2020 Columbia-Montour Travel Guide

by Wes Fahringer

I grew up here in Columbia and Montour Counties. I have known about Rohrbach Farm for 50 years and have watched it evolve and change. I used to visit the store for eggs and milk, or to pick up the occasional present in the Gift Loft. Recently, I have developed a close friendship with the extended family and have a much greater appreciation for all the different aspects of this ever-changing farm. As a Parks and Recreation professional I have enjoyed taking my own kids or our local youth group to the Rohrbach farm for fun activities in the fall, and have encouraged others to do the same. As a musician, I have enjoyed playing music at their festivals and listening to other talented musicians as well. As a farmer, I have had the opportunity to market some of my produce through their store. And as a neighbor I have had the great pleasure of developing a lasting relationship with the entire family, and the farm’s many employees Rohrbach exemplifies all that is good about community. Allow me to introduce you to my friends and neighbors. A visit to Rohrbach has many facets. One could spend a lot of time browsing and shopping in the market. A healthy variety of fruit is grown on the

family farm and the best time to eat it is when it is fresh. Pick up some peaches, cherries, apples or strawberries, or grab some delicious pies or ice- creams that are often made using some of these farm-fresh fruits. Rohrbach has a superb kitchen producing favorites like apple dumplings and whoopie pies. Of course, just like the other fruit pies, these treats are made right there on the farm. Visit with Kay, a third-generation family member as she supervises the rolling of the dough and the filling of the dumplings. Stroll through the gourmet market and grab a sample of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Some are grown by the Rohrbach family, while others are sourced from nearby farms, but all are of the highest quality. There are also numerous preserved food items such as jellies, fruit, apple butter, pickled vegetables, relishes, sauces and many more delicacies. A deli offers cold cut meats and various cheeses, and Big Dan’s BBQ makes ribs, pork, brisket or chicken. The family raises their own hormone-free cattle, so high-quality grass-fed and grain-fed beef is also available for purchase. Top it all off with a local bottleofwine fromFreasFarmWinery&Meadery in the


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