Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

BISON ON THE ROAD: LANCASTER COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET

I know we promised an NYC post (and it is coming!) but it only makes sense to tell you about our little stop over before we hit The Big Apple. We spent a night just outside of Philadelphia and stopped by the Lancaster County Farmer’s Market in Wayne, PA. Jess had been before and really liked it and figured I’d like it too – and I definitely did. There weren’t a ton of vendors, but what they had was really nice stuff.

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

There were a lot of Dutch-Amish products and stands and their produce looked awesome – I saw everything from beautiful, bright heirloom tomatoes to multi-colored okra. What I liked most is that all of the produce looked super fresh like it came straight from their gardens (and it probably did).

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

There was a meat and cheese vendor called S. Clyde Weaver that caught my eye. They had these huge ham hocks that looked delicious, but unfortunately a weekend in NYC doesn’t lend to buying too many groceries beforehand.

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

I did buy some sausages for dinner that night though. One was a smoked sausage (almost kielbasa style) and it was a little bit fatty but had a real nice smoky flavor. It was also a little bit sweet, which I tend to like over a spicy sausage. I also bought 4 raw sausages – two sun-dried tomato and basil and two pork and cheddar. The sun-dried tomato and basil were good, but nothing compared to the pork and cheddar. Freaking awesome. They were super moist and delicious. I think the butcher probably used a small cubed cheddar rather than shredded because when you ate it and hit a piece of cheddar, it was like a little pocket of creamy cheddary wonderfulness.

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

I also was happy to find fresh quail eggs at the market.

Bison on the Road: QUAIL EGGS! Found at Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

The first time I ever encountered quail eggs was at my first culinary job. I remember walking into the kitchen and I saw these tiny little spotted eggs and didn’t know what they were. I asked my chef and he said “those are quail eggs, you don’t know?” and immediately taught me how to soft boil them. Honestly I haven’t worked with them a lot since then but always mean to, so imagine my excitement when I saw a dozen quail eggs for sale at this market (for like four bucks). I know quail eggs are small and there’s not a lot to them, but they’re so creamy… like their yolk is so rich you could butter your bread with it.

Bison on the Road: QUAIL EGGS! Found at Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

So we took all of our goodies home and made a quick dinner. After 8 hours on the road, we were both hungry and didn’t want to make anything too complicated. I fried the quail eggs and pan-seared the sausages, deglazing the sausages with a Lagunitas Czech Style Pilsner.

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

After the sausages were done, I added my deglazing liquid to a real easy hash I had going  — just some diced up new Yukon gold potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and  zucchini. I also made a blueberry honey glaze for the hash using blueberry preserves, honey, vegetable based Asian chili paste, lemon juice, cilantro, and brown rice wine vinegar.

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

I’ve gotta give thanks to our friends for letting us stop by on our way to NYC – they have a lovely home, but an even better kitchen  — and after cooking in our tiny apartment kitchen for so long, it was nice to be able to make a dinner in a space like that. We’ll be back soon for sure.

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com(See that cheese pocket? Mmm…)

Bison on the Road: Lancaster County Farmer's Market | theblueberrybison.com

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One thought on “BISON ON THE ROAD: LANCASTER COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET

  1.   JESS AND JOHN,   LOVE YOUR BLOGS……YOU ARE REALLY DOING A GREAT JOB ON THEM……….KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.    LOVE YA,   AUNT GERRY

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