Each and every Wednesday (June through October) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the city of Allentown comes to life with the Plaza Growers' Market located at 9th and Hamilton Streets in front of PPL Plaza. There's live entertainment and plenty of vendors selling fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, flowers, baked treats, soaps and much more. Since I work directly across the street from the market, it's an easy jaunt to find a healthy lunch or pick up some fresh groceries.
My favorite vendor is Balasia. Chef Wendy, who runs the stand, used to have a restaurant in Emmaus but is currently offering in-home cooking and catering only. The food Wendy brings to the Market is not only vegan but also organic, which gives me a couple of options to choose from for lunch. I have been stuck on her black bean and tomato sweet and spicy chili served over brown bismati rice. The sweet and spiciness really make the dish! She also has vegan ice cream which I have yet to venture, but doesn't cashew cinnamon sound like an awesome flavor?
Why not sneak out for lunch? You won't be disappointed! Make sure you stop by Wendy's booth and try some of her specialties.