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Farmers' Markets in Historic Market Buildings:
Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays: 6 am to 4:30 pm. Saturdays: 6 am to 2 pm.
Lancaster's Central Market is a red-brick architectural jewel. It is a Romanesque monument to the farm families who helped create Lancaster County. And to those same families who provide food for us today.
The market is in the heart of downtown. It is a symbol of everything that is good about Lancaster city, our county seat. Built in 1889, it is the oldest publicly-owned, continuously-operating farmers' market in the U.S. This market is a gem.
The Largest Markets:
Hours: Tuesdays only. April to October: 9 am to 9 pm. November to March: 9 am to 8 pm.
Root's Market is one of the planet's great farm markets. There are more butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers here than you can shake a stick at. Plus countless numbers of market gardeners and orchard people.
The Mennonite, Amish, and Other farmers, here, compete to present the most-local and most-fresh stuff from their farms. With signs telling you that they harvested their sweet corn less than two miles from this very spot, this very morning. You can still see the dew on the corn tassels, sort-of.
Hours: Friday. 9 am to 9 pm.
This place is huge. The parking lot, alone, covers a 20-acre hillside. Buy tomatoes and t-shirts, both, at this gargantuan extravaganza of shopping and eating. It's a sprawling carnival and gourmet country deli, all in one. It's a food-and-flea-market festival, every Friday.
Saturday Street Markets:
Hours: Saturday. 7:30 am to 12 pm. May 24 to October 25. Autumn Hours: 8 am to 1 pm.
This market is another excellent reason to visit Lititz, one of Lancaster County's most picturesque towns.
It's a street market. In a parking lot. And that's good. Because it means everything is local and fresh. Wander around. Buy lots of stuff from farmers. Then recuperate from all that exertion by having a decadent (but fair-trade) chocolate drink at Cafe Chocolate.