We’ve been eating lunch on Saturdays at The Good Life Cafe in Carlisle, the one and only local farm restaurant. It may be the only one in Pennsylvania.
David Ison and Ruth Busko feature organic produce from Spiral Path, dairy products from Keswick Creamery, Three Maples in Millersburg and Trickling Springs Creamery, grass-fed beef from …
Tuscarora Lowlines and chicken from Three Maples.
“I have a particular commitment to local and regional culture and promoting concepts of sustainability, and that’s what this is about,” Ison told the Carlisle Sentinel. “The food I make here is what everybody ate 100 years ago. What people eat now is a deviation from the norm. With our way, people are eating and living well. There is nothing special or unusual about it, it was the way it always was until recently. It’s not a big deal, and at the same time, it’s a very big deal.”
There’s a lot special about the luncheon menu. The Curried Chicken Salad is a good spicy blend with homemade mayonnaise and a splash of local honey, on bread made by an Amish woman from Perry County who hand-grinds her organic flour, makes her own butter and takes honey from her bees.
I can also vouch for the Cafe Burger, the hot cider, the Tarragon Chicken Salad and even the potato salad. (Note to self: you do too like mayonnaise, if it’s home made.)
We have not gone for dinner there yet, but we’re organizing a Friday night with the lovely First Lady of Camp Hill and her consort, the Mayor.