yang’s market in berwyn to go frou-frou “fauxmer”

Sorry, I am just one of those people who like farmers markets to be for real.  Not frou-frou sanitized Stepford-esque Disney versions of a concept of a farmers market…ya know a “Fauxmers Market”?

So I hope as Yang’s is “born Aneu” as Fresh Ideas – Main Line Market that doesn’t happen, but given they are trucking in overpriced George Perrier bread from his Art of Bread in Narberth, I see another Fauxmers’ Market in the making.

All this market will be in the end is some marketing schtick so a restaurant can sell pre-packaged meals and a cranky and aging chef can peddle his bread.

When I see a list of real, and actual farmers and pricing that is fair like Yang’s was, perhaps you will see a less jaded response out of me.

Until then sign me skeptical of Fresh Ideas-Main Line Market.  Having spent the majority of my life growing up on the Main Line, I can tell you not so many moons ago a real Main Liner wouldn’t have been caught dead in a place like this.  If they were real home cooks they wanted real farmers’ markets.

Good lord!  These people are in Chester County, they should embrace their inner Chester County, not try to create an Ardmore Farmers’ Market in Berwyn.  Or a mini Whole Foods.  And I do go to the Ardmore market – but only for one reason – Di Bruno Brothers.  Otherwise, I would completely bypass it.   And given the fabulous bakers in Chester County, including the ones I have seen like St. Peter’s Bakery at the East Goshen Farmers Market, there is really no need to see cranky Georges Perrier kept fat and happy in retirement.

Sometimes, I see Berwyn, like Malvern, as having an identity crisis.  When will these towns realize that it is quite o.k. to NOT be so Main Line and instead a little bit country, a little bit more simple.  It’s why people come from OFF the Main Line to check them out.

Sigh.  This will be a Fauxmers Market with an Identity Crisis.

Main Line Suburban Life > Opinion

Yang’s Farmers Market in Berwyn to be born Aneu as Fresh Ideas

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

By Ray Hoffman

Yang’s Farmers Market in Berwyn will reopen a week from Monday, and if you’ll pardon the metaphor, it will feature an all “Aneu look.” Thanks to the collaboration of three local businesswomen, the popular produce market adjacent to Aneu Bistro and Wine Bar in the heart of Berwyn will be rebranded as Fresh Ideas – Main Line Market. It will be owned and operated by Meridith Coyle, the proprietor of Aneu and a Berwyn resident.

“It’s really exciting to be a part of keeping Mr. Yang’s wonderful market concept in the community,” Meridith said. “We’ll even have more to offer our customers in our completely remodeled store than Mr. Yang did, but we’ll still have Mr. Yang as part of the new venture.”
Readers may recall that Mr. Yang, age 73, was the victim of an assault and robbery by two teenagers, one a former employee, in January as he was leaving in his van after closing for the night. The thugs attacked Mr. Yang, severely injuring his left eye, in the commission of the crime. He has had two surgeries in an attempt to restore sight in his left eye, and a third is scheduled for July, according to his daughter, Chae. Meantime, Mr. Yang will be employed part-time in the new store as long as his medical condition will allow, according to Meridith….. “What’s more, our complete remodeling of the building will give us room to expand our offerings, including seasonal items of local farmers and a new prepared-to-go component of many of the menu items we serve at Aneu. Another new feature of the market will be breads from Georges Perrier’s ‘Art of Bread’ bakery in Narberth. ….Oh, yes, we mentioned a connection of three businesswomen at the top of this story. Obviously Meridith is one of them. The others are Stacey Ballard, an executive of Eadeh Enterprises, and Diane Wulk, a resident of Wayne and the proprietor of Chic & Simple Resale Shop.

stumbled upon: east goshen farmers market

So it’s Thursday and there I am wandering around and as I was driving up past East Goshen’s park (which is awesome, by the way), I see a sign that says “Farmers Market Today 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.”

They had me at “hello” as I love farmers markets.

This farmers market had made its debut last year, and well, this year the market has grown up and is a great thing to see.

It was packed.

As I wandered around, I saw some of my favorite purveyors from the Bryn Mawr Farmers Market which my friend Molly put together a few   years ago now.  I was pleased to see Frecon Farms, John & Kira’s Chocolates (if you are a chocoholic you will want to splurge on them!), and Shellbark Hollow Farm.

I was also happy to see Laura’s Biscotti from Malvern  is on the roster (these biscotti are the real deal and the only ones I have ever bought since I generally make my own ) and had fun discovering Veronica’s Doggie Delights–now dog approved in my house!   And Chaikhana Chai was there and they rock out loud – I am a fan of their products as their chai is in Du Jour in Haverford.

I also saw that St. Peter’s Bakery was there and had fun chatting with the ladies of Blueberry Hill Farm.

I have strawberry-rhubarb something on my mind for cooking and the rhubarb I bought from Blueberry Hill was gorgeous.

One fly in the ointment and a farmer I won’t support even if hell freezes over are those fine folks from Birchrun Hills Farm.  I will not put money in the pockets of eminent domain loving FarmerSupervisorRoadmaster Ken Miller and his wife.  They are a personal choice boycott. If you are interested in why I made that choice, simply catch up with your Chickenman reading.

In any event, don’t let one slezoid farmer-politcian keep you away from the East Goshen Farmers Market – it’s a good thing!

 

I even made a new dog friend.  His name is Shakespere and he is a tri-pod rescued English Springer Spaniel.

Over and out…off to peruse all things rhubarb.