If someone would ask me what my favorite Lancaster County food is, I would have my answer in a second: Lapp Valley Farm’s Butter Brickle ice cream. Made with cream from Jersey cows, it is the richest, creamiest ice cream I have ever tasted. Crunchy toffee bits mixed with thick vanilla ice cream can make a ho-hum day brighten suddenly.


My grandma liked to keep Lapp Valley Farm’s chocolate ice cream in her freezer to serve guests, but I have a suspicion not nearly all of it was served to the guests, because she loves chocolate so much.


Lapp Valley Farm chocolate milk just might be the thickest, creamiest chocolate milk in the world. Jersey cows are brown, and do not give as much milk as Holstein cows, the black and white ones. But what Jersey cows lack in quantity, they make up for in quality; their milk has a higher fat content than Holstein cow milk. Lapp Valley Farm’s chocolate milk made from Jersey cow milk is a treat you do not want to miss.


I work in the hospitality industry, and I am amazed when frequent guests to Lancaster County say they have never heard of Lapp Valley Farm. Tucked away in a valley away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist area, it lends its charm only to those who seek. The brown cows graze in the lush pasture. Sometimes the peacock will vainly show its feathers to anyone who is lucky enough to be there at the right time.


The little farm store sells sixteen flavors of ice cream and other items like eggs, milk, butter, etc. A roomy porch with picnic tables serves the leisurely tourists. Lancaster County residents have a reputation for being in a hurry, and Lapp Valley Farm has a solution for them as well: A drive-through window! Busy moms running errands can do a quick stop for milk without getting out of their vehicles.


Make Lapp Valley Farm one of your stops on your next trip to Lancaster County. You will find it at 244 Mentzer Road, New Holland, PA 17557




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