Along tourist-clogged Old Philadelphia Pike east of Lancaster you’ll find all-you-can buffets, buggy rides, and motels, culiminating in the twin towns of Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. But among all the kitschy, touristy Amish stuff, you’ll find whiffs of the real thing. One such place is Bird-in-Hand Farm Supply.
On a February morning, buggies in the lot outnumbered the few cars. Amish farmers head in to conduct business and buy supplies. I didn’t have time to go in, although after reading more about it I wish I had made the time. Here’s one review that sheds some light:
This store has EVERYTHING you could possibly need for home, yard, or apartment. To the left inside of the store is a small, unassuming grocery dept with several hard-to-find items like REAL pretzel salt… everyone is friendly and the prices are right. Make a list so you won’t forget anything
I doubt the store is Amish-owned, but I don’t even know that for sure…not that it matters, to me the stamp of old-fashioned authenticity are the Amish buggies in the parking lot. If Amish customers are shopping here, they must carry a nice line of stuff.
This is another helpful Google review:
Great hardware store, small grocery, and produce store – brooms, pet food, garden tools, animal husbandry, hardware, cordless tools, fasteners, and a host of other Amish-friendly items in the hardware and home goods section. Breakfast cereals, baked goods, seasonal fruits, various milling grades of flour, sugar cane sugar, Brown sugar, table syrup, and snacks. They also sell ice cream in three gallon tub sizes – … These may or may not for inside a usual freezer. Alongside the ice cream are various other frozen treats. Frequented by Amish, and appears to be staffed by Amish as well – but be respectful, they prefer not to be photographed, so this is not a photo op. Cash is the preferred method of payment, cards not accepted. Also, be sure to check the hours before going – they close earlier than you’d expect on weekends. Great, wholesome, and well stocked with the things you are most likely to need around the house, yard, and barn.
SIGH, wish I had gone in…well, here are some photos:
The parking lot is full of buggies…
This horse is a bit more bundled up for the weather
If you drive around back, you’ll be able to take in vistas of some of the pristine Amish farms that still dot the area..