Lancaster, PA

Lemon Street Market: A Gem for Local Foods, Spices, and Sustainability

Melissa Frost

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Lemon Street Market is an independent and woman-owned grocery store in the heart of Lancaster City, just off the corner of Mulberry Street and Lemon Street.

The store focuses on sustainable and healthy living, with a decent amount (over 5,000 items) of local, organic, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Local vendors

Products from dozens of local vendors are represented in the shop, including: Amaranth Gluten Free Bakery, Herbs from the Labyrinth, Oak Lane Kitchen, Passenger Coffee & Tea, Zoë Dawn, Grandview Granola, and many, many more.

Lemon Street Market usually carries two or three brands of each product, locally and regionally produced whenever it is possible. All stocking decisions are made by considering factors including if a product is organic or fair trade; if the ingredients are GMO-free; or if packaging is biodegradable or BPA-free.

Bulk nuts and spices

Something that caught my eye, was their extensive selection of nuts, spices, rice, and quinoa.

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I ended up purchasing black rice, which also goes by the name "forbidden rice" and is healthier than many other varieties. Fun fact - black rice is used in traditional Chinese medicine. It was once reserved only for the wealthy and powerful to ensure their health and long life. No one else was allowed to eat it.

I also found a few packs of spices and seeds to bring home with me, including poppy seeds, fennel, thyme, basil leaves, and some taco seasoning.

Lemon Street Market is a fun place to go shopping; items are generally priced reasonably, you'll find items here that the larger supermarkets don't carry, and if you come around lunchtime, check out their cool section with packed meals from local businesses in the area.

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Address: 241 W Lemon St, Lancaster, PA 17603

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