The History of Everything Way-Har Farms

A little about the farm...

Our farm has been family owned for generations, since 1952. It started at 190 acres and has since then been expanded. We have recently added a barn to help with our growing needs. Along with our milking and show cows we grow all the nutritional needs for the cows. Foods such as corn, hay, wheat, rye, barley and alfalfa are all foods you can find on our farm.

 

WayHar Farms cows in their pasture. These cows are located at the WayHar Farm in Bernville PA.

FARM TOURS

How to sign up

Contact us at 610-488-1281 to schedule a date and time for your tour! Sign Up Now!

It is $7.00 per child; which includes a complimentary cup with a lid and a kiddie cone. Through the tour you will see our cows, manufacturing facility, and shop. You will get the chance to see how the milk and ice cream are made and how they are transported to the store.

OUR PRIZE WINNING COWS

We enjoy exhibiting our registered cattle at local fairs and shows in addition to national shows across the country. This allows us to showcase our herd of cows and meet other great dairymen that share our passion for raising high quality cattle. You can find our Holsteins, Jerseys, Milking Shorthorns, and Brown Swiss at the following shows.

Reading Fair - Reading, PA
Kutztown Fair - Kutztown, PA
Pennsylvania Southeast Championship Show - Lebanon, PA
All American Dairy Show - Harrisburg, PA
World Dairy Expo - Madison, WI

Come visit our “show ladies” at the fair and get to see where Way-Har milk comes from!

Customer Reviews:

Great ice cream fresh always and the staff is so nice Fresh food · Great selection · Convenient location · Knowledgeable staff

Brittany F.

Great selection of farm fresh products, baked goods and the best ice cream in Berks

Shawn E.

I love Way-Har! Brings back such great memories when my parents took me there often on the way to their property at Lake Wynonah. So love the ice cream, but the baked goods & chocolate milk are awesome, as well as the huge selection of candy!

Cindy C.

Lots of flavors to choose from and the flavors were creamy and delicious. Tried the Ice Cream Palette giving me an opportunity to sample four flavors at once. Also reasonably priced as well.

Angelique S.

Has great ice cream and staff is very friendly.

Nikki M.

Stopped on my way home from Reading back to Coal Township. I saw they had butter cream eggs and just had to try them. They were like I always remembered and cannot find anymore…..sweet, creamy and delicious. While there, I figured I might as well have an ice cream cone. I asked for banana flavor… Read more “Jim Beach”

Jim B.

Best local store I’ve ever had the pleasure of going to! Awesome staff! I moved away over 10 years ago and walking in today for the first time. All of the foods were amazing just like I remembered.

Mike K.

Delicious ice cream and old timey shop atmosphere

Mathew B.

Great ice cream. Well worth the trip!

Christine E.

I absolutely love the ice cream and milkshakes at Way-Har! It’s creamy deliciousness. My favorite is probably black raspberry, but I also enjoy peppermint stick, chocolate marshmallow, and the orange Island one that I don’t remember what it’s called! I try to stop every time I’m passing the 183 exit on 78.

Jodi G.

Amazing selection of amazing ice cream!

Matthew S.

We go there every year on our way to Christmas Village. We have to stop and get their great baked goods. There is not one thing that we didn’t like. I do wish you guys had raspberry pie though. But you guys do an awesome job and we will see you soon!! Keep up the… Read more “Lisa Kowalski Pawlicki”

Lisa P.

I am third generation to enjoy their ice cream. Drove hours out of the way from Tn. To Ny just so my son could be the fourth Generation. 😉 great place great dairy. Great baked goods!

Nate N.

The finest peanut-butter ice cream I’d ever had, and that was in the late 1970’s… This is still the finest ice-cream parlor in the known world. I live near DC, but every single time I’m in your part of Pennsylvania, I come in, without fail… Bless you for doing – consistently – what you do… Read more “James Mahoney”

James M.

Absolutely love this place! From fresh made in house cookies, brownies, cakes, extra you get the idea! Best ice cream in the world. Got to love milkshakes! Awesome people and they make everything from their cow source. I’d give more stars. Every thing but their ice cream is all random every time you’re there.

Justin G.

I always like to come here for their delicious black raspberry ice cream. I love all their flavors, but you will never find another place that makes black raspberry ice cream as silky smooth and soft with delicious flavor. Recommend eating it with a waffle cone!

Andrew B.

Best ice cream and pies ever we go every so often live in sinking spring nice atmosphere we always enjoy our self our 9 year old we brought his friends yesterday happy campers.

Medici G.

Got ice cream and wow best ice cream I had in a long time great place to stop

Kunst S.

Best chocolate milk ever!!

Paul G.

We love this place. Wonderful milk. Their ice cream is so good. We love their pies, especially coconut custard. Yumm

Pam E.

I had the chocolate ice cream with peanut butter sauce. Really delicious

Mary B.

Absolutely obsessed with their ice cream/milkshakes and their soft pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing. This pregnant mama loves living near by. Got both of them last night again!

Heather P.

Best ice cream EVER. Friendly staff. Family photos on display add nice touch.

Daphne H.

Yes, I love the ice cream, but yesterday we got Fastnachts! Haven’t tasted any this good in decades!

Susie F.

Omg, the kid size was perfect for the adults!! And the TEABERRY Ice Cream was even better!

Ruth M.

Love the family owned farm store! Great place to stop

Taylor H.

Great place. Lots of ice cream flavors to choose from

Jeremy S.

Delicious homemade ice cream, fresh milk and Boston Cream Cakes!!!

Nicole R.

Stopped in yesterday and bought two half gallons of Egg Nog. Best I’ve ever had!!! Thank you for providing a high quality products. We absolutely love your ice cream and now egg nog. I’ll be back to buy a gallon of it.

Don B.

Always get a waffle cone of teaberry. Yum! And a pie or cake to take home.

Dave Z.

Always stop when in the area everything is always good and fresh

Len K.

Great little store selling great baked goods delicious foods and yummy ice creams.

Barbara B.

Love the cheese bread and chocolate chip cream cheese cupcakes

Carolina R.

Best raspberry dark chocolate chunk yogurt ever!!!

Suzy O.

Only milk we drink and we always look forward to the farm show for their famous thick milkshakes.

Vicki S.

Love the milk best around 🙂 and the milkshakes are awesome!

Angela L.

Very friendly people. Good verity of merchandise.

Tammy S.

Awesome shakes & ice cream! Great bakery!

Tammy W.

Real ice cream !!

Abe H.

Best Ice Cream

Penny S.

My daughter and her fiancee brought home the most amazing shortly pie I’ve ever tasted, road trip coming up.

Angela B.

Nice Home Made Farmer’s Market Stuff.

Isaac R.

Great place, friendly staff and the best ice cream.

Charlene H.

Definitely stop in. This place is excellent!

Alexis L.

When you the door you are hit with an amazing aroma of fresh baked goods!!! They have a large selection of ice cream flavors! I had the peanut butter Tandy cake with mini chocolate chips OMGOOSH!!! We will definitely go back for more!!!

Steph O.

Absolutely amazing. We went back for a second round of ice cream. They should bottle the smell of this place and sell it!

Marc A.

Excellent home made ice cream, and baked goods too!

Robert K.

Love this store…. I buy my raw honey and pure maple syrup there…. reasonably priced for big size.

Anthony M.

Great place, wholesome Americana is all I can say about this gem! PA Dutch settlers al around this area and they bake and cook some awesome food with all natural organic ingredients. The sticky buns are my personal favorite rite next to the iced raisin bread. Get a teaberry shake to become one with the… Read more “Michael Quinn”

Michael Q.

I love to stop here when I travel! They have great treats and a variety of bulk foods items. They serve great sandwiches! The staff is helpful and friendly. I would strongly recommend a stop at Way-Har Farm Store!!!!!

Ruth K.

A fun place to stop after school for a treat of ice cream cones & candy for granddaughter’s Birthday!

Janet H.

Excellent service and delicious ice cream.

Jennifer K.

Awesome place for ice cream on a hot summer evening!!

Roger W.

Great Ice Cream

Ray B.

Great locally made ice creams with patient staff allowing samples. Great, genuine country store atmosphere

Joshua W.

Great place to stop for ice cream or anything quick to eat.

Cindy S.

Seriously this place is amazing!

Steghem A.

Great place to get ice cream, sticky buns, milk, pastry products and other misc goods. The food they sell is super delicious! Staff are very nice. Highly recommended. Try the teaberry ice cream. Yumm!

Barb L.

Great local ice cream stand & farm market. DOZENS OF FLAVORS OF HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!! Best thick milk shakes & ice cream sundays in the area. When you are traveling Rt 183 North of Reading, PA… be sure to stop.

Jeff Lee

Fifty years fresh local market! A slice of East-Central Pennsylvania. Plenty of hand-made local fare as well as a full ice cream bar.

Joshua Krumholtz

About the Family, Store & Farm

The Lesher family has lived in the Upper Tulpehocken township area for 6 generations. These German descendants spoke fluent Pennsylvania Dutch, worked the land and were members of the local church. In 1952, the Lesher family purchased the current farm. This original farm was 190 acres and as the years past, the family added additional acreage.

In 1968, the herd of cows moved from an old German style bank barn to a modern 105 stall free-stall barn. Then in 2016, the Lesher’s made another major improvement and built a new free-stall barn that provide greater cow comfort along with better ventilation.

The family grows all of the nutritional needs for the animals on the farm. Growing corn, hay, wheat, rye, barley and alfalfa allows the cows to eat a special diet made just for them by the farm’s own nutritionist.

Preserving their resources is important to the family because they are committed to farming long term.

​Way-Har Farm Market is a third generation family-owned country store. The doors opened in 1970 as a dairy retail store selling milk from their farm-raised cows. The Lesher Family has processed and packaged their milk on the store premises; providing wholesome, super fresh milk and chocolate milk to the customers.

The retail store started in 1970 as the vision of Wayne Lesher and his brother Harold. The brothers wanted to bring their farm fresh milk directly to consumers and decided to make the bold move into retail sales. The farm market opened at a time when there were no convenience stores along Route 183 and initial sales were brisk. In 1979, they added on to the original facility.

As consumer wishes shifted and new convenience stores popped up in the area, the focus of the farm market shifted slightly. Milk was still king, but ice cream, and then later baked goods, crept up the ladder of prominence in store sales.

Today, ice cream, milk and homemade baked goods work together to bring a unique taste and product line to the loyal customers of Way-Har. The ice cream wagon is an additional source where delicious ice cream and milkshakes can be made and purchased. Additionally, you can find locally hand crafted baskets and other items displayed on the back wall. Whether you're from Berks, Lebanon or Schuylkill Counties, you won't find anything quite like Way Har!

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