Weekend at Katie’s Family’s farm in Pennsylvania – Late September
Bret and Katie were kind enough to invite us to Katie’s parents’ farm located in Berk’s County, Pennsylvania which neighbors Lancaster County, PA, the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Now, according to Katie, Lancaster County is by rights the center of PA Dutch country but Berk’s County is ” DEEP behind the Potpie Curtain.” I suppose this means that there’s some good old Dutchie heritage running through the hills. In any case it sounds delicious. It’s where Katie grew up and where she and Bret were married a few years ago. Katie’s parents Sheila and Walt (aka The General) were our gracious hosts who made us all feel so welcome in their three hundred year old house and beautiful farm.The weather turned out to be a little cold anddrizzly so the food was all about comfort.
On the way to the farm Adam, Alicia, Shef and I were tasked with buying breakfast meat for the weekend. Katie, the Pennsylvania local, suggested we stop by a local gem called Dietrich’s Meat and Country Store to pick up some bacon. It’s so great to have friends who know what turns you on. And Dietrich’s definitely got me hot and bothered. Thank you, Katie for turning us on to this place.
Breakfast meat purchased, we made our way to the farm where Bret (ol’ meat ball hands himself) and Katie’s husband was already making plans for his next meat project.
So, after the soup, we tried to work up an appetite by playing a made up game of kick volleyball, using a badminton net and a rubber kick ball. We thought we were pretty hot shit until I youtubed some vids of the thai game of sepak tekraw. Oh well, at least there was brisket.
So after dinner, we lounged around the fire place and contemplated going outside to set off some illegal (maybe actually legal in PA) fireworks. Instead, we all ended up going to sleep early. More sleep means more able to take on the next mornings challenge of breakfast meat.