It all started with a
simple walking trail in 1992, then a few tomatoes and other vegetables
were planted to compliment the meals at Hershey Farm Restaurant
with "fresh-from-our-garden" produce, and from there, the
gardens grew and grew and grew! Today 4 of the 23 acres of Hershey Farm
Restaurant & Motor Inn are covered with beautiful flower gardens
and a walking trail and another 10-12 acres of gardens provide tasty
fruits and vegetables for the Restaurant.
Guests to Hershey Farm
Restaurant can taste the vegetables fresh from the gardens and then
stroll around the property to see how the gardens grow! Vegetables grown
on site comprise about 20% of those used in the restaurant, and are
planted in stages so the harvest is staggered and the restaurant has
fruits and vegetables for a longer season. From spinach and strawberries
in the early summer, to pumpkins, corn and watermelon through the fall,
you can be certain that the fruits and veggies on the menu at Hershey
Farm Restaurant are as fresh as can be!
|In late winter
and early spring, Hershey Farm Restaurant & Motor Inn starts
all of its fruits and vegetable from tiny seeds in the property’s
greenhouses. It’s quite a treat to look down the building and see trays
upon trays of seedlings and then to imagine how beautiful the hillside
will look once the little plants are placed outside in the warm spring
sunshine and given a chance to blossom!
Last fall Hershey Farm
Restaurant & Motor Inn built a gate from the gardens that allows
visitors access to the Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre during their
show times and box office hours. Visitors appreciate the convenience of
dining at Hershey Farm Restaurant then casually walking up the hill
to see a spectacular theater production at Sight & Sound.
||All year long,
guests to Hershey Farm Restaurant & Motor Inn can stroll up
into the gardens to sit and read the paper, or just relax and enjoy the
great outdoors. Up among the trees is a nice quiet spot to just sit and
relax—away from the hustle and bustle of traffic along Route 896.
Besides the flower and
vegetable gardens, the walking trail at Hershey Farm meanders
around a pond where motel guests enjoy an occasional afternoon of fishing
and the ducks and geese anxiously welcome anyone bringing them a crust of
bread as a treat!
First time visitors to Hershey
Farm Restaurant & Motor Inn often comment about the gardens and
pond… "It’s beautiful here!" and "We just love
it!" In fact, each time I visit Hershey Farm, I hear similar
remarks! If you
visit Hershey Farm and its gardens and, like everyone else, find
the gardens breathtaking, you can browse the gift shop for some of your
favorite plants, and perhaps take home some potted "Purple Wave"
Whether you choose to
spend the night at the Motor Inn or just visit the Gift Shop, you won’t
want to miss dining at the Hershey Farm Restaurant. The smorgasbord
is by far the most popular option at Hershey Farm Restaurant, but
guests can also choose to dine from the menu. Whatever you choose, you’ll
surely Taste the Difference at Hershey
Amish Country News Feature Article by Carla
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