Wednesday, April 19th.
Breakfast at The Speckled Hen vouchers were included with our “hotel” stay. The vouchers allotted each of us $8 and meal suggestions to stay within that price range. Any costs beyond that, we paid the difference. We always got plenty to eat! Great food, too!
The weather has been overcast and cool and breezy, so it had been pretty chilly in the hotel suites (64 yesterday morning) until we played with the thermostat last night and was able to turn on the heat! Much better getting up this morning!
“Speckled Hen was cofounded by Ryan and Janae Dagen, who are also local residents of Historic Strasburg. Their shared entrepreneurial spirit combined with a passion for the local community, quality coffee, and fresh food is what inspired them to open The Hen.
The name "Speckled Hen" represents a value for diversity and embracing our differences. The Dagens wanted to create a space where all would be welcome to grow in community and in appreciation for great coffees and foods. At the Speckled Hen, we believe that the unique attributes or "speckles" we possess is what makes community so rich and beautiful. We love providing a space for friends, neighbors, and strangers to meet, learn, and grow. It is our belief that when we embrace our differences an even more beautiful type of community can be discovered and enjoyed!The Hen is also symbolic of our love for local farm culture; a heritage that Ryan and Janae grew up surrounded by in Lancaster County. Ryan's mom was born into an Amish family affording him the opportunity to grow up eating delicious Lancaster farm favorites made fresh by his mom, aunts, and grandparents; while Janae's family farm, the Runnymede in Quarryville PA, has been family run for over 50 years and supplies the eggs served daily in The Hen's breakfast favorites. With so many food options available to us everyday, we are passionate about serving a menu that is FRESH, LOCAL & SIMPLE.”
We had no real plans for the day except to go to the Bird in Hand Farmers’ Market, get Amish Ice Cream at Lapp’s Farm and other miscellaneous shopping. I was able to buy some sugar free chocolates and peanut brittle for Mark at the Farmers’ Market. Ilene got coconut ice cream and the rest of us got butter brickle. We all got the homemade waffle cones! YUM! The ice cream shop was on a dairy farm. The calves that were eating were the prettiest colored cows I believe I have ever seen!
Aren’t those the sweetest little cow faces you ever did see?
Lapp Valley Farm Creamery and Cafe
The Creamery features the many milk, yogurt, and ice cream varieties that Lapp Valley Farm is so well known for.
The Cafe offers plentiful menu selections for breakfast and lunch.