Life, art, and nature on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Friday, April 12, 2013


One last post about our road trip to Lancaster and then, I'll move on. I promised you food.
If you're there on a Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday, skip the hotel breakfast and head to Central Market in historic downtown. This is a bustling farm and food market and more. Fresh-baked, fresh-roasted, just-picked, organic, and multi-ethnic foods in what is billed as the oldest continuous farmers' market in the country. Visit them here.

Visit Thom's at their website here. So good!!
Stopped for a chat with this pretty lady and enjoyed some samples. Bought a loaf of rosemary ciabatta. Delicious!  

Found organic treats for Nigel and Scout here. 
I love farmers markets! Our local outdoor market opens for the season tomorrow.
See the Easton Farmers' Market on Facebook.
We visited two restaurants on our trip last weekend that were really outstanding. In the fine dining department, John J. Jeffries offers a seasonable, sustainable, and farm fresh menu. We had a quinoa/beet salad that was so delicious, and my salmon was perfect, tender and moist, with a tiny bit of crispness on the outside that I've tried so hard to perfect at home, but haven't quite mastered. Take a look here.
For more casual fare, it's really worth a little drive outside Lancaster, to Manheim. There, JoBoy's Brew Pub serves the best pork and chicken barbecue we've ever tasted! And we've lived in North Carolina and Virginia, so we feel somewhat qualified to judge. Add their own beer and a selection of local wines, and it was a highlight of our trip. Did I mention the delightfully tangy coleslaw?
So there you have it, three great places to eat in the Lancaster, PA area, should you feel a little road trip to Amish country coming on.
Yesterday, I received a happy surprise in the mail. Staci, of Life At Cobble Hill Farm hosted a giveaway, and I won a set of four handcrafted candles!! Love the soft colors and the subtle scents. My favorite is Tropical Island. You can find the insrtuctions for making  them yourself on Staci's blog.
Aren't Oliver and Emerson the cutest?
 Hope you find good food and a happy surprise or two in your weekend. XO.

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