Where did music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs get the idea for his black raspberry-flavored Ciroc vodka?
From berry-picking with the Amish.
That's the story he told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres Thursday, the second time in three months that Combs has invoked his three years as a summertime Fresh Air child in Lancaster County.
"Oh, oh, hold on, I'm dead serious!" Combs told the studio audiences members who were chuckling in disbelief. "I was in a horse and buggy and everything!"
Combs went on to list the things he couldn't access at the Amish house -- electricity and a television for starters -- before nothing there was no telephone, either.
"I couldn't speak to my mother (while he was with the Amish family). I know she was cool with that," he admitted, "(but) I wasn't!"
Instead, Combs told DeGeneres, the children would be sent out to pick raspberries or black raspberries to pass the time.
Back in August, Combs recounted his summers in Lancaster during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Combs told host Kimmel about his trips with the Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit that gives kids from low-income New York City families free trips to live with families in more rural areas. The
conversation arose after Combs told Kimmel his own daughter didn't enjoy her time at summer camp because she didn't have her own bed.
"She didn't have a bed," Combs said. "I didn't have lights, electricity or a car."
The rapper said he helped the Amish family with work on the farm, from milking cows to picking berries. He said he rode in a horse and buggy, and remembers partaking in lavish meals after church.
"It's beautiful. It's a chance, a time to really get away," Combs said. "No electronics. It really teaches you how to relate to each other."
The 48-year-old father of six said he wishes he had a way to connect with the family.
"I had no way to stay in touch with them," Combs said. "I'm serious — I think about them all the time. Man, I wonder if they knew what I grew up to be, but I don't think they did."
The farmer whose family hosted Combs does not wish to be named, but agreed to talk to LNP on condition of anonymity. He said the family has had recent contact with Combs' sister, Keisha. She also had stayed with the family as a Fresh Air child on their Eastern Lancaster County farm.
"Out of the blue, she contacted us, and she visited," he said. "And we were very glad she did.
"If (Combs) wants to contact us," the farmer added, his sister would be able to provide the information.
Lancaster Fresh Air representatives Barbara Horst and Juanita Horst both confirmed the host family isn't interested in publicity.
"Even though they enjoy doing something for kids, they don't do it" for attention, Barbara Horst said. She added that, because the family has hosted other children through the Fresh Air program, they didn't want to single out any one former guest for attention.
Combs, in his Kimmel interview, said he is indebted to the Fresh Air Fund.
"It's one of the things that helped to make me what I am," Combs said.