Gobble, gobble! It’s starting to sound like Thanksgiving at Hershey Farm.

The gobble you hear around Hershey Farm comes from our three resident turkeys. These three are neat additions to the farm animals found at Hershey Farm and we’ve gotten quite a few questions about them. Here, we take a moment to answer the most common questions we hear about our new residents.

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Where did the turkeys come from?
As a species, turkeys originated in the Americas and Mexico. While they can fly up to 45 mph and run up to 25 mph, our turkeys didn’t walk or fly from Mexico. We purchased them from a local farm.

How old are they?
As of today, our newest residents are about six months old.

How can you tell the males and females apart?
Look at an adult turkey, and you can easily tell the males and females apart: the males are larger and more colorful than the females, and they have a distinctive wattle, a red piece of flesh that hangs from the top of their beak.
Since our turkeys are about six months old, you can’t yet tell them apart by looking at them. However, our experienced animal handlers share that we have both male and female turkeys here at Hershey Farm.

What do turkeys eat?
Our turkeys are fed specially-formulated turkey food. And since turkeys like to eat insects, you’ll find them foraging their enclosure for bugs and other treats.

How big will they grow?
Once our turkeys are full-grown, they can stand as tall as 3.5 feet and might weigh as much as 20 pounds. They’ll also have a wing span of 4 to 5 feet.

Where can we find them?
Visit Hersey Farm, and you’ll find the turkeys in a specially-built enclosure at the back red barn by the pond.

We welcome you to stop in any time and see our newest additions.

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Fall at the Shops at Hershey Farm

Fall merchandise is blowing in to the Shops at Hershey Farm! Be sure to visit the Boutique, Country Store, Bakery and Outdoor market for the latest home and style fashions.

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Chocolate Raspberry: September Whoopie Pie of the Month

September’s Whoopie Pie of the Month is Chocolate Raspberry!

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Freshly baked by the Bakery at Hershey Farm, this feature flavor whoopie pie combines two dense and rich chocolate cakes with fresh whipped raspberry filling.

For September 2014 only you can order a dozen Chocolate Raspberry whoopie pies online by stopping by the Bakery at Hershey Farm today.

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Vote for The Whoopie Pie Festival

Do you like whoopie pies? You know, those perfect rounds of cake sandwiching rich whipped icing in the middle. Whoopie pies are the PA Dutch equivalent of Oreos.
According to food historians, industrious Amish women would bake these delicious desserts with leftover cake batter and icing and would put them in farmers’ lunchboxes. When farmers would find these treats in their lunch, they would shout “Whoopie!”
The recipe for whoopie pies has its origins with the Amish, and in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, it is not uncommon to find roadside farm stands offering these desserts.

This year, like every year, Lancaster County, PA is proud to host the annual Whoopie Pie Festival September 6, 2014.

But this year, unlike previous years, we need your help.

The Whoopie Pie Festival has been nominated by USA Today as a Top 10 Best Specialty Food Festival for 2014.
This honor is huge! And we need your help us get us to the number one spot!

How can you help? VOTE. Vote daily.

You only need to invest a few seconds of your time to vote for the Whoopie Pie Festival. Please vote for the Whoopie Pie Festival today and every day until September 1, 2014.

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To vote:
1. Click the image above.
2. This will take you to the Whoopie Pie Festival – Strasburg, Pa page.
3. Scroll down the page and click the blue button that says ‘Vote’.
4. Vote for our fun festival once a day until September 1, 2014.
5. Share this post with everyone you know.
Did you vote? Thank you! Did you share? Thank you again!

We’re currently #4 on the list, but we know your help will propel us to the top spot in no time! And that’s a good thing because we want to share our Whoopie Pie pride with the country!

Thank you for your support.

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Confetti Cake: August Whoopie Pie of the Month

It’s party time for you and your 10,000 friends! Okay, maybe not friends, but you’ll definitely want to invite your thousands of taste buds!

What are we celebrating?
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August’s Whoopie Pie of the Month, Chocolate Confetti!

This delicious treat combines two bright confetti cakes with fresh whipped chocolate filling. The whole thing melts in your mouth and gets your taste buds popping.

Don’t wait to try this tasty treat. Order a dozen online or stop in to pick up the August Whoopie Pie of the Month today. Then, you’re ready to party!

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The Shops at Hershey Farm

Shopping in Lancaster County? We know there are a lot of options to choose from. However, we know that The Shops at Hershey Farm will soon become one of your top shopping destinations. Haven’t heard of us yet? Let us introduce ourselves.

In The Shops, browse through over 4,500 square feet of enjoyable shopping and find a wide assortment of items that are perfect for any occasion.

Interested in purchasing a trendy yet affordable outfit, scarf or jewelry? Start your search at The Boutiques.

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Need an Amish postcard, hard candy or other Lancaster, Pa souvenir? Find the perfect item in our Country Store.
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Want to send someone special a thoughtful card or need a book for light weekend reading? Browse our Inspirational section.

Looking for toys that will please kids of all ages? We know you won’t be able to resist visiting the Toy Zone and playing with the trains, stuffed animals, unique board games and more.
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Want plants, local seasonal produce and garden décor for your home? Explore our Outdoor Market.

And of course, a trip to Hershey Farm isn’t complete until you visit the Kitchen section for the latest gadgets.
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And we don’t think we have to remind you about the Bakery. There you will find tasty breads, pies, whoopie pies, and seasonal treats baked fresh daily in our on-site Bakery!
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Now that you know us a little better, come on in! Our friendly staff is here to offer product recommendations and assist you in finding exactly what you need. Plus, you can shop online.

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Kid-Friendly Hershey Farm

What are your kids most excited about when they visit Lancaster, PA? Maybe they can’t wait for the rides and water play at Dutch Wonderland. Or they might be eager to ride an authentic Amish buggy, visit the Strasburg Railroad or watch a Sight and Sound show.
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Lancaster is definitely a kid-friendly destination and Hershey Farm is no exception.
We welcome kids of all ages. Bring your children to our 23-acres and let them romp for the afternoon in our two play areas. Or they can burn off steam before bed on the walking, running and biking trail.

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Don’t forget the petting zoo and the playful goats, too.

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And when they’re ready to relax, we welcome you and your kids to hang out by the fishing pond or in the kiddie pool.

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Celebrate Summer With S’more Whoopie Pies

Close your eyes for a minute. Now imagine:

You’re sitting around an open campfire listening to the crackling embers and smelling the woodsy scent. Nearby, your family and friends laugh and chat. In your hands, you’re holding crunchy, sweet graham crackers that sandwich a melted chocolate bar and gooey marshmallows.

Don’t you wish you could jump into that scene right now?

We do, too, because there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a delicious, sweet and flavorful s’more. That’s why we’ve created a twist on your favorite summer treat. The s’more whoopie pie features graham cracker cakes around marshmallow whipped topping, and melted chocolate cascades the entire tasty treat. This special Lancaster, PA dessert lets us indulge in the flavorful s’mores we all love.

So, whether you stop in to try a single s’more whoopie pie or place an order for a dozen s’mores whoopie pies that we ship directly to your home or office, we know you’re going to love the Hershey Farm Whoopie Pie of the Month as much as we do.

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Almost a mile.

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Nestled on over 23 acres of scenic Lancaster County land, the walking trails at Hershey Farm are some of the most beautiful paths to walk or run.

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Stretching almost a full mile around the property the walking trails are well maintained and free from debris, offer scenic views of neighboring farms, calming greenery, blooming flowers and plenty of opportunities to visit the friendly farm animals you’ll pass along the way.

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Adventurous guests never regret the stroll to Sight & Sound or a full exploration of the trails.

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We welcome you to do the same!
A note to make that post walk smile even wider- walking is widely recommended for its health benefits! Feel free to pat yourself on the back.

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Amos the Amishman

Wilkum! My name is Amos. But most people call me Amos the Amishman. I live at Hershey Farm and I have the best job in the world. What is it, you ask? I get to welcome visitors from across the globe to Lancaster County, Pa.

Since I moving here in 2003 from Zinn’s Diner in Adamstown, I’ve watched visitors enjoy home-cooked meals, shop at the boutique, and stroll (or run) around the property on the walking trails.

Besides welcoming visitors, my absolute favorite thing is having my picture taken. All 15 feet of me, from my bare feet to my pre-industrial rake, are very photogenic.

The next time you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello. I’m looking forward to it!
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