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Delaware Valley College is a small school nestled in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. With its roots based in agriculture and science, each year, during the last weekend in April, it pays homage to those roots with Agriculture Day (A-Day). This celebration has a fair-like atmosphere with horse shows, farm animal exhibitions, home grown fruits and vegetable stands, craft shows, hayrides and the like. Since our little one is fascinated with animals, we kept this weekend free and clear so we could attend.

Our first stop, admittedly after eating, was to visit the cows getting ready for an in-hand competition.  

Then our little one wanted to meet the piggies who were rooting around and napping. Quick question…does anyone know why their ears are clipped?

After a hayride, we pet some Belgian horses.

But Mommy’s favorite activity was a visit to the Stone Mill Rug Company booth. This father and son team makes stunning hand braided rugs and baskets.

For only $30.00, I purchased this beauty and put it to work in my living room.

We enjoyed ourselves and will be marking our calendar to attend next year’s A-Day.  

Happy Homesteading,



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Jon was able to take a few days off this week, so our little family took a series of “backyard vacations” and visited some great locations within 75 miles of our hometown.  Our favorite by far was Lancaster Central Market

Tucked down a cobblestone street, in the center of old city Lancaster, Pennsylvania sits Lancaster Central Market, which is reportedly the oldest farmers market in the country.  As the market is only open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and we really wanted to visit, we chose to go today.  Friday.  April 6th.  Good Friday.  During Lent.  But we still had a great time eating and shopping our way through the market.

Jon had a mahi mahi taco that he enjoyed, but I think I won the prize for best sandwich with fresh mozzarella, provolone, roasted red pepper & tomato with olive oil drizzle on warm foccacia from DelGiorno’s Italian Specialties.  It was supposed to have prosciutto as well, but of course, I had to skip it. 

We ate outside and listened to a trio of musicians.  Nothing beats dining al fresco with live music.

Jon got me a hand poured lemongrass soy candle from Pineapple House Creations.  It smells yummy and comes in a great little mason jar.  He knows how much I love my jars.  They also have a recycling/discount program for their candle jars and crocks.  Bonus!

I think our favorite take home was the chocolate milk from Maplehofe Dairy.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  This chocolate milk is so thick and creamy and, well… chocolately.  This gallon of milk is going to disappear quickly.

Lancaster Central Market was a great experience.  I’m anxious to go back in a couple of month with my mother so pick up some great produce for preserving.  And since it won’t be during Lent…

Happy Homesteading,


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