Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the area's Amish population has made it well-known as a tourism and agricultural area. We're going to be taking a look at some of the supermarkets in this area, which are a fascinating variety. We're going to start in Downingtown to the southeast, which is roughly equidistant (30 miles or so) from the city centers of Philadelphia and Lancaster, a small to midsized city of about 60,000. Then we're headed northwest to Morgantown, through New Holland roughly halfway between Morgantown and Lancaster, and then into the city of Lancaster itself. From there, we'll be making a northward trek through Lititz, Akron, Ephrata, and then finally Denver. Denver brings us within about 10 miles of Reading, PA, which will be our next group. It's going to be a really interesting group here, with a sampling of Philadelphia suburb-style supermarkets in Downingtown, country supermarkets with a huge general merchandse selection in the farmland, stores with distinctive Pennsylvania Dutch touches, salvage grocery stores which are very common in this area and many of which appear to be owned by the Amish community, and even some New York City-style urban stores in Lancaster itself. Anyway, we're off and running with our first Downingtown store tomorrow over on The Market Report!
(P.S. -- we have one post here in early December, then not much until early or mid-January, so have fun on The Market Report and The Independent Edition until then!)