Whether you were born here or are a recent transplant, Lancaster is home to a few of the finest outdoor stands, urban markets, and pop-up shops on the East Coast. What can you find at one of these markets? The possibilities are endless–especially since many of these markets sell seasonal produce and flowers. Don’t believe me? Check out the following markets below.
Lancaster Central Market
A true Market-goer will tell you the truth: there’s magic tucked within the walls of the nation’s oldest outdoor market. Located in the center of town, Central Market features an open layout filled with shops that sell everything from grass-fed pork chops to homemade chevre. Bring your market tote and fill up on groceries for the week.
Local favorite: On Saturdays, swing by Tom’s Bread to try his homemade waffles. Wrapped in tinfoil, these treats are perfect for a late breakfast, or to be saved for later–heated and enjoyed with warm maple syrup.
Lemon Street Market
Visit this sweet market located on 241 West Lemon Street for a great sampling of organic and local food and products. Take a peek upstairs in their backroom where you’re able to buy products in bulk. You can even bring your own containers to stock up on soap, laundry detergent, and shampoo. A great way to recycle your jars and to use ingredients that are natural and safe.
Cherry Hill Orchards
During the seasonal months, Cherry Hill Orchards is home to fruit trees, pumpkin patches, and carloads of families who happily bring their baskets to pick the county’s ripest fruits. Rich across the way from the orchard sits the Cherry Hill Market where you can sample your way around the store. With dozens of varieties for sale and for sample, you can test and buy
Good to know: Check out the store during the fall season where you can buy bushels of less-than-perfect apples for heavily discounted prices. Perfect for making applesauce, pies, or crisps!
Brook Lawn Farm Market
Located on Lititz Pike, this market is home to sweet, seasonal veggies, floral arrangements, and kid-friendly pumpkin picking tractor rides in the fall. Local tip: Why not visit the market early in the season to pick up your cartons of herb plants to grow in your garden?
Lititz Farmers Market
Stop by Lititz Farmers Market every Saturday in the heart of the town’s square. While there, be sure to take a walk through Lititz Spring Park. The pond features a charming pathway and is home to many duck families.
Root’s Country Market & Auction
Visiting Roots is a tradition for many Lancastrians–both new and old. The indoor-outdoor market features a live auction, dozens of local produce stands, and delicious eateries. Local tip: visit Roots early in the day. Many of the bakery stands sell out early, and the homemade donuts are worth the early trip. Open Tuesdays, year round.
The Corn Wagon
Visit this roadside stand for fresh produce all summer long. Open from July to November, the Corn Wagon is the best kept secret when it comes to fresh vegetables and fruits during the warmer months. Situated in New Danville, this stand is worth the
Lancaster East Side Market
Located at Musser Park, Lancaster’s newest market has gained a steady traction as one of the county’s most unique weekend venues. Sporting live music, delicious homemade dog treats, and pop-up yoga, this Sunday regular is a favorite among suburban and urban residents. Open Sundays from May to October.
Columbia Market House
Open Fridays-Sundays, the historic Columbia Market House operates as a produce stand, community gathering space, and the incubator for revitalizing Columbia’s downtown heritage. Check out this video which highlights Columbia’s greatest assets.
If you’re looking to shop and eat local produce or find wild Pennsylvania honey, visiting a market can be great way to find local, handmade, and fresh products.