Monday, April 22, 2019

Shopping at Hilltop Fruit Market: Candyland U.S.A. in Maryland

Shopping at the Hilltop Fruit Market (Candyland U.S.A.) was a fun if unexpected part of last trip to New York. I always take advantage of information at rest areas anytime we are on the road. This time, we were traveling because of a funeral and had limited time for stops. I explained to the travel representative at the Maryland Welcome Center that we hoped to do something quick and fun, she suggested Grantsville, Maryland was suggested without hesitation.

The tourism rep pointed out that it paralleled the interstate and has easy access both on off. We wouldn't lose any travel time other than a lower speed limit. Of the several things to do in Grantsville, Maryland that she suggested it was the Hilltop Fruit Market that caught our attention.

The products at Hilltop Fruit Market go way beyond good quality produce. This is the home of Candyland U.S.A. Buckets of almost every old fashion candy that I remember from childhood were spread out on the table. Select one piece or a bucket. It really reminded me of a larger version of what was available at the old Whiteway Five and Dime that I grew up with.

Hilltop Fruit Market also has local products galore. Jams, jellies, relishes and other items are neatly arranged on rows of shelves. Mixed nuts and other local products are prominent.

Although it was a short stop, it was fun. I'm looking forward to visiting again if we're ever near Grantsville, Maryland. Take I-68 East at Exit 19. Go through town to get the Hilltop Fruit Market. It will be on your left. There is plenty of parking lot both beside and in front of the store.

We passed Casselman River Bridge State Park on the way there. The historic bridge was used in the early 1800s. It was the longest single span stone arch in the U.S. when it was built. The state park is open from 8:00am to sunset. Stopping to explore was out because of the rain, but it's on my list of things to do in Grantsville on the next trip.

Another bridge that we saw on our trip to New York was the famous Verrazzano Narrows bridge. You may want to read about it here.

Check out my Instagram video on Hilltop Fruit Market to see what a cute place it is.They don't refer to it as the Home of Candyland U.S.A. for nothing!

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