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Friday, May 16, 2014

Sprechen die Detsch?

No, you don't have to speak German to have a successful shopping experience at the PA Dutch Market in Hagerstown, MD.  The Amish and Mennonite people who provide the wonderful selection of edibles all speak perfectly good English.  And contrary to  popular rumor, they don't mind being photographed.

I have written about this smorgasbord of traditional PA German delights previously.  When I checked back through my blog, I realized that it been over two years ago so a revisit is in order.  I took my friend, Linda, who says she's never seen this kind of market before.

So let's start with the bakery.
Pies, breads, fancy pastries, cookies, brownies.  You name it, they have it.

One of my favorites is the bread, like raisin bread, with peaches instead of the raisins and either icing or crumb topping.  Makes yummy toast.

You can watch the Amish women working on the various pastries as you decide on which goodies to buy.  Oh, to have a kitchen like that for baking!

They have a beautiful selection of fresh meat.  I always bring a small cooler along to keep my purchases cold since it takes about an hour to get home.

They have a lovely produce section.  This is only a small part of the fruits and veggies being offered.  There is also a fresh salad bar so you can make your own salad to go.

The cheese cooler is filled with interesting cheeses from all over the world.  One of my favorites is a stilton with mango and ginger.  A perfect dessert cheese.  There are plenty of samples to make the decisions even more difficult.  Of course, you have to try several to be sure.

If you are still hungry after the cheese sampling, there is the barbeque counter.  The aroma is out-of-this-world.  At lunch time the line of customers seemed a mile long.  We intended to eat there, but didn't want to wait for half an hour for that delicious pulled pork.

There is also the deli counter with all kinds of pre-made foods for when you are too busy or tired to cook.  It's a good thing I don't live closer.

There is a bulk food section where you can buy flour, sugar, snack foods, canned pickles, jelly and spices.
And then there's the CHOCOLATE!  This is just a teeny little section of the wonderful handmade chocolates they have to offer.

Since the market was so crowded at lunch time, we decided to travel back toward Chambersburg and stop at the Trickling Spring Creamery for our lunch.  A friend had been telling me about their delicious pretzel sandwiches, so Linda and I just had to try them.

They have an extensive list of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments from which you choose to customize your own sandwich.  Then it's all put inside a buttery, salty sliced soft pretzel.

I had smoked turkey breast with lettuce, tomato, onion, and sweet pickles with a sweet onion dressing.  YUM!!!

Wish I had taken some pictures of the Trickling Springs store because they have lots of nice products.  It's one of the few places where they feature fresh milk, the kind with cream on top.

They have delicious ice cream made with milk from local farms.  But that's another trip.

So that's it for today.  Except for.....

No post is complete with out a kitty picture.

Here's Deiter.  In your face.

  I love waking up to this every morning!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This must have been a perfect dy. Seeing all that yummy food would have made me extremely hungry. I can't get over that you can buy milk with the cream on top. Here in Canada, we are not even allowed to sell raw milk. I remember when I sold raw milk to anyone who came to our farm to buy it. I made a little bit of extra money that way. Now it's so regulated that's it's ridiculous.

    I've been so busy that I still haven't made my English Muffins because someone made me chang my plans that day. I'll try again since I have the recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook web site..

    Take care and thanks for sharing your trip, that to die for bagel sandwich and that cute Deiter face....


  2. It should read, perfect day. Oh Gosh, there are so many typo mistakes that I'm quitting while Ia'm ahead.

  3. OMG Pat, Where to start, I would be drooling all the way around this store and I don't think I've ever seen a pretzel so full. I haven't seen milk with cream on top for years, even our so called full cream milk hasn't got any. Nice to see you post again, hope you are okay, and love Deiter looking all haughty.

  4. Looks like you were having a great time. I love our market. So many different kinds of meat and cheese to choose from. We don't have a whole lot of baked goods but so many types of produce and so reasonable you would be foolish to buy it anywhere else.


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