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Address: 23 North Market Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone Number: 717-735-6890
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6:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Activities: Shopping

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Must stop in. Wonderful items!

This place was my favorite stop in Lancaster. It opens at 6am but my family didn't get there until 830am and it was in full swing. Amish goods, fudge, donuts, coffee, apple cider... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Louisville, KY
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Portland, OR
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205 reviews 205 reviews
56 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We visited Market on a Friday with some local friends. I wish I were a local, too, so I could have taken advantage of all of the fresh dairy, meat, and bakery items. We got to sample a few things (olive loaf! honey lavender feta! Amish donut!) but stuck with a rental car, hotel, and eventual flight home there wasn't... More 

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Louisville, KY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This place was my favorite stop in Lancaster. It opens at 6am but my family didn't get there until 830am and it was in full swing. Amish goods, fudge, donuts, coffee, apple cider (delicious from Kauffmans), handmade soaps, and so much grown vegetables and baked pastries. Cheeses and any cut of meat you can think of. So many different ethnic... More 

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Lancaster, PA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It's one of, if not the oldest, continuously operating farmers markets in the US, and a great place to visit!! It's open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and you need to go in the morning. By 2 PM or so things are sold out and stands are closing down. You can get ANY kind of food you're looking for...great ready to... More 

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7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

The country's oldest farmers' market located in century-old building located in center of city. Open on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Local vendors offer a variety of foods including cheeses, baked goods, pickles and preserves. Quite crowded, but worth a visit.

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Accra, Ghana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My family and I have shopped here for years. This is the oldest farmers market in America, in a beautiful historical building. Easy parking off Prince or King Street, don't let it's downtown location scare you off. Contrary to what many think, this is not primarily an Amish market (check out Bird in Hand farmers market for that). Much of... More 

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New York City, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We stopped by the Central Market Saturday morning, 4/4/15. We came around 8:30 am and the place already had a strong buzz of activity. Everything from cheeses, meats, coffee, tea, bakery, fresh fruit and vegetables, and many other items. Prices seemed reasonable and competitive. We enjoyed coffee and some morning bakery on the second floor overlooking the crowds in the... More 

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State College
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114 reviews 114 reviews
28 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My family and I were lucky to be able to visit the Central Market in Lancaster and the one in York in the same month. Both are overflowing with fresh vegetables, mouthwatering pastries, sweets and fudge, dairy products, fresh meat and fish, delicious sausages, colorful flowers and herbs, crafts and PA Dutch items, and lots of specialties we had never... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This tightly packed set of vendors sells everything from grass fed beef to raw honey. We stopped at a bakery for an apple fritter (out of this world:-) and lemon ginger honey tea. We also purchased stone cut oatmeal, parsley, raw honey, asparagus, some teas, oh, and did I mention the apple fritter?

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Dagsboro, Delaware
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136 reviews 136 reviews
28 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

First time there. Very crowded so a bit hard to maneuver. Nice variety of food and wares. Got all that I wanted. Red beet eggs, chow chow, fresh sauerkraut, german pastries. You name it, they had it. Most take credit cards but you have to purchase a minimum. Some only take cash. Need more restrooms however. Line was long. Also,... More 

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Forest Hills, New York
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304 reviews 304 reviews
74 attraction reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Visiting the Central Marked is a highlight of our yearly trip to Lancaster. This is often our first stop when arriving. It is a great introduction into Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch foods. I enjoy talking to the proprietors of the food stalls. Many are Amish and grow, sell and prepare their own products produce and meats. They are a wealth... More 

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