Looking for Locally-owned, Unique Grocery in/around Lancaster
in July I will be traveling to Lancaster for the wedding of a family member. As part of the wedding weekend I am organizing a casual picnic for my immediate family and some close friends. I would like to put together a small spread of fruits, veggies, some snacks, cheese, nothing too heavy. I'm hoping to find a locally-owned grocery store with a unique/interesting selection. Some place with a decent selection of cheese, hummus, bread, etc. I found a nice thread on international groceries (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/732232) and know about Mandros, which looks like a good place for Mediterranean cheeses. Can anyone recommend a full grocery with a wide selection? I strongly prefer a locally-owned store.
In addition, I'd also appreciate referrals for good fruit/vegetable stands in/around Lancaster, specifically near Lititz.
You can get all of these items at Central Market and then some, it is open Tues., Fri. and Sat. Mandros is an import food store. Not only your best bet for imported cheeses, but also any meats. They also have a great selection of oils, vinegars, dips, etc. Expressly Local Food is a small grocery on King St. that carries only local items. I haven't been there, but I believe they are open every day. The Savory Gourmet is a specialty grocery store in Lititz.
If you are looking for a mainstream, but locally owned grocery store. Stauffer's of Kissel Hill is your best bet. They have several groceries in Lancaster Co., the location just south of Lititz (Kissel Hill) is their flagship store, but the Rohrerstown location is newer, and I believe, bigger. They carry all of your typical grocery items, as well as a decent selection of local items and prepared items that might be nice for a picnic. They are also extremely customer friendly and I have no doubt that a call (check their website for a number) would put you in touch with someone willing to assist you.
On Rt. 501 between Lancaster and Lititz is Brooklawn Farmer's Market. I don't live in that area, and have never shopped there, but my in-laws live in Neffsville and go there quite frequently for produce.
The Savory Gourmet
53 N Broad Street, Lititz, PA
For a great selection of meats and cheeses, including imported items and local, as well as freshly baked goods including bread, and a few veggies and fruits, try S. Clyde Weaver in East Petersburg. Located right on Rt. 72 Manheim Pike and not far from Lititz, they have a store and a cafe (with wonderful coffee and tea). I purchase olive oil, balsamic vinegars, hams, Spanish chorizo, manchego cheese, sandwiches, soups, pastries, whoopie pies, etc. It is my son's favorite place to eat lunch. http://www.sclydeweaver.com/Home.aspx
Hoover's Farm Market is just outside of Lititz and worth checking out. Good selection of fruits and vegetables, many homegrown or local. Some other local items as well. www.hooversfarm.com
Close to Hoover's in location, if not selection, is Reiff's. Drive over from Hoover's and at minimum you'll get to enjoy a covered bridge.