Birds get the most impressive view of the four-acre corn maze at Butcher's Family Fun Farm. This year's design features a barn, a tractor, a bunch of tomatoes, and the words "buy fresh, buy local," all carved right into the corn. But while the view from the top is nice, human visitors know the real fun of the maze lies in navigating its twisting pathways. In addition to winding through the dizzying stalks, maze wanderers can stop to solve educational puzzles, find clues, complete picture rubbings, and chat with the resident minotaur.
But the corny labyrinth isn't the only thing that draws families to the farm each autumn. A host of other outdoor attractions awaits. Kids and adults will both relish hay rides and jaunts through the pumpkin patch, as well as a chance to take aim at strategically-placed targets with one of the farm's potato launchers. When it's time to take a break, the on-site snack shop sells a variety of scrumptious eats including soups, burgers, and funnel cakes, and, on the way home, families can pick up farm-fresh produce at Butcher's Farm Market, which is located just two miles down the road.
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 selected 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.