|I wasn't paying real close attention to Brennan who may|
have sampled enough chocolate for our entire group...
|Some of the older tools of the chocolate trade|
Next up, Central Market. This is purportedly the longest functioning farmer's market in the U.S. It is by far the biggest and most diverse we've been to so far. Outside was a guy playing one of the many pianos stationed around the city. He did a beautiful rendition of "People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield (oh yeah!). Some other people gathered around and started singing, something that actually happened quite a bit around the market with various buskers.
Too much good food to pick from. We ended up with a Kalosh, Artichoke Hummus, A Lamb Gyro, Olives, Moroccan Couscous, Blueberries, Olives, Sweet Rolls, two kind of fresh goat cheese, Banana chips, and those wax candy bottles with the juice inside. We skipped about ten things we wanted to buy (including an incredible loose leaf tea assortment) and it's a good thing because three days later we're still eating leftovers.
We ate lunch outside of the market in downtown.Great weather. That's Vavo, Stacy's mom, on the left.
Next up, Intercourse Pretzel Factory where the kids got to make their own pretzel. Intercourse, PA is outside of Lancaster, a little deeper into actual Amish country. It is so called because it is at the intercourse of several different state highways. What were YOU thinking?
Then we stopped by an actual Amish farm to pick up some homemade rootbeer. You can easily spot the Amish residences as you drive along because there are no electric lines running to the homes. We obviously didn't take many pictures inside the little shed where they kept their store, since the Amish don't like cameras. There was a huge group of people gathered to watch a kids' baseball game out behind the barn while we were there. You really get a sense that they don't want their community to be treated as an anomaly, so we tried not to stare too much. The rootbeer was really strong, and not nearly as sweet as A&W. Went great in a rootbeer float though.
|We are indebted to these nice people's hospitality. They've|
made our Pennsylvania experience really special.