Easton Public Market to Open Friday, April 15
Easton, PA, April 11, 2016 – The Easton Public Market (EPM) will open Friday April 15th at 9:00 am at 325 Northampton Street. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11:00 am on Northampton Street, in front of the market building.
The 300 block of Northampton Street will be closed to traffic from 10:30 am – 12 Noon.
- PA State Senator Lisa Boscola
- PA State Representative Robert Freeman
- Easton Mayor Salvatore J. Panto Jr.
- Graham Simmons, President of Greater Easton Development Partnership
- Jared Mast, EPM Project Manager and Interim Executive Director of Greater Easton Development Partnership
- Megan McBride, Easton Market District Director
- Jack Jaroh, VP client management, Highmark Blue Shield
- John Zidansek, CEO, Easton Hospital
- Stephen Wilson, VP Marketing, Easton Hospital
- Dr. George Frey, FreySmiles Orthodontics
A program of the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP), the 16,000 square foot market will feature an artisanal grocery, and an array of contemporary dining options, including the Valley’s first Asian noodle bar. Offering the old world charm of a butcher, a baker and fish monger, alongside more modern delicacies such as craft beer, wood-fired pizza and Texas smoked BBQ, shoppers will find themselves immersed in a multi sensory food experience – chocolate simmering, pies baking, and oysters shucked while they wait. The 800 square foot Highmark Farmstand will provide customers with an array of locally sourced produce, dairy products and whole foods.
The market occupies a building once home to Rader’s Dry Goods and H.L. Green’s Department Store, two long time City icons.
In the works for more than two years, this community driven project has been overseen by Lafayette Alum, Jared Mast, who also serves as Interim Executive Director for GEDP.
“We’re pleased to bring retail commerce back to this historic building” says Mast. “Soon, shoppers will be walking on the historic wood floors and gazing at exposed brick that date back to the 1800s.” But, Mast contends, “it’s really about the future – downtown’s residential population continues to grow impressively, and providing a high quality food shopping experience is essential to creating a livable and walkable City.”
Following in the footsteps of Easton’s successful open-air farmers’ market, the EPM will also serve as a vibrant community gathering space, hosting a full slate of culinary events in the demonstration kitchen and local food programs in the Community Room. The market will offer everything from “Dinner and a Movie” events, to classes and workshops on topics like rolling sushi or raising honey bees. Kids can keep busy in the FreySmiles Kids’ Zone, an inspirational play space designed by the artists of Brick and Mortar Gallery. The Kitchen and Community Room are also available for rent for private events.
Easton Market District Director, Megan McBride sees the Market as a way of further connecting people with local food and those who produce it.
“Easton has become a leader in local food culture in the Lehigh Valley. It’s about expanding the options for consumers, and 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. We’re offering products and services not currently available in the greater Lehigh Valley, such as a butcher who sells only locally sourced, organic, pasture-raised meat. We’ve positioned Easton as a culinary destination– offering the oldest open-air market in the country, a cutting edge public market, award winning restaurants, craft breweries and nationally recognized food festivals like PA Bacon Fest and Garlic Fest” says McBride.
The market will be open Wednesday through Sunday, year round. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Restaurant vendors will remain open until 9:00 pm. The Bakery and Café will open early at 8:00 am.
Easton Public Market Vendor Line Up
- 3rd & Ferry Fresh Fish
- Mister Lee’s Noodles
- Debbie’s Pie in the Sky
- Dundore & Heister Butchery
- Fieldstone Coffee Roasters & Tea
- Full of Crepe
- Highmark Farmstand
- More than Q BBQ Co.
- Olive with a Twist
- Scratch – “Beer, Bread and Pizza from the Ground Up”
- Taza Stop (Egyptian cuisine)
- Tolino Vineyards
- Youseff’s Fruit & Nut Gallery
Location: 325 Northampton Street in downtown Easton (across from Maxim’s 22)
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
*Restaurant vendors will remain open until 9:00 pm.
*Bakery and Cafe open early at 8:00 am.