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.
Town Clock Cheese Shoppe
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!
Olio Olive Oil & Balsamics
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.
The Old Country Store
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.
Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies
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.
Dutch Meadows Organic Dairy
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.
Groffdale Meadows Dairy
225 Voganville Rd.
New Holland, PA 17557
Located on an Amish farm in the heart of Lancaster County, Groffdale Meadows Dairy offers the best in farm fresh and natural dairy products, plain and simple. Surrounded by lush green pastures, this hidden gem offers their customers the best natural, unpasteurized, gmo-free products possible. From Cheddar varieties to Havarti, Colby, and Swiss…you will love their farm-to-table goodness! This must-visit farm store also offers a selection of specialty and gourmet foods, including preserves, roasted coffee beans, and hearth-baked pretzels. Throughout the year, and especially around the holidays, Groffdale Meadows prepares a wide variety of customized gift baskets that feature locally sourced products.
Sensenig Poultry and Specialty Foods
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.
Lancaster Farmhouse at Central Market
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.
Intercourse Canning Company
13 Center Street
Intercourse, PA 17534
Offering the best culinary traditions of Lancaster County, Intercourse Canning Company welcomes those who are on a search for the authentic and unique tastes of local Pennsylvania Dutch country. With plenty of free samples to tempt your taste buds, this hidden gem offers the area’s largest selection of pickles & preserves, jams & jellies, and so much more…all bursting with the favorite flavors of each local growing season. Learn the history of canning and watch live demonstrations from the newly constructed gallery in the store’s kitchen. Replenish your pantry on your next visit to Lancaster County or have your favorite selections shipped to your home.
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.
Rooster Street Butcher
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.
Spring Glen Fresh Foods
314 Spring Glen Drive
Ephrata, PA 17522
Started by the Sensenig family of Ephrata in 1942, Spring Glen Fresh Foods is a tried and true Lancaster County Original that still uses many of their original recipes to create the absolute finest in fresh refrigerated foods. From chow chow and chicken pot pie to pepper cabbage and tapioca pudding…you will appreciate the homestyle varieties and comfort food tastes of Spring Glen Fresh Foods. Hearty soup lovers will never be disappointed with Spring Glen’s choices that include beef noodle, broccoli cheese, chicken corn, ham & bean, Maryland crab, vegetable, and several others. Make sure to visit the Spring Glen Fresh Foods stand at Lancaster’s Central Market on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturday.
Meadow Creek Barbecue Supply
140 West Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
(717) 355-0779 / (877) 457-8418
Whether you are an aspiring backyard chef or an accomplished grill master, whether you are gathering supplies for a family cookout or looking to gain the edge in a BBQ competition….Meadow Creek Barbecue Supply is a one-stop shopping destination for all your barbecue and grilling needs. From their famous state-of-the-art smokers and roasters to their BBQ pits, customized caterers, and flat top grills…Meadow Creek is a manufacturer of highest quality barbecue equipment. In addition to their full line of equipment & accessories, you will find a full range of sauces & seasonings, as well as a well-stocked supply of fresh & frozen meats.
Hummer’s Meats & Cheese
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.
New Holland Meats
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 Root’s Market on Tuesdays and at Green Dragon Market on Fridays.
Gene Wenger’s Meats & Fine Foods
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.