Coolest Small Town in America" competition.


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The Amish Experience Presents: “A Christmas Journey” By Mark Sullivan


fter the success of the groundbreaking “This Is My Country!” Patriotic Magic Lantern Show, visitors and locals wondered what the Plain & Fancy Theater had in store for its Magic Lantern encore. We spoke with Professor Phineas T. Firefly, the renowned Magic Lantern Showman, and he told us about his brand new, upcoming holiday Show, “A Christmas Journey.” “I am really excited about this show, designed to capture all of the warm and cherished moments that we hold dear in our Christmas thoughts, and dramatically placing them into what I hope is a spellbinding presentation with the enchantment of the Magic Lantern.” For those unfamiliar with this old-but-new entertainment form, the Magic Lantern show dates back to the 1800’s and is the grandfather of motion pictures. The Plain & Fancy show combines an incredible 1890 Triunial (or three-tiered lantern) with striking hand-painted images. It incorporates comedy, music and drama, catapulting the Magic Lantern Show

into one of Lancaster’s most memorable and unusual live entertainments! “We tell the story of a wonderful family who share, just like so many of us, traditions they celebrate every Christmas Eve. The audience becomes part of this Victorian family’s celebration, helping them enjoy the holidays through their participation,” said Professor Firefly.

“From the always enjoyable… ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ to three boys who let their love of snowballs get the better of them, this show will touch everyone in a very personal way,” said Firefly. And the incredible story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” remains, of course, a favorite with people of all ages. “We even have toys coming to life, Christmas Carols, and Christmas trivia,” said the Professor, who obviously was bubbling with enthusiasm over the show. “I encourage everyone to come out and make this new Magic Lantern Show, ‘A Christmas Journey,’ a tradition that families will return to year after year!” “A Christmas Journey” – A Victorian Christmas M a g i c Lantern Show will be presented at 2PM and 7PM on Friday, November 27 and 7PM on Saturday November 28; then Saturday, December 5, 12, and 19 at 2PM and 7PM, and daily December 21-24, 26, and

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28-31. (No evening show Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.) For further details call 717.768.8400 or visit MagicLanternTheater. com. We thank Professor Firefly for his time and are now excited ourselves about seeing him bring to life what will surely be a wonderful addition to the Christmas offerings here in Amish Country! The Plain & Fancy Theater is located on the iconic site of Plain & Fancy Farm, Route 340, midway between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. The theater is best known for the acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice,” about the emotional journey of one Amish boy and his family told with multiple screens and Disneylike special effects. “Jacob’s Choice” continues to be shown daily on the hour. Tickets for both shows as well as Farmlands and Amish VIP Tours are available at the theater box office or online at

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FEATURE ARTICLES Antiquing in Amish Country............................. 27 Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café........................... 16 Cackleberry Farms Antique Mall....................... 10 Dutch Haven Shoo-Fly Pies.............................. 11 Fulton Steamboat Inn...................................... 23 Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant............................... 22 Ghost Tour of Lancaster................................... 36 Hershey Farm.................................................... 9 Magic Lantern Show........................................ 38 Mennonite Information Center.......................... 21 Miller’s Smorgasbord...................................... 35 Plain & Fancy................................................ 19 Olde Mill Restaurant.......................................... 6 Poe Evermore.................................................. 32 Revere Tavern.................................................. 14 Sam’s Man Cave.............................................. 30 Union Barrel Works........................................... 8

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AREA MAP & GUIDES Advertiser Index.............................................. 39 Amish Country Map.................................... 40-41 Bird-in-Hand.............................................. 20-23 Intercourse................................................. 12-19 Lititz............................................................... 37 New Holland/Blue Ball .............................. 25-27 Paradise ................................................... 31-36 Strasburg ................................................. 28-30

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decided that the most fitting "message" I might concoct for our annual Food & Dining issue would be to review with you the entire history of food from the dawn of man to the present in a few hundred words. The following is not based on any scientific research, but as you read it you will know it makes sense… Primitive man had to eat to survive. Wild animals and danger certainly made eating an adventure, and the food much appreciated when shared with others. It was even OK to throw food on the floor. Some people today still continue with this age-old garbage disposal tradition. The first “take-out” was when a guy grabbed a piece of meat from someone else’s “campfire” and took it back to the cave to eat. Someone invented “sauces,” and rib cook-offs evolved.

The HISTORY of Food by Brad Igou Soon man discovered grains and began cultivating plants and raising animals for food. Health food fanatics pushed the growing of fruits and vegetables, as people were now reluctant to eat their pets. This marked the first time that children were sent to bed for not eating their dinner. It was discovered that certain people were better at gardening than others. These folks became farmers, selling their foods to people like me born devoid of green thumbs. The "farmers market" was born! As people traveled, the need to eat went along with them. Some people ate "fast foods" from street vendors. Others ventured to the first "restaurants," where they could sit and actually order food from a "menu," unless it was in French, in which case they just pointed and hoped for the best. Some things never change. Legend says that a man asked his waiter for a “tip” as to what to select from the menu. In appreciation, the guest had the novel idea of leaving some money for the waiter as thanks. So we have him to blame for gratuities and

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having to ruin a good meal with needing to do arithmetic after dessert. In time, folks became concerned not just with how their meal tasted, but with its presentation. You might not get much on your plate, but it sure looks pretty! Soon rich people displayed their wealth by paying big bucks to eat fancy foods served in small portions on big plates by snooty waiters. Transportation improved and people traveled even farther from home. Upon returning, they wanted some of the foods they had eaten elsewhere. Restaurants featuring ethnic specialties were built. The first Taco Bell opened in Nairobi. World travelers returned to dazzle friends with uncomfortable food stories. "I can't believe you actually ate that!" As more folks prospered, dining out became even more popular. Doggie bags were invented. Restaurants with lots of leftovers came up with the idea of offering buffets and firing servers. Guests had to re-think gratuities. Soon food was being prepared, sent and sold all over the place in packages and bottles. (The exception was bottled water, because who in their right mind would PAY to get water in a bottle?) The television brought us TV dinners. Now we didn’t even get the exercise of walking to the kitchen table. Couch potatoes were born. Someone put up golden arches and started selling hamburgers. It worked. And perhaps most curious of all, men returned to the primitive practice of cooking meat over an open flame outdoors as their ancestors did. Of course, they wear aprons now. (Wives still find it odd they can’t get them to do any cooking INSIDE the house.) Finally, while everyone gathering together to eat was a tradition, nowadays it is difficult to get all the family at the table for a meal just once or twice a week. An unfortunate evolution! So there you have it, thousands of years in a nutshell. Amazing, isn't it? As you visit nearby, enjoy eating with your family and friends, but also introduce yourself to strangers. Be daring and try something new. Feel free to sample our traditional foods, explore our ethnic restaurants, or stop by a roadside stand. And remember, you're not permitted to return home without devouring a whoopie pie!



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