Amish At Home Meals - Hosted By Samuel and Ruth Lapp at their Paradise, PA Farm
It was a picture-perfect evening when we arrived at Samuel and Ruth Lapp’s farm on White Oak Road in Paradise. The sun was making its way toward the horizon and the 25-acre farm sparkled in the fading light.
Ruth was helping me host a dinner for visiting family and a small group of friends. We were both excited about dinner and ready to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Amish farm and homestead. We weren’t disappointed.
Ruth, her husband and children work a produce farm not far from Nickel Mines. Ruth has always enjoyed cooking for family and friends and had hosted small groups in her farm kitchen for several years. In 2017, working with the Township of Bart, the Lapps became one of the few local families who are certified to host groups for meals in their home.
The Lapp’s first-floor dining room has a handicap accessible restroom and the facility has a no-step, entrance. The large space accommodates two, long tables that seat 45 people family style, and is served from an adjacent kitchen.
The Lapp menu includes hearty and simple Amish favorites. “No one goes away hungry,” Ruth says. Her meal is planned from family recipes that have been passed from mother to daughter and most are contained in a small From Our Farm recipe book available to purchase.
With the help of grown daughters Elizabeth and Rosanna and pre-teen Laura and son Arlan, Ruth serves her guests the ultimate comfort food. Her dinner includes a chicken dish (either baked or chicken pot pie), roast beef with gravy accompanied by potatoes or noodles and a vegetable.
There is homemade bread and some of Ruth’s strawberry preserves made from the farm’s spring harvest. The Lapp’s grows some of the area’s finest strawberries that are sold from a small, farm stand in May and June. Beverages include iced tea or, in season, Ruth’s special strawberry-rhubarb punch.
Desserts include pies or cakes and ice cream that many guests say they are too full to try but always manage to taste. It makes Ruth smile.
The cost of the meal is $19 per person including tax which is competitive with many PA Dutch restaurant meals. Gratuities are graciously accepted for the servers.
Before the evening comes to an end, Ruth and her children sing one or two hymns that express their deep, Christian faith.
The Lapp farm At Home Meal is a far different experience from restaurant PA Dutch smorgasbords. Ruth and Samuel hosts groups from 15 to 45 for lunch or dinner as well as for reunions, parties and meetings. You may call Ruth to see if your smaller party may join a larger group dining at the farm.
To check availability call (610) 593-1206 (press #0 when prompted) to leave a message. Ruth will return your call to discuss availability, reservations and dinner options.
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