It doesn’t hurt when your town’s market square is named by CNN as “one of the world’s 10 best fresh markets.” Listed along such legendary spots as Marché Provencal in Antibes, France, and London’s Borough Market, Central Market in Lancaster landed among the best in the world in 2013, cited for its locally grown produce, Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies and imported goods from around the globe.
In operation since 1730, Central Market has been a centerpiece of Lancaster life in its downtown location. The current building – built in 1889 and designed by English architect James Warner – features 70 stands and is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Central Market is an integral part of Lancastrian’s shopping regimen, with numerous people stopping by Groff’s Vegetables for fresh lettuce, spinach and mushrooms, a cup of coffee from Mean Cup, sausage and ground beef from Country Meadows Farms and sliced smoked bacon from Riverbound: A Heritage Deli.
Whether you’re looking for ingredients to make your own meal or wanting to grab a quick bite to eat for lunch, Central Market’s stand holders tucked inside the 125-year-old red-brick building will leave you satisfied (and drooling just a bit).