When Knott’s Berry Farm first opened, it was just that, a berry farm, with a little roadside stand selling its berries. Later the Knott family built a permanent Berry Market, followed by a Tea Room which expanded into Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner we know today. Recently, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Knott’s Berry Farm has returned to being just that, a Berry Market and serving up fried chicken, and over the weekend, we went to pick up some boysenberry goodies and fried chicken.
Due to strict social distancing implementations to curb COVID-19 cases, Knott’s Berry Farm, the amusement park, cannot operate, however, it has reopened its Berry Market, bakery, and Chicken-To-Go, allowing customers to take a bit of the Farm home with them in a variety of ways. For the first time ever, Knott’s has opened an on-line marketplace, where you can purchase the famed jam (To be clear, the jam that features the Knott name found in grocery stores is not associated with the Farm any longer, it is produced by Smuckers who purchased the right to use the name, their version contains high-fructose corn syrup, while the “Berry Market” brand, produced by and available exclusively at the Farm contains real sugar), boysenberry BBQ sauce, boysenberry punch concentrate, baking mixes, their newly published cookbook, and much more! The items can be delivered to your door, or, for locals, are available for curbside pick-up or walk-in, but please maintain proper social distancing guidelines! Knott’s also recently published a cookbook full of recipes direct from the Farm, including the famed fried chicken, and even some of the boysenberry cocktails.
Locals craving chicken, can also pre-order chicken on-line and pick it up, or walk-in is also available, although, from what I’ve been seeing on social media, the wait can be quite long!
We ordered some goodies from both the marketplace orders and chicken, and chose curbside pick-up, and it was extremely easy to do, just read the info for curbside pick-up ahead of time! After venturing out (wearing masks, of course), we returned home to naw on chicken (our first food out since the shelter-in-place order) and baked up some boysenberry muffins. The muffins from the mix were really easy to make, and they turned out beautiful and tasty!
Despite also getting our hands on the Knott’s Berry Farm Cookbook, we didn’t try our hand at some of the recipes, as we are running low on some groceries and trying to hold off until next week to go shopping. But I hope to whip something up from it soon! It’s a beautifully styled book, with easy to read recipes, and several history tid-bits and vintage photos!
Needless to say, I am missing the Farm terribly. They recently announced that the highly anticipated 100th Anniversary Celebration will be postponed until next year (in my opinion that’s even better, as the Knott family arrived in Buena Park in December of 1920, so 1921 was really their first full year!) and the award-winning, interactive summer event Ghost Town Alive will not occur this year, but will return next year. As always, Knott’s Berry Farm’s website is the best place for up-to-date information.
For more details on procuring some poultry as well as berry treats, I highly recommend reading this post by LittleGrayThread, a fellow Knott’s Berry Farm Ambassador.
Disclaimer: While I am a Knott’s Berry Farm Ambassador, this post was not asked of Knott’s Berry Farm, and was written of my own accord. July 2020 UPDATE: I have left the Ambassador program. Read more here.