The City of Rochester Public Market brings a combination of modern and historic architectural design to the community at its 280 North Union Street site.
Founded in 1827, its current location launched in 1905 and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday year-round. The market boasts over 200 vending stalls offering local produce, meat and seafood, eggs and dairy products, specialty items and more. Features include original 1905 bricks and a fountain from the early 1900s with a state-of-the-art, energy efficient indoor shed established in 2016.
In addition to outdoor vendors, there is an array of independent local businesses ranging from cafes, specialty food purveyors, breweries and retail shops. The market has grown leaps and bounds over nearly two centuries, but it has remained true to its roots to serve the Rochester community fresh, local and affordable food.
COVID-19 did not hamper the market — operations did not cease at all — but new rules and procedures were established to keep the community safe. A list of vendors offering curbside pickup and delivery options was quickly put together for customers who wanted to shop locally but were uncomfortable shopping in-person.
The Rochester Public Market is a member of the Market District Business Association, a nonprofit group consisting of new and established business owners in the Market District whose goal is to offer the community the best products and services developed right here in Rochester.