Some of my favorite stores are run by Mennonites. There are several all over but they are kind of tough to find as they don’t advertise much like the big stores. These are just a few of them I go to now and then:
Glenwood Foods 2789 Rt. 318 Seneca Falls, NY (just off Rts. 5&20 about a mile or so north of Rt. 90.) Not sure of the hours, but I know they are closed on Sundays. (lol) They have mostly all food, -discounted, fresh veggies and fruits, a meat and cheese deli, walk in cooler for dairy products, few books and toys and odds and ends. Definitely worth the trip.
(BTW, if you turn on Rt. 89 the road right next to Rt. 318, and go down a couple miles you will be in the Montezuma Refuge)
Down the road a few miles is:
Sauder’s Market and Store at 2168 River Rd. Seneca Falls (315) 568-2673(continue on 5&20 through to stoplight where 5&20 goes right onto Main St. but don’t go right, go straight over the bridge, turn right on River Rd. and follow out of town to Sauder’s Market on your left. A few years ago they expanded their store and now it’s pretty big! They have a lot of books, maps, bulk foods, deli, fresh baked goods, fruits and veggies, and outdoors they have a lot of wooden handmade playhouses, storage sheds, porch swings, etc. On Fridays they have a farmer’s market there. (in the summer) My favorite card game is sold there: Dutch Blitz Definitely worth going to.
This is a link to see other things in the area to do too.
You can drive down several roads in this area and find roadside stands from the Amish. Watch out for those horse and buggies.
SPRING LAKE FABRICS4250 WOLCOTT SPRING LAKE RD.SAVANNAH, NY13146 Phone: 315-594-8485 (Rt. 38 to Conquest, East on Fuller Rd to Wolcott-Springlake Rd, follow signs) This store has half a store of fabrics of all kinds and yarns and other notions, and the other side has bulk foods, fresh fruits and veggies, dairy cooler, meats and cheeses and some frozen items. Definitely worth a trip. Has a play area for small kids too. They sell some of my favorite drinks too, the “Kutztown Sarsaparilla and Birch Beer” sodas.
There are other stores around the state too, but right now I don’t have the addresses. If anyone has any information on any others, please let me know.
A favorite online shopping site is Ten Thousand Villages. Their things are always nicely packaged and arrive quickly. The clearance page has some good bargains too.
More information on Mennonites can be found on this FAQ page.
Also, visit the NYS Regional Market in Syracuse, NY on Saturdays from 7 am to 2 pm for baked goods there from Mennonites and Amish vendors. Be sure to visit Buda’s (on the side of the Regional Market) while you are there too for some great deals on food and fresh vegetables.