If you’re looking for some fancy groceries or snacks, Smucker Farms of Lancaster County on 14th is a great spot.
The idea behind the store, opened by a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (the heart of Amish country) is to sell things produced by farmers from that area, many of whom are Amish or Mennonites, plus from some DC-area small businesses and farmers.
That means lots of seasonal, farm-raised, traditional fruits and veggies, meat, dairy, handmade bread, cheese and more. They sell raw ingredients but also things like homemade soup mixes (just boil and add water or meat) and drinks, plus some great snacks – I’m a big fan of the stroopwafels, Dutch caramel waffle cookies. They are pretty amazing.
The spot sells beer and wine from the same area in Pennsylvania and also homemade toys, many made of wood, plus handmade soaps and other bath items.
The only drawback is that it can be a bit pricey, but at the same time you’re paying for good stuff, and as a farm store, their stock changes seasonally.
The last time I was there I picked up some soup mixes, handmade wheat noodles, fancy farm peanut butter and some goat cheese. I did my best not to buy stroopwafels.
Definitely a good spot to pick up some seasonal ingredients for a nice spring meal or just browse and find some snacks.