If you’re a self-proclaimed foodie, no visit to Lancaster County would be complete without a trip to Lancaster Central Market.
Lancaster Central Market is the country’s oldest farmers market, located in a beautiful 120 year-old building in the heart of downtown Lancaster. Featuring gourmet and ethnic foods, local specialties, and unique gifts and souvenirs, Lancaster Central Market was recently listed as “one of the 10 best fresh markets in the world” by CNN Go, the global and travel website of the international cable news network.
During a recent visit I decided to stray outside of my comfort zone to try some things I may not typically sample.
My first stop was at Pureblend Tea where I enjoyed my first tea latte. It was a nice change from my usual café lattes. They can be ordered in a number of different flavors… mine was salted caramel. Devine.
I was craving comfort food so my next stop was Spring Glen Fresh Foods for some delicious macaroni and cheese. Spring Glen features everything from chicken pot pie to potato salad to chow chow. If their other food offerings are as good as their mac and cheese, you’re in for a real treat.
On my way to satisfy my sweet tooth I was distracted by the tantalizing smell of… horseradish? Yes, the smell of fresh grated horseradish drew me to Long’s Horseradish where owner Mike Long was making a fresh batch. In addition to horseradish, Long’s offers a number of selections including gourmet horseradish mustard, cocktail sauce, horseradish pickles, and horseradish BBQ sauce. Per Mr. Long’s recommendation, I later tried the BBQ sauce on meatloaf. Fantastic!
Then I was off to get my sugar fix at Shady Maple Bakery where I had the best peanut butter filled whoopie pie I have ever tasted. It was so fresh and moist… I can’t believe I had enough self-control to only eat one. If you want to try this yummy PA Dutch classic, this is the place to go.
Finally, I was feeling a bit edgy so I thought I’d try a bit of Thai. I headed over to Narai Exotic Thai Cuisine for their Panang Chicken Curry. It was flavorful, spicy, and oh so delicious.
So for all those foodies out there, Lancaster Central Market is a must for your “To Do” list. Open year-round on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, more information can be found at www.centralmarketlancaster.com.