Upstate New York is home to a growing community of Amish and Mennonite families. Drawn to the area’s fertile soil and available farmland, they have become a pleasant fixture here. It is very common to see horse-drawn buggies on the roads, young Mennonites in their late teens and early 20′s are often seen riding bicycles along the hilly countrysides in the Finger Lakes area.
Both communities have very strong ties to farming and agriculture, but many Amish and Mennonites have started support businesses, cottage industries, and retail shops such as furniture building, construction, bulk food stores, fabric and dry good shops. These family owned businesses are bringing back authentic shopping experiences to our area in a time when homogenized big-box stores are everywhere, and to be honest I just really like shopping at them, especially the bulk foods stores.
Amish and Mennonite Food Stores in New York are a great place to shop to stock your pantry with basics ingredients, or buy items for long-term food storage. I usually shop with a massive list, I have 25 herbs and spices I consider essential and usually buy 6 months to a year’s supply at a time, I also buy a bunch of flour, oats, beans and sugars, but in slightly smaller quantities, there was a pantry moth incident a few years ago I am not keen on reliving.
All the stores are slightly different but generally you will be able to find the following items at most Amish and Mennonite Food Stores:
- Oats: instant, rolled
- Nuts: cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
- Nut butters
- Spices: from cinnamon to curry, nutmeg to smoked paprika,
- Dried Pasta
- Dried fruits: apples, banana chips, dates, raisins, etc.
- Sugars: white, brown, confectioners, etc.
- Flours: white, wheat, rye, gluten-free, etc.
- Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, sesame, etc.
- Confectioneries: chocolate chips, sprinkles etc.
- Coffee and tea
- Local Maple syrup and Honey
- Beans: kidney, black, chickpeas, etc.
- Soup Mixes
- Condiments: ketchup, mustard, hot sauce
- Snack items and Candy I never leave without gummy fried eggs if I have my kids with me
- Cheese: hard and soft, bricks, shredded, curds and bulk
- Frozen Fruits
- Locally raised meat
- Deli Items: Sliced Meat and Cheeses
- Seasonal Fresh Produce
Amish and Mennonite Food Stores in New York
The following is a list of Amish and Mennonite run stores or stores that cater to the Amish and Mennonite communities. This list, which isn’t comprehensive in any way, include my own experiences and others’ recommendations. Know of another Amish or Mennonite Food store? Please tell me about it, and I’ll add it to the map and list.
3948 N Main St
Marion, NY 14505
2905 NY-318 Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Thank you, Corey, for this recommendation!
Hollow Creek Farms
New Expanded location!
6300 Route 414
Romulus, NY 14541
2670 Swick Road
Ovid, NY 14521
Thank you for this recommendation, Sharon!
Lantz’s Bulk Foods
5673 State Route 20A E.
Warsaw, NY 14569
7967 Rt. 20
Meadow View Market
Martville, NY 13111
Millers Ridgeway Bulk Food Bakery
10858 Ridge Road
Medina, NY 14103
Thank you Marnie for this recommendation!
Mountain View Dairy
335 Filburn Rd
Richfield Springs, NY 13439
Thank you, Lu for this recommendation!
North Country Store
32660 Rt. 11 S
Pine Grove Country Store
8473 County Road 3
Centerville NY 14029
Thank you Amy for this recommendation!
Pine Lane Pantry
1744 Rt. 5 & 20
Going out of business
Pine Ridge Groceries
4085 State Hwy 206
Oak Hill Bulk Foods, Inc.
3173 Route 14A
Penn Yan, NY
2146 W River Road
Seneca Falls, NY
Sharp’s Bulk Foods
8220 Rt. 289
Shirk’s Meat Market
4342 John Green Road
Dundee, NY 14837
Thank you John for this recommendation!
Sugar Creek Foods
2901 State Hwy 364 Penn Yan, NY 14527
If you bring your own container they will fill it up and charge a little less. A quart of raw local honey usually is about $10!
Thank you Hannah for this recommendation!
Troyer’s Country Store
5518 Nelson Road
Canastota, NY 13032
Phone: (315) 655-0346
Fax: (315) 655 0341
Services: Deli Bulk Foods, Farm Products
Hours: Mon. 9-6, Tues-Thurs 9-5, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 8-4, Closed Sundays
The Olde Country Market
6505 State Rte 5
Weaver-View Farms (may be a quilt shop now, I’m not sure. They closed briefly and reopened. I have not been there since the re-opening, if you have let me know!)
1190 Earls Hill Rd.
Penn Yan, NY
Witmer’s Country Market
Thank you Janice for this recommendation!
372 Grant Ave
Auburn, NY 13021
If you are into canning sure you check out my list of New York State Produce Auctions, they are a great place to get locally grown produce at wholesale prices, and are open to the public!