A mean cup of coffee and a fresh donut: Market in the morning.
For decades, “meet me at Market” has been a part of the vernacular of Lancaster County. Here, a local brings an out-of-town friend to show off one of the most admired and photographed buildings in the area and a location that has been a Market for over 275 years.
A meatball sandwich, organic iced tea, and a crispy green salad: Market at lunch. Two strangers bump elbows selecting fresh, local vegetables and end up swapping recipes for the best ways to prepare them.
Thanks to the close-knit nature of Lancaster, it’s actually difficult to go to Market without seeing someone you know. Nearby, two old friends compare purchases over whipped cream- topped smoothies while a group of teenagers stop their bikes to listen as a street musician entertains the crowd. A father walks by with a box of cookies, something wrapped in brown paper, and a bouquet of colorful, fragrant flowers. His son follows behind, licking his finger to savor every last drip of handmade ice cream.
One of the many reasons that Lancaster’s Central Market continues to draw crowds is the unique quality of the local products. Farm-fresh, Lancaster County ingredients are available for the shoppers’ purchase and are also used in the preparation of the diverse culinary choices, ranging from PA Dutch scrapple to authentic African samosa and Kajiji salad.
Lancaster Central Market is truly a place like none other, filled with people whose one-of-a-kind stories create a sweet and savory atmosphere of engaging community. In the unforgettable building at 23 North Market Street, you’ll experience a local shopping treasure where people socialize, and a gathering place where people shop for great, local food.