Family Stories: Knott's Berry Farm

Most people are familiar with Knott's Berry Farm jams and preserves, but they may not know that there is a real Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. I grew up visiting the park and eating at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. It's now pretty commercialized with huge roller coasters and Snoopy (!), but back in the day it was quite charming. You can read all about the Knott family's story here. It's truly fascinating. If you go to Knott's Berry Farm today, I highly recommend visiting Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant for the biscuits, boysenberry jam and boysenberry punch...preferably before you hit the roller coasters. While you're at it, pick up some extra boysenberry jam from one of their gift shops. It's oh-so-good.

I found these vintage postcards from the famous Chicken Dinner Restaurant and original theme park in Memphis several years ago, and then when I was going through the family film slides, I found two of our own Knott's Berry Farm memories from that same period. Pretty neat stuff.