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“A Rochester must-do”

Rochester Public Market
Ranked #14 of 150 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 21, 2013

The Public Market is a Rochester institution, going strong now for over 100 years. It's open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with the big day being Saturday, and all year—although in the winter, there are fewer vendors. (Particularly in the open-sided stalls; however, not all the vendors are located in these.) In addition to being a place where you can get pretty much anything you want, it's also a place representing a true cross-section of America: many ethnicities, many languages, many income levels. It's REAL in the best sense of the word.

Vendors sell fresh produce, meat, cheese, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, clothing, flowers, plants, and more. There are at least three bakeries that I can think of, with our favorite being the Flour City Bakery in the row of warehouses at one side, next to what (at night) becomes Cure Restaurant. Their breads are wonderfully crusty and flavorful. This row of warehouses contains a lot of shops that are a gourmand's delight. You have the Italian shop, which carries an incredible variety of cheeses (they always have samples available, too), olives, sausages and hams, specialty canned goods, olive oils, and more. You have various coffee roasters. You have a shop selling various olive oils. You have Fare Game, which carries (as you might guess) game and other meats—if you want an elk steak and some foie gras to top it with, or a prime steak, you can buy it here.

In the warehouses on the other side, you have two fish markets with a much wider range of offerings than you'll ever find at local supermarkets, and with better prices, too. There's a place to buy gorgeous fresh pasta in all sorts of colors, flavors, and shapes. There are a couple of other meat vendors, selling everything from hamburger for the family picnic to goat meat if you've got a hankering for a Caribbean stew. There are more produce vendors.

At the market, you'll occasionally find oddball produce in season. This spring, we got some fiddlehead ferns that were delicious. We've bought squash blossoms for stuffing. Last year, we got some apples of a variety we'd never seen elsewhere because they are rarely grown. If you are a foodie, you'll love going to the market and taking in all the eye candy.

One of the most entertaining parts of a visit to the market is hearing its announcer. Check this link out to see why:

We often stop at the Rohrbach brewery on our way to or from the market, sample the beers on tap, and pick up a growler to take home with all our market bounty. Opening soon in the same building will be a craft distillery.

There are several free parking lots available near the market, although spaces are hard to come by at the busiest times. If you get lucky, you might find a space on the street, or there are several lots where you can pay a couple dollars and not have to wait.

Allow at least an hour to "do" the whole market; you can also make a morning of it by eating breakfast and/or lunch at the many cafes and food stands in and around the booths. Yes, public restrooms are available at a brick building near the market offices, in the center of the area.

If you live in Rochester and have never been to the market, shame on you! If you're visiting Rochester, check it out and you just might want to move here!

Thank Bama77
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We went as a family of 4 to the August 28, 2013 food truck rodeo at the Rochester Public Market. So did thousands of others...so there's a sign right there. Parking is a bit of a challenge, but once you find a spot it's all good. We started out by visiting the Rohrbach's beer stand for some liquid refreshments, Rohrbach's microbrews, Genny Light, and a modest wine selection. Truck vendors sell soft drinks, water, juices, etc. Then it was time to wander the trucks and decide what we want out of the diverse set of offerings. Barbecue, Latin American, Asian fusion, Mac and Cheese, soul food, a good old fashioned hot dog, Everything under the sun I think. One of my rules is to try something I've never had before...cross chicken gizzards off that list. Very tasty! Then we copped a couple Cuban sandwiches that were huge, tasty, and delicious from one of the trucks that was specializing in Latin American offerings. Few tables are available for sitting. Many bring their lawn chairs and just plop down in small groups. Crowd size was manageable...men's room was clean. All in all a great night. One more left this year, Sept. 25...if you've never been to the food truck rodeo, give it a try! Here's a web site link:


1  Thank SRCFan
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We went on a Tuesday, as they have a Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It was real interesting. Lots of different vendors, some with truly home grown goodies and others with trucked in specials. There are also some craftsmen and one vendor with your dollar special items. We got great buys on cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, plums and ginger.
We stroller acrossed the street to the bakery, which seemed to specicalize in breads, but also made fantastic nut bars! The pecan bars were exceptionally good.
It really was a nice outing to experience amixture of events and pretty good for a Tuesday morning.

Thank travelingmom1374
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was my first visit to the market with my daughter, who recently moved to Rochester. It's a fun place to get great deals on fresh produce and baked goods. There are a few of the usual t-shirt, purse, etc. vendors as well.

Thank mrsscruffy_oh
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Been there twice and had great times. Bring backpacks or carts because you always buy more than want. There is great produce albeit shipped from California so not exactly energy efficient. There were peppers, cukes, lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, oranges, apricots, onions, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, avocadoes, mangoes and celery. There were cheese venders, baked goods and wines from the local wineries. There are probably 12-15 cafes for coffee, pastries, crepes, sandwiches, pizza and empanadas among other things. You can also buy inexpensive knives, cutlery, gadgets, cutting boards and a hodgepodge of other household goods. There is ample parking but the streets do get very congested. I parked on a side street off of Union St 1/4 mile away to beat the traffic.
We went there on a Sat 11AM and it was very busy. Saturday hours are 5AM-3PM. We had a great time looking, shopping and eating. There is almost a carnival type atmosphere. The people are friendly. It's a fantastic and inexpensive way to spend several hours.

1  Thank George H
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