On any given Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday morning, a trip to Rochester’s Public Market will awaken all your senses! A kaleidoscope of colors, smells, tastes, sounds and textures awaits, making the Market one of the most sensually rich places in the city to visit.
Started in 1905 as a location for wholesale distribution of produce and groceries, the Public Market was opened to the general public for retail sales after WWI to help counter high inflation.
The Public Market bustles year-round supplying residents and visitors with an enormous variety of produce, ethnic specialties, wholesale meats and fresh flowers, household and gift items sold in outdoor stalls by more than 200 vendors. There are also close to 70 indoor vendors who sell everything from shoes to tasty pastries and piping hot coffee.
On Saturday mornings, Michael Warren Thomas’ broadcasts his radio shows, Naturally Green, For the Love of Food and Discover the Finger Lakes, live from the Public Market, so tune your dial to WYSL on 1040 AM.
The Rochester Public Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round. It is also open additional hours before and after holidays and on special occasions.
For a map to get to the Rochester Public Market at 280 North Union Street, CLICK HERE.
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