Writer Michael Vyskocil Photographer Eric Forberger
_esf4381_b_smLocated on a 60-acre, chemical-free farm in the village of  Stoverstown, York County, Sonnewald  Natural Foods is  an easy 15-minute drive  from downtown York. Established in 1955  by the parents of  co-owner Willa  Lefever, Harold “Tim” and Grace, this 8,000-square-foot family-owned business  is  one of the longest  continually operating  natural food stores in Pennsylvania.

Here, you’ll find a wide variety of products dedicated to healthy living. This selection includes organic produce, more than 300 climate-controlled bulk items, natural groceries, nutritional supplements, non-toxic personal care choices, and earth-friendly products for the home.

Time spent at Sonnewald  isn’t like a  visit to the supermarket or  pharmacy. For  team member Billy  Krouse, it’s the feeling of coming home. “This is a good place to come and build a relationship with yourself,” he says. “Before I started working here, I was_esf4420_sm a customer. I came because I’m a seeker for knowledge. I care about what I put into my body.”  Indeed, that knowledge can be life changing, as a customer testimonial (“I had no idea when I first came here five years ago that this place would change my whole life”) illustrates.

Whether it’s helping  customers  discern the truth about their health or giving people some  literal “grist for the mill”  by stone-grinding organic grains into flour at the on-site mill room, the personal experience is a highlight of what the Sonnewald team offers.

Education is a very high priority and the store attends many local events and wellness fairs. Weed walks, farm tours, and frequent in-store demos further enhance the  Sonnewald  commitment to creating a well-informed, healthy community.


Sonnewald Natural Foods
4796 Lehman Rd.
Spring Grove, PA 17362