From farm-fresh fruits and veggies, bountiful blooms, and even made-from-scratch baked-goods and dairy products- roadside stands in Lancaster County just can’t be beat. Where else can you pick up a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers, vine ripened tomatoes, a baked-this morning shoofly pie, and an ice-cold glass of root beer all for under $20? Nowhere that we know of! Lancaster prides itself on being a locavore community- “farm-fresh” and “farm-to-table” aren’t trends here, they are a way of life and always have been. From spring to late fall you are sure to find something worth stopping for at one of our road side stands.
Since they are often hidden gems on the backroads rather than on the main drags of Route 30 or 340 we have compiled a list of some of our favorite places to stop. As well as some “how-to” tips to help you act like a local. So come on, take the long way home and savor the simple pleasure you will find in a quart of freshly picked strawberries.
Where to Stop:
Sheep Lane Produce Stand:
100 Sheep Lane, Washington Boro
Located just 10 minutes from Millersville University’s Campus is the Sheep Lane Produce Stand. Here you will find fruits and veggies from May-October/November. From strawberries and apple to pumpkins, gourds, and green & purple cabbage, you’ll find the price is always right at this local farm stand.
Funks Roadside Stand & Riverview Greenhouse:
2277 River Road, Washington Boro
Located just 300-feet from the Susquehanna River, the Funk’s invite you to come enjoy this farm’s amazing produce, flowers, and view! Stop by the greenhouse in May for a free scoop of ice cream for everyone with your purchase!
363 Penn Street, Washington Boro
This micro flower farm sells seasonal bouquets and loose stem flowers weekly from April to October. All flowers are gown on the farm and the bouquets change throughout the season based on what is blooming. The stand is open Friday & Saturday in April and May 9 AM to dusk, and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday June through October 8 AM to dusk.
2816-B Irishtown Road, Ronks
Fisher’s Festivals farm stand is open during the fall and specializes in a variety of pumpkins, gourds, and mums.
Busy Bee’s Farm Market:
3378 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ronks
This Amish roadside stand just west of the village of Intercourse offers delicious fresh fruits and vegetables in season, as well as homemade potato chips and crafted items. On Saturdays they have homemade soft pretzels.
Olde Heritage Rootbeer:
3217 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ronks
Famous for their homemade root beer this stand also offers many Lancaster County favorites such as homemade potato chips, fudge, noodles, chow-chow, pickled beets, whoopie pies, and shoo-fly pies.
Pop’s Produce Stand:
265 Paradise Lane, Ronks
Located just outside of Strasburg Pop’s offers fresh fruits and vegetables and are open seasonally from April through November.
Fisher’s Bakery & Roadside Stand:
328 North Belmont Road, Gordonville
This stand offers a wide array of homemade baked goods such as pies, breads, sweet breads, cookies and whoopie pies. As well as homemade canned goods, jams, jellies and pickles. In fruit season they homemade root beer and lemonade.
The Corn Wagon:
2100 Block of Millersville Road, Lancaster
This is exactly what it sounds like- multiple wagons filled with corn fresh for the taking. They also have other produce such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants etc., but corn is their specialty. If you haven’t had Lancaster County sweet corn you highly recommend you try some!
Schopf Brothers Farm:
3493 Marietta Ave., Lancaster | 1900 State Road, East Petersburg
Owned by the brothers who run Field of Screams, both stand locations offer seasonal produce, such as corn and tomatoes, as well as seasonal flowers. In the fall they offer a variety of pumpkins, gourds and mums. In the winter they have pre-cut Christmas trees and wreaths.
Lapp’s Farm Market:
1406 Lampeter Road, Lancaster
Located before the traffic light where Pioneer Road crosses Lampeter road. This stand will be on the right when you are heading south and it sits back off the road. They have jams, jellies, produce, baked goods, and flowers. There is also chicken barbecue from time to time.
King’s Organic Produce:
197 W. Millport Road, Lititz
This Amish run stand has both fruits and vegetables seasonally as well as canned goods, jams, and jellies. They also have nightcrawlers and worms for fishing- so if you are a fisherman this is your place to stop on the way to the river.
Creekside Farm Market:
1436 Mount Joy Road, Manheim
Though this stand may look small they have a great variety of produce- peppers, candy onions, beans, peaches, zucchinis, tomatoes, bicolor corn, and fabulous garlic.
Do’s and Don’ts of Roadside Stands:
Do: Be sure to pull fully off the road and park in the parking area. If no parking area is available be sure to park on the shoulder of the road as to not impede traffic.
Don’t: Leave your vehicle running, it’s best to turn it off while you are browsing.
Do: Total up all of the items you plan on buy, most stands will have a sign stating how much each item costs.
Don’t: Leave without paying, even if no one is at the stand. The honor system is still in full force here in Lancaster and stand owners trust that you will pay them for their goods even if they aren’t there.
Do: Leave your money in the appropriate collection spot- whether it’s a jar, a tin, a cashbox, or even a rain barrel just drop your amount in before you leave. If you do not have the exact change just round up to the next closest whole dollar.
Don’t: Take photos of the Amish if they are at the roadside stand, this is disrespectful to their culture.
Do: Carefully load your purchases into your car and secure them before driving off. There is nothing worse than getting home and finding the peaches you just purchased are bruised from rolling all over the trunk. Often stands may have plastic bags or boxes for you to use for packaging up your purchases.
Don’t: Get upset if you stop and they aren’t open or are out of your favorite tomatoes. Being that these stands are privately owned and operate seasonally we cannot guarantee that they will be open when you drive by or that they will have exactly what you are looking for. Also, many are closed on Sunday so plan your visits accordingly.
Do: Be sure to savor every bite full of Lancaster County flavor!