Saturday, March 24, 2007
The Scrapplefest is set for Saturday, April 21. So far, the RTM has lined up Hatfield as a major sponsor. In his monthly newsletter to merchants RTM General Manager Paul Steinke is asking the merchants to come up with prepared foods featuring scrapple. Like, scrapple ice cream. (Hey, if an ice cream shop in Bar Harbor can do lobster, Bassett's can do scrapple!)
Customer counts through March 4 are running better than five percent ahead of 2006, according to Steinke's newsletter. This year the RTM counted 875,706 vs. 832,500 for the same period last year. Both years represent counts prior to the opening of the Flower Show, but do include other big convention center shows, including the wholesale crafts exhibition which is a large draw.
As of Friday, Iovine no longer offered those one-pound clamshells of Florida strawberries for a buck, though they do have one-pint containers for a dollar. However, O.K. Lee was selling the one-pound packs for only 99 cents.
It's the end of the clementine season. If you find them at all they are likely to be expensive. However, Iovine had a reasonable deal on Spanish mandarins (tangerines): a five-pound box for $4.99. Mexican Altaulfo mangoes are a buck each.
Still a couple of weeks away from seeing ramps. No fiddleheads yet, either, though in some years they appear as soon as early March.
Here's my shopping list from Friday:
HATVILLE DELI ($0.75)
Eggs (half dozen)
LANCASTER COUNTY DAIRY ($3.30)
MARTIN'S QUALITY MEATS ($3.45)
FAIR FOOD FARMSTAND ($6.26)
GIUNTA'S PRIME SHOP ($3.64)
Chicken, boneless, skinless breast
12th STREET CANTINA ($5.75)
IOVINE BROTHERS ($8.58)
Spring mix salad
HERSHEL'S EAST SIDE DELI ($5.50)
Sunday, March 18, 2007
If smoke got in your eyes Saturday at the RTM, it wasn't because of the strains of an old song wafting through the air. A mishap with the roaster at Old City Coffee sent the unappetizing aroma of burnt coffee, along with a lot of smoke, through the market at noontime. It even set off the smoke alarms. I only got furrowed brows and mean stares when I asked one of the OC workers if I could have some extra drark roast.
Still waiting for more definitive signs of spring. The closest I could come was the $1 one-pound clamshells of Florida strawberries at Iovine Brothers. This batch was much more flavorful and sweet than the ones in late January and early February.
Foster's Gourmet Cookware will be closing shop this summer. Ken Foster told me he'll be combining his the RTM shop with his Third Street store (Foster's Urban Homewares) at a new location, Fourth & Market. The 12,000-square foot, single-floor facility will have four times the combined footage of the two stores it replaces. Ken said he'll also have truck bays for his growing web store business.
Here's my shopping list from Saturday:
IOVINE BROTHERS ($7.54)
Fruit cup (medium)
Black seedless grapes
LANCASTER COUNTY DAIRY ($3.39)
FAIR FOOD FARMSTAND ($6.54)
Raw milk cheddar
GIUNTA'S PRIME SHOP ($7.26)
HERSHEL'S EAST SIDE DELI ($5.60)
Salty belly lox
MARTIN'S QUALITY MEATS & SAUSAGE ($3.30)