As a kid we would head out to Way Fruit Farm to pick out pumpkins, and get apples in the fall. Sometimes in June we would go and pick our own strawberries to make jelly and shortcakes. When I recently discovered that Way’s had food service, I was intrigued. After reading an article listing them as a great place to get brunch, I decided we needed to check it out. Not knowing what to expect, and only armed with memories of Ways from years ago, I was in awe of their operation. I’m not sure when its transformation happened, certainly before I moved back to State College a year ago. However, Ways has turned itself from a small side-of-the-road farm stand into a large, diversified operation. More than just a farm stand, they now have a huge store that sells in addition to fresh farm produce, meats and cheeses, packaged goods such as jams and sauces, pastas, an entire wall of pickled goods, baking ingredients, gifts, candy and hard to find sodas. Ways has a lot to offer and is well worth the trip. We have become hooked on a ginger soda they offer by the bottle (it’s a good mixer for drinks) and now make a trip out there every few months to stock up on our soda.
The Way Café, Bakery and Deli offers lunch, dinner, Saturday breakfast, deli and bakery. We came for breakfast and I ordered a Scramble and my husband ordered an egg sandwich with bacon. A Scramble consists of 2 scrambled eggs mixed with home fries and your choice of mixed in options such as cheese, bacon, onions, broccoli, tomatoes. Other menu options include oatmeal, fruit, eggs, French toast and bakery goods.
The atmosphere is super casual, you order at a counter and your name is called when it’s ready. It’s seat yourself in a nicely decorated wood paneled room appointed with chairs and tables. Coffee is serve yourself. The meals are priced affordably, and I suspect that the disposable plates, while wasteful, help to keep cost down.
Ways is a great option for good quality and value meals. In addition, their store offers a great selection of food items that are unique, fun and delicious.
If you are out to buy produce, apples or in the Fall get your pumpkins why not make a day of it and stop in for breakfast or lunch. If you are looking for gift options for those in your life who like to cook or better, like to eat – the store has great gift basket options.