PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Reading Terminal Market is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the Pennsylvania Dutch to its stable of standholders.
If it hadn’t been for Jeff Algatt (right), a real-estate rep for the old Reading Company railroad operator (which owned the Reading Terminal Market), the Amish may not be selling their wares there today.READ MORE: The Aztecs 'Slowly Crush You': CBS Sports' Randy Cross Previews Fresno State-#21 San Diego State, Other Matchups
Algatt, who came back to take part in ceremonies on Thursday at the market, says he took a trip to a farmers’ market out in Booth’s Corner (Delaware County), Pa. more than 30 years ago to try to entice them to come to center city:
“City boy meets Amish culture! And fortunately, we were all very open and honest about things because they would have smelled any dishonesty.”READ MORE: Halloween 2021: Trick-Or-Treating Events In Philly-Area
“Deli meats, that’s what we still have. We added sandwiches a few years later knowing that we’re catering to a lot of office people and center city people.”
Esh says there are 10 Amish or Mennonite-controlled stands in the market, and many of them are now being run or handed over to children and even grandchildren of the original owners.MORE NEWS: Phil Murphy Holds Double-Digit Lead Over Challenger Jack Ciattarelli In New Jersey Governor Race, Poll Shows
Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio.
Photos by Mark Abrams