In 2024, Fastnacht Day is celebrated on Tuesday, February 13th. The holiday, also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday, originated in Germany and is a Pennsylvania Dutch celebration held on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of the Lenten season. As a tradition, Germans indulge in these delicious doughnuts before the Lenten Fast.

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Here are some Cumberland Valley locations where you can buy these yummy treats.

Paulus Farm Market, Mechanicsburg

A dozen fresh, homemade potato donuts are available for pick up inside the market on Tuesday, February 13th, from 6 am to 10 am. Pre-order online. Cost: $13.25/dozen.

The Pennsylvania Bakery, Camp Hill

You can choose from a variety of options, including a Fastnacht Cupcake. The cost is $18.25/dozen. A Mardi Gras King Cake is also available. Pre-order online.

Maplewood Farm Market, Shippensburg

Place your order by noon on February 10 for fastnachts (sugared, glazed, or powdered). Cost: 99 cents each of $11/dozen. Open 6 am to 6 pm on February 13 with free coffee. Call (717) 532-8973 to pre-order.

Oak Grove Farms, Mechanicsburg

Order by phone at (717) 766-2216 or in person. Options include glazed, sugar, powdered sugar, plain, and cream-filled (glazed or powdered). Open at 6 am on February 13. Cost: $13.99/dozen, $7.00/half-dozen, $1.50 each. Cream-filled cost: $10.99/half-dozen, $1.99 each.

Beeman's Baked Goods, Carlisle

You can pre-order by calling 717-218-5285 during business hours (8 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Friday and 8 am to 2 pm Saturday) until noon on February 10. Donuts will be available without pre-orders while supplies last on Tuesday, February 13. Options include glazed, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, and plain. Cost: $14/dozen, $7/half-dozen, $4/pack of 3 for unfilled; $15.50/dozen, $7.75/half-dozen, $4.75 pack of 3 for filled. The store will be open on February 13 from 7 am to 4 pm.

More locations will be added to the list as information becomes available.