Central Market in Lancaster, PA, is the oldest continually operating famers market in the U.S. Twenty-five years ago, a second-generation stand-holder began writing down the recipes for the food she sold at her stand. She urged other stand-holders to do the same—and the collection of recipes became The Central Market Cookbook. Now, New York Times bestselling author, Phyllis Good, who shops every week in the Market in her home town, has authored the cherished and updated, The Central Market Cookbook, 25th Anniversary Edition. With more than 350 recipes, the book captures the Market’s vibrant and historic atmosphere, along with its beloved, locally created foods for all to enjoy.
Central Market, just off the main square in the city of Lancaster, PA, is the oldest continually operating farmers market in the U.S. It absolutely bursts with life every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday of the year, when it throws open its doors to its loyal shoppers.
The stand-holders are a mix of local organic farmers, truck-patch gardeners, bakers, butchers, cheese-makers, and cooks from local kitchens who bring their fully prepared foods to sell.
Twenty-five years ago, a second-generation stand-holder began writing down favorite recipes of the food she sold at her stand. She urged other stand-holders to do the same (many did not cook from written recipes), and they brought together 300 of their very best recipes. The collection became The Central Market Cookbook, and it sold wildly.
Customers and friends of Central Market have been asking again for those choice recipes.
New York Times bestselling cookbook author, Phyllis Good, who shops every week at Central Market, is the author of the cherished, and now updated, The Central Market Cookbook, 25th Anniversary Edition. Good invited stand-holders who’ve joined the Market since the first book was published, to offer one of their best recipes to the new edition.
The new book includes all of the original favorites, plus new recipes from today’s stand-holders.
Current and historic photos transport readers to the Romanesque building, which was constructed in 1889. In 1972, the Market building was put on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The building is lovely, and it’s been recently renovated,” says Good. “But the recipes are truly memorable! You will want to cook from this book!”
The 350-plus recipes range from Pumpkin Cream Soup to Susquehanna Riverman’s Pot Pie, from Lamb Balls with Sour Cream and Capers to Scallops and Pasta Romano, and from Espresso Mousse to Strawberry Snowbank Pie.
The Central Market Cookbook, 25th Anniversary Edition also offers stories from the Market’s past, along with colorful memories of longtime stand-holders. Whether you visit the Market or not, you can now enjoy its delectable food!