Lancaster is just a day-trip away from Philadelphia, USA.
When tourists think of Lancaster, they think of buggy rides, traditionally dressed men and women, and the Amish or Pennsylvania Dutch farmers and craftsmen.
But, there’s more to Lancaster. Next time you plan a visit to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country of Lancaster, visit the Kitchen Kettle Village.
Kitchen kettle village is a quaint little community in Lancaster, PA that showcases the crafts of local people ranging from jams and relishes, sweet and salty food products, quilts, pottery, furniture to name a few.
We entered the Jams and Relish Kitchen where the maximum activity was.
In spite of being a chilly day, there were people inside the store all excited and overwhelmed to see and try so many samples. It’s fascinating to see so many varieties of jams, salsas, relishes and so much more all prepared there.
So we began our tasting adventure with jams & jellies – Blackberry, blueberry, peach, fig, rhubarb, orange marmalade, mint, pepper, pineapple, jalapeno, mango, plum, apple…. OMG, the list goes on. There would be around 40 different varieties.
My kids were super excited and jumping around as if they were the professional tasters.
Apart from jams, there were ample assortments of salsas (corn, orange, pineapple, peach, corn, and black bean, lime-cilantro, etc.), butter (apple, peanut, pumpkin, sweet potato, pear, etc.), honey, dressings, pickles, relish, tarts, cookies.
The best part is that everything is homemade, preservative-free and natural.
It will be hard for you not to pick some of your favorites.
Our next stop was the Fudge shop.
It was fascinating to see how they poured the boiled and melted chocolate mixture on a marble table and worked on it until it was ready to roll into a long bar which is then sliced.
After such a sweet tooth, it was time to check out some furniture and quilts.
The quilts are all handmade by Amish women in the village and are beautiful but we found them expensive.
But for sure their skill and love they put in sewing them are priceless.
There are many other shops that you can explore around. And if you get exhausted and hungry there are a few cafes, restaurants, ice cream parlors to satisfy your hunger.
Even if you don’t shop, looking around and admiring the hard work and skills is great.
Besides that, you get to overlook lovely meadows and countryside landscapes.
Kitchen Kettle Village is located in the town of Intercourse, Pa. It takes an hour from Philadelphia to reach Kitchen Kettle Village via I-76 W and US-30 W route.
While coming from Lancaster, drive 10 miles east of Lancaster on the route 340E / Old Philadelphia Pike to reach the village.
Keep the Kitchen Kettle Village Map handy to explore the village.
Kitchen Kettle Village is open every day except Sundays. It’s closed on Christmas. Hours vary according to seasons and shops.
November – April : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May – October : 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
There are special events and timings during Thanksgiving and Christmas and is a must visit during the holidays.
We took a day trip to Kitchen Kettle Village from Philly but if you plan to stay back and spend a night at the charming village, the Inn at Kitchen Kettle Village is your answer.
Stay at one of the room and cottage style apartments at The Kitchen Kettle Inn to enjoy the countryside living. Don’t miss by taking one of these tours to explore the village and their homes up close.