As we so diligently pointed out earlier (Snack Food Capital), we Yorkers love to eat! But here’s a little secret: you haven’t lived until you’ve been to a York County Farmers Market!


Within the county’s borders, you’ll find FOUR awesome farmers’ markets: Central Market House, New Eastern Market, Market & Penn Farmers Market, and Hanover Farmers Market. These markets contain farmers stands, selling everything from locally-grown fruit and vegetables to Pennsylvania Dutch specialties like shoe-fly pie and hog ma! Plus, roadside stands dot the countryside, so don’t be afraid to take that Sunday drive!

York County is also home to a number of farm markets. These sell many of the same items you’ll find at a farmers’ market; however, they are not necessarily cooperative efforts of local farmers (that is, they are privately owned). Of course, these same farm markets also offer unique crafts and country items, too! So be sure to check out one or more of the following: The Markets at Shrewsbury - Amish and Farmers Markets, Morningstar Marketplace, Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, the Brown Cow Country Market, and Barton’s Farm Market.


Here’s another secret about Yorkers: just as much as we love to eat (and cook – at least some of us!), we also love to go out to eat! Restraunteers throughout the region know this quite well as York County continually ranks among the best locations in the mid-Atlantic to open a restaurant. As a visitor, you’ll benefit from this, too!


For fine dining, here’s two places you have to check out. We mean it, you "have" to! First, The Accomoc Inn, located along the scenic Susquehanna River near Wrightsville. Name a gourmet magazine, and they’ve been in it. In fact, a regional magazine conducts a yearly survey of the best places to eat in central Pennsylvania, and The Accomac is regularly atop the list. Plus, it is located in a historic building on the location of Anderson’s Ferry – the place where members of Continental Congress entered York County. Oh, and did we mention that they have a ghost?


The second fine dining location is The Commonwealth Room at the Yorktowne, a AAA 4-diamond restaurant. Fine cuisine in a Victorian atmosphere? Oh yeah, baby…we’re there!

Several other fine dining locations include The Roosevelt Tavern – housed in a historic York building that was a speakeasy during prohibition, Windows on the Green at Heritage Hills – offering stunning views of their award-winning golf course, and the Left Bank Restaurant and Bar – located on North George Street in downtown York.

If you enjoy beer, be sure to check out Cobblestone’s Restaurant and Sports Emporium, located on South George Street in downtown York. Located in the beautifully restored Knights of Columbus building, this two-level restaurant has over 50 beers on tap and television at every table. In East York you’ll find the Brick House Brew Pub & Italian Eatery. Kick back and quaff down a pint of microbrew while enjoying a killer cheese steak! Plus, coming April 2003, a new brewpub will be opening in Central Market House in downtown York.

And yes, York County has all the casual dining chain restaurants you love: Applebees, Pargos, TGI Fridays, Chi Chi’s, Hooters, Ruby Tuesdays, and on and on…

Here’s a parting dining thought, a place that the locals love: Bel Paese Italian Ristorante. Located in East York in a small, unassuming building, this place has the absolute best Italian food in all of central Pennsylvania.

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