Imagine an indoor upscale market with organic poultry and steaks; wild-caught fish; organic olive oils and vinegars; artisan cheeses; handcrafted chocolates made with careful thought and immense talent; delicious food made from local ingredients and with care right in front of your eyes; a bright and crisp kitchen for cooking demos, and you have the Easton Public Market.
On my first few steps in, I notice the space is big, light and airy. Then, I notice the smells. Oh, the smells… Who knew the mixed aromas of fresh baked pizza, crepes, and fresh roasted coffee could come together to form such a heavenly scent?
Welcome to Local Find Fridays!
I am super excited to announce a new weekly series I will be doing on the blog. I am a huge fan of supporting local businesses. When those local small businesses cater to the health-conscious people of the Lehigh Valley, I’m hooked! Each week I’ll be posting about a different business in my hometown area that has health, nutrition, or fitness behind its mission statement.
Allow me to take you to the brand new Easton Public Market for the first week. This easy-to-navigate foodie’s heaven is a great addition to the downtown Easton area!
Upon entrance, you find Dundore and Heister. Dundore and Heister specializes in hand-cut meats. I found this quote on their website that I loved everything about.
“Here, there’s an unwavering connection to a simpler way of life, such as the farm-to-table ethos and nose-to-tail philosophy fostered by Pennsylvania Dutch and the area’s early settlers. To them, thoughtfully-prepared, down-to-earth meals shared among family, friends, and neighbors wasn’t just a trend. Celebrating their community and local bounty was an integral part of everyday life.”
That is everything I love…down-to-earth meals made from locally grown ingredients. Knowing what is going into our food and where our food came from is extremely meaningful to me. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated people!
Their meats are antibiotic and hormone-free as well. I bought steaks from here for our dinner gathering last weekend, and I can attest that they were super tender and delicious!
My mom was my tag along buddy for this trip. We arrived at the market starving, and this was completely intentional. I heard their food their is awesome! After a quick browse at Dundore and Heister, we turned to our left to find Mister Lee’s Noodle Bar.
I have been hearing wonderful things about this place, and the owners are the same owners of another favorite local farm-to-table restaurant, so I had to give it a try!
I like that they keep their menu small and simple, since this kind of restaurant is new to our area, and I think many people, myself included, are a little confused as to what all goes into these ramen bowls. Their small menu forces you to pick a bowl and go with it! I ordered the veggie ramen. Oh.My.God. It was all that I expected it to be and more. And can we just take a minute to admire the presentation?
This was a bit of a treat meal to me. I wouldn’t usually eat something with so many noodles, but oh man, was it worth it!
After lunch, we began our stroll around the market. The Highmark Farmstand offers a beautiful array of fresh fruits and veggies.
Next up! Full of Crepe! The smell of their crepes is fabulous! They offer both savory and sweet!
Another food option, More Than BBQ. This place also smelled amazing. If you’re in the mood for some quality BBQ and homestyle food, this is the place for you!
One thing I love about all of these food places is that they are bar-style seating. It’s a much more personable experience between you and the cooks. You see them making your food. You see what’s going into it. And you can easily make conversation with the cooks about the food too!
Me being the coffee lover that I am, this next stand has my heart! Fieldstone Coffee Roasters! Organic coffee. I love a place that really knows their coffee and puts so much care into the process of bean to cup!
They also had some pretty great looking teas. How refreshing do these look?!
Who doesn’t love some wine tasting while you’re out shopping? Tucked away in the back corner, one of my favorite local wineries has a stand where you can sample wines or even order a glass!
This next place, Scratch is just too cool. If their colorful and eccentric menu isn’t enough to draw you in, the wonderful smell of their pizzas will! Although I personally don’t eat a lot of bread, you can see that their breads and pizzas are all made from scratch – hence, their name. You can find market-goers sitting around the bar here with their own gourmet pizza made with ingredients from Apple Ridge farm, and a pint of local craft beer from Shawnee Craft Brewing Co. Everything at this stand starts from local, wholesome ingredients!
Chocolate lovers rejoice at Chocodiem! Their hand-crafted chocolates are sure to satisfy sweet tooth!
And can we please just take a look at these macaroons. I’m not a fan of macaroons, but this picture makes me want to be!
This might be one of the coolest aspects of the market – the kitchen. In the kitchen, you can watch a cooking demo or take a cooking class with one of the incredibly talented chefs in the market! This is a great date idea if you ask me!
One of our last stops is Olive With a Twist, which offers a wide variety of olive oils and vinegars. If it not for my oil and vinegar cabinet already overflowing right now, I totally would’ve went nuts at this place!
Feel free to sample any oil or vinegar they have out!
Finally, we were back at the entrance and at the last stand, 3rd and Ferry Fresh Fish Market.
Here, they have lots of fresh options and this place is trustworthy too. I know I am a bit sketchy of seafood places myself, but I definitely trust the quality of the seafood here. The people working there know their stuff too, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for suggestions!
It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with the Easton Public Market. It is seriously a healthy foodie’s dream! I was overwhelmed with excitement during my first trip there. Luckily it’s very strategically set up and guides you through the market stand by stand! I definitely recommend checking it out!
Have a great weekend!