A year-round food experience: Public market brings new energy to downtown

Easton Public Market.

If you weren’t already satisfied with the food options in Downtown Easton, just wait until The Easton Public Market opens its doors this Friday.

According to a press release from Easton Market District Director Megan McBride, the Easton Public Market is bringing grocery shopping and contemporary dining options to the Easton community Wednesday through Sunday. Similar to the open-air farmer’s market, it will deliver ready to order food and produce to purchase.

But one thing is different: this market will be open year-round. The building at 325 Northampton St., originally Rader’s Dry Goods and H.L. Green’s Department Store, will now serve Easton as a local gathering spot for enthusiastic food gurus.

“Easton has become a leader in local food culture in the Lehigh Valley,” McBride said.

“It’s about expanding the options for consumers, and offering more opportunities for our local farmers and food producers. Every vendor in the market was hand-picked for the superior quality of their product and the passion they have for their craft.”

Some of the offerings include a butcher, a baker and a fishmonger. There will also be craft beer, wood-fired pizza and Texas smoked BBQ. Alongside the eateries, there will be a, 800-square- foot food stand sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. This will offer locally grown fruit, vegetables and grains for the public to purchase.

The Lehigh Valley’s first Asian noodle bar, Mister Lee’s Noodles, will also open in the Easton Public Market this Friday. Some of the other vendors featured in the market include 3rd & Ferry Fresh Fish Chocodiem, Debbie’s Pie in the Sky and Dundore & Heister Butchery.

A variety of other vendors will be available presenting their goods at the market, including Fieldstone Coffee Roasters & Tea, Full of Crepe, More Than Q BBQ Co., Taza Stop and Youseff’s Fruit & Nut Gallery.

In addition to vendor options and farm stand, there are a multitude of culinary events ranging from food demonstrations to “Dinner and a Movie” events to culinary workshops will be offered throughout the year. Those workshops might include topics like sushi rolling or honeybee raising.

Hours for the market are Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. With exceptions for restaurant vendors, who will remain open until 9 p.m. and the Bakery and Cafe open early at 8 a.m.

To celebrate the grand opening, there will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday.

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