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Eat corn chowder, save Lancaster Farm
In an effort to save a local farm, Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches has kicked off a new campaign for August: “Buy Fresh-Cut Corn Chowder, Save a Farm!”
During the campaign, the restaurant will donate $1 for every fresh-cut corn chowder sold to Lancaster Farmland Trust to help preserve the Jacob Mast Homestead, a 103-acre family farm in Salisbury Township.
The Mast Homestead is now run by Jacob Mast’s great-grandson, Wayne Reiter. Mast bought the farm in 1837, and Reiter became the fourth generation to own it in 1978.
Along with his wife of 53 years, Frieda, Reiter wants to transition ownership to his son, who is currently operating the farm.
The farm grows corn, pumpkin and alfalfa, while raising beef cattle, dairy heifers, horses and chickens. Reiter said he wants to preserve the farm to keep it from being built up and looking like many of the other farms in the area.
Isaac’s uses corn grown on a local family farm in Strasburg for its corn chowder, so it is a big supporter of local farms. Isaac’s and the Trust are working together to preserve 100,000 acres of land in Lancaster County by 2013, creating awareness of farmland preservation efforts throughout Southcentral Pennsylvania.