We’ve mentioned our market before – Lancaster’s Central Market. We love going there –we invite you to come too!
1. It’s a true mix of Lancastrians. There are chefs, parents with little kids, retirees, people using food stamps, and out-of-state visitors. Even the standholders are diverse. Some of them are market farmers who have been at market for a few generations; others are new farmers or immigrants with interesting products or ethnic foods.
2. Many times, the seller is the producer too. We can ask questions about the food or the product that a middleman wouldn’t know. Want to try a new vegetable but aren’t sure how? Ask the farmer how to cook it. The flower seller can tell you more about peonies than your grandma.
3. Market prices are good! Often cheaper than the grocery store, especially if you’re buying produce that’s in season locally.
4. Market can be our breakfast or lunch stop with friends, our grocery store, our gift shop, our fun activity with our out-of-town friends. We bump into friends at market. We’ve been shopping there long enough that we’re on first-name basis with some of the standholders. It’s fun to go to market!
Here’s a salsa recipe from the “Fresh from Central Market” Cookbook that gives you the perfect reason to run to market. It’s strawberry season now in Lancaster County – enjoy!
Strawberry, Orange, and Avocado Salsa
“Fresh From Central Market” Cookbook, page 192
Makes 4 servings
Prep. Time: 10-15 minutes
2 pints strawberries
2 small oranges
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 ripe avocado, cubed
1 lemon, zested and juiced
freshly ground black pepper
1. Stem and cut strawberries into ¼”-thick slices. Place in mixing bowl.
2. Cut all peel and pith off oranges. Working over strawberry bowl to catch orange juice, cut between membranes, releasing orange segments into bowl.
3. Squeeze juice from orange peels and membranes into same bowl.
4. Sprinkle with sugar and mix gently.
5. Place cubed avocado in bowl with fruit.
6. Place lemon zest and juice over mixture. Mix gently.
7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
8. Serve soon. The Salsa is a good accompaniment to grilled meats or veggies, and to tacos and Latin food. Also refreshing as part of a brunch.