Fall Bucket List for Lancaster County
Fall was made for Lancaster County! The Amish are very busy with the harvest, but tourism slows down and visitors can truly experience the peaceful stress-free Amish lifestyle. We suggest a long weekend if you are going to make an overnight trip. Arrive Thursday evening for a full day on Friday, you will beat the Saturday crowds and get to enjoy the slower pace that Autumn brings.
Kauffman’s fruit farm makes cider donuts on Saturdays in Fall. A just made warm cider donut and coffee make a quick breakfast as you start your day. Kauffman’s make some fantastic apple and pumpkin butter to take home as a treat. Not all are good eating apples! Pick enough to take home and make some delicious apple desserts.
What’s more fall than pumpkins? Roadside stands are bursting with produce and many varieties of gourds and pumpkins. Nowadays, pumpkins come in many shapes and colors. Choose several to make a pumpkin stack or purchase a gooseneck pumpkin to bake a pie. Want to pick your own? Try visiting a pumpkin patch. The Pumpkin Patch in Ronks on Irishtown Rd has more types and colors of pumpkins that you could ever imagine.
Roadside stands are dotted across the countryside. Handwritten signs let travelers and locals alike know what’s for sale, look for baked goods. Pumpkin whoopie pies are available year-round, but we think they taste best in Fall. If driving around isn’t your cup of tea, head to the Bird-in-Hand Bakeshop on Gibbons Rd. You’ll find some of the best-tasting pies, pastries, and yes, whoopie pies around.
Put these addresses in your GPS for the best roadside stand with fall decor.
- Smucker’s Farm Market 2100 Rockvale Road, Lancaster PA 17602
- Lapp’s Farm Market 1406 Lampeter Road, Lancaster PA 17602
- The Pumpkin Patch (Fisher’s Farm Stand) 2816 Irishtown Road Ronks, PA 17572
- Amish farm on 73 N Weavertown Road Bird-in-Hand 17505
Farmers Markets are teeming with activity on Fridays. Check out the Green Dragon in Ephrata or Central Market in downtown Lancaster. Go early to Central Market but Green Dragon is open into the evening.
Let’s make Halloween extra special this year with goat cuddling, hayrides, and candy! Join us on October 31st. Tickets and more information here.
Sunday the Amish are in church, if you are staying at one of the many amazing bed and breakfasts in the area you may here the clip-clop of the horse and buggies going by, make sure to open a window. Gracie’s on Main in Leola has a wonderful breakfast as well as The Speckled Hen in Strasburg. You might even take a ride on The Strasburg Railroad before heading home. Don’t forget to make your apple sauce!
Looking Ahead to Christmas
Our popular Amish Christmas Cookie tour is back! Join us as we travel through the back roads of Amish Country and stop at Amish homes for Christmas cookies. Amish families will invite you into their homes and send you home with lots of cookies and recipes! Read more about our cookie tour here.