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, and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, year-round. Vendors--over 200 occupying over 300 vending stalls on busiest Saturdays--offer local produce, produce from around the country and world; meats and seafood; eggs and dairy products; ethnic delicacies; prepared and packaged foods; specialty items; general merchandise; and more in three covered outdoor vendor sheds and also a brand new state-of-the-art fully indoor shed. 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. 

Use the links below to navigate the Public Market information on this site: 

Days and Hours of Operation 
Location, Transportation, Parking, Trolley                      
Market Token Program for SNAP Recipients          
Vendor Information, Instructions, Application  
Free-Admission Special Events  
Renovation/Addition Project 2016-2017  
Important Rules and Regulations  
Friends of the Rochester Public Market  
Over a Century of Service: Public Market History 
Market Matters Newsletter and Email List 
Market-Branded Merchandise, Gift Tokens  
The Market in Many Media  
The Benefits of Public Markets  
Tips for Fruit-Veggie Shopping at Market  
Flower City Pickers 
Contact/Connect with the Market  
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 Join our Instagram Family

Days and Hours of Operation

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. year-round (except Thanksgiving Day)
  • Saturdays from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. year-round  

In addition to these regular shopping days, the Market offers almost 50 free admission, City-sponsored special event days annually!  

Location

The Public Market is located in the northeast quadrant of the City of Rochester, at 280 North Union St., zip code 14609, approximately a half-mile north of East Main Street. (Use zip 14605 for G.P.S.) View a Map of the Market Grounds 
   

A_Stall39-(Custom)Transportation and Parking

There are five free City-owned parking 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. View a parking map 

Carpooling,  taking the bus, cycling, or walking is strongly encouraged. 

Also check out our Bike Incentive/Reward Program!

And note that our on-grounds Market Trolley runs for customers to and from the City-owned parking lots from May through October. A pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Union Street is available to and from the Trinidad/Scio Street lot. 


 Market Token Program for SNAP 'Food Stamp' Benefit Recipientswooden-dollar

The Market Token Program provides $1.00 and $5.00 tokens to those with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. These tokens can be used to buy fresh produce and products with over 100 Market vendors. SNAP recipients that use their benefits at the Market also presently enjoy a 40% bonus via the New York State Fresh Connect Program!

The Market Token Program Center is behind the Market Office (two-story brick house) in the small white boxcar-like structure, and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Learn more    Might you qualify for SNAP?  

Vendor Applications and Instructions

The Market offers merchants a huge volume and variety of enthusiastic and loyal customers. There are four vending sheds, three outdoor covered open-air and one enclosed.  Open-air and enclosed shed stalls are available on a daily basis; some open-air outdoor stalls may be available for leases. For specific rental rates, lease availability information, and other vending information: call the Market Supervisor, Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (585) 428-6907, or email pmarket@cityofrochester.gov

Click here for a page that includes information, instructions, and applications for regular market and special event vendors.


 Free-Admission Special Events Throughout the Year 

The Market hosts almost 50 days annually of free-admission special events! Sunday Greatest Community Garage Sales and Super Fleas, Flower City Days, Bands on the Bricks, Food Truck Rodeos, Gospel Jubilee, Halloween at the Market, Bike-In Movie, Holidays at the Market...these and more events add to the Market's variety and offerings to the community. See the Special Events page


 Market Renovations and Additions 

The Market completed $8.5 million of renovations and additions in summer 2017. Learn about the elements of this project at the Market Improvements pageLearn about our environmental initiatives   

 
Farmer at Harvest Jamboree in the Public Market. Friends of the Rochester Public Market:  Making the Market More 

The Friends of the Public Market is a non-profit organization that exists to "make the Market more." The Friends serve the Market in many important ways: they manage the Market Token Program for SNAP recipients, Market-branded merchandise sales, Market Tours, 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 a great way to get more involved and immersed! 

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.


  MarketMatters Newsletter and E-Mail List

Market Matters, the Market newsletter,  is published approximately every six to eight weeks. Print copies are always available at the Market, and we also offer free electronic subscriptions--check out our Market Matters  page--where you can sign up to receive the newsletter by e-mail, and see current and back issues.  

In addition, the Market invites you to get on its main E-Mail list, for more frequent Market information and inspiration! 
Sign Up for the E-Mail List  

Market-Branded Merchandise and Gift Tokens

The Friends of the Public Market sell a wide array of Market-branded merchandise, to include hooded sweatshirts (very practical for many Market days), tee shirts, caps, travel mugs, "onesies" for baby, historical prints, bumper stickers, Market cookbooks, aprons, and more.  The Friends also sell Market Gift Tokens, guaranteed glee for the Market lovers in your life! 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 photographers, videographers, filmmakers, writers, TV and radio stations, publications, and many other kinds of creatives. See a sampling of their work 
 

Public Market 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.

Flower City Pickers

A fully volunteer non profit, the Flower City Pickers are dedicated to collecting food (donated from vendors, or "rescued") every Market day and providing it to community organizations and neighbors in need.  Learn more about the Pickers  


Important Rules and Regulations  

* No vending product without approved application, payment, and vending space assigned by Market Supervisors.

* No smoking under/inside or near the sheds or where food is displayed or consumed.  If you see smoking in off-limits places--which includes places where smoke could easily drift under or inside vendor sheds, please report it to security or the Market Office.

* Vehicular speed limit on the grounds of the Market is 15 mph at all times.

* No parking in places that are not obvious, designated parking spots.   

* No dogs or other pets are allowed under the cover of the outdoor sheds, or in the indoor shed, except for service animals. And do not leave dogs in vehicles. A car can heat up to over 100 degrees even when it feels cool outside!

* No posting of flyers anywhere on Market grounds; no dropping of promotional literature of any kind without Market permission.

* No throwing away of materials that can be dropped for recycling in the Market's blue recycling toters: aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass containers, steel/metal containers, empty plastic cups, cardboard and paperboard (like cereal box material), mixed paper. NO Styrofoam containers or any food or drink residues in the blue bins, please!


 Get Involved

There are many ways to get more immersed in the life of the Market! For example:

Volunteer with the Friends of the Rochester Public Market

Join our Facebook family   
Join our Instagram family

Contact/Connect 

Address:  280 North Union Street, Rochester NY 14609 View a map 
Market Office:  (585) 428-6907
Email:
pmarket@cityofrochester.gov
Facebook: 
www.facebook.com/cityofrochesterpublicmarket
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/cityofrochesterpublicmarket