Public Market

 MarketMatters-page-header 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 local produce, meats and seafood, eggs and dairy products, ethnic delicacies, prepared 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  Market Matters Newsletter    
Location, Transportation and Parking  Market-Branded Merchandise and Gift Tokens  
Market Token Program for SNAP Benefit Recipients         The Market in Many Media  
Vendor Applications and Instructions   Public Market Tours     
Free-Admission Special Events   Veggie Valet  
Renovation and Addition Project   The Benefits of Public Markets 
Important Rules and Regulations  Tips for Fruit/Veggie Shopping at Market 
Friends of the Rochester Public Market   Flower City Pickers  
Over a Century of Service: Public Market History  Contact/Connect with the Market     

 Days and Hours of Operation

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. year-round 
  • Saturdays from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. year-round.  
  • The Market also offers over 50 free admission, City-sponsored special event days each year!  

2017 Holidays Days/Hours:  

Thanksgiving Week:  Tuesday, Nov. 21 (6 a.m.-1 p.m.); Wednesday, Nov. 22 (6 a.m. - 1 p.m.); Thursday, Nov. 22 CLOSED; Saturday, Nov. 25 (5 a.m.-3 p.m); Sunday, Nov. 26: First of three Holidays at the Market special events  

Christmas Week:  Tuesday, Dec. 26 (6 a.m.-1 p.m.); Thursday, Dec. 28 (6 a.m.-1 p.m.); Saturday, Dec. 30 (5 a.m.-3 p.m.)  


The Public Market is located in the northeast quadrant of the City 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 

 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. On busy Saturdays from June through September, avoid congestion challenges by taking our free and easy MarketMobile Shuttle from the East End Parking Garage!

Also check out our new 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. 

The Market Token Program Center is behind the Market Office 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 sheds, three covered open-air and one enclosed.  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 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (585) 428-6907.  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 over 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 lively flavor. See the Special Events page 

 Market Renovations and Additions in the Works

The Market has completed $8.5 million of renovations and additions. 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 Rochester 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 for SNAP recipients, Market 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 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 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-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 professional and amateur photographers, videographers, filmmakers, other artists, and TV and radio stations. 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

 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! 

Important Rules and Regulations 

  • No vending product without approved application, payment, and vending space assigned by Market Supervisors.
  • No smoking under the sheds or where food is displayed or consumed.
  • No parking in places that are not obvious, designated parking spots.  Parking in spots reserved for handicapped without a handicapped parking tag will result in a $150 ticket.
  • 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   Join our Instagram family 

 Contact/Connect With Us

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