Kitchen Kettle Village
I still recall the day Bob came home with a real hair-brained scheme to start our own jelly business in the garage. We started with a range, 30 kettles, and a half-dozen good recipes, And with a little help from Ben Stoltzfus and Katie Kling we had a jelly business.
Before long Bob had another far-fetched idea to invite people to come to our kitchen to chat over coffee and see how we do it.
Kitchen Kettle Village store today
Soon we had to expand. Build a store. Then one store led to another and a small village was born. People would come as far away as Philadelphia to stock their pantries.
Kitchen Kettle Village has now grown to 42 shops, 2 restaurants and 17 lodging rooms, and like most homes in Lancaster County, the hub of activity around here is our family-run kitchen.
My three children work with me in our Village, and a few grand kids as well. And the days just keep getting better. I have always said, "Once the fun stops, then I'll retire." I might just be working a few more lifetimes.