For real? The farm stand where the farmer arrived each morning on sun time driving a team of horses pulling a wagonload of the sweetest, the most fresh local sweet maize? They also grew asparagus, red beets, sweet peppers, onions, green beans, spinach, and beautiful strawberries; and sold eggs from their own chickens and all kinds of local fruit from Kauffman’s in Bird-in-Hand, and Jersey blueberries (that’s pretty local), as well as pickles and preserves. CLOSED?
(Trying not to have a cow here).
I found a phone number on the web and left a message on the barn phone. The call was soon returned by Aaron Zook, a grower for Lancaster Farm Fresh, an organic, community-supported agriculture (CSA) cooperative. He said although he has no business connection with the Riverside stand, and didn’t know why his number was listed for it, he knew a little about the circumstances. He said Levi Stoltzfus and his family had rented the Riverside farm, but now have bought a farm of their own near Elizabethtown. Over the years a progression of Stoltzfus children grew up and into different responsibilities with running the farm and the stand. Some of his children are still farming Riverview but don’t have the time to run the retail side of the farm, so it’s been closed. Yes, that includes the summer Saturday morning chicken barbecues.
The Stoltzfus family posted a sign thanking their customers and inviting them to visit their new farm stand after they’ve settled in and had time to get growing (see photo above). The address is 1595 Maytown Road, Elizabethtown.
That’s out of my rambling range. Oh lucky E-townians!
Thank you, Stoltzfus family, for years of delicious, close-to-home, good food.