Of the countless farmers market around the nation, the Rochester public market has consistently ranked as one of the best. In 2010, it was voted the best in the United States. Open at least three days a week, 52 weeks a year, the Rochester farmers market offers a wide array of fresh produce and other goods for less than most local grocery stores.
The first thing anyone thinks of when they think of a farmers market is produce, but the Rochester public market is not just limited produce. It plays host to numerous special events. One such series is the Community Garage Sales. Held on most Sundays from spring through fall for the last 13 years, it is exactly what the name implies; an opportunity for vendors to set up booths and sell items they no longer want themselves. Part garage sale, part flea market, these events can be a fun opportunity to search for new treasures.
Another growing event at the Rochester public market is the Bands on the Bricks public concert series. On several Friday nights each summer the Rochester market plays host to a variety of musicians. Past acts have ranged from local talent to nationally recognized acts including the Pink Floyd tribute “The Machine” and Lou Gramm of “Foreigner” fame.
But if it is produce you are after, there is no shortage at the Rochester public market. One advantage to buying from a market is being able to ask questions about what you buy. You can find out exactly where the produce was grown, how it was grown and when it was picked. You will not get that information in the produce department of your local grocery store. No matter what you are looking for, the Rochester public market has something for practically everyone. Just remember, parking can get tight and the best deals go quickly; especially on Saturday mornings, so get there early.