I went to Kauffman’s to get apples today – a large bag full – for $8.55. I believe the last time when I weighed them the bag was between 25 – 28#. Very good deal!! Especially for making applesauce ;-).
Every time I go I check out the produce inside. You never know what they have. Sometimes you can get 1/2 bushel box of peaches – seconds are usually a GREAT price and you get your money’s worth. I think they were $18 this year. Today was the best find EVER. Concord grapes were $10 for 1/2 bushel box. I weighed it – 18#. Usually they are more like $5 a pound IF you find them in the grocery store. I absolutely love concord grapes. They are so yummy. Grape jam and grape juice are going into my canner tomorrow!!! Wonderful because we go through grape jelly faster than any other but I don’t like the jelly – just the jam.
Local people, to make your trip worth it – I recommend getting lunch meats there if you go up. Generally they are quite a bit cheaper than the grocery store. Also, check out their baking aisle and spices.
Before you leave, add a whoopie pie to your order. They carry the best homemade ones. I should know I have made many and tried many. Their oatmeal cookie whoopie pies are my favorite.
Make a day of it – wander through Kitchen Kettle, or peruse Bird in Hand’s “quaint” streets. The pretzel place in Bird in Hand is a bit pricey just to warn you but they have a really cute book shop/knick knack shop that is fun to explore. If you are out there on a Friday or Saturday, check out Bird in Hand Farmer’s Market. I warn you, it gets crowded. I have never been but next time we are out I want to check out Rumspringa Winery and Brewery-simply for the name, of course. For a decent meal, check out Miller’s Schmorgasbord (pricy), or, over on Route 30, check out Jakey’s Amish BBQ in Ronks or the buffet next door. Jakey’s is good and has good prices. It’s very kid friendly too! Just stay away from their candy counter. Too tempting but also pricy.
Some of our most fun family days involve buying food – not restaurant food but gathering food for our home. Today we added a trip to Shady Maple Market in East Earl PA. I needed to stock up on meat and they always have some great prices plus many of their meat tends to be higher quality. I usually hit the perimeter of the store – produce, meat(frozen boneless skinless chicken breast, 1.69#), and beef jerky at the deli. I venture into the bakery to check out their reduced priced items – sadly no peach or gourmet apple bread today – and their discount dairy cooler. Today they had coconut milk 1/2 gallons for .50 because the sell by date is a week away. I have been wanting to try it so that was perfect pricing for me. I also check out the bulk baking items while I am there. Usually their raisins are a good price.