One of my favorite places is the Rochester Public Market! It is a unique place where you feel as if you stepped into another world. I always find something new to experience when I’m there. I avoid crowds like I avoid opening my son’s lacrosse bag after a weekend long tournament, but the market crowd is pleasant…does that make sense?!? It has been exposure therapy for me and I have never had a negative encounter from the crowds of people who flock to the market. It can be a bit challenging when taking pictures, but that should be expected.
The market has become a place my boyfriend and I visit early Saturday mornings even if we don’t need anything in particular—we just enjoy the atmosphere and energy there. (I wish I could insert a smell of the market here…it’s simply amazing)
This Sunday was the first of Holidays at the Market which includes vendors with holiday gift items, wreaths, trees, art, clothing, stocking stuffers, specialty treats, and tons more! On our stroll through I snagged a few photos of our top 10 favorite finds.
- Pierogies: This is always a must stop when I visit the market…I looovee pierogies and they make the best!
- The Florida Nut House: You will smell the amazingness of this place before you see it. Not only are the nuts delicious, but the people are friendly and make you want to come back! You will hear some hilarious nut jokes while you’re there, so bring one to share (a joke that is)! My favs are the cinnamon pecan and cinnamon almond!
- Juan and Maria’s Empanadas: They have the best empanadas…if you have never had one you must try them!
- Treemendousness: There are trees everywhere and the prices are lower than I have seen anywhere! The pine scent wafted throughout the market as we walked…we loved this! (We cut our tree down last week otherwise we would have bought one…maybe next year)
- Wreaths, wreaths, and more wreaths:
- Dog Treats: A variety of vendors offered items for pets. This is one I thought was super adorable!
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: On Thursday and Saturday mornings the market is filled with vendors selling everything from fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, fish/seafood, breads, condiments, and an assortment of other products. We love buying our produce, cheeses, meats, and fish from the markets rather than the grocery store—so much more fresh and you can ask them questions about how to prepare, cook, and store your items. The prices are much lower than the grocery store as well. I’m always shocked at the amount I’m able to buy.
- Handmade items, crafts, gifts, and trinkets: You will be able to find a perfect item for that person on your list who has everything or who is a difficult one to buy for. Perfect place to find that white elephant gift or Secret Santa gift! Everything from products made with essential oils, soaps, handmade furniture, wine, honey, bird houses, wind chimes, stocking stuffers, and tons more!
- Baked Goods: If you enjoy breads, cookies, donuts, pastries, and other treats you will find a huge selection!
- FREE Carriage Rides with Santa: Super cute watching the horse-drawn carriage pull children as Santa tells them to make sure they are cleaning up their toys!
Tips: Bring cash (small bills), bring your own bags or a cart/wagon (even if you don’t plan to use the wagon you can keep it in your car and use it to transport large items), leave large purses at home, there are bathrooms in the office if needed along with an ATM and pay phone
Holidays at the Market are Sundays throughout December: 4th, 11th, and 18th from 9am-3pm
The market hosts additional themed days throughout the year such as Flower City Days, Garage Sale Days, Food Truck Rodeo, Bands on the Bricks, and more.
Have you been to the Rochester Public Market? What is your favorite part of going? Do you have a market in your area? Share your thoughts!