Bella's Ristorante’s rustic stone exterior, rippling Italian flag, and trio of gables lure guests inside, where they’re greeted by the savory aromas of classic italian marinara and lemon-butter white-wine sauce. These blanket giant portions of new zealand clams and shrimp, chicken and veal, and gluten-free options. While enduring favorites such as personal pizzas loaded with portobello mushrooms, ricotta, and calamari are always on the menu, rotating specials such as ravioli plump with goat cheese prevent dinners from getting too predictable, unlike waiters who never tell you the specials via charades.
The restaurant’s decor transports diners to Italy with murals of boats rowing along aquamarine canals, Roman arches, and plaster chipped away to reveal brick underneath. Guests lounge in black leather chairs or booths as they lick their plates clean.
Each season grants guests a new excuse to visit Ort Farms, which has been the pride and joy of the Ort family since 1916. Each fall, the family designs a giant 8-acre corn maze, which serves as the centerpiece for the annual Fall Festival, which welcomes guests to visit farm animals, climb a giant hay pyramid, and board a hayride to the pumpkin patch. On weekend, visitors can enjoy rides on ponies, trains, and monster trucks. Winter brings holiday decorations, such as douglas firs and wreaths, and spring blossoms to life as pots of geraniums, annuals, and marigolds spring up inside the farm's five greenhouses. And as the sun dons its giant summer bathing suit, the Orts arrive at local farmers’ markets bearing fresh lettuce, colorful peppers, and other seasonal produce.
Locals can also participate in Ort Farms' share club, which connects consumers and farmers without forcing them to share a studio apartment. Each week during the harvest season, the farmers pick a certain amount of locally grown produce for each individual or family participating in the CSA program.
Stony Hill Farms traces its origins a generation back, to when owner Carol Davis's parents bought an idyllic 40-acre plot of New Jersey farmland. Where Carol spent her childhood milking cows, customers now wander through 18,000 square feet of greenhouses and stroll past garden benches laden with ornamental plants and flowers. Carol, her husband Dale, and their children carry on the family tradition of horticulture, helping clients select a rare, treasured orchid to decorate their home, or obtain a Community-Supported Agriculture membership to fill their pantries with local, seasonal produce. Families can also bond with a wealth of fun activities, such as winding through five different mazes in the fun park.
For over a decade, Harbour House Crabs has been delivering fresh Maryland blue crabs and premium seafood all across the United States. Each order is hand seleceted fresh from the East coast and shipped directly to your door, as quickly as the next day. The crabs come perfectly seasoned, steamed, and packaged with care.
The crab selection includes heavy blue crabs, which are more than 6 inches in size, or choose from Harbour House's famous hand-made Jumbo Lump Cakes. Alternatively, little neck clams and jumbo shrimp can make for an appetizing start to a meal. You can also order dinners for two that come complete with crabs, handmade crab cakes, and espresso bean brownies to share with a seafood-loving buddy.
Using an original recipe, Henry Schmidt shaped ground meat and all-natural spices into Schmidt's Sausage Shop's first German-Hungarian links. That was back in 1961; today, his grandsons Doug and Don still depend on Henry's methods to create the shop's namesake delicacy. In addition to kielbasas and bratwursts made with local meat, Doug and Don imbue some links with cherry and hardwood flavors in an on-site smokehouse. Besides classic brats, Schmidt's stocks dry-cured sausage and bacon, as well as sauerkraut made with hand-shredded Lancaster cabbage barrel-cured for four to six weeks. Schmidt's also rolls out seasonal products such as pigs in a blanket for fall, as well as a summer variation: pigs in a beach towel.
Originally founded in 1860, some of Broad Street Market's first customers were the 300,000 Union soldiers who passed through nearby Camp Curtain during the Civil War. Today, the long-established market—recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974—caters to a more local crowd with 25 different vendors whose wares take up three city blocks. Visitors can pick up organic and locally grown produce, bring home freshly prepared meals, or acquire new covered-wagon carburetors. Historically, different nationalities and ethnicities flocked to the market, and this diversity among guests and merchants continues today, as noted by a 2011 feature in the Huffington Post. Boasting Indian, African, Japanese, Haitian, and French cultural influences, the market's vendors may be indoors or outside, depending on the weather.