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Central Market and My First Edition of Farmer’s Market Fridays

March 26, 2010

First, I’m sorry for any mystery I caused in the last post. There were comments and some emails wondering if my Central Market is the same as Yours. It’s Lancaster, PA’s Central Market smack dab in the middle of downtown. It’s the oldest continuously running Farmer’s Market in the country, but to call it that seems almost limiting. The endless array of things that you can get at Market are unbelievable – every time I go, I find something new to love.

I decided to start this project because I want to do a few things:

  • Learn more about the Farmer’s Markets in our area
  • Learn more about how to use my camera (Slowly – very slowly, but I am managing to get into manual mode. The pictures aren’t usually perfect, but it feels so great to be learning and to understand the settings and why they may not turn out to be great choices. Learning to edit them is a whole different can of worms, but I’m working on that slowly, too.)
  • Shop more in ways that allow me to speak to the people closer to the source of our food
  • Give myself a forced reason to haul us to a market at least weekly
  • Learn more about the abundant resources we have locally for produce, dairy, meat, poultry and many other products that fill our  daily lives

We’re lucky around here to have many resources for shopping beyond the grocery store. Central Market was just my choice for where to start because it seemed the easiest. The architecture of the building is unbelievable and I wanted to get at least a few pictures in before they start on some much-needed renovations on the building in the next few weeks. The photo opportunities are nearly endless and I can’t wait to continue this journey as the weather warms.

I know I already posted pictures of the outside of the building, but I have more to share. The outside just has so many incredible details and I’m always amazed to walk up to this building in the middle of everything and see such a contrast of old and new.

The small posts in the bottom center of the picture are hitching posts – in case you need to bring your horse(ok, or bike.)

Across the alley from some of the Central Market entrances

I wouldn’t want you to think that just because I go to Farmer’s Markets often that I’m in any way cool or hip. I was definitely that mom with a stroller, a little one tagging along slowly, a stroller basket stuffed with random products, yoga pants and my sneakers. White New Balance workout sneakers at that.

*ahem* It’s NOT all produce around here. You could fall over in a sugar coma from all of the available sweets that are available.

I was trying to be sneaky and get a picture of this cute man eating his soup. I don’t know why, he was just sweet.

I had never noticed much bulk option before today. It’s amazing what you can see when you look at things with a different perspective. I only noticed these because I thought they’d be a fun picture. So glad to have seen them – that’s one less trip somewhere else!

She wins my award for favorite stand. She (and her family) have a goat farm and she is so in love with it/them that I can barely even stand the loveliness. Instead of talking more, I think I might dedicate another post to her on another day – she’s that awesome:)

At the end of the day, we left with: Beets, kiwi(you know they were local;), swiss chard, new potatoes, Parmesan burger rolls, chive goat cheese, an iced coffee, a cookie, 3 little pieces of gummy candy, an onion, some mushrooms and some bananas.

Somehow we made it out without our favorite yogurt on the world – I may or may not try to take pictures of that stand next time. It will depend how brave I’m feeling about asking people if I can take pictures at their stands. Sometimes I’m really shy about it. Just imagine whole milk,  real maple or raspberry yogurt from grass-fed cows. Mmmmm hmmm. It’s THAT good. and more. Sort of like the goat cheese.

If you have Farmer’s Market or just general local food love that you want to share – please do! I started a Flickr Group that anyone can join or feel free to leave a link in the comments to your own blog post about local food/markets/CSAs – you name it! If you love it and it’s an amazing or inspiring resource, I’d love to hear more about it:)

p.s. In case you have kids and you don’t read Ohdeedoh already, run there as fast as possible! It’s an amazing blog and I’m so very excited and flattered that they did a Room Tour of Mia and Nick’s Room!

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 29, 2010 7:56 pm

    that looks amazing! so jealous. what an awesome idea for a flickr group too. I will def be in on this game…

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