Let Your Inner Foodie Run Wild – Easton Public Market Opens April 15th!
Easton, PA, April 1, 2016 – The City of Easton is on trend as public markets and food halls grow in number across the nation. After much anticipation, the Easton Public Market (EPM) will open its doors Friday April 15th at 325 Northampton Street. 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 local produce and groceries unparalleled in the Lehigh Valley.
“It’s more than just grocery items, what the Farmstand offers to consumers is the story of their food, and the sense of place that accompanies knowing where that food comes from” said Peter Todoro, who has helped develop the space and establish a buying relationships with local growers and producers.
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 (sponsored by Easton Hospital) 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 Easton Public Market is a true community collaboration. The initial funding to purchase the building came from the City of Easton. Construction was supported by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, private funds, and additional project support from: The Reinvestment Fund, Northampton County, Wells Fargo, First Energy Foundation, Keystone Savings Foundation Grant , Lafayette College, Sylvia Perkins Trust, GLVCC Chamber Foundation.
“We sought out individual sponsors for various components of the project” says Mast. The kitchen was a real team effort – Easton Hospital sponsored the Kitchen itself, but the gorgeous concrete counters were donated by Majestic Concrete; the cabinets were donated by Morris Black & Sons, and the appliances were supplied by Allentown appliance. Highmark Blue Shield sponsored the Farmstand and FreySmiles sponsored our Kids’ Play Zone.”
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
More than Q BBQ Co.
Olive with a Twist
Scratch – “Beer, Bread and Pizza from the Ground Up”
Taza Stop (Egyptian cuisine)
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.