16 May 2016

Lancaster East Side Market Opened for Season

The Lancaster East Side Market opened for its 2016 season yesterday. The Market, located in Musser Park in Lancaster City, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through 16 October.

It took some effort getting there yesterday. There was some Streets festival going on which literally had the city cut in half. Traffic was even more horrible than usual. I would have given up and gone elsewhere after the cops waved me past the park. Parking was also difficult since Chestnut Street was closed but we found a spot in the alley, though to be honest I am not sure our spot was actually legal. Fortunately my husband was driving because it was a nice time.

Vendors were: The Baker's Lover, BeeBee's All Naturals/Stoudt's, Renewal Kombucha, The Raw Spa, GMO Free Lancaster, Fresh Starts Nursery, Whistlestop Café, Horseshoe Ranch, Fudge-o-lutely, Calicutt's Spice Co, Lancaster East Side Market stand, Neighbor Made, Isabelle Cuisine, and The Global Kitchen.

Renewal Kombucha, based in Lititz, offered probiotic natural iced tea. They had a couple different types there to sample. My husband enjoyed the White Tea with Lemongrass while my daughter preferred the Hibiscus Mint Green Tea. Their website is www.DrinkRenewal.com.

GMO Free Lancaster had an information stand at the market. This coming Saturday, the 21st, GMO Lancaster will hold its annual March Against Monsanto. The March will begin at noon at Penn Square in the city.

Fresh Start Nursery
Fresh Starts Nursery had a limited supply of plants for sale. The vegetable plants were just $3 each. My husband selected a couple Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomatoes and Purple Beauty Bell Peppers. While we were there, Brendan also mentioned an initiative in the city for roof gardens! Their website is still under construction but you can read more about them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/freshstartsnursery/.

Horseshoe Ranch is a small organic farm in Willow Street. They offer vegetables and eggs for CSA as well as local markets, like the one yesterday. We spoke with Brittany and Bryan (only Bryan was there Sunday) last weekend at the Herb & Garden Faire at Landis Valley and she explained CSA to us. CSA is Communtiy Supported Agriculture. In a CSA people buy a membership into the program and that gives them a share of the farm’s products each week during the season. They do a great job explaining how a CSA works and how to take part in it on their website,  http://www.horseshoeranchpa.com.

Who can go to Market and not eat, right? Well, we certainly could not especially with all the delicious temptations that The Whistlestop Café had to offer! The Café itself is located at 16 E. McGovern Avenue. After sampling some of their goods yesterday, the Café has definitely made it on my “to visit” list. Check out their website at http://www.whistlestopcafe-pa.com/ for a list of their goodies!

You can follow the Market at https://lancastereastsidemarket.com/ or on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LancasterEastSideMarket/.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016
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