A Montgomery County farmer plans to bring locally grown products to a central location as the new manager of the Glen Country Store.
Tim Lane, known locally for his popular homemade breads sold at farmers markets, is giving the retail market a try under a six-month lease.
The store shut down at the start of the year and Lane took over in February.
“I’m a farmer and baker. The rest of the stuff we’re trying to figure out,” Lane said Monday after slicing some roast beef for deli sandwiches.
The store’s interior, replete with a pot-bellied stove, jars of stick candy and historic farm implements adorning the walls, maintains the look of old-time country stores rarely seen today.
Photos of the store in its heyday of the early 1900s hang near the deli counter. One depicts horse-drawn carriages, a historic sight that’s grown to be commonplace again with the influx of Amish residents to the area.
Lane envisions the store, situated at the five corners intersection of routes 30A and 161, as a convenience to residents who don’t want to drive for miles to grab some flour, toilet paper or aspirin.
“It’s so far away to a store from here, we try to have the stuff you need without having to drive to Johnstown,” Lane said.
Lane said he is not sure which products will stay and which will go. Some specialized inventory items — such as three different kinds of cinnamon — may not survive. It all depends on sales.
But it’s likely new items will appear as the weeks go on, Lane said, because a week doesn’t go by without somebody bringing in a product and looking for an outlet.
Breakfast and lunch sandwiches are popular so far, Lane said.
There are a few tables with chairs set up on one side of the store where guests can have a meal.
“I don’t see it as a restaurant as much as a general store,” he said as he stirred a pot of broccoli and cheese soup he made earlier in the day.
Lane said he’s planning to spruce up the front porch of the building, where he hopes to provide display space for locally grown produce, as was done decades ago at the same location.
And for Lane, who has been growing vegetables including tomatoes, peppers and hydroponic lettuce for 25 years, getting veggies shouldn’t be a problem.
Currently, Lane said most of his vegetable customers come to him directly.
“It’s a lot more rewarding getting to know the people who buy your stuff directly,” he said.
The Glen Country Store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.