Posts Tagged ‘lancaster county’


Friday, March 19th, 2010

We’re not sure what the origin of this photo is, but we found it here and thought we’d pass it along. If only enjoying ice cream on a cloudy day was this easy! By the way, we should take this time to mention how beautiful the weather has been here in Lancaster County this week. It’ll be 70 degrees and sunny tomorrow, with much of the same through the weekend. The perfect way to usher in the spring season!


Thursday, April 30th, 2009

country-classic-logo.gifThis Saturday, May 2, Turkey Hill will be hosting its 10th annual Country Classic at the Central Manor Church of God in Washington Boro, right here in Lancaster, PA. If you’re printing directions via MapQuest, the address is 387 Penn Street, Manor Township in Lancaster.

The Central Manor Church is nestled in one of the most picturesque corners of Lancaster County, so if you’ve been thinking about making a trip to our neck of the woods, this is a great time to do it!

The Country Classic features sporting events for runners and cyclists, but it also includes lots of fun and games for the whole family. There will be free kids rides, games, costumed characters, music and, of course, the baby derby (featuring the fastest babies around!). And if you haven’t registered for the races (baby, child or adult), don’t worry…you can still sign up on the day of the event, beginning at 7 am Saturday morning.

Turkey Hill’s very own Giant Cow will also make an appearance along with plenty of Turkey Hill ice cream and drinks, Herr’s chips and Hatfield hot dogs. All the ice cream, snacks and drinks will be available by donation with all proceeds benefiting the Lancaster Farmland Trust. The Lancaster Farmland Trust is an organization Turkey Hill is very passionate about because they work hard to preserve beautiful farmland throughout Lancaster County.

More information about the Country Classic can be found on our website. Hope to see you there!


Friday, March 13th, 2009

A couple announcements in this post. First of all, welcome to all of our new readers who have visited us over the past week to vote in our second annual Ultimate Flavor Tournament. The tournament is shaping up well and we’re so happy to see so many new voices in the comments here on the Ice Cream Journal. Keep the comments coming!

Also, those of you down South will be happy to hear that we’ve recently inked a deal with Bi Lo grocery stores to carry Turkey Hill ice cream in their locations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Our friends at Bi Lo should start stocking Turkey Hill products very soon, so keep an eye out for them!

Finally, how ’bout this beautiful spring weather we’ve been having lately? The sun has been shining here in Lancaster County, and even though it’s been chilly on a few days, you can definitely tell that spring is in the air!


Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Wow, is it September already? This is always such a transitional month. It begins with summer still on our minds and ends with the temperature on the decline and the smell of autumn in the air. Not that we’re complaining. Ice cream tastes just as good in the fall as it does in the summer, doesn’t it? Well, maybe not quite as good, but you know what we mean.

Apparently most of you thought ice cream also tasted good on a deserted island, because in last month’s poll, 64 percent of you chose a solar powered freezer and 100 gallons of ice cream as the item you’d most like to be stranded on an island with. Ice cream easily beat out comforts such as an industrial strength tent (14 percent), a library of your favorite books (13 percent) and a family photo album (3 percent…sorry mom!).

This month’s poll (on the right) isn’t about barren Pacific islands. In fact, it’s about a little oasis we like to call Lancaster County. We want to know if you’ve ever visited our neck of the woods and, if you haven’t, when we can expect to see you!


Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Each Wednesday throughout National Ice Cream Month, we’ll take a closer look at a part of our home, Lancaster County. This week’s “Taste of Lancaster County” entry is about the many roadside farm stands that dot the countryside. Each Wednesday, we’ll also give away a Lancaster County prize to one commenter chosen at random from this entry. Good luck!

A visit to Lancaster County, known as the Garden Spot of America, wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of the thousands of roadside farm stands. The farmlands of Pennsylvania Dutch Country boast some of the richest, most productive, non-irrigated agricultural soils in the world. With most of that land devoted to over 6,000 farms, it’s no wonder Lancaster has some of the best produce and fruit around!  The fruit and produce you can buy at these stands is among the freshest and most flavorful you can buy. A wide selection of seasonal homegrown treats such as strawberries, tomatoes, sweet corn, cherries will keep you coming back for more.

Turkey Hill Dairy is very proud of Lancaster County’s agricultural heritage, and to help preserve that way of life, Turkey Hill donates a portion of all proceeds from the sale of our All Natural line of ice cream to the Lancaster Farmland Trust. The Lancaster Farmland Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to help preserve farms through conservation easements. When you purchase any All Natural ice cream flavor, you’ll help preserve treasured farmlands and our way of life for future generations. It’s our way of ensuring there’ll always be enough Lancaster County goodness to share.  

This week’s Taste of Lancaster County prize will be a basket full of authentic local fruits and vegetables purchased at a local roadside stand. Good luck, and if you’re ever in the area, don’t forget to get yourself some fresh Lancaster County produce!


Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Driving downtown through Lancaster City, the oldest inland city in the United States, one of the first qualities you’ll notice is the beautiful architectural designs and statues. Among some of the interesting architecture in the center of Lancaster, known as Penn Square, is Central Market. Founded sometime in the 1730’s or 1740’s (the exact date is not known), Lancaster’s Central Market is famous for being the nation’s oldest publicly owned, continuously operating farmers market. The building that currently houses Central Market was built in 1889 and was designed by James H. Warner.  Over the past century, the building has become a symbol of the cultural significance of Lancaster County’s heritage and agriculture.
Central Market is the place for farmers to sell their goods – from cheeses and fresh baked goods to their famous Lebanon bologna and shoofly pie. Over 60 stands provide a diverse assortment of fresh local produce and ethnic favorites such as baklava. The market is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00am to 4:30pm and Saturdays on 6:00am to 2:00pm. At right is a photo of Esther Sangrey’s stand in the market (that’s Mr. Sangrey in the photo). Esther’s jellies and jams are legendary. Thanks to Mitchell Roth for letting us use that picture.

This week’s Taste of Lancaster County prize will be a sampling of what Central Market has to offer. We’re still not sure what we’ll buy for this week’s winner (whatever it is, it should be able to withstand a few days of shipment), but you can bet it’ll be good!


Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Each Wednesday throughout National Ice Cream Month, we’ll take a closer look at a part of our home, Lancaster County. This week’s “Taste of Lancaster County” entry is about our Amish neighbors. Each Wednesday, we’ll also give away a Lancaster County prize to one commenter chosen at random. Good luck!

Drive through the country roads of Lancaster County and you will most likely come upon a horse and buggy clip clopping down the road. The horse and buggy is a familiar sight and sound to those of us living in Lancaster County; but for the thousands of visitors to the area the horse and buggy serves as a glimpse into the lifestyle and practices of a group of people called the Amish. Because of its large concentration of Amish, Lancaster County has become synonymous with Amish cooking, crafts, furniture, and amazing quilts.

The Amish are an Anabaptist religious group closely related to the Mennonites and Brethren. The Lancaster County Amish are easily identifiable because of the plain, often homemade clothes that they wear. They customarily shun usage of modern amenities such as TV, electricity, and automobiles. Despite the fact that they don’t have telephones (or maybe because of that) they often have incredibly close-knit communities in which the local children all attend a one-room schoolhouse. The Amish moved to America from the border of Switzerland and Germany to escape religious persecution in the early 1700’s. They often speak Pennsylvania Dutch, a German Dialect common to Lancaster County. While there are a number of Amish Settlements across the United States, Lancaster County has the second largest settlement of them in the world.

This week’s Lancaster County prize is a package that contains a few samplings from the Amish community, including a Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook and a Lancaster County Calendar (among other items). We’ll choose one comment at random from this post to receive the gift! We hope the items will give you a glimpse into the simple lives of our neighbors, so the next time you pick up a bowl of Turkey Hill ice cream, you can sit back and let your mind wander off to what life is like in Lancaster County.