One of the highlights of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is the abundant Farmer’s Markets.  The three main markets are Root’s, Green Dragon, and Lancaster Central Market. I like them all, and for different reasons. I also miss them intensely since moving away from the area.

Root’s was my first farmer’s market experience as a teenager and twenty-something (a long time ago). As a market, Root’s is more than just farm fresh produce. You will also find baked goods, crafts, and household items. It is open every Tuesday year-round, with indoor and outdoor stands holding about 200 vendors. There’s also a flea market on the first Saturday of the month from April to October, poultry and produce auctions every Tuesday, and special events such as car shows throughout the year. Check out their website for more details.

The Green Dragon is in Northern Lancaster County, on the outskirts of Ephrata. A Green Dragon outing is easily combined with a trip to the Ephrata Cloister, the antique malls to the north in Shillington, or to the roadside farm stands on route 322. I know it may seem like an obvious statement, but…I go to Green Dragon for the food! Fried veggies, chipped beef from King’s, fresh lemonade, and oh the local meats and vegetables! There are several buildings with vendors selling a myriad of items…homemade soaps, fresh roasted nuts, and unique collectibles. The outdoor vendor area includes the western hat dealer, leather goods, and ummm…socks. I’m not sure why there are so many sock vendors at Green Dragon, but they seem to be everywhere. Green Dragon is open year-round on Fridays.

The third of my top 3 is Central Market. This one is right on the square in the center of Lancaster, and has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operated public market in the country (founded in 1730). Central Market is not as large as Root’s or Green Dragon, but excels in character. It’s housed in an old brick Romanesque building in the historic heart of the city. Park in the garage on the corner of Prince and Orange, and walk the cobblestones of Market Street to arrive at Central Market. Stop by my favorite stands…the German Deli (try the hot mustard and German chocolates), the Herb Shop (herbs, spices, and loose tea), and Long’s Horseradish. Central Market is open year-round on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Please comment and let me know what you think of these farmer’s markets, and share stories of farmer’s markets in your area. Also feel free to ask questions about Lancaster County…it is my hometown, after all…

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3 Comments on Best Farmer’s Markets of Lancaster County, Pennyslvania

  1. Mary says:

    Sarah – I’m glad you enjoyed it. I wish I still lived in Lancaster County, and could enjoy the markets more frequently.

  2. Sarah says:

    What a great post on some of our favorite markets in Lancaster! I agree – I love Roots, my husband & I just have to get a funnel cake and some fresh fruit & veggies when we’re there. Central Market is great as well, for the fresh stuff, and the history that you’re walking through! Thanks for the great post!

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