Easton Market

Easton Public Market to welcome Hellertown butcher steeped in family tradition


There’ll be a new face in the front of the Easton Public Market in August.

Saylors & Co., a Hellertown-based butcher, will be carving out space in the Easton food scene from its post at the Northampton Street entrance of the Downtown Easton market.

The butcher is set to open Aug. 6, offering primarily prime cuts of pork, chicken, beef, lamb, veal and bison, as well as 40 types of sausage, according to market owner, the Greater Easton Development Partnership. The opening date had been Aug. 5 but was delayed, the GEDP said.

There’ll also be smoked meats, some Italian groceries like pasta, made-to-order sandwiches and more available in what Saylors & Co. describes on Facebook as an expansion to a new location.

The market is open for outdoor dining noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, in addition to curbside pickup from vendors.

This butcher replaces another, as it’ll occupy the space that was vacated by Dundore & Heister, which left the market in January. Saylors & Co. planned to open in the spring, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the opening date was pushed back.

The Saylors family brings a long Easton tradition to the public market. Saylors & Co. co-owner Tim Mease’s grandfather was Samuel Saylor, who operated Saylor’s Valley Brook Farm — a vendor at the Easton Farmers’ Market during the 1940s. Around the same time, he established a butcher shop in Hellertown.

Mease himself is a fourth-generation butcher who previously ran a store inside the Allentown Farmers’ Market, and across the aisle was his now-co-owner Maria Verzino, who was running an Italian food stand. They married and merged their businesses into Saylors & Co., making the whole story of the shop a true family affair.

The addition of Saylors & Co. isn’t the only change happening in Easton Public Market. Olive With A Twist and Fieldstone Coffee Roasters & Tea are both leaving the market, and spots are available for new vendors.


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Connor Lagore may be reached at clagore@njadvancemedia.com


Saylors & Co Is the Best Spot in the Valley for Locally-Sourced Meats and Groceries

HELLERTOWN, PA, October 20, 2018—Saylor’s and Company is a family-run specialty food market featuring a wide selection of home-cooked entrées, gourmet desserts, and premium and organic meats. Owners Maria Verzino and Tim Mease are currently celebrating 12 years in business.

With shoppers increasingly seeking out alternatives to big box grocery stores, factory-farmed meat, and fast food, Saylor’s and Company has become a go-to spot for farm-to-table meats and minimally processed meals. The shop also takes custom meat and dessert orders for holidays and special occasions.

“If you really care about what you put in your mouth, this would be the place for you,” Verzino says. “We wouldn’t put anything on the shelf that wasn’t of the highest quality.”

Saylor’s meat counter is stocked daily with local poultry, pork, and certified premium beef, and their hand-stuffed fresh and smoked sausages and house-cured bacon are bestsellers. In total, Saylor’s boasts 40 different types of sausages. 

Saylor’s is also the place to go for busy people searching for a home-cooked, pre-made dinner. The prepared entrées, soups, sauces, dips, pot pies, and Italian comfort foods are made by in-house executive chef Jason Frey and sous-chef Rebecca Transue. Regular customers stop by each Thursday for the homemade pizzas. 

And then there are the desserts. Pastry chef Mark Scherer makes an array of seasonal treats daily. Pumpkin rolls are a favorite in fall and cookies sell out quickly during the holiday season.

Saylor’s also stocks seasonal foods and preserves from local farms, including cheese, cider, coffee, honey, jam, mustard, pasta sauce, and more. In particular, the shop makes an effort to feature products from local businesses. “I’m partial to local businesses. As a businesswoman myself, I feel connected to their products,” Verzino says.

Additionally, Saylor’s offers a raw diet and smoked bones for dogs. “It’s a way for us to use up every single thing. There is no waste in this store,” Verzino says.

The Saylor’s name has been in business in Hellertown since 1942. Mease, whose mother was a Saylor, is a fourth generation butcher. He previously ran a farm store and a stand at the Allentown Farmers’ Market selling fresh and smoked meats. Verzino, a former banker, ran an Italian food stand across the aisle. They eventually married and merged their businesses, establishing Saylor’s and Company in Hellertown in 2007. They live in Hellertown on the Saylor family farm.

“We took the Saylor’s farm store to a new level. We added the ‘and Company’ to show we had more to offer,” Verzino says.