My favorite Pennsylvania Dutch treat found at these markets was whoopie pies. These "pies" consist of a decadent, creamy filling sandwiched between two fat, soft cookies. According to legend, the name comes from a typically joyous response expressed by one who discovers this delicious Amish treat in their lunch box—"WHOOPIE!"
Farm-fresh dairy products, meats, and fruits are offered in abundance here.
|Could that be the "Goats' Hall of Fame?"|
And, of course, there are the whoopie pies. Well, did I buy one, two, or three?None.
I need to get into my skinny jeans by summer when I embark on my daring (for me) trip down the Oregon Trail. Whoopie pies aren't an option right now. (More on the Oregon Trail story in a much later blog.) Anyway, I did a little investigating on Central Market's website to see what healthy, yet exotic offerings were to be had at this palace of the whoopie pie.This is what I ended up with.
I know it's hard to believe that I got excited about celery and horseradish. But I did. The CocoPops were impulsively purchased as I made my virtuous way out of the market.
Why I bought SweetHearts Celery of Lancaster County—
They "use a special Pennsylvania Dutch blanching technique to ripen celery to maximum flavor."
It's quite simply the best celery I've ever eaten.
|Many thanks to "Phil, the celery man."|
Why I bought Long's Horseradish—
The horseradish plant with its 3,000-year-old history intrigues me. It certainly clears your sinuses, and adds a major kick to any food, healthy or otherwise. When I read that Long's has been in business since 1901 and that their Central Market horseradish is guaranteed to have been grated within 48 hours of purchase, I had to buy some.I was disappointed to find Long's booth empty (on Saturdays). But was gratified that I could purchase some of the hot stuff at S. Clyde Weaver, located down the aisle from Long's.
And, finally . . . why, oh why, the CocoPops?
First, there was the sign.
Then, there was the drama.
|the CocoPop machine|
They taste good. And, who can resist their healthy stats?