Public Market

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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 busiest 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 marketsGet tips for shopping for fruits and veggies at the MarketSee a chart of what's in season month-to-month in New York State
Get more tips at www.nylocalfood.com

Join our Market Facebook family!  In addition to these web pages, our Facebook page provides regular Market information and inspiration, and includes hundreds of Market photos.  

 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 an additional 50 days annually for free admission, City-sponsored special events   

Location

The Public Market is located in the northeast quadrant of Rochester, at 280 North Union St., zip code 14609, approximately three blocks north of East Main Street.  View a map  View a layout of the Market    

 Open-air shopping at the Public Market.Transportation and Parking 

The popularity of the Market means some traffic and parking challenges on Saturdays. There are five free City-owned lots: Railroad Street (accessible from Railroad St. or Pennsylvania Ave.); Union Street (a small lot inside the Union St. arch/gate); the large lot across Union Street from Market grounds (accessible from Trinidad or Scio Streets--the Scio entrance is highly recommended on Saturdays); and two small lots at the corners of Pennsylvania and First, and Pennsylvania/Union. Public street parking and paid private lot parking are also available in the surrounding Market District. Carpooling, taking the bus, cycling, or walking is encouraged! Also, the Market runs a trolley for customers to and from the City-owned parking lots. A pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Union Street is available to and from the Trinidad/Scio Street lot. View a parking map 

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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  

 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.

Special Events, Special Guests Throughout the Year

Free-admission 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. Weekly Special Guests bring non-profit community organizations and programs to the Market (email or call 585-428-7282 for more info).  See the Special Events page 

Market Improvements in the Works

Ground will be broken in spring 2016 on $8 million of needed renovations and improvements at the Market. Learn about the capital and other improvements ongoing and coming to the MarketLearn about our environmental initiatives   

Farmer at Harvest Jamboree in the Public Market.Friends of the Public Market

The Friends of the Public Market is a non-profit organization that serves the Market in many important ways: they manage the Market Token Program, Market merchandise sales, the Market trolley (which runs shoppers to and from City-owner parking lots) the annual Artist Row event, and much more. If you love the Market, the Friends are always seeking volunteers!

Over a Century of Service

The Market has been a hub of commerce, culture, and community on its Union Street site since 1905. Explore 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--MarketMattersCovers2where you can sign up to receive the newsletter by e-mail, and see current and back issues.  

Market Merchandise

The Friends of the Public Market sell a wide array of Market-branded merchandise, to include hooded sweatshirts (very practical for winter Market days), tee shirts, caps, onesies for baby, historical prints, bumper stickers, Market cookbooks, aprons, and more.  Market merchandise is on sale during the summer and fall outside, under the red tent near the Union Street gateway, and on any Market day in the lobby of the Market Office. 
See the Market Merchandise page   

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 

Tours

The Friends of the Rochester Market, our non-profit partner, offers Market tours to adults and youth.  The tours focus on the past, present, and future of the Market.  Learn more about our tours, and make an inquiry at www.cityofrochester.gov/markettours.

Veggie Valet

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! 

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Give the gift of the Market with our Gift Tokens! See our Gift Token page  

Important Rules and Regulations

No smoking under the sheds or where food is displayed or consumed. 
No dogs are allowed on Market grounds, 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! 

Get Involved!

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
Join our Facebook family!  

Contact Us

Address: 280 N. Union St., Rochester NY 14609 View a map
Market Office: (585) 428-6907
E-mail: pmarket@cityofrochester.gov
Fax: (585) 428-7028