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“Have I discovered Amish Kielbasa?”

Shady Maple Farm Market
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Blue Ball
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 5 January 2018

Flat out a foodie destination. The fresh vegetables and fruit, so many from the Amish and Mennonite soil of Lancaster Pennsylvania, will sate your figurative salad bowl. Watch out for half peck discount specials of slightly blemished produce, all of which would pass most any muster.

Their bakery rivals some of the best I have experienced in the Park Slope and Midwood sections of Brooklyn during their hay days.

Then there's Pizza, put together by Pennsylvania Dutch ladies. Plain, sausage, vegetable, and the ultimate, Philly Cheese Steak Pizza. The last is a perfect amalgam of regional comfort food. If you find an egg broken on your pizza superb, you'll understand the cheese steak pizza.

The fresh fish department vends cod fish cakes. Yes, fresh ones are hard to find. And indeed they offer a wide variety of whole fish too.

It's the meat department, though, where I discover fresh (unsmoked) kielbasa and try three pounds for a New Years feast. The results were worth the effort.

Cut into two inch pieces, I braised each slightly on two sides in peanut oil and remove to a crock pot. Then a Slavic sort of roux arises when I sautée two chopped onions, three cloves of crushed garlic, and two tablespoons of prepared mustard thinned with a dash of vodka in the remaining oil. To this gets added sauerkraut, drained but not rinsed, white pepper, paprika, salt and all mixed over heat to blend.

This roux is then layered with the kielbasa in the slow cooker to which we add 12 ounces of Belgian styled ale, and a quarter cup of Chablis to cover. Cook on low for eight hours. Overnight the crock pot in a cold barn or garage, then cook two more hours on high.

Some of my harshest critics (in laws don't you know) claim this to be the best I've ever made. I credit the Amish for a perfect Kielbasa z Kapusta Kiszona.

Happy new year!

Thank nomastomasalready
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

This gift store has EVERYTHING. It is huge and beautiful items. It is underneath the Shady Maple Buffet.

Thank Iluvinns
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

I travel from North Carolina twice a year to visit . I find everything I need and more that I can't find in the south. They have lot's of great fruit and vegetables. And the deli and the meats have a wide variety.

Thank Robin H
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

First this place has the ver best food in the county. The service is always great, and the prices are even better. The gift shop prices are of.

Thank markwilliams54
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Always an abundant amount of produce with lots of choices. Great and interesting bulk items. Bakery and donuts are excellent. Meat specials are always good whether you are buying for two or twenty. Bring you own bags for a 3 cent refund for each bag. Sign up for their gas card and get cents off your gallons of gas at their gas station.

Thank Reen124
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