You’re bound to see the infamous roadside farm stands when traveling around Lancaster County. They will be open in the spring, summer, and fall. Here are a few of my favorites…
The “corn wagon” on Route 741 in New Danville (about 10 minutes south of the county seat). They’re known for the long wagons loaded with corn that are brought in from the fields during the summer months. Locals get there early, with boxes and bags in hand, ready to pick through the farm fresh corn for the best specimens. Fresh corn on the cob is a traditional item for the weekend cookout, or to “put up” for winter. For an amazing winter treat, blanch, then cut the corn from the cob, and freeze in quart size bags.
The corn wagon also provides other farm fresh produce such as peppers, eggplant, and the biggest cabbage I’ve ever seen. I like to stop by late in the growing season for the fall crops, including fresh broccoli and brussels sprouts.
Another favorite roadside stand is on 896, south of Strasburg. I am not sure of the name of the farm, but if you head south from Strasburg on 896, you will see it on the right within about 10-15 minutes. It’s the best type of roadside stand…looks like a large red wooden shed with no front…kindof like a run-in shed for horses. They have a lot of locally produced baked goods and canned goods, along with produce (the best cherries and berries), and beautiful, reasonably priced plants and hanging baskets. Don’t forget the whoopie pies. These large soft “cake” cookies made into a sandwich with cream in the middle are a unique Lancaster County treat.
While exploring in and around Strasburg, you may also want to head east on 741. Fisher’s roadside stand is on the left, also about 10 minutes from town. They have produce, canned goods, and baked goods, as well as interesting garden ornaments.
In northern Lancaster County, you can explore route 322 between 23 (Blue Ball) and 222 (Ephrata). You’ll find several roadside farm stands on your journey. This can be combined with a trip to the Green Dragon farmer’s market in Ephrata.
If you’re in the city, you may want to stop by Expressly Local, which is a retail outlet that specializes in distributing food from around Lancaster County.
Please join the discussion! Comment below to share your stories about farm stands in your area, or additional farm stands in Lancaster County. Please also feel free to post questions for me.