This is the second installment of an ongoing series with a focus on small independent farms and creative use of farmland. We hope it serves as a reminder that the food grown and raised in Lancaster County is both diverse and extraordinary and that the people tending the land have stories worth telling. Join us in saluting our neighbors.
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The growing season is officially underway and we will be keeping you posted on the latest produce arrivals from local farms and farm stands. Here’s what we’ve spotted in the past week:
Wait and see. Play it by ear. That’s the prevailing sentiment from Lancaster County growers about this year’s strawberry harvest, particularly at pick-your-own farms. Last year’s pick-your-own season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which means there’s a clientele clamoring to make up for lost time and do some berry picking. The increased demand/interest combined with recent temperature swings and minimal rain (and uncertain harvests) have led many growers to take a more reserved approach, begging off final details for as long as possible.
Some of Lancaster County's beer festivals are back in 2021.
A sign hanging at the entrance of the stand at Kreider's Strawberries in Neffsville.
Kim O'Donnel's eight-quart haul on the first day of the PYO strawberry season at Brook Lawn Farm in Neffsville.
Two years ago this very weekend, my husband and I were in Lancaster city looking for a place to live. In mere weeks, we would be moving here from Seattle. In preparation for our new life and new town, I took to the internet, searching for farm markets and other ways to access seasonal produce. After all, Lancaster was farm country, right?