|The red eggs are marinated in beet juice.|
|Whoopie pies - Chocolate, Mint, Peanut Butter|
We were pointing madly from item to delectable item of our food choices, snapping photos all the while, so that we would have some time to sit down and eat. Most of the shops were packing up so we didn't have as wide of a choice. But what we did get was super fresh and flavorful.
The cole slaw had that bite that just-picked cabbage has. In addition to the whoopie pies, we found a bakery there. We selected cream-filled buns. One was chocolate, of course, and the other was iced with peanut butter frosting and a cream filling. Very light, fresh and delicious. (Prices were very reasonable.)
|Central Market produce shop|
The Central Market is the oldest continuing farmer's market in the U.S. I absolutely love farmer's markets so the variety of food shops inside the high-ceiling red brick building was a treat for me.
|The Herb Shop (herbs, teas, condiments, etc)|
Unexpected gorgeous jewelry in downtown shop window!
We had asked at Central Market where to stay and at least 2 people recommended Bird-in-Hand Inn. We had never heard of such a place but in checking the map we saw it was only a few miles away. We were lucky to find this amazing place. Motel, inn, restaurant, pools, miniature golf and so much more. All owned by the famous Smucker family. It was more of a resort than just a place to stay.
|Bird-in-Hand Family Inn in the country town of Bird-in-Hand|
|Bird-in-Hand front lawn but had no time to enjoy these chairs in the Lancaster countryside|
|My very fresh vegetarian plate (yum)|
My husband had turkey piled high, mashed potatoes, pork and sauerkraut, and so much more; also cherry pie and ice cream. Everything is home-made from scratch.
For breakfast my husband had a plateful of pancake, french toast, waffle, eggs, bacon, pork sausage, ham, etc. A side of fruit included their famous home-made applesauce (yum). The food tasted like something you would make in your own home--maybe even better and fresher!
|Breakfast at the Smorgasborg|
The tour guide talked extensively about the Amish and the Mennonites who were concentrated in this Lancaster area. They are also located in 28 other states, especially Indiana, Ohio, and upper New York state, as farm land becomes expensive and scarce in Pennsylvania. Enjoy these photos:
|Amish woman in horse-drawn carriage|
|Amish homestead with craft store|
|Amish countryside farms in Lancaster County - perfectly neat|
|Amish "clothes dryer" - they use no electricity|
|Lots of Amish clothes drying on this sunny day|
|A perfect picture of Amish cleanliness and neatness|
|Amish Plow in the rich earth (richest soil outside of California)|
|Amish schoolhouse - one of 200 in county|
|Children's bikes - Adult and children's bikes have no pedals. They added the scooter to bikes.|
Kitchen gardens are seen everywhere with lots of flowers.
|Typical neat row crops with no weeds in sight|
|Horse in peaceful pastures|
|We are dreaming of going back soon!|
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