Lancaster County has a variety of unique countryside attractions, from charming farms to historic Amish village tours. Discover the local farm-to-table culture as you explore the area and peruse roadside produce stands. Many of the delicacies you taste throughout town at restaurants also come straight from our local farms. And one of the most popular Lancaster County farms is Kreider Farms in Manheim, PA. This family farm has been operating since 1935 and supplying fresh quality ingredients to the community and beyond! Discover more during a Kreider Farms tour during your stay at the Historic Smithton Inn.
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About Kreider Farms
Kreider Farms eggs, milk, and ice cream are some of the most popular products created on this local Lancaster County farm. You will discover these fresh ingredients at select wholesalers and retail stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Nestled in scenic Lancaster County, Kreider Farms is home to the most productive non-irrigated farmland in the country. It is also open to the public for educational tours. The dairy farm offers a high-tech view of farming on the 90-minute tour. Drive down the middle of the “cow palace” and get a bird’s eye view of the milking merry-go-round. Learn where your favorite products come from when you visit the direct source! This fascinating Kreider Farms tour hosts thousands of visitors each year!
History of Kreider Farms
Noah W. Kreider and his wife Mary R. Hershey moved to Hershey’s parents’ farm in 1935 with their two sons. This farm had first been settled in 1739 and offered a significant portion of land. The operation began with 102 acres of land for vegetables, fruits, and other produce, a dozen dairy cows, and 200 chickens. An adjoining farm was purchased later on to create the official Kreider Farms operation. In 1972, they began processing, bottling, and selling their own milk and making their own ice cream. They also became the largest egg producer in the state of Pennsylvania. Today, third generation Kreiders still own and operate the farm! About 450 people are employed in maintaining this huge production, which covers over 2,800 acres. The philosophy of Kreider Farms emphasizes high quality, hard work, and willingness to take risks while also demonstrating moral and ethical values.
Reserve Your Kreider Farms Tour
The Kreider Farms tour cost varies depending on your preferences. For a trolley or bus tour, tickets are $12. For a tour with your personal vehicle, it is just $10. If you are interested in observing the Kreider Farms silo, then just pay $8. This will give you a brilliant view of farming activity from the Kreider Farms observation tower. You must book an advanced reservation, however, to visit!
After the Kreider Farms Tour, Retreat To Our Lancaster County B&B
Also located in peaceful, beautiful Lancaster County countryside is our relaxing bed and breakfast. The Historic Smithton Inn is an antique chic boutique hotel in the heart of Amish country. Bask in the quaint charm of the 18th-century colonial stone facade while also enjoying the best modern comforts and amenities. It is the best of both worlds! Browse our uniquely decorated guest rooms and select your perfect Lancaster County retreat.