Butcher bologna: A fun local food

Today’s “things we eat” post comes from longtime reader John Loeper, who writes:

“Just a comment about things unique to York County. This has to do with a food item called ‘Butcher Bologna.’ I have eaten this bologna since my youth but have not been able to find it anyplace outside of York County. In York it is available at Giant, Weis, Central Market and Conrad’s, but you cannot find it in those same stores in Lancaster, Dauphin or Cumberland counties. There are several brands of it, Ahrens, Millers, Weaver’s and a few more. When I lived in western PA I used to order it over the phone from Millers and they would ship it to me (it’s that good). I just wonder why York county is the only place person can buy this wonderful bologna.”

John, I found you a friend in New Jersey who wonders the same thing. What’s up with the butcher bologna thing?

And while we’re on the subject of food, Bill Schmeer found something a little while back that I wanted to make sure I shared. Local chef Andrew Little was featured on CNN.com’s “Eatocracy,” talking about some local delicacies like scrapple, hogmaw and schnitz and knepp.

You might remember that I’d talked about Andrew back in April, when someone brought his blog, Eat Like You Live Here, to my attention.

I hope you’ll check out the interview with Andrew here. And check back tomorrow, because the subject of bologna continues … though perhaps in a different (differnt?) direction.

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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5 Responses to Butcher bologna: A fun local food

  1. Nancy says:

    As far as I can tell recently, there are two foods that definitely mark you as a York County native: butcher bologna and sugar cakes. We have an Amish Market here in NJ that’s full of vendors from Lancaster County, and when I asked the bakery folks from Ronks if they ever had sugar cakes, they looked at me like I’d sprouted an extra head. I had no idea they were YC-specific, but apparently they are.
    Actually, now that I think about it, Egg and Olive might be a third. Do they speak E&O over in Lancaster?

  2. karen myers says:

    I laughed when I read this. We visited my dad in York every other weekend growing up and York is still the only place to find butcher bologna. I crave it. I cant wait til my sister comes to VA in February. I will definitely be asking her to bring me some! We do finally have tasty cakes….thank goodness.

  3. Jennie Saylor Storms says:

    I LOVE butcher bologna! And it is definitely only in York, PA.
    I grew up in York and when I married we moved to Lake Mills, WI, then Hagerstown, MD, then back to WI further north and now in western PA. None of them had it but when went to visit I got some and took home with me.
    I can get sweet Lebanon Bologna at a Giant Eagle but not all of them have it. But no butcher Bologna in western PA. When I go to York I get it, freeze it and come home and then eat. ☺️

  4. Jennie Saylor Storms says:

    I also love sugar cakes!!

  5. Peggy Lutz says:

    I am trying to locate someone that carries Ahrens butcher bologna. Would appreciate a reply.

    Thank You


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