Are you looking for options for a day trip near Philadelphia?? Do you want to take a break from the hustle bustle of the city?? Do you want to have a sneak into countryside?? Do you want to enjoy homemade products?? Then you have reached the right destination – Kitchen Kettle Village.
Kitchen kettle village is a quaint little community in Lancaster, PA that showcases the crafts of local people ranging from jams & relish, sweet and salty food products, quilts, pottery, furniture to name a few.
We entered the Jams and Relish Kitchen where the maximum activity was. In spite being a chilling day, there were people inside the store all excited and overwhelmed to see and try so many samples. It’s fascinating to see so many varieties of jams, salsas, relishes and so much more all prepared there.
So we began our tasting adventure with jams & jellies – Blackberry, blueberry, peach, fig, rhubarb, orange marmalade, mint, pepper, pineapple, jalapeno, mango, plum, apple…. OMG, the list goes on. There would be around 40 different varieties. My kids were super excited and jumping around as if they were the professional tasters. Apart from jams were ample assortments of salsas (corn, orange, pineapple, peach, corn and black bean, lime cilantro etc.), butter (apple, peanut, pumpkin, sweet potato, pear etc.), honey, dressings, pickles, relish, tarts, cookies. The best part is that everything is homemade, preservative free and natural.
It will be hard for you not to pick some of your favorites.
Our next stop was the Fudge shop. It was fascinating to see how they poured the boiled and melted chocolate mixture on a marble table and worked on it till it was ready to roll into a long bar which is then sliced.
After such a sweet tooth, it was time to check out some furniture and quilts. The quilts are all handmade by Amish women of the village and are beautiful but we found them expensive. But for sure their skill and love they put in sewing them are priceless.
There are many other shops that you can explore around. And if you get exhausted and hungry there are a few cafes, restaurants, ice cream parlors to satisfy you.
Even if you don’t shop, looking around and admiring the hard work and skills is great. Besides that, you get to overlook at lovely meadows and countryside landscapes.
P.S. Lot of shops won’t permit photography, so kindly respect that.
Things for kids at Kitchen Kettle Village
- Buggy Rides – The authentic horse-drawn carriages ride you through the countryside and gives a glimpse into the Amish life.
- The learning experience on how jams and jellies are made and getting to taste so many samples to pick their favorite.
- Depending on the time of year there are some activities for kids like decorating gingerbread cookies, roasting marshmallows etc.
- Enjoying the beautiful countryside.
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