The Oldest Continuous Farmers’ Market in America

Yes, I’ve known about it for a long time, but it took me just as long to get my butt over to Easton to visit the oldest continuously running farmers’ market in America. The Easton Farmers’ Market is held Saturday mornings from 10 to 2, and for some reason I just never could get over there. That is, until this past chilly autumn weekend when I dropped my teenage daughter off at her school nearby for a Saturday field trip.

Lucia and I shivered as the market was opening up. But soon we warmed up by eating wood-fired pizza (yes, for breakfast!). The stands make a ring around the center circle of Easton, and the sun was shining on the Peace Candle, which was up for the holidays. This market goes all winter long but moves indoors after Thanksgiving.

The mood was a bit weary, since apparently the week before Baconfest simply took over the whole town. I had heard it was a huge hit. But this Saturday was quiet, sunny, and lovely. I found some incredible marmalade and jams and a delicious new bread vendor. And also got some hummus and tabbouleh from Aladdin restaurant’s booth.

And then I found it…the thing I’d been searching for for the past three years. Organic escarole! And not just any organic escarole, but the largest head of escarole I’d ever seen. I needed the extra-large produce bag to fit it in. I was very excited and knew exactly what I would make with it.

And THAT, dear reader, is the topic of my next two blogs.  Stay tuned!


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6 Responses to The Oldest Continuous Farmers’ Market in America

  1. Donna in Delaware November 20, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Ooo, I can’t find any organic escarole either! I’ve been looking for it forever! You lucky girl you! I have to get up there one of these days soon. Yes, let us know what you are going to do with it. I’m was looking to make escarole soup! Thanks for the info Maria!!

  2. maria (farm country kitchen) November 20, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    escarole soup coming next week! XO

  3. Donna in Delaware November 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Bingo! Ha, I knew it!!! XOXOXO

  4. Becky November 21, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    This isn’t too far from us either. I think I need to round up my food blogger girlfriends and plan a road trip. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. Laura July 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I thought the oldest was Lancaster Central Farmers Market in PA. No?

  6. Joyce August 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    Not the oldest continuously operating Farmer’s Market. Lancaster, PA’s Central holds that distinction.

    This market is the oldest continuously operating “open air” farmer’s market.

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