Follow the Bison to… Lancaster County Farmer’s Market!

We were on the road a bit this summer and during a stop-over just outside of Philadelphia, Jess took me to the Lancaster County Farmer’s Market in Wayne, PA.

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

I really dug it. 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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  1. Gerry Sell says:

      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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