Abundant tomatoes, corn, beans, peaches, seedless grapes, and even early apples show up this time of year, courtesy of farmers in the area. A predominance of bonnet-wearing women and suspender-sporting men keep the market in fresh fruits and veggies throughout the day.
Green and Yellow Beans
Tasting the farmers' wares isn't really encouraged, but much of what's on offer here is of the highest quality. Beautiful string beans were especially at their peak on one recent visit; green and yellow varieties were plump and had the perfect amount of snap to them.
Hard-boiled eggs pickled in spiced beet juice is a particular Pennsylvania Dutch specialty, offered in many restaurants and sold at most markets throughout the area. Also called "red eggs," they have a sweet-salty tang, and are add a nicely dramatic pink dimension to salads or sliced with meat on bread. You can buy them premade...
...or fix up to make your own at home, courtesy of one of Renningers many indoor stalls, John's Fruits and Vegetables.
Pennsylvania Dutch country is famous for its cured deli meats. Pork roll, bologna, kielbasa, dried turkey and beef, and other specialties are available from several different vendors, many of which liberally offer samples.
Bologna is another favorite, and you've got your choice here, among at least half a dozen purveyors. Goes great with chow-chow, another PA Dutch favorite. The relish is made with a mix of beans and veggies like cauliflower, onion, cabbage, celery, and carrots.
Walk off the shoo-fly pie by browsing some of the market's copious antiques vendors. Jewelry, cookware, glass milk bottles, vinyl records, clothing, art, military collectibles, and furniture are among the myriad treasures spilling out of cramped booths. The sellers themselves are often as colorful as their wares.