City of Rochester’s Public Market
I am the biggest picky eater you’ll ever know. If you’re like me, then the Public Market is the place to go! To both your surprise and mine, the Public Market has been at the same location (280 North Union Street), selling the same quality goods since 1905! As you will see from the pictures below, the market is a very beautiful place, and the 300+ vendors and market goers make it more vibrant and even prettier than it already is.
The shoppers and vendors at the public market represent a community that has been working for sustainability and supporting local farmers for over a hundred years.
The market is home to local produce, eggs and dairy products, ethnic and specialty foods, meats and seafood, and much, much more. It supports local farmers and sustainable small scale farming practices by selling home-grown produce, not exposed to genetic modification or to harmful pesticides as well as some more traditionally grown but at largely discounted prices from what you would find at a grocery story.
The market also provides incentives for people to visit the market not only for their low prices but also by introducing programs like “Bike Benefits Incentive/Reward Program” whereby registered market cyclists can enter to win $25 in Market Gift Tokens each time they visit the place. Going to the Public Market is one of my favorite activities that I have engaged in so far. The entire experience has made me feel like I was back home, with access to all the locally grown produce and away from the packaged food one finds at big grocery stores.
Want to go?
Student Wellness at RIT organizes free transportation to the Public Market and back to RIT on select Saturdays. The bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. from Grace Watson Hall stop, and comes back from the market at 12:30 p.m.Bring your reusable bags with you, because you’re going to need them! I bought fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, pears, prunes, and much more for less than $20!
Click here to see a list of the available produce at different times of the year called “Pride from A(pples) to Z(ucchini)”!