Lapp Valley Farm

March 30, 2009 | Category: Amish, Food, For the Kids, General info, Things to Do, Travel | Posted by: Adrian

Lapp Valley FarmOne of my favorite places to visit in Lancaster County is Lapp Valley Farm in New Holland, PA. They sell 18 flavors of ice cream, milkshakes, milk, chocolate milk, cheese, eggs, and butter at their store on the farm in New Holland, and at their Kitchen Kettle Village store they offer ice cream, milkshakes, and homemade potato chips. On my last visit to Lancaster County I picked up a gallon of vanilla to take to a large gathering with some Amish friends. Needless to say, it didn’t last long! I am not a huge fan of vanilla but this made me one. It tasted just like eating frozen whipped cream! It was that good. My favorite flavor of their ice cream is Butter Brickle. I have also had coconut, coffee, maple walnut, cookies and cream, chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, and strawberry. They are all excellent.

VanillaThe Lapp family (Benuel, Lena, and Dave) makes their ice cream & other dairy products on the farm from milk from Jersey cows (noted for their higher butterfat, calcium, and protein).  The family has been making & offering their ice cream for sale since the mid-1970s after Benuel Lapp took an ice cream making course at Penn State. You can watch them milk the cows (if you are there at the proper times- call before visiting if you intend to watch the milking). They also offer drive thru service at the farm.


You may also see plenty of farm animals from cows, peacocks, English Bulldogs, a German Shepherd, and assorted cats and kittens. Feel free to take photos outdoors, but please refrain from taking photos in the retail store as it is staffed by Amish, Mennonite, and Amish Mennonite persons.

Lapp Valley Farm
244 Mentzer Rd
New Holland, PA 17557
(717) 354-7988

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  1. Bonnie Pribble
    on May 10th, 2009

    I would like to know if you sale your peacocks, I am looking for a male blue indigo, ours had died just recently and we miss him.
    And if you do how much would you charge?
    If you were to sale them, we can only come up on the weekends.

    Thank You,


  2. Adrian
    on May 10th, 2009


    You would need to give them a call: (717) 354-7988.

  3. Rob Douglas
    on August 22nd, 2009

    Such a great palce that I book-marked it in my GPS, because I knew I would never find it again.

  4. Jennifer Lapp
    on November 22nd, 2009

    My family lives in, Utah. My husbands grandfather Levi Lapp, left the brotherhood in the early 1950′s to marry a modern girl. I was wondering if my family and I could go back and be accepted by the brotherhood. It is a life that would suit us well. What do you think? Is this possible?

  5. Sarah
    on November 23rd, 2009

    It is possible to become Amish from being “English” as they call outsiders. It’s a very difficult process though. I don’t know a ton about it, but I do know that you have to learn PA Dutch (German-ish language), and go through becoming a member of the church. Also, I’ve heard from an Amishman that a lot of people who try don’t realize how different life really is, and aren’t willing to give up everything that is necessary. I would suggest talking to someone who is Amish about it! Thanks for the great comment!

  6. Andy
    on March 8th, 2010

    I just wanted to say, living in Pennsylvania the last 11 years, me and my parents and now my family and hcildren enjoy going to your farm. The atmosphere is great, and the kids love the animals. Not to mention the best ice cream around by far, and your prices are great too. Thanks for having such a great family place to go to on the weekend. And not to mention your spreading the word, which is a great thing.

  7. Jim Cunningham
    on May 16th, 2010

    I am taking my 3 children on a camping weekend this June to Spring Gulch and I am looking forward to visiting Lapp Valley Farm! What else would someone who knows the general area suggest as a good spot to visit? Thanks in advance for your help!

  8. Dylan
    on May 30th, 2010

    what days do they work? and what time do they open and close?

  9. Jackie Black
    on June 23rd, 2010

    This farm came highly recommended to me as a place to take my grandchildren to. We honestly are not that far from New Holland. I am interested in knowing if they serve anything besides Ice cream. Can we actually enjoy a lunch there and what the operating hours are. ( both the farm and the store)

  10. Goodbye, Lancaster County - BEMM
    on June 30th, 2010

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  11. John B. Rodgers
    on August 21st, 2010

    i was wondering if they can ship theyre ice cream to me in virginia?
    i do love butter brickle and cannot find it anywhere…
    thank you for your time..

  12. Kim Warren
    on September 26th, 2010

    I just returned from the Amish Country and my husband and I tried the vanilla ice cream and the homemade chips. Well, I was in heaven. This was the best ice cream I’ve every eaten I was wondering if it could be shipped to GA. Thanks

  13. Cheree
    on September 27th, 2010

    I used to work at Lapp Valley Farm as a teenager. We have been living in Cape Town for the past 6 years and I really miss their ice cream! The best in the whole world!

  14. Frances Pacheco
    on September 27th, 2010

    Can you let me know what times can we visit the farm. And could you give me directions from Hershey to your farm. I would appreciate it.
    Is there any other farms to visit? Thank you Fran

  15. Pat
    on October 4th, 2010

    Do you make your own chocolate milk?

  16. Jim and Shawn Foster
    on October 7th, 2010

    We have spent the last three days in the Lancaster area and the Lapp Valley Farm was the best of all locations we visited in the Amish Countryside. The owners where the nicest people and tolerated us wandering around the farm. We spoke to Grandmother Lapp and she was very nice and took time to teach us about differences in the Amish and Mennonites and other things we had no clue about. The ice cream was great and don’t forget to take some milk home with you too. The prices are extremely reasonable.

    Our thanks to the Lapps for the great visit and the wonderful hospitality. You can’t go wrong visiting this farm. I would save it for last because it is the best experience you will have for sure.

  17. Joe Charvat
    on October 17th, 2010

    Does the farm send out their ice cream. I cannot find butter brickle anywhere and see that they make it.

  18. Summer Burns
    on October 20th, 2010

    Hi, my name is Summer, i wrote you a couple a times about help getting in to the Amish. Benuel was a person the Amish Committe gave to me for help with questions and maybe staying with an Amish family.I have been praying and trying my hardest to learn penn dutch. I have been studying the rules to live by. This isn’t something that just popped into my head i have been praying and the Lord wants me to do this.He led me to Benuel. The Lord never promised easy roads and this one so far has been a hard one. I have the upmost respect for the Amish. If you could help me i would be so thankful. All i have is an address. Summer Burns 6260 cates circle lot 7 ,39532 —-I go town every now and again to look for help. I assure that leaving everything behind wil be no problem. Thank you for your time and God Bless

  19. Summer Burns
    on October 20th, 2010

    i forgot to Biloxi ,MS 39532 sorry . that is the rest of my address thank you

  20. dan
    on October 31st, 2010

    then best ice cream we go all the time and love it thanks !!!

  21. Sandra Walling
    on December 14th, 2010


    I recently made gravy bread. I was taught how to make it by my Grandmother Mary Hamm who was formerly Mary Lapp from Pensylvania.

    After I made and ate it with fond memories of my Grandmother, I decided to do a search on the internet for the heritage of the recipe and was pleasantly surprised to see it was from the Pensylvania Dutch.

    The term Pensylvania Dutch was commonly referred to as I was growing up as a being part of my heritage, however I never really knew about it.

    Today I decided to search my Grandmother’s maiden name and was lead to your farm.

    Mary was born between 1908 and 1915. I would be very interesting to find out if she is connected in anyway with your family.

    Thank you in advance for a response. :)


  22. Ranny Sabourin
    on March 26th, 2011

    We’ve been going to the farm for 25 years when we visit PA. Best ice cream on the planet. We would like to visit the farm store in April. What are the hours that the farm store is open in April?
    Thank you, Ranny

  23. Tony Alexander
    on June 23rd, 2011

    I would put Lapp Valley Farms ice cream up against the finest Gelato in the world… and it would win!

  24. Sherry
    on June 29th, 2011

    Lapp Valley Farm has the best ice cream in the summer and the best butter in the winter. You can’t beat either of them.

  25. Ron
    on June 30th, 2011

    My wife and I are sitting at Lapp’s right now, and yes this is the best icecream we have ever had.

  26. Jess
    on July 7th, 2011

    Hi. I have to agree that the black raspberry ice cream was amazing. However, my question has to do with the peacocks. The male seemed to have white sticks in his feathers. I was wondering why. Does anyone know? I have been trying to look online, but have been unable to find anything. Please help me out!!!

  27. Ian Gwenlan
    on July 29th, 2011

    It’s a few years since I was there (I seem to recall there were some ostriches but maybe I am confused)but I have frequently mentioned to friends that the ice cream was the best ever in the world. I make sure I always go to Kithchen Kettle for ice cream when I visit from the UK. Second is Strasburg Creamery of course.

  28. Bill
    on August 13th, 2011

    Every time we go to Green Dragon in Ephrata (they have a couple of stands there), we have Lapp’s coconut ice cream and it really is wonderful. Last year we got the chocolate milk and it was also great. When we’re driving from Delaware to Ephrata, I see a sign for their farm but can never figure out where it is. I’m going to have to put the address in my GPS for this year’s trip and see if I can find it.

  29. Karen
    on August 17th, 2011

    Do you have frozen yogurt?

  30. Lalena
    on September 25th, 2011

    I purchase your chickens from Whole Foods in Hadley MA weekly. It’s becuase of my dedication to purchasing grass fed, pasture raised animals that your sales to this market is rising (I have convinced many locals that it’s worth the price). I bought 2 chickens last week and the giblets, neck and liver was all missing. I need these in order to create my weekly bone broth. Hopefully it was just an over sight and doesn’t continue to happen. Thanks for offering such a high quality product!! I will continue my work to support farms that work hard to offer excellent products to the public.

  31. jeannie and john
    on October 5th, 2011

    We live in Maryland and visit PA about twice a year for the last five years. We found Lapp Valley Farms on our last trip, a friend from MD told us how to get there. Needless to say we are hooked. The ice cream is delicious, atmosphere great, and I am not a milk drinker but I am now after buying a half gallon while I was there I can’t wait to come back and get some more. The peanut butter ice cream was our favorite! Samantha the English Bulldog is awsome can’t wait to see her again. Took some good pic’s of her relaxing on the beautiful porch.

  32. Robert Meyer
    on October 14th, 2011

    Was advised to try Lapps ice-cream while eating breakfast in the Willow Valley resort by 2 complete strangers Columbus day. They RAVED about it so incredibly??? Well, I decided to try and find it later that day with my wife and 2 boys (John & Bobby 5&4). It took a good hour to find this place, had only a small attraction map. So we finally arrived and did we enjoy their ice cream??? HOLY MOLY- my first ever addiction, like a drug! I was in paradise while eating it and couldn’t wait to get more. UNBELIEVABLE! Miss it!

  33. Amy
    on November 6th, 2011

    My mother and I travel to the farm every 2 to 3 weeks to buy 4 gallon of milk and never leave without getting ice cream. Even if it is only 830 in the morning we never miss it.

  34. Christine Gaiser
    on February 5th, 2012

    Would love to have Lapp Valley Farm Ice Cream shipped to my home in Cape May County, NJ. Is that possible?

  35. Rose Maul
    on February 15th, 2012

    I coming to Lancaster area in the spring. Is the Lapp Farm open on Sundays?

    Rose Maul

  36. Hope
    on April 4th, 2012

    Took my mom and sister to the farm. My sister has a lot of problems with eating dairy but couldn’t resist an ice cream cone. Interestingly enough, this fresh ice cream didn’t bother her stomach at all. Fresh is always best!

  37. Barbara Bair
    on May 24th, 2012

    We love Lapp VAlley FArm. I use to live a couple of mile from there and a few years ago moved away. It was the best place to take company. Always the very best ice cream. When come home it’s always one of stops. Also if you look up at the side dorr to the house you will see the name Baer and a date. That was my husbands family homestead many, many years ago!

  38. Jean
    on August 1st, 2012

    Was camping at Beacon Hill (great place!) the last of July and traveled to Lapp Farm for ice cream twice and it is the best!!!! Enjoyed the Peanut Butter Twirl greatly and the waffle cones are great! Enjoyed the kittens too! If I ever get back that way and I am planning on it – you can bet that their ice cream is part of the deal!!!!

  39. Robert
    on August 2nd, 2012

    I just saw the deeply courageous stirring heartfelt David and Miriam Lapp in a documentary made by the BBC. I salut their love of Christ and reduction of ritual n rule. The Lord has spoken deeply into my heart. Blessed be the Holy Name of Jesus Christ. David and Miriam have seen the truth and live it without fear. Grieving they do not defame or judge. For there is no fear in love!
    In The Name of Jesus Christ Bless you

  40. Asher
    on August 10th, 2012

    Shalom, I just saw the BBC documentary about these people and wondered if they had been ex-communicated as a result. I am Jewish so I do not share their faith, but I was very impressed by them and hope that they will have the strength to bear whatever G-d has for them. The Tenach says that “Sorrow lasts for a night but when morning comes there is joy.”

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    on September 1st, 2012

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  42. Shameme Adams
    on September 3rd, 2012

    Hi everyone,
    I aren’t sure if anyone can help me but I have just today written to the farm, it sounds a cool place and one which has AMAZING things and definately worth a trip to but the reason I am on is because I am looking for an address of an Amish family (who also have a Son called Benuel and live on a farm making ice-cream, yoghurt, milk etc.), would you believe it they’re surname is also Lapp, could even be the same family but they featured in a t.v. documentary on BBC1 and I would LOVE to contact them. They are called David and Miraim Lapp and have 5 children (the youngest was just born as the documentary ended so not aware of his name) but they are called: Jacob, Daniel, Katie and Benuel-James. They live in Lancaster County, Pannsylvania. I really took to them and would love to write them a letter. I know due to religious beliefs they won’t be on the internet so a tradional hand-written letter is my only hope. If anyone has any information you are welcome to email me

    Thank You!!


  43. Shameme Adams
    on September 3rd, 2012

    Sorry, I ment Pennsylvania!!.

  44. Laurie
    on October 18th, 2012

    I am writing from Canada. I am very touched by the story of the Lapp family Dave, Miriam, Benuel, Katie, etc. and I wonder how they are doing? I assume from your names and address that they are family.

    Cheers! Thanks


  45. Patti Backus
    on November 28th, 2012

    What are your store hours?

  46. Patti Backus
    on November 30th, 2012

    What are you store hours?

  47. Shameme Adams
    on December 26th, 2012

    A MASSIVE thank you for passing my letter onto the other Lapp family!, I received a reply on Christmas Eve and was very happy!, it was a dream!. I am replying soon and hopefully will become their friend!. They said what a nice family you were and how they visited you back in May!!, so nice!. Shameme (from ENGLAND)!. x

  48. Wes Willis
    on January 14th, 2013

    Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I just wanted to drop you a quick note and express what an overwhelming blessing you are to the Body of Christ worldwide. Your genuine and precious faith in our Lord and His Word made my heart swell with joy. I and my family too have taken the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in baptism as well and are seeking to draw closer to Him each day in our daily walk. Again, thank you for your testimony and example of TRUE faith. I pray in Jesus name God bless You!!!
    Yours in Christ Jesus, Wes Willis and family (Lisa-wife, Emily-eldest daughter, Daniel-eldest son, James, and Elizabeth-adopted daughter if it is the Lord’s will)

  49. Alex
    on April 3rd, 2013

    Greetings to all,
    I saw the post of Shameme Adams here. I am hoping to contact the same Lapp family, David and Miraim Lapp who have 5 children mentioned, who were in the t.v. documentary on BBC1, who live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I watched the documentary and I would love to write to them.

    My email is


  50. Ray Bates
    on April 4th, 2013

    Just got back home to South Jersey after a visit to Lancaster area.We are not outlet shoppers! We go to visit the small shops and to enjoy the beauty. First time we have visited the Lapp Farm. How beautiful it is! We love Lancaster area. Everything is so clean and the air is so different than anywhere else. Lapps will always be our “special stop”.

  51. Erich Bollers
    on May 12th, 2013

    Hello and greetings in the name of the Lord,

    I have just watched the BBC documentary about David and Miriam Lapp. My heart rejoices in their quest to follow Jesus in the the way they feel He wishes. Their love and courage is an example to us all. It’s my most sincere desire to write them a letter to share some of my feelings with them myself. Can you also get back to me with their address that I may send them a letter?

    Thanks!, Erich

  52. Yoder
    on May 21st, 2013

    Anyone know their saturday hours?

  53. Elizabeth Shaw
    on May 22nd, 2013

    Lapp Valley’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm.

  54. Stacey Jackson
    on June 27th, 2013

    I came from Orlando, FL to Denver to visit my family with my 3 year old boy. We on a whim said lets take my son to see some cows. What a neat place. We thoroughly enjoyed the farm. It is so beautiful. We had the Chocolate and the Coconut Ice Cream. Amazing. We come home once or twice a year and after living in Lancaster County for 31 years and never visited your farm, I will be back at every visit for the rest of my life.

  55. Dennise
    on July 30th, 2013

    I am not a fan of ice cream. Though, I will say every time we go to Lancaster County I visit their farm. If you want low sugar they also sell that. It is probably the best ice cream I have ever tasted. Was just there last Frid.
    If you visit the website it is surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful sites.
    Please visit, you will love the experience.

  56. David
    on August 14th, 2013

    I enjoyed your ice cream but was wondering if you feed your cats that were begging for food and very under weight and sick looking. The ones we saw today looked like a skeleton…….

  57. Denese
    on September 24th, 2013

    Hi! Like several others, above, I was googling David and Miriam Lapp and came across this website, Man, I wish I could try that ice cream everyone is raving about!!! Anyway, I watched Amish A Secret Life 1 and 2, and I was so amazed that they found Jesus, and looks like they are Born Again, and the risks they were willing to take to spread His name, these people really show love to their family and neighbors! What a blessing to watch this on youtube! David and Miriam are rocking it for the Kingdom!! I hope many more will come to know Jesus as their Savior because they were willing to do this movie! Incredible!! They both are precious!! As well as their beautiful children! God bless them all, they have their priorities STRAIGHT! <3

  58. Brandi
    on September 27th, 2013

    I am from the Lancaster area and I am coming home next week. I am looking for peacock feathers for a costume. I need quit a few of them and was wondering if they still have peacocks and if I might find feathers on the farm? Thank you for any information anyone can give me.

  59. Andrea Ammann
    on September 30th, 2013

    Hello. I’m from swizerland and i have just watched the BBC documentary about David Lapp and his nice family. What a great blessing! I have heared, that David speaks german. Is it right? My english is not very good, but it’s my desire to write them a letter. Maybe i can write in German? Can you write me their adress? That would be wonderful. Be blessed in jesus name.

  60. Andrea Ammann
    on October 1st, 2013

    My email is:
    Thanks very much!

  61. Amy Charlton
    on October 10th, 2013

    My friends and I have been having a girls week at Spring Gulch Campground for the last few years. We always saw the sign for the farm but never went. Finally we went last year. Wow!!!! Best ice cream ever!!! We were just there last month and had to go every day we were there!! The chocolate milk is amazing also!!!

  62. Wes
    on November 6th, 2013

    We stopped at Lapp’s yesterday to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We watched the cows being milked, peacocks trotting around the beautiful grounds, let calves suck on our fingers,ate the most AMAZING ICE CREAM on the planet, and enjoyed the sunset. Gracious, beautiful people.

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  64. Lucy
    on November 28th, 2013

    Hello all, I hope you are well?

    I saw the post from Shameme Adams here.
    I am hoping to contact the same Lapp family, David and Miriam Lapp who have 5 children mentioned, who were in the t.v. documentary on BBC1, who live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I think this farm isn’t run by the correct people so can I have the address of the correct couple? I would like to write them a letter.
    Please can I have an address?

    My email is:

  65. Ben
    on December 15th, 2013

    Hello, I was also deeply encouraged and amazed when I saw the BBC documentary at how God is working in the Lapp’s lives and their commitment to the great commission. And apologies for using this website as the means to ask my request but I would also very much like to know the family’s mailing address that I might send them a letter. Many thanks!

    My email is

  66. Kristen May
    on December 17th, 2013

    We cannot give out their information, but you can reach out to them on Facebook. Hope this helps!

  67. Mark
    on January 13th, 2014

    Just watched your story on U-tube, thankyou for having the courage to put Jesus first, you are an inspiration to all born again Christians

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