Visiting a Mennonite Bakery (16 Photos)
As promised, following the look inside a plain Mennonite market, let’s check out the bakery. As you might recall this was found just next door to the market in the Snyder County, PA Stauffer Mennonite community (Port Trevorton area). We were met by the aroma of what I thought was apple cobbler as we exited the market, and promptly located the bakery entrance. This ended up being one of the best bakeries I’ve ever visited.
The place wasn’t huge inside but it was filled up with many varieties of baked (and other) treats.
The place has a refrigerated section when you enter.
I’m told this is very good butter.
Also by the entrance are a number of boxed treats – lots of squares in this pile.
I ended up leaving with two excellent treats – pecan pie squares (a new one for me) and some top-notch granola squares (tasting more like cookies chock full of nuts and the like than granola to me). I ended up giving most of these away
Entering the bakery’s main area.
Mennonite women bustled behind the counter, likely preparing Christmas orders as this was just a little over a week before the big day.
Many pies and breads. One I hadn’t seen before is called pizza bread. You can see it at the bottom of these two photos.
Here are two sweet breads.
Applesauce Raisin Bread!
This fruitcake is just chock full of pecans and candied fruits, etc. One of the most loaded fruitcakes I’ve come across. I got one of these as well.
Prices in the store were great too. Just four dollars for each box of six dessert squares. In Lancaster County I feel like they might be twice that.
Sadly, this visit was cut a bit short by our need to return to Lancaster County.
That evening we were helping serve at one of Ben’s sons Christmas banquet (local businesses among the Amish do Christmas dinners for their employees).
We made it in time but I’m glad I made this impulse stop. This little bakery (and market) in Snyder County’s Stauffer Mennonite community is now on my radar!
This makes me want to move. I love visiting Lancaster County and going to the local bakeries. We don’t have anything like this in Connecticut. I always try to stock up when I visit Lancaster and fill my freezer.
I love all your pictures, stories, and book notice just everything.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING GOD BLESS and STAY SAFE COME TO THINK OF IT I HAVE NOT EVER SEEN THE CHRISTMAS CANDY SCHEDULE FOR OHIO IN ANY OF YOUR POST
maybe next year I’ve missed it now two years in a row.
So much to choose. All looks so good. Only thing I would change the sign that says price drop looking a bit dirty. But rest of this nice bakery looks very clean. My small town in tehachapi calif only has a bakery called konans. Not nearly as huge selection as this Mennonite bakery. Someday I’ll visit.
Thank you for the heads up. Have you ever visited the Amish community of Dry Run, Pa? Very beautiful place.
I don’t think so, closest I’ve been is probably Cumberland County next door. Are those people from Lancaster Co. originally?
Okay. I’ll take three of each…… item.
Hi Erik –
Did you happen to learn how those fridges were powered? I am assuming gas as the lights were gas. Also – any sign of how they were heating the store. Great photos as always. Happy New Year. Pete.
I didn’t investigate, I believe they use propane for their home refrigerators. But then these are more industrial size. That said I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t be able to use that fuel for a larger fridge. As for heat I would assume some sort of wood stove but I guess I was too distracted by the baked goods to notice! Happy New Year