I was the type of child who couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown. I had dreams of living in the Big Apple! Now, here I am, 10 years later living in the Big Apple and I never realized just how cool my hometown was.

I get to go home about every 4 or 5 months and when I get there, it’s almost like an out of body experience.  Being able to see how my small town has grown and changed so much has been both emotional and exciting.

In case y’all don’t know, I’m talking about Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Once a town known for the Amish, it is now full of life, art, and food. Although…the Amish still get a solid shout out.

One thing that I have always loved about my hometown is the Lancaster Central Market. Also known as “Market” by the locals. From the fresh baked goods to the horseradish and all the way to the meat vendors, Market is a big staple in the Lancaster lifestyle.

Market is the oldest indoor farmers market in the country!  It’s our  little stamp of awesomeness! The building is almost 200 years old and is one of the most beautiful structures in Pennsylvania. For those who have an appreciation for buildings and art, put this on the bucket list.

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Photo Credit: Tamara Bachelder

Market is truly a one of a kind experience. You can find all kinds of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch food and traditions as well as local Amish freshly made items.

Hungry in the morning? Stop in for some Jo and a locally made fresh donut! You can find smoothie kiosks and juicing stations for those who are looking for a little snack while you’re shopping around.

At Market, you can also find great pickles, preserves and jams, and candies all locally made! The produce is so fresh the smells are practically overwhelming and of course it’s all locally grown. You could find Pennsylvania Dutch traditional pies like Whoopie Pie and Shoofly Pie.

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Photo Credit: Tamara Bachelder

 

Soft pretzels, scrapple, and all the ingredients you need for a good ol’ fashion Pennsylvania Dutch soup (which is more like a stew) are all items you can find at this wonderful place.

More than anything else, more than all the food and produce and desserts, Market supports the local growers and your ‘at-home’ bakers and chefs. It’s  a great experience to be there and be around all the local and traditional food, but buying from there just gives me the feeling of sheer joy. There’s nothing more I like doing than contributing to the community of Lancaster.

And though I am now considered a New Yorker, I will always be proud of coming from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.