City Entrepreneurs at the Market

A Free First Public Market Vending Day for City-Based Businesses  Saturday shoppers at the Public Market.

The City of Rochester Public Market offers vending space year-round, and the chance to interface with a large, diverse, enthusiastic, and loyal customer base.  Qualifying businesses and products can get on the Market year-round with relative ease—making it a great place to test and grow a business, product, customer base and customer service, and marketing!  

Beginning in 2018, the Market will offer one free 10’ x 30’ daily vending space in a high-traffic outdoor/covered shed location at the Market to qualifying businesses and products, first come-first served.

Qualifying Businesses/Products  

  • For-profit businesses based in the City of Rochester*
  • Produce, Farm/Agricultural Products
  • Other Foods such as Baked Goods and Packaged Beverages**
  • General Merchandise
  • Arts and Crafts  

*  Non profit organizations that sell qualifying products already are entitled to one free vending day/stall at the Market per year.
** Prepared Foods for consumption on site do not qualify. 

Process and Requirements 

 Qualifying businesses can try for their free day on any regular Market day, year-round:  Tuesdays and Thursdays (6 a.m. to 1 pm. Market hours) and Saturdays (5 a.m. to 3 p.m.). With Saturdays being the busiest Market days, we expect most participants would select Saturday for maximum exposure.   

The vending location for a qualifying business will vary on each Market day, depending on availability and product type. Daily vending stalls are assigned first to local farm/agricultural products, then 'other foods,' then general merchandise, then arts/crafts.

One 10’ wide by 30’ deep vending stall is available each Market day for this program first-come, first-served to qualifying vendors that complete the required vendor application and submit any required documentation, permits, etc. for their product type.  

All applicants for this program must complete a daily vending application and submit all required documentation, and review the entire packet of instructions and information for prospective vendors.  This application and instruction packet can be found on this web site at, or at the Market Office, 280 North Union Street, Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Businesses  wishing to return to the Market after their free day would follow the regular daily vendor process as prescribed in the application/instruction packet.


Call the Market Office at 585-428-6907 Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Or, email us at

See you at the Market!   

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