Shopping at the Countryside Roadstand in Lancaster County, PA
Before stopping to examine Amish shops, farm stands, restaurants, and other attractions in Lancaster County, PA, leave the main routes (such as highways 30, 340, and 741) to explore side roads.
Enjoy the lush, hilly countryside, stopping here and there for closer examination. The three following photos provide a preview of what you might see, especially during the growing season and throughout fall.
Note: Do not take direct photos of the Amish. They do not pose and they do not wish to be involved as models. You can take photos from a distance as long as individuals are not recognizable.
During our recent trip to the area, our objective was to buy canned goods at the Intercourse Canning Company and visit a business acquaintance. Fortunately, that acquaintance suggested we take time off from our scheduled activities and shop at the nearby Countryside Roadstand.
The Countryside Roadstand is actually a large store located outside of main tourist areas. Had it not been suggested to us, we would not have found it. That said, many people do find it via “word of mouth” that includes Internet reviews.
Unlike some tourist shops, the Countryside Roadstand exclusively sells Amish-made goods (not knock-offs) and does so at reasonable prices.
In a corral directly outside of the store there are farm animals that you can feed and pet, plus a large play area for children. Also nearby are lovely Amish country homes, complete with flower landscaping and well-tended fields.
The shop itself sells local crafts, canned goods, dairy products, baked deserts, and homemade root beer and lemonade (reason enough to go there). Snacks include homemade ice cream and soft pretzels.
On their large front porch you’ll find dozens of bird feeders and houses that range in style from simple (see below) to ornate. Want to give your local feathered friends a mansion? This is the place to buy it!
Just inside is a long counter featuring canned goods and fresh bakery. While their canned good selection is not as extensive as other stores, it does feature enough pickled products, jams, mustards, and sauces to whet your curiosity.
Their magic sauce (or should I say “salve”) is found in their jars of ointments. If you have periodic joint pain and are looking for relief, try rubbing their Comfrey Salve on it. Do you have a variety of aches and pains, including periodic bug bites? Consider buying a jar of each pain-relieving salve they sell. These types of salves are usually not available in local drug stores, but they do work, and frankly, they make reasonably priced gifts for family and friends.
Of all the products available, Amish-made patchwork pieces stand out. Simple items, like aprons, become heirloom pieces when their bib and skirt pocket is appliqued with patchwork. During our visit, these hand-made aprons were reasonably priced at $25 each.
Additional patchwork pieces include table sets (placemats, napkins, coasters, and hotpads), runners of all lengths, and hot pads (which are washable), such as seen below:
I would have included pictures of quilts and pillows here, but their huge selection was tightly packed along a wall and I wasn’t able to take a good photo of them without dismantling the displays. All items, of course, were beautiful and came in a wide variety of colors and patterns. You will also find a large selection of handwoven area rugs, decorative items, toys, and dolls.
There are a number of large “Amish-type” shops in Lancaster county, but not all products in them are made by the Amish or in the USA. The Countryside Roadstand guarantees that all the products it sells are made by the Amish exclusively, which is the type of authenticity I know most of us value highly.
Getting here is half the fun, especially if you meander through the countryside. For a more direct route, however, program your GPS to 2966 Stumptown Road, Ronks, PA.
Countryside Roadstand, 2966 Stumptown Road, Ronks, PA 17572
Phone: (717) 656-9206
Hours: 8AM to 6PM, Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.
There is no website! If you are looking for travel tips, check Tripadvisor and Yelp, both of which offer numerous 5-star reviews.
- Countryside Roadstand in Intercourse, PA – Search the web for outstanding reviews as this shop does not have a website
- See our article on “Intercourse Canning Company in Intercourse, PA”
- About Lancaster, PA – lancasterpa.com
- Visit Lancaster County – www.visitlancasterpa.net
- Intercourse PA – www.villageofintercourse.com
- Country Kettle Village – www.kitchenkettle.com
This article was written by Karen Little and published on July 28, 2016. Photos are by Karen and Philip Little. For permission to reproduce this article, contact Karen Little at Karen@Littleviews.com. All rights to this article and photos are reserved by Littleviews.com and Karen Little.