On August 25th, I decided to head to the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers’ Market here in Annapolis. My son, sister, and I were headed off to a festival later that afternoon, but it had been quite some time since we had stopped at the market. It was on the way, so why not?!?
Now before you scroll through the whole post and look at all the deliciousness, I just have to say that the day ended with a very happy little whoopie pie loving toddler!
More commonly known to us locals as the “Annapolis Amish Market“, I forgot how crowded this place can be on a Saturday morning! All of the Amish merchants are from Lancaster PA, located in Dutch Country. Most of the items in the market are made in Lancaster County using traditional Dutch recipes that have been handed by the Amish through the generations. Non-homemade items are available for purchase. Inside the market also resides the Dutch Market Restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by Amish cooks.
When we walked in, we were greeted by a long line of patrons waiting to place orders for soft pretzels, soft pretzels filled with cheese, pretzel dogs, pretzel sausages, and I could go on, but you get the picture. One of the most popular items at the market is anything related to their delicious soft pretzels!
We watched them make fresh breakfast sandwiches! Eggs, cheese, and bacon all rolled up into one of their pretzels. I was certainly jealous of everyone walked away with the delicious looking treats.
Well my sister thought the same. She ordered a Sausage Log, which is, as you can guess, a log of sausage, with cheese infused, wrapped in a buttery pretzel. She did let me have one small bite.
While she dined on her log, I took a stroll around the market with the little man. One of the popular sections was for their fresh meat. Definitely a long line waiting to buy fried chicken! They also offer various smoked and cured meats. If we weren’t headed to a festival afterward, I would have bought some turkey bacon to cook the next morning!
Next over to Stoltzfus Produce! Fresh fruit and vegetables were available for purchase, and I definitely had my eye on fresh corn on the cob. I think my favorite offering though is the variety of fresh-squeezed lemonade! They have it in every flavor and every color of the rainbow. So hard to pick just one.
One of my favorite things to do is to throw Wine & Cheese Parties! If you live in the area and want cheese, the Amish Market is the place to go! Their have an absolute amazing selection. I like even if you don’t see a portion you want, they will slice right off the block the amount of cheese you request.
Two of my favorite offerings at the Amish Market at the Pumpkin Rolls and their Old-Fashion Root Beer! The pumpkin rolls are so moist and soft. The cake just kind of melts in your mouth. The cream cheese filling is quite creamy and not overly sweet. Hands down they have some of the best pumpkin rolls I’ve ever taste. They bake them fresh right there in the kitchen of the market! The root beer is perfect to quench any thirst on a hot day. Again, reading this you might think I sound like I’m selling them to you, ha ha. I did warn you though and say they are my favorite items!
Now onto the Whoopie Pies! Featured on Food Network’s “The Best of…”, I have to say, these are some delicious lil whoopie pies. I couldn’t resist, I just had to buy one to split with my son later. Plus that he also couldn’t stop reaching for them and I took that as a sign that for a dollar and a quarter, I should just buy one.
So later that evening, I left my son dive right in! As you can imagine, he was pretty much making “mmmmm” sounds the whole time. This was his first whoopie pie, and I’m sure if he has it his way, it won’t be his last.
Next time you are in Annapolis, and looking for a quick snack, why not stop by the Amish Market? Any locals reading who like to shop their for their groceries?
I was not financially compensated for this post. We purchased the food mentioned above. We simply had a fun time and wanted to write about it!