Welcome to the Market, America's Favorite Farmers Market
Part of the City's Department of Recreation and Youth Services, Rochester's Public Market has served the community since 1905. Bargains abound Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 52 weeks a year. Local vendors offer their fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, specialty items, and so much more. In addition, an array of independent local businesses are anchored on Market grounds and in the surrounding Market District.
Today, the Market combines the traditions of owner-operated family enterprise, and healthy farm-fresh quality with the values of buying direct from the producer. Learn more about the benefits of public markets ; Get tips for shopping for fruits and veggies at the Market
Days and Hours of Operation
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round
- Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round.
- The Market is open some additional days and hours before and after holidays, and for special events
The Public Market is located in the northeast quadrant of Rochester, at 280 North Union St., approximately three blocks north of East Main Street. View a map View a layout of the Market
Parking and Transportation
The popularity and joys of the Market do create the unfortunate side effect of traffic and parking challenges on Saturdays. There are free lots on Railroad and from Trinidad Street, across from the Union Street Market gates; there is also street parking in the Market District and Marketview Heights neighborhood. In addition, there are a few private fee lots. Carpooling, taking the bus, cycling, or walking is encouraged!
Market Token Program
The Market Token Program provides $1 and $5 tokens to those with food stamp benefits. These tokens can be used to buy fresh produce and products at over 100 vendor stands throughout the Market.
Learn more about the Token Program and how to participate
See a video about the Token Program
Vendor Applications and Instructions
The Market offers merchants a central city location with a constant flow of enthusiastic customers who are there to shop, to bargain and to buy. There are three sheds, two open-air and one enclosed. Open-air shed stalls are available on a seasonal basis and enclosed shed spaces are available on an annual basis. For specific rental rate information, call the Market Supervisor, Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (585) 428-6907.
Click here for a page that includes applications and instructions for regular market and special event vendors.
Important Rules and Regulations
No smoking under the sheds or where food is displayed or consumed.
No dogs are allowed in the Market, and do not leave dogs in vehicles. A car can heat up to over 100 degrees even when it feels cool outside!
No bicycle riding on Market grounds. Biking to the Market is encouraged, though--just walk your bike to the racks.
Special Events, Special Guests throughout the year
Special events happen at the Market throughout the year: Sunday Greatest Community Garage Sales and Super Fleas, Flower City Days, and Night Markets/Band on the Bricks add to the Market's lively flavor. Weekly Special Guests bring community organizations and programs to the Market. See the Special Events page
The Friends of the Market offer tours to youth and adults year-round! The tours focus both on the fascinating past and the present of the Market. Learn more about our tours!
Market Improvements in the Works
The Market is constantly striving to get better and better. Learn about the capital and other improvements ongoing and coming to the Market. Now, a pedestrian bridge project and new indoor shed project are in progress.
Market Matters Newsletter
The Market publishes a quarterly newsletter, in print and electronically! Visit our Market Matters page for current and past issues, and to subscribe to receive an electronic version.
Friends of the Public Market, Market Merchandise
TheFriends of the Public Market is a volunteer group that serves the Market in many important ways: they manage the Market Token Program, Market merchandise sales, the Market shuttle, the annual Artists Row event, and more. NEW: Get your Rochester Public Market Cookbook now!
A Century of Service
The Market has been a hub of commerce and culture in Rochester since 1905. (If you include the Markets on previous sites, it's been since the 1820s!) Learn some of the Market's marvelous history, and see some great pictures from yesteryear!
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!
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 a burgeoning Facebook community of 10,000 (and growing) Fans of the Public Market!
Address: 280 N. Union St., Rochester NY 14609
Market Office: (585) 428-6907
Fax: (585) 428-7028