Of the two farms, Maple Lawn feels more rustic, but Brown’s offers a broader array of attractions beyond the agricultural experience, including a gift shop, nursery, pavilion, musical performances and children’s activities, such as pumpkin picking and hayrides.
“We get a lot of travelers who want to get out of the city for a day,” Brown said.
The Markets at Shrewsbury
For hunger that won’t be satisfied by a snack, try the Markets at Shrewsbury, an indoor collection of 25 vendors, mostly Amish, selling prepared foods such as barbecue, produce, meats, snacks and desserts, as well as home decor and furniture.
Stop by Linda’s Country Kitchen for a traditional Amish wedding dinner. Just like Amish weddings, which can be celebrated only after the harvest season, this buffet meal is served only in the fall. The meal — a lunch buffet that includes chicken, potatoes and applesauce — is only served two Fridays a month in September and October.
After the meal, it’s time for dessert. Stoltzfus’ Bakery sells baked goods made at the market, including pies, sticky buns and pumpkin rolls, which are pieces of pumpkin sheet cake rolled with a cream cheese filling. Aunt Lydia’s Salads offers pumpkin custard, but only early birds will get a taste — the shop is usually sold out by the afternoon.
For even more sweet treats, visit the Dairy Barn for homemade candied apples and “fall popcorn,” which is mixed with chocolate and candy. Or head on over to Ben and Barbara’s Candy, where customers can find chocolate lollipops in seasonal shapes such as turkeys and candy corn.