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Farmer's Markets in Lancaster
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One of the great things about Lancaster is the abundance of great Farmer's markets. Sadly, many of them are now being over run by crap dealers and make them more like flea markets, but there still lots of good food for great prices at many of them. Here's a list of many of them here:

Roots: http://www.rootsmarket.com/ <-- I go to this one a lot mostly because it close by.

Green Dragon: http://www.greendragonmarket.com/index.php <-- Has grown significantly in recent years. Lots of crap dealers there, and lots of buses from NY and NJ during the summer

Central Market: http://www.centralmarketlancaster.com/ <-- Downtown Lancaster, savings on food is offset by having to pay to park.

Country Barn Market: http://countrybarnmarket.com/ <-- I've never been to it, but I've driven by it many times.

Shady Maple: http://www.shady-maple.com/farm-market/ <-- It's huge, and in my opinion caters more to tourism.

There's probably more, that's all I can think of off the top of my head right now. I'll add local farm stands later, I go to several of them as well.
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#2
Here's three farm stands that I've been to myself that I was able to find information for. There's lots of them around here, and I've been to a few others, but I don't have any information for them.

Schopf Bros. Farms
3493 Marietta Ave & 1900 State Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-285-7748
These guys actually have a couple different locations.

Harvest Lane Farm
East Oregon Road
Lititz, PA 17543
717-569-2076
I used to really like this place, but I was kind of soured by them last summer when I needed tomatoes and they wanted way too much for seconds. Ended up picking up seconds from another farm in Ephrata for way cheaper than I've ever gotten anywhere else.

Eshelman Farms
289 Donerville Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-872-7507
When I need cucumbers, lots of cucumbers this is the place. They grow pickling cucumbers by the bushels. If you give them a day's notice they'll have them ready for you to pick up.
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#3
Green Dragon isn't bad over the winter but trying to go during the summer is ridiculous. Not only do all those shitty vendors start showing up with their China knock-offs but so do all the idiots from all over.
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I went up to Green Dragon for the first time in years last summer and I was surprised at how much it had expanded. But it's like expansion without planning. Had to park out on the back forty and hike past all the crap while bus loads of tourists roll in.

Roots today was nice because it was almost empty, but during the summer it gets really crowded, I try to get in and out before 9am.
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Unfortunately I can only find picture of red dragon..

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This is where I get all our milk, 5 or 6 gallons per week.

Pine View Dairy: http://www.pineviewdairy.com/

Been going there for years, there's only a couple of dairies left in Lancaster where you can buy milk right on the farm that produces it. Pine View doesn't use any BGH on their cows, and they're always well stocked.

The price for milk there is cheaper than it is in other stores because of the price fixing under state law. When a dairy sells it's milk on the same property which the milk is produced they can sell it for less than the state says. When milk in other stores was at $4.26/gallon they had it for $3.10, I find that a decent savings and worth the drive consider the amount we go through in a week.
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(03-27-2013, 12:45 PM)streaker69 Wrote: This is where I get all our milk, 5 or 6 gallons per week.

Pine View Dairy: http://www.pineviewdairy.com/

Been going there for years, there's only a couple of dairies left in Lancaster where you can buy milk right on the farm that produces it. Pine View doesn't use any BGH on their cows, and they're always well stocked.

The price for milk there is cheaper than it is in other stores because of the price fixing under state law. When a dairy sells it's milk on the same property which the milk is produced they can sell it for less than the state says. When milk in other stores was at $4.26/gallon they had it for $3.10, I find that a decent savings and worth the drive consider the amount we go through in a week.


LOVE their ice cream!


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Maplehopf's Dairy, on Route 222, just a couple miles south of Quarryville, on the left.


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