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 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 Newsletter and Email List  
Location, Transportation and Parking Market-Branded Merchandise/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 close to 50 free admission, City-sponsored special event days each year!    

Location

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 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 lively flavor. See the Special Events page


 Market Renovations and Additions 

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 Newsletter and E-Mail List

Market Matters, the Market newsletter,  is published approximately every six weeks. Print copies are always available at the Market, and we also offer free electronic subscriptions--check out our Market Matters  page--MarketMattersCovers2where 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 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 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! 


Important Rules and Regulations  

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

* No smoking under or near the sheds or where food is displayed or consumed.  

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

* No dogs or other pets are allowed on Market grounds, 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!


 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