Conveniently located downtown, the Rochester public market has gained notoriety as one of the best public markets in the country. It is easily accessible and with over 100 years of business behind it, the Rochester farmers market has a long tradition of offering excellent goods at even better prices. For those of us who love fresh produce, the Rochester market is a great source. The fruits and vegetables are often less expensive than local grocery stores and many of them are grown with fewer pesticides and other chemicals. The produce that is organic is also usually cheaper than grocery stores. It may not be as pretty as the stuff that has been chemically treated, but your taste buds and stomach do not care if that tomato looks nice. But while you are helping yourself, you are also helping out local farmers, small businesses and your own community at large.
While you shop, the Rochester market is also a great place to sample flavors from local restaurants and prepared food vendors. You can sample a variety to foods and find out where you can get more. Some businesses have gotten their start at the Rochester market and it can be a great way to gain exposure and customers before opening a permanent store front.
Open all year round, the Rochester market is not just for produce and food. My parents have been buying their Christmas trees there for the last seven years. And when my mom was looking for fresh flowers to do the floral arrangements for my wedding two years ago, she ordered them from a vendor at the Rochester market. Not only did the vendor stay within my budget, I got beautiful, fresh flowers that do not grow in the area. But remember, with so many people flocking to check out what the market has to offer, it pays to get there early, especially on Saturdays.