I hadn’t planned on going. My day job in the legal profession is in Carlisle, and throughout the work week I am usually busily occupied there. But after several days of negotiations on a challenging matter, it became evident that my presence would be required at a conference at the York County Courthouse.
On Thursday, I loaded up the car with my briefcase and headed off, taking note that the mid-morning conference might be over by lunch time, and maintained a glimmer of hope I might be able to fit in an interesting lunch-time food destination into an otherwise serious trip.
The proceedings were over at 12:30 p.m. I spilled out onto the street, unsure of where to eat. Discouraged, I went back to the parking garage and started to head out of town. But along the way, a parking spot fortuitously opened up right in front of Central Market. I pulled right in front of two green doors so large they looked like they could be the entrance to a castle. I parked my car and headed inside.
The first thing that hit me were the interesting smells. The food court was infused with the aroma of coffee, balsamic vinegar, and other pungent foods. After a brief walk around the place, I claimed a seat at the lunch counter at Under One Sun.
I ordered artichoke, mushroom and spinach soup and a grilled portabella mushroom sandwich on pumpernickel.
The creamy soup was full of chunky vegetables and flavor-wise, a little more intense towards the bottom.
The sandwich was served on a vintage Corelle butterfly gold plate which complimented the funky decor.
I sipped a chilled mint green tea, which was served in a clear mason jar glass, and a refill of the drink was happily provided upon request as I finished my sandwich.
After lunch, I visited several other of the numerous stands within the market. I stopped at Myers Salads and Pastries and picked up a little cup of egg custard for the modest price of $1.50.
I inspected the unique handiwork at Antiquita Glassworks, and bought an inexpensive glass ring. There were also drinking glasses for sale, made from artistic vodka and craft beer bottles.
The pristine table of green freshly cut herbs at Springleaf Farm drew me in and I stopped there to buy some Thai basil. I also bought some Parcel, which is an herb that intriguingly looks exactly like parsley but tastes and smells like celery. It is excellent in soups and salads. I was fortunate to not only was I able to get fresh food for lunch at the Market, but also fresh ingredients to cook with later.
My lunch hour ended, and it was time to go back to work and return to Carlisle.
But on the way to my car, I spied one last temptation... The School of Culinary Arts has a little shop in the alley next to the market.
I went inside and grabbed a long baguette and a cranberry scone. The prices in the shop were very reasonable, and my two items totaled about $4.25. The scone even came with a side of Creme Fraiche. The treats were rung up by a young girl in white chef’s garb, and I could see a fellow student in the back whipping up more baked goods with a pure white KitchenAid blender.