This week is National Farmers Market week. You know how there are sometimes weeks or days that celebrate things like foot inserts, grapefruits or kittens? If there was a week long donut celebration I’d be in trouble…wait… is there one? If so, I can tell you where to get a donut for each day of the week to celebrate OR a donut for each hour of the day, if it’s a national donut day celebration. That food hook-up would be Lancaster Central Market.
Since I began blogging for Fig about Central Market there have been no occasions visiting this market and left empty handed or in need of an ingredient to whip up a dish. Lancaster Central Market has been bringing the community together since 1730. You can read this recent story for a more historical perspective.
This year round market is always a bustle. It can’t go without mentioning how the growers adapt to the change in season by offering hydroponically grown produce (Groff’s) to canned or preserved grown goods (Sweet Annies Produce). Frozen soil does not slow these farmers down.
A few new to market folks have asked what are some of the “market must haves” and I’m sure your list might be different than mine but here is my list of favorites… this week … it is always changing and there are things I have not yet tried but heard rave reviews – the Carr’s mac and cheese, for instance.
1. fresh flowers from Rohrer or Spring Knoll
2. locally grown anything from Groff’s or Sweet Annie Produce. I’m sending you here because you need to be sure to start of a conversation with these 2 farmers and buy something, don’t be a goober. It is a requirement.
3. Thom’s Bread ‘Nuf said. I prefer the herbal breads but he bakes a Wilbur Bud bread that folks like.
4. Rafiki’s Deli for finger food or salads to go that are often vegetarian, always with an African flavor and delish.
5. Stroopies from Amish Family Recipes … your coffee or tea will thank you. Be sure to ask the folks at Amish Family Recipes how to enjoy these treats.
6. Yasou! Greek pastries are my weakness. I like the “honey” cookies.
7. I have not tried it but I’m a sucker for mac and cheese and am told this is killer… from Carr’s
8. Savor the best cuppa tea at PureBlend. Come fall you have not lived until you have had a cup of honey ginger tea.
9. no photo… if there is no photo then there is no evidence…. thanks to Theresa at Fig Lancaster I am now addicted to the peanut butter donuts at Stoltzfus Homestyle Bakery.
10. well, I’ll just leave this open there are just so many places to visit… the meatballs sandwich at Delgiorno’s, the stuffed grape leaves from Stella’s Greek Cuisine, anything from Saife’s Middle Eastern Food, fruit juices at Lancaster Juice Company… it goes on and on
What’s your favorite?