Specialty & Gourmet Foods
If you are among the discerning food lovers of the world, you thrill at the chance to find hidden food gems…those specialty and gourmet food venues that prepare and present food as an art form to be experienced, not just eaten.
Embark upon your food search and find adventure by taking in these real Lancaster County suggestions…you will love these locally owned and family operated businesses that specialize in the authentic and the unique.
214 Hartman Bridge Rd.
Ronks, PA 17572
Strasburg Market Place offers their valued customers a full service grocery shopping experience in a farmers market atmosphere. In addition to offering a full line of groceries, Strasburg Market Place features numerous specialty departments including fresh meats, deli with grab-n-go foods, produce, dairy, bakery, specialty & gourmet, and an extensive selection of bulk foods. The in-house bakery features their signature cream-filled doughnuts, sticky buns, whoopie pies, and breads. There’s also have an in-store coffee shop, Latte Luv, which has coffee drinks as well as Down on the Farm Creamery ice cream and a smoothie bar.
120 N Reading Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
At The Ephrata Cheese Shop, you will find excellent selections of local, domestic, and international cheeses, as well as smoked meats, salami’s, breads, sweets and every thing you need for your next dinner party or celebratory event. Every person who visits Ephrata Cheese is treated like the valued customer they are…with excellence in knowledgeable service and welcoming hospitality. While their extensive selections of cheeses and exclusive varieties of meats are their primary focus and mainstay products, the Shop also features a unique range of ethnic foods from Slavic and Eastern European countries.
531 Beaver Valley Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602
To the happy delight of meat everywhere, Appel Valley Butcher is filling custom meat orders and stocking their meat case each week with the very best quality fresh and smoked meats. This hidden gem hand-cuts all of their meats (USDA Choice or higher), makes all of their sausage varieties in-house, hand-mixes their gourmet burgers, and slow smokes all of their hams, bacons, meat sticks, and bolognas.
1643 Heidelberg Ave
Newmanstown, PA 17073
Take a step back in time and visit your local neighborhood butcher at Stohler’s Meat Market, a one-stop destination for an amazing selection of quality fresh, frozen, and smoked meats. Located near the border of Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, this hidden gem welcomes your visit, ready to exceed your expectations. In addition to selecting from their fully stocked freezers and fresh meats & deli counter, Stohler’s Meat Market is the area’s go-to source for custom bulk orders of local corn fed angus beef, as well as local pork, cut and wrapped to your specifications.
1585 Pine Grove Road
Bethel, PA 19507
Named after their picturesque home base location in eastern Lancaster County, Welsh Mountain Apiaries is a locally thriving wild forage beekeeping operation. To the happy delight of their growing list of discerning customers, they work tireless to ensure their honey is free from pesticides and GMO pollen. Bottled honey varieties include raw buckwwheat, orange blossom, raspberry blossom, moutain wildflower, and clover…all of which is available for purchase at select destinations.
398 Harrisburg Ave #250
Lancaster, PA 17603
Passion for good food converges with love for family tradition at The Freinschaft Market. Located in the City of Lancaster, this food lover’s destination features a custom butchery and an eclectic mix of specialty ingredients and artisanal foods, including an extensive variety of local & imported cheeses, seasonal produce, and a wide array of locally sourced products.
53 N. Broad Street
Lititz, PA 17543
Located near the square in the historic town of Lititz, The Savory Gourmet is a one-of-a-kind specialty foods destination that really has no equal in Lancaster County or in regions beyond. They feature fine cheeses, steaks, burgers, sausages, ribs and many other unique items. Choose from a variety of exotic meat choices including pheasant & chicken sausage, wild boar bacon, ground alligator patties, smoked elk & pork jalapeń0 cheddar bratwurst, kangaroo jerky, and an assortment of bugs.
172 South Farmersville Road
Leola, PA 17540
Surrounded by chemical-free pastures, where their Jersey Cows are free to graze, Meadow View Jerseys is your destination for fresh-from-the-farm certified raw milk and small batch cheese varieties made from raw milk and aged for more than 60 days. All featured cheeses at Meadow View are natural, free of added hormones, antibiotic free, and/or vegetarian approved. In addition, they carry natural yogurts and naturally cultured butter. Market fare items sold at the store include bulk baking supplies, natural snacks, homemade preserves, and chemical free produce that is locally grown. In addition, stop by for quality grass-fed meats that are organic or natural…including beef pork, and chicken.
5381 Bridge Street
Gap, Pennsylvania 17527
If you are a discerning lover of food, the final stop in your quest for the finest in cheese is located at the Town Clock Cheese Shoppe in Gap. It is here that ”fromager” Bill Houder “holds court” for each of his valued customers…providing suggestions and taste samples as they “judge” which cheese best suits their preferences. Like his father and grandfather, Bill is a “cheeseman” that loves sharing his passion for the family cheese business that he carries on after 73 years. With display cases that are filled with local, domestic, and imported selections…your hopes for service and expectations for quality will be exceeded.
30 East Main Street
Lititz, PA 17543
From the gourmet novice to the seasoned chef, Zest! is a must-experience destination for foodies who enjoy cooking as much they love eating! Located on Main Street in historic Lititz, Zest! is a locally owned specialty foods and kitchen store that serves as a culinary resource for savory eats and quality kitchenwares. The secret to serving excellent cuisine is the combined efforts of preparation and presentation…to this end, you will find everything you need for extraordinary meals and special memories. Stop by Zest! and let your culinary adventure begin!
41B South Broad Street
Lititz, PA 17543
Olio is a locally owned and family operated store that features the world’s best Olive Oils & Balsamics. With its opening in May of 2012, the historic Borough of Lititz “STRUCK OIL”…since then, the “rush” to Olio has been on by those residents and visitors who appreciate the art of cooking and enjoy the experience of food. All of their hand-picked Balsamic Vinegars come from Modena, Italy, while their wide selection of Olive Oils orgingate from many countries around the world. This “hidden gem” is a “must find” for every serioius foodie.
3510 Old Philadelphia Pike
Intercourse, PA 17534
Along with a huge selection of locally made quilts, fabrics, and crafts…The Old Country Store features an impressive collection of cooking accessories, artisan creations, and a wide range of country store varieties. The “Foodie in You” will thrill with your visit to this hidden gem…where you will find an amazing collection of kitchen wares, cooking essentials, and savory eats. Is it time to add a splash of design and creativity to the living spaces in your home? Explore the eclectic artisan creations that are on display at The Old Country Store. From handcrafted soaps and home remedies to old fashioned candies and homemade preserves, this local find offers a quintessential step back in time.
3194 Harvest Drive
Ronks, PA 17572
Surrounded by Amish farmlands in the heart of the PA Dutch countryside, Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies uses special mouth-watering recipes that are making their beef, chicken, and sausage pies more famous with each passing year. You are always invited to stop by the Zook’s retail store to stock up on these quick and easy meals that are tasty and nutritious too! In addition to meat pies, Zook’s has a nice selection of specialty food items, including beef and chicken stock.
Misty Creek Goat Dairy
43 West Eby Road
Leola, PA 17540
With a reputation that extends far beyond their Amish farmstead, Misty Creek Goat Dairy is known and appreciated for their wonderful artisanal cheeses, all of which is made on location from raw milk and aged for a minimum of 60 days and as long one year. In addition to cheeses made only from goats milk, Misty Creek also carries blended varieties and cheese made only from cows milk. Join with those who regularly stop by the Farm for their supply of certified raw goats milk. From luscious lavender to delightful citrus, you will also want to discover the Misty Creek handcrafted goats milk soaps that are available in both liquid bottles and in moisturizing bars.
694 Country Lane
Paradise, PA 17562
Located in the heart of Lancaster County’s Amish countryside, Dutch Meadows Organic Dairy provides their valued customers with locally grown, certified organic, nutrient dense, grass fed, and free range selections. Their meats and poultry are GMO & Soy free and have no added hormones or antibiotics. In addition, Dutch Meadows features other organic & natural products including peanut butter, maple syrup, and raw honey. Stop by the farm store or visit their market stand to enjoy true farm-to-table goodness. Join with those who purchase state-inspected raw milk in returnable glass bottles or plastic bottles.
843 Furnace Hills Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
Sensenig Poultry and Specialty Foods offers appreciative customers a full range of fresh and frozen meats, ingredient-rich casseroles, homemade frozen dishes, savory bbq, and a fully stocked market and delicatessen. In addition to their poultry and prepared foods, you will appreciate Sensenig’s market fare varieties, including a nice selection of homestyle baked goods, gourmet snacks, and canned preserves. When you stop by Sensenig Poutlry, making family dinners will never be so easy and delicious… you will always find something that will be sure to satisfy everyone’s taste and preference.
23 N Market Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Located in the center of Lancaster City at historic Central Market, Lancaster Farmhouse offers discerning customers a wonderful selection of charcuterie style meats, artisanal cheeses, and hand-carved sandwiches. This hidden gem is one of Lancaster County’s newest must-visit food destinations and is quickly capturing the loyalty of those who appreciate the convenience, selection, and quality of market house shopping. Their fully stocked Farmhouse stand includes their own reserve cheddars, cold-smoked cheese varieties, and a wide variety of deli meats from Riserva Pancetta to Proscuitto.
Available for Purchase-
–At Select Fine Food Stores
–Through Online Ordering
For serious food lovers, Simply Ghee is a Better Butter that offers discerning palates the indulgence of rich creamy butter in a form that is amazingly tasty and very nutritious. Handcrafted in the heart of Lancaster County, Simply Ghee is produced from 100% organic grass-fed, unsalted, sweet cream butter…with no grains, no corn, and no soy. Simply defined, Ghee is the purified essence of butter! Whether you are a trained master chef or just aspire to have more culinary creativity, Simply Ghee adds to the innovative repertoire of any home cook. They offer four varieties of ghee, including Original, Honey, Black Garlic, and recently added Sriracha Ghee.
11 South Cedar Street
Lititz, PA 17543
Join the growing ensemble of food lovers who are singing the praises of Rooster Street Butcher. Located in historic Lititz, this hidden gem is inspired by small, family-owned European food shops. All of their selections are handmade in small batches using fresh ingredients from local farms…free of fillers, antibiotics, & growth hormones. Rooster Street is a full service whole animal butcher shop that specializes in a full range of selections, including bacons, sliced deli meats, salami, cured meats, fresh sausages, terrines and much more. Visit their Stand at Central Market in Lancaster City on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
408 East Main Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
In the midst of a chain store era that depends on advertising gimmicks, Hummer’s Meats & Cheese has earned and faithfully maintained a loyal following of satisfied customers through their tireless commitment to quality, freshness, and service. Locally owned and family operated, Hummer’s has been Lancaster County’s reliable source for the best in smoked meats and cheeses. Shop at the retail store or stop by their market locations…Root’s County Market, Bird-in-Hand Market, and Broad Street Market.
5287 Horseshoe Pike
Honey Brook, PA 19344
With a passion for excellence and a tireless commitment to customer satisfaction, September Farm eagerly welcomes locals and PA Dutch Country visitors. From cheddars to monetary jack varieties, along with other selections, their small batch artisanal cheeses are made from fresh milk…directly from milking to the cheese vat and cave-aged to perfection. Browse through the Country Market where you will find a fresh baked goods, a wide-range of specialty foods, kitchen essentials, and homestyle preserves & jellies. If you appreciate savory foods that go beyond the ordinary, you will enjoy the eclectic menu in the Sandwich Shop. Stop by for a quick carry-out order or enjoy lunch with family and friends in the dining room or on the wrap-around porch.
1016 W Main Street
Blue Ball, PA 17506
New Holland Meats has been serving locals of Lancaster County and PA Dutch Country visitors since 1927. From hand-cut meats, fresh-made sausages, and sugar-cured bacons at their market stands to premium beef jerky and quality meat sticks that are distributed nationally, this hidden is a preferred location for locally sourced meats and tasty specialty products. The next time you are visiting Lancaster County, make sure to visit the Beef Jerky Outlet, which features a wide variety of jerkies that are distributed nationally under the Pony Express Foods brand. Visit New Holland Meats at Green Dragon Market on Fridays.
935 Groff Avenue
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Since 1986, Gene Wenger’s Meats and Fine Foods has been establishing a brand of valued tradition in Lancaster County. Locally owned and family operated, their name has become synonymous with their famous ham loaf. Their store features a full range of fresh meats, homemade frozen dishes & casseroles, delicious bbq, and a fully stocked deli. Making family dinners are never easier when you stop by Gene Wenger’s…you will always find something that will satisfy everyone’s taste and preference. Join with those who make this hidden gem their weekly destination for high quality, fresh meats…including all varieties of beef, pork, and sausage.