What we like:
Cynthia Sterling of Wayne is particular about what she eats, and she is willing to pay more to get it. Recently, she browsed among the bins of freshly-washed produce at Yang's Market in Berwyn. Into her shopping basket went red and green peppers, bunches of carrots and beets, shiny purple eggplants, celery, and several types of leafy greens.
By the time Sterling had reached the cash register, the basket was overflowing. "This produce is very fresh," she said. "It's a little pricey, but this produce will last in your refrigerator for weeks."
For Sterling, whose idea of lunch is white bean puree and fresh grilled vegetables between halves of a crusty Italian roll, Yang's fits the bill. The market, in a one-story brick building on Lancaster Avenue, stocks produce fresh from a farmers' auction in Lancaster County, or the Philadelphia Food Distribution Center.
A grocer for 35 years, owner Yong Yang has a discerning eye for the plumpest, most luscious fruits and vegetables available. On May 4, green bundles of asparagus were priced at $2.29 a pound. Massive tomatoes were $2.99 a pound. Artichokes as big as cabbages were $1.50 apiece. There were honey tangerines the size of softballs at 79 cents each. "Lots of seeds, but juicy and sweet," Yang said, and they were.
Yang's carries a line of prepared foods, including old-fashioned chicken salad for $8.99 a pound, made from just chicken, celery, mayonnaise and salt. Manager Mark Morroney, a trained chef, says it's a hot seller.
The market also carries breads from LeBus and the Metropolitan Bakery, and will cater, Morroney says.
Where: 573 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; 610-644-6635.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Monday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.