Stopping In With the Stoltzfuses


Andrew Weidmancurb appeal

One of the great luxuries of living in a rural area is being able to ‘shop’ at farm stands. True, it’s not always a year-round experience, but when you can do it, the experience is not to be missed. You get to trade bumper-to-bumper traffic for a leisurely drive across the countryside; if you have a question about the food you’re buying, or what went into it, you can just ask the people who grew it; and you’ll never find fresher produce anywhere, you can bet on that!

In my opinion, the best time to farm stand shopping is right now, in the fall. Spring has new greens when you’re desperate for something fresh, and summer sweet corn and tomatoes are hard to beat, even winter has its dominion with eggs and dairy, fresh and smoked meats, and baked goods and preserves. But fall, ah fall! Fall at the farm stand is a riot of colors and shapes, a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.


We had heavy rains two days ago, courtesy of the remnants of Patricia as she rolled across the country, and even though the combination of rain and wind drove many of the fall leaves from the branches, my mother-in-law and I decided to take a drive through nearby Lancaster county yesterday. You need to understand many years ago I was named the ‘Back Road King,’ always seeming to know a back road, no matter where I was going. It’s true, I’m always curious where an unknown road will go, and I get bored easily with day-to-day commutes. Besides, even if I don’t know exactly where I am, if I know where I’m going, I’m not really lost, am I?

Back to the story; yesterday’s weather was absolutely perfect, once the tattered remnants of the rain blew off over the eastern horizon. The last of the clouds broke up as the sun shone down from a sky blue as china and freshly scrubbed clean. We were delighted to find over half of the trees still held most of their leaves, despite the rough weather the night before.

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