Across New York, on almost every highway and most rural roads, one may find those roadside farm stands offering every fresh fruit and vegetable grown in the area. You'll find honey, maple products and fresh baked goods as well. Nearly every town and village has its own weekly or seasonal market as well. They promote the local products and put fresh produce at very fair prices within reach of every member of the community.
The "granddaddy" of all of these outlets is my favorite and is a place that I have shopped for most of my life. The Rochester Public Market is located at 280 North Union Street just off East Main Street in downtown Rochester. Open 52 weeks a year with varying schedules the market is a Mecca for the bargain hunter looking for fresh local products (actually vendors come from as far away as 70 miles). The market serves up many special events throughout the year including a food truck rodeo, summertime garage sales, seasonal flower bazaar, musical programs, special holiday programs to name a few of the reasons for the popularity of this venue.
The place is rife with history as it has been in operation in one form or another since 1827. It has been at the Union Street location since 1905. A complete 100 year history is chronicled in the book: "The Hands That Feed Us: 100 Years at the Rochester Public Market".
In 2009, the market was voted America's Favorite Farmers Market! The market enjoys support from the "Friends of the Public Market" volunteers.....Like them on Facebook. There is a regular newsletter available: Market Matters available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For my money, the crazy busy Saturday market is the most fun! No matter what, please don't miss this Rochester institution.