At the intersection of North Beaver and West Philadelphia streets in downtown York sits a 125-year-old building that has not only been a place for residents to do their weekly shopping for fresh ingredients, but has also served as a focal point for the community to gather.
Last year, Central Market York was named by the American Farmland Trust as one of “the top 100 most celebrated farmers markets in the country,” coming in at No. 13 on the list – the highest-ranking market in Pennsylvania. The 52 stand holders who make up Central Market represent a wide array of products – everything from fresh produce and prepared food to beer and wine. Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6 a.m.-2 p.m., and select vendors are available on First Fridays from 5-9 p.m.
There’s Dietz Produce, Springleaf Farm and Dennis Fitz Homegrown Fruits & Vegetables, providing produce direct from York County farms to local tables. There are unusual sandwiches and salads at Busy Bee, burritos direct from an indoor food truck at Roburrito’s and fresh pastries from the Copper Crust Company.
For thirsty patrons, The Fizzy Bee makes old-fashioned sodas, floats and phosphates. And Central Market is one of the few local markets you can get a craft brew made on the premises at Mudhook Brewing Co. Looking for wine or cider? Allegro Winery and Wyndridge Farm are also there for your tippling pleasures.
But Central Market York is more than just food and drink. The Kable House Presents concert series debuted last year, featuring traveling musicians like Philly-based Strand of Oaks (Fly’s September cover story) and Nashville songwriter Andrew Combs (below). Future shows include the up-and-coming 10-piece soul band from Houston – The Suffers – who play on June 19. Events like April’s Lagunitas Launch Party presented by The Beer Ace also make use of the massive market building in the nighttime hours.