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Thurmont, Maryland
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Items of Interest: Restaurant, Farmers Market
(Located Between Frederick, Maryland and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
On Maryland Route 15 - About an Hour from DC)

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Catoctin Mountain Orchard

Located amid the rolling hills outside of Thurmont, Catoctin Mountain Orchard offers first rate seasonal produce - from strawberries, fresh peas, and rhubarb in the spring to a variety of apples in the fall.

In season it also offers fresh berries of every description and other seasonal fruits, including luscious peaches. Fresh vegetables are also a specialty.

One of the best reasons to go to this market is the peach crop in July and August. From the very earliest crop (which are cling stone) through the semi-cling and finally the free-stone peaches, these wonderfully sweet peaches can make any meal a treat worth repeating. And we do!

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Bushels of Apples Are
Ready - August 22, 2004
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Ron's Peach Cobbler
Baked August 18, 2004
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As the peach cobbler to the left can attest, no peach goes to waste at our home.

This cobbler is home-made (by your friendly webmaster) from scratch using a recipe from my "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book," Circa 1973, page 170.

Autumn finds the market overflowing with apples, pumpkins, and decorative harvest items. - Directions and a Map

Recently the market added fresh baked goods to its sale items. Friendly and efficient service in addition to "straight-from-the-source" freshness makes this a worthwhile stop.

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Tom Looks Over the Flower
Crop at Catoctin
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Mountain Gate Family Restaurant

You can easily see Mountain Gate from North 15; a filled parking lot indicates that it is a favorite of Thurmont residents as well as travelers! You will also see many motorcycles and tour buses in the lot!

Forgo the menu and head directly for the buffet which features oh so many items - salads, entrees, breads, vegetables - all cooked the old fashioned way. This is not a stop for those who are low carbing or are devotees of the Atkins diet! Best bets at the buffet table include the fried chicken, green beans with ham, and macaroni and cheese (cooked the way Mom made it!). There is also an extensive salad bar where you can savor Jell-O salad as well as traditional salad fixings.

Be sure not to fill up on the fried chicken, beef, turkey, or ham (and corn pudding, beets, mashed potatoes!) so that you can sample the puddings, cakes, and pies available for dessert!

A great spot for "people watching" and for experiencing a part of traditional America which is fast disappearing from our area.

Family restaurant with home-cooked daily specials.
Luncheon buffet. Mon.-Fri.
Weekend buffets.
Evening buffet Mon.-Thur.
Breakfast buffet Sat. & Sun.
Carry-out deli. No alcohol.
Senior Citizens Discount. Banquets & parties served.

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