Welcome to the Market!
Rochester's city-run Public Market has served the community at its 280 N. Union Street site since 1905. Bargains and local goodness abound Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 52 weeks a year. Vendors--over 300 on Saturdays!--offer fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, specialty items, general merchandise, and so much more. In addition, an array of independent local businesses--cafes, food stands, coffee shops, florists, specialty food purveyors, breweries, and more--can be found on Market grounds and in the surrounding Market District.
Learn more about the benefits of public markets; Get tips for shopping for fruits and veggies at the Market; See a chart of what's in season month-to-month in New York State
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See some scenes from the Market!
Days and Hours of Operation
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round
- Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round.
- The Market is open some additional days and hours before and after holidays, and for special events
The Public Market is located in the northeast quadrant of Rochester, at 280 North Union St., approximately three blocks north of East Main Street. View a map View a layout of the Market
Parking and Transportation
The popularity and joys of the Market do create the side effect of traffic and parking challenges on Saturdays. There are free lots off Railroad Street and Trinidad Street (across from the Union Street Market gates); there is also street parking in the Market District and Marketview Heights neighborhood. In addition, there are a few private fee lots. Carpooling, taking the bus, cycling, or walking is encouraged! Also, the Market runs a trolley for customers to and from the parking lots.
Market Token Program for SNAP Food Stamp Benefit Recipients
The Market Token Program provides $1 and $5 tokens to those with food stamp benefits. These tokens can be used to buy fresh produce and products at over 100 vendor stands throughout the Market. Market Gift Tokens are also available for purchase at the Market office for $5 each and may be used the same way as a shopping gift certificate.
Learn more about the Token Program and how to participate
Vendor Applications and Instructions
The Market offers merchants a constant flow of enthusiastic and loyal customers. There are three sheds, two covered open-air and one enclosed. (A third outdoor covered shed is coming!) Open-air and enclosed shed stalls are available on a seasonal and daily basis. For specific rental rate and other vending information, call the Market Supervisor, Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (585) 428-6907.
Click here for a page that includes information, instructions, and applications for regular market and special event vendors.
Important Rules and Regulations
No smoking under the sheds or where food is displayed or consumed.
No dogs are allowed in the Market, except for service dogs. And do not leave dogs in vehicles. A car can heat up to over 100 degrees even when it feels cool outside!
No bicycle riding on Market grounds. Biking to the Market is encouraged, though--just walk your bike to the racks.
Special Events, Special Guests throughout the year
Special events happen at the Market throughout the year: Sunday Greatest Community Garage Sales and Super Fleas, Flower City Days, Bands on the Bricks, Food Truck Rodeos, Holidays at the Market... these and more events add to the Market's lively flavor. See the Special Events page! Weekly Special Guests bring non-profit community organizations and programs to the Market (email or call 585-428-7282 for more info).
The Friends of the Market offer tours to youth and adults year-round! The tours focus both on the fascinating past and the present of the Market. Learn more about our tours!
Market Improvements in the Works
The Market is constantly striving to get better and better. Learn about the capital and other improvements ongoing and coming to the Market;
Learn about our environmental initiatives
Friends of the Public Market, Market Merchandise
The Friends of the Public Market is a volunteer group that serves the Market in many important ways: they manage the Market Token Program, Market merchandise sales, the Market shuttle, the annual Artists Row event, and much more.
Over a Century of Service
The Market has been a hub of commerce and culture in Rochester since 1905. (If you include the Markets on previous sites, it's been since the 1820s!) Learn some of the Market's marvelous history, and see some great pictures from yesteryear!
Market Matters Monthly Newsletter
Market Matters is a monthly publication focused on Market products, vendors, special events, and much much more! Check out our Market Matters page--where you can sign up to receive the newsletter by e-mail.
The Market in Many Media
The Market is a magnet for professional and amateur photographers, videographers, filmmakers, other artists, and TV and radio stations. See a sampling of their work!
Shoppers often buy more than they expect to here at the Market, given the quality, selection, and low prices! But don't worry--our Veggie Valet wagons are available for borrowing at the Market Office; during the summer months, Veggie Valet volunteers through Greentopia's Green Visions Program are on hand to help you get your hefty Market purchases to your vehicle!
Give the gift of the Market with our Gift Tokens! See our Gift Token page
There are many ways to get more immersed in the life of the Market. For example, you can:
Volunteer with the Friends of the Public Market
Submit your favorite Market photos and Market Stories! And: "Like" us on Facebook!
Address: 280 N. Union St., Rochester NY 14609 View a map
Market Office: (585) 428-6907
Fax: (585) 428-7028