One of my latest passions has become buying local. I like the idea of supporting local people and families with my purchases as opposed to some conglomerate mega-mart.

One way I try to practice what I preach is at local farmers' markets. Since I live in the Easton area, the market I make it to most often is the Easton Farmers' Market in Centre Square. It takes place every Saturday morning from 9 a.m - 1 p.m. and runs from spring right through fall. It claims to be the "oldest continuous open-air farmers' market in the U.S.," or something like that.

Market vendors range from bakeries and produce vendors, to homemade soap and fresh cut flowers. I have two favorites at this market:

  • The Amish Bakery - their baked goods are the best! Just last weekend, we had their cinnamon rolls. Heat them up in the oven for a few minutes and they are divine. We also had their pumpkin cream cheese cupcakes, which made for a nice seasonal treat.
  • Teels Hill Soapworks - Made in Pen Argyl, their natural, homemade soaps come in a nice variety of scents and themes. You might not think a natural soap can lather up as well as a store-bought soap, but you're wrong. I like the fact that they are locally made and that there are no animal byproducts in them.

Check out the market's web site since it's a good way to find out who their current vendors are. You can sign up for their weekly e-newsletter too. And you can check their calendar of events to find out when fun things are taking place, like the Scarecrow Festival (rescheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 1), Annual Pet Parade and X-treme Sports Day.

And while you're downtown, check out the cool shops and restaurants on Northampton, Ferry, Third and Fourth Streets, all within walking distance of the market. Happy shopping and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!