Knaus Berry Farm, the Homestead farmstand that’s famous for its freshly baked cinnamon rolls, is now open for the season.
Knaus has a passionate following, with people willing to wait in line for hours to get their hands on a dozen cinnamon rolls. Lines sometimes form well before the bakery opens at 8 a.m., filled with people who’ve traveled for miles for a chance to be the first on their block to snag those fresh, sweet rolls.
Thomas Blocher, head of operations at Knaus, says that this year Knaus is staying with its tried and true array of rolls, pies, and bread. “There’s nothing even slightly new this year. We’re sticking with the menu we’ve had these past couple of years.”
Blocher says costs have risen — especially for eggs — but his team is trying to keep the prices reasonable. “I hope that this is a luxury that people can still afford,” he says. This season, a dozen cinnamon rolls cost $15.25 (up 75 cents from last season) and there’s a 12-dozen-per-person cap on purchases.
While you’re at the bakery, Blocher suggests trying some other of the rolls and bread, baked fresh daily. “The herb rolls are popular and the cheese rolls have been growing in popularity,” he notes, adding that there was a time when the breads outsold the cinnamon rolls. “That was about 30 years ago,” he admits.
As always, Knaus accepts cash only and is closed on Sundays as well as on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.