At the enormous white New Castle Farmers Market building on Route 13, I envisioned an abundance of peaches and tomatoes, berries, peppers, and all the other vibrant produce that comes with summer months.
An explosion of vibrancy was indeed there this Sunday, but it was dedicated to a lot more than fruit. In a whirlwind for the senses, the indoor market was hopping with more than 70 vendors specializing in items like scented candles, NFL swag, old books and vinyl records, biker gear and even vacuum cleaners.
Because it was Sunday, the Pennsylvania Dutch section was unfortunately closed, but the market offered a kaleidoscope of food options from Indian to American to Italian and featured a popular fish market. My big regret is that I didn’t have time to get Mexican street corn—the cart for it was small but the line was consistently big. The woman making and selling the corn boiled it in the neighboring kitchen of Los Jarritos Mexican Restaurant, which was just as packed Sunday afternoon. My husband and I opted for Jarritos’ homemade chips and guacamole and burritos rancheros, which were subsequently filled with chorizo and chicken. It was all fresh, flavorful and left us wanting more (in a good way).
We didn’t have time for more food, but we did take a spin through the sprawling flea market outside the Farmers Market. That’s a treasure-hunting experience in itself, where you can find all the jewelry and toys and dishware and picture frames and furniture and random thing-a-ma-jigs you never knew you needed (and, if we’re being honest, probably don’t… but it’s still fun to look). I was sorely tempted by a white-and-gold patterned tea set straight out of Southern Living.
I’ll be back, and next time, I’ll be ready to comb through the flea market a little more closely, and of course, get some of that enticing street corn.
Want to go?
The New Castle Farmers Market is located at the historic “Hare’s Corner” intersection of Routes 13 and 273 in the Airport Plaza Shopping Center. Its address is 110 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle.
Market hours are:
Friday and Saturday – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; the Pennsylvania Dutch section is open.
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The flea market is open all three days sunrise to sunset.