Shady Maple Farms Market

With hundreds of items made fresh from scratch daily, local produce straight off the farm and a 200-foot buffet, Shady Maple Farm Market is a literal feast for the senses, says Grocery Headquarters Executive Editor, Richard Turcsik.

Read about Turcsik’s visit to the Lancaster County, Pa.’s locale in Supermarket Smorgasbord.

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Shady Maple Farm Market has been enticing and servicing residents of Lancaster County, Penn., and beyond since 1970. This is the old main entrance fronting Main Street in East Earl.

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Today the main entrance is around the back.

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Shady Maple’s Weaverland Foods is its wholesale operation. It is attached to the main store.

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At Shady Maple the parking lot is always packed – except on Sunday when the store is closed.

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Because the main entrance has now been moved to the rear of the store as part of a 13,000 square-foot addition, a massive vestibule runs the length of the building connecting the front, rear and side parking lots. It also helps break up the bottlenecks that used to occur on Fridays and Saturdays as shoppers tried to enter the store.

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Each month the coins collected in the waterfall in the vestibule are donated to a different charity. Several hundred dollars is raised each month.

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The Maple Leaf Café was added as part of the remodel.

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A popular feature is the Café’s $6.99 all-you-can-eat Asian food bar. Every item is made daily from scratch on the premises.

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The salad and dessert bar is also very popular.

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Shady Maple’s is known far and wide for its produce, where items, like these $2.99 watermelons, are stacked high and sold at dirt-cheap prices.

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Local produce, like these Pennsylvania Freestone peaches, are sold whenever possible.

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An exact replica of the original Shady Maple Farm Market Roadside Stand graces one wall.

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Fruit is sold by the bushel under the old maple tree.

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Produce is weighed and tagged at several old-fashioned manned produce counters scattered throughout the department.

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Folksy tips help improve sales of commodity items, like cabbage.

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Shady Maple Farm Market has an extensive bulk department featuring hundreds of SKUs.

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Shady Maple Farm Market has an extensive bulk department featuring hundreds of SKUs.

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There are many unusual bulk items, including dried okra, and dried kiwi slices, seen here.

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Shady Maple Farm Market has its own line of gourmet grocery items.

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Local items, such as Wolfgang candy from York, Pa., are stocked whenever possible.

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Kutztown brand birch beer is another local delicacy.

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Shoppers pick up locally made knickknacks and household décor items.

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What sparrow wouldn’t want to set up home in this birdhouse? It is actually made from a gourd that was carved and painted by a local Amish person.

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Shady Maple Farm Market contains a full-service drug department and pharmacy.

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Shoofly pie don’t bother me – the Pennsylvania Dutch treat is once of dozens of varieties of pie sold at Shady Maple.

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However, Shady Maple is best known for its donuts. They are the number-one selling item in the store, outselling bananas.

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Cream Filled is just one of several dozen varieties available daily.

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Dozens of unusual varieties of breads, like Peach Crumb and Bacon, Egg & Cheese, are baked from scratch.

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The Apple Dumpling Gang.

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In the Seafood Department shoppers can scoop their own shrimp...

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Or dive into frog legs!

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In the adjacent Deli at least 100 items are made fresh daily...

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Including cucumber salad, broccoli & cauliflower, and red beet pickled eggs.

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Potato salad, macaroni salad and cole slaw are top sellers.

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Shady Maple is famous for its hickory smoked meats, smoked in two on-premise smokers outside the back of the store.

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The smoked meat case is 24 feet long.

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It contains 100 varieties, including homemade kielbasi...

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...and cottage hams...

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....and bacon.

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But the most popular seller in the smoked meat case is the homemade scrapple. It is so popular it is sold in club pack sizes.

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In the meat department ham loaf is a big seller.

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As is calves and beef liver.

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Every supermarket sells peanut brittle, but only Shady Maple Farm Market sells homemade peanut, cashew, almond, macadamia nut and breakfast brittles.

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The Shady Maple Smorgasbord is housed in a separate building.

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It seats 1,900...

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...and features a 200-foot long buffet...

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...specializing in local Pennsylvania Dutch specialties like ham balls...

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...soup...

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...and all the fixin’s!

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