Misty Meadows was one of the first places I explored upon moving to Pennsylvania from New Jersey. I can’t remember where I first heard the name, but it sounded like a place I needed to check out. I’ve been a regular customer from the first visit. I go weekly to purchase a couple dozen eggs and delicious creamline milk. I stock up on their ground beef, and most days we’re there, we can’t escape without getting a scoop of ice cream. Chocolate hazelnut, almond coconut chocolate chip, or sometimes just plain vanilla. All produced right there on the farm and sold by the lovely family who manage the chickens and the cows. I delight in talking with the farmer about their low-temp homogenization process and their Italian machines that produce a creamier, more gelato-like style of ice cream.
The scenery at Misty Meadows is idyllic, to say the least. And there’s lots to keep the kiddos busy. Animals to see and pet, if you’re feeling brave. A rope spiderweb to get tangled in. Awesome pedal carts to ride. A trough with old tractor toys to push around in the gravel. Surrounded by fields and outlined by the mountains, it’s a little slice of heaven.
Here we are on our first visits there last fall and winter, braving the cold:
These days we hear a lot about why it’s necessary to know where your food comes from, and how it’s produced. When we go food shopping, terms swirl around in our brains: organic, free-range, humane, naturally-raised, eco-conscious, hormone-free, etc etc. This is all very important — crucial, I would say — to the health and well-being of ourselves and our planet. But you know another good reason to buy your food from a place like this rather than the big-box grocery stores? It’s way more fun.
Leave a comment telling a bit about your favorite local food spot and you’ll be entered to win a free Misty Meadows Farm Creamery t-shirt (they’re tie-dyed and super cool)! Winner will be chosen at random on Monday, September 2nd.