Shopping at a local farmers market is a rewarding way to stock up on your weekly groceries. You can visit your local market with neighbors and friends and purchase wholesome ingredients for family-friendly meals while supporting the local economy. A charming area with a dynamic history, Lancaster is home to many farmers markets that sell fresh produce, deli items, carefully prepared food, and hand-made crafts. Here's Apple Ford of Red Lion's list of the best farmers markets in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster Central Market

Vegetables on a tray

Located in a historic 120-year-old building in downtown Lancaster, Lancaster Central Market is a must-visit market if you fancy exploring the best of Pennsylvania produce. This market is a large part of the town's history. A 120-square-foot public market for farmers was in the original vision of the town, as designated by leaders in 1730 when Lancaster's layout was planned. Today, the market has grown to feature nearly 70 vendors selling various items, including the following:

  • Chocolates.
  • Crafts.
  • Coffee.
  • Tea.
  • Housewares.
  • Flowers.
  • Bread.
  • Meats.
  • Cheese.
  • Dairy products.
  • Vegetables.
  • Fruits.
  • Ice cream.
  • Fresh salads.
  • Fresh sandwiches.
  • Soups.

With vendors selling hot and cold items, such as deli sandwiches and soups, you can even have a meal at Lancaster Central Market. Don't leave without bringing home a bag of artisan goods or farm-fresh grocery items, all of which support local farmers and craftspeople. Lancaster Central Market is open on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 23 North Market St.

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Cherry Hill Orchards & Farm Market

If you're looking to visit a local market that also offers a fun outdoor activity for the whole family to enjoy, consider planning a trip to Cherry Hill Orchards & Farm Market. An oasis of local agriculture, Cherry Hill Orchards is home to various fresh fruits, including cherries, strawberries, and peaches. Inside, the farmers market is stocked full of locally grown, in-season produce. At Cherry Hill's market, you can find the following items:

  • Bacon.
  • Eggs.
  • Milk.
  • Pies.
  • Cookies.
  • Jams.
  • Canned fruits.
  • Soup mixes.
  • Pancake mixes.
  • Butter.
  • Bologna.
  • Cheese.
  • Flowers.
  • Corn.
  • Fruit.

You can even prepare your own fruit basket with a selection of various fruits. You can visit Cherry Hill Orchards & Farm Market at 400 Long Lane in Lancaster. The market is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. You'll find fresh seasonal produce and flowers each season, so you can visit every few months and see something new.

Village Farm Market

Celebrate the best of Lancaster County with a trip 18 miles northeast to visit Ephrata's Village Farm Market. Village Farm Market isn't your typical street fair-style farmers market. This local institution features a host of locally grown seasonal produce, fresh flowers and plants, and a menu that's bursting with prepared items that are inspired by family recipes. If you want to rely on local businesses for your next party, Village Farm Market is the place to go. It specializes in party trays, gift baskets, and baked goods, such as cakes and pies, all of which are prepared with care.

From May through October, you can browse Village Farm Market's prepared foods, fresh produce, and decorative plants from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. You can visit on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. In November, the market switches to winter hours, operating from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Village Farm Market is located at 1520 Division Highway in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster County Farmers Market

Another market with a rich history, Lancaster County Farmers Market in nearby Wayne, Pennsylvania, is home to some of the best local produce and craft goods and several one-of-a-kind imported items. Local farmers started a coalition of Lancaster County sellers in the 1930s and officially opened Lancaster County Farmers Market in 1951. The market prospered and moved to its current location in 1977. Vendors sell the following goods:

  • Baked goods.
  • Housewares.
  • Cheese.
  • Candy.
  • Meat.
  • Fresh flowers.
  • Produce.
  • Empanadas.
  • Breakfast foods.
  • Pretzels.
  • Dairy goods.
  • Coffee.
  • Seafood.
  • Pasta.

Lancaster County Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's approximately an hour from the heart of Lancaster at 389 West Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, Pennsylvania. With everything from home decor items to handmade candies, this historic market has something for every member of the family.

Root's Country Market and Auction

If you're looking for a charming, family-run market bursting with local charm, head 17 minutes out of Lancaster to Manheim's iconic Root's Country Market and Auction. With over 200 stands, Root's has more to see than you could ever imagine. Visit on a Tuesday to participate in the weekly auction featuring special produce and a sense of community that you won't find on your average grocery run. Root's Country Market features the following products:

  • Meats.
  • Cheeses.
  • Produce.
  • Baked goods.
  • Housewares.
  • Flowers.
  • Collectibles.
  • Antique goods.

Located across from the Old Mill Flea Market, Root's Country Market and Auction is a great place to spend a day, especially if you have bargain hunters in the family who love the thrill of scoring a one-of-a-kind vintage item for their home. Root's Country Market and Auction is open every Tuesday, no matter the weather. The opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between April and October and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. between November and March.

That concludes Apple Ford of Red Lion's list of the best farmers markets in and around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you know of a great local market that's a well-kept secret, tell us more about it so that we can see it for ourselves.

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