Today we can run to a grocery store without a second thought. But in 1730, if you did not live on a farm, where would you have gone? To the newly opened 120 square foot open air lot now known as Lancaster Central Market, of course!
Over the years, the Market has seen many changes. It does however have the distinction as being the oldest continuing operating farmer’s market not just in the state but in the nation!
The current building, located just off
Penn Square, at 23 North Market Street, was built in
1889. There are over 60 vendors at Central Market. My girls and I went Shopping
on this cold January Saturday (hence the Shopping Saturday!) at the Market. One
or two stands were closed due to the New Year holiday but the majority of the
stands were bustling.
You can get everything you need – food wise – from Central Market. For those who pop in on their lunch break, some vendors sell coffee, teas, sandwiches, and snacks. For those who do their fresh shopping at Market, there is meats, cheeses, dairy, and more. For the tourists, there are handmade items and other local touristy items. One can get anything and everything at Market from fresh chicken breast to fresh flowers to fudge to freshly ground herbs to fresh veggies and more.
The Market is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.