Whether you're concerned about local, humanely-raised and processed meat, want hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, or just plain seek out the delicious pork products, this is your farm. Available at the Phoenixville Farmer's Market, Kimberton Whole Foods and a handful of high-end locavore restaurants (demand is higher than they can sustainably meet), Countrytime Pork is the best. Bacon, chorizo, Italian sausage, and all different cuts of delicious pork. Service is caring, professional and personal.
The most delicious, fresh organic eggs, chicken, turkey, sausage and broth anywhere. Small-scale, safe & clean operation. Professional, courteous, knowledgeable, friendly & personal service. Farmer Barb Shelly is totally dedicated to to her customers & her birds. If you are concerned about where your meat comes form, buy sustainably produced chicken & eggs form Mountain View Poultry.
Delicious smoked meats and seafood, excellent service, fair prices (not cheap, but then you shouldn't expect that for what you're buying).
This small counter offers way more than just smoked salmon (though the salmon IS very good) - smoked trout (excellent) and various other fish & scallops are offered as well as pork and poultry. I am really looking forward to trying the smoked duck.
Located in the Lancaster Farmers Market in Strafford (though mailing address says Wayne).
If you just really don't want to cook, I understand. But there are so many restaurants out there, many of which offer much better food for the money. Fellini's isn't terrible, it's just so-so. The place is crowded and casually decorated and apparently many people feel at home. I find the maitre-d'/manager to give off an unbearably strong cigarette odor, which detracts from the experience.
Despite the fact that I generally regard the word "gourmet" with suspicion, YGK offers really good food nicely turned out. Fair prices, considering the location & quality of food. Speedy service and an ever-changing menu make this an excellent source for the lunch crowd (eat-in or take-out). Non-flashy down-to-business space - just the food, no frippery.
I wish I could still go to this sweet little old-skool place once a week. The waitresses are unfailingly kind and patient with elderly or very young customers and this is straight-up traditional Amish food. After a few years, they might even exchange a joke with you if you're polite.
Ignore the salad bar. Get either the half rotisserie chicken or the (Amish!) "chicken pot pie". Both are incredible, and both come with slightly over-cooked (but fresh) veggies. The pot pie is not the stuff with a crust - it's chicken with real broth, carrots, potatoes and wide egg noodles.
Do over-tip, since you are getting phenomenal value for your money - this meal is made with quality ingredients and a lot of care.
If you keep your eyes open you'll see *everyone* there - Mormon boys on their evangelizing mission (happy to have a home-type meal for not too much $$$); Catholic nuns; families and, amusingly, *many* chefs and kitchen staffers from local restaurants.
Delicious, fresh, finely prepared Greek food & supplies for home cooks. Olives, baklava, olive oil, spanakopita, feta cheese, avgolomeno; Greek dishes that you may never have heard of but should certainly try. Fair prices.
Service is professional and would prefer you are the same - know what you want and say it, quickly. Happy to answer questions (they're not brusque, really, just efficient).
Delicious ice cream, super service; everyone in town makes walking there a summer evening ritual.
NB: the name is misspelled. It's "Handel's".
Flavors range from the classic to the inventive - all extremely good.
They were the perfect, iconic, multi-generational small-town hardware store -great selection, the utmost in personal service- and now they're gone. Would love to patronize a new indie hardware store!
While Booth's Corner Farmer's Market is an interesting destination -and for many in the Delaware Valley, a nostalgic nod to childhood shopping trips- it's not what post-millennial people who are serious about food think of as a "real" farmers market. Nothing or virtually nothing is organic. Produce is almost exclusively from the food distribution center - and while I don't mind buying a grapefruit or banana, let's not think it was really locally grown. Probably the most truly local food you can find is the eggs, poultry and a few of the other meat producers. There is a lot of factory-produced novelty type food, various stores that sell bric-a-brac, and a mediocre bakery that sells rubbery pierogies.
I enjoy the Amish cooking at Stoltzfus BBQ and the Greek deli. Both offer delicious foods to eat in or take out. Stoltzfus is also the producer of excellent chicken, so you can eat it at the market and buy some to take home and cook. Extremely reasonable prices for honest food.