(WTNH)– If you saw a lot of people standing in line this morning, chances are they were outside of a store that sells Polish food, because if it’s Good Friday, you know there’s a great big line outside polish markets like Wozniak’s in New Haven. For most, it’s just tradition.
“Five generations of us doing this,” explained William Lauber of West Haven. He was first in line at 8 a.m., and Wozniak’s doesn’t open until 9. The reason some waited all that time? One simple word.
“Kielbasi,” said Susan Marklinsky of West Haven. “And Horseradish.”
Of course, there is more to a polish Easter than just kielbasa, and they have it all at Europol on Main Street in Ansonia.
“For the Easter feast, there is always a kielbasa, ham, decorated eggs, many different kinds of babkas,” according to owner Maria Kuna.
They have many different kinds of everything at Europol, and they spend weeks preparing for the pre-Easter rush.
“Easter week is the busiest week for our deli,” said Kuna. So is she going to relax when it’s all over? “Yes, or course. We’re going to sleep all Sunday.”
It turns out Easter is to polish markets like Christmas is to toy makers. Not just for the folks who run the stores. When the Dennis Marklinsky walks into Wozniak’s in New Haven, what does he feel like?
“Like being a kid walking into a toy store,” Marklinsky said. “All you want is everything.”
Whether you’re looking for boiled, smoked or double-smoked kielbasa, get it soon. There are a lot of people looking for the same thing.