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“Wrong day?”

Rochester Public Market
Ranked #14 of 150 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 October 2013

I knew I had missed the last food truck rodeo but I went along on a Sunday for what was advertised as a giant garage sale and a pet show.

My first surprise was that I assumed there would be a food market too... Wrong.

My second was that the giant garage sale was n't very giant. A very high proportion of the sellers were dealers and the stuff on sale was a load of tat with a few mildly interesting vintage bits and bobs. That said I bought a couple of old newspaper ads to frame and some dvds. Total expenditure $13. The good news was prices were low!

The pet show was just a row of stalls offering cats and dogs for adoption or advertising vets, pet food etc. the main attraction was Dan the Snakeman with his small collection of reptiles. The only thing that made this interesting was the enormous number of gorgeous dogs that visited with their humans, don't think i've ever seen so many breeds in one room... Doubt many of them were rescues.

So overall not what I'd been expecting or hoping for but it was a reasonable way to pass an hour or two and I will go back for the food market which i've heard is crazy on a saturday and the food rodeo which sounds amazing.

Thank LollypopSunshine
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

The Public Market is a Rochester institution, going strong now for over 100 years. It's open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with the big day being Saturday, and all year—although in the winter, there are fewer vendors. (Particularly in the open-sided stalls; however, not all the vendors are located in these.) In addition to being a place where you can get pretty much anything you want, it's also a place representing a true cross-section of America: many ethnicities, many languages, many income levels. It's REAL in the best sense of the word.

Vendors sell fresh produce, meat, cheese, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, clothing, flowers, plants, and more. There are at least three bakeries that I can think of, with our favorite being the Flour City Bakery in the row of warehouses at one side, next to what (at night) becomes Cure Restaurant. Their breads are wonderfully crusty and flavorful. This row of warehouses contains a lot of shops that are a gourmand's delight. You have the Italian shop, which carries an incredible variety of cheeses (they always have samples available, too), olives, sausages and hams, specialty canned goods, olive oils, and more. You have various coffee roasters. You have a shop selling various olive oils. You have Fare Game, which carries (as you might guess) game and other meats—if you want an elk steak and some foie gras to top it with, or a prime steak, you can buy it here.

In the warehouses on the other side, you have two fish markets with a much wider range of offerings than you'll ever find at local supermarkets, and with better prices, too. There's a place to buy gorgeous fresh pasta in all sorts of colors, flavors, and shapes. There are a couple of other meat vendors, selling everything from hamburger for the family picnic to goat meat if you've got a hankering for a Caribbean stew. There are more produce vendors.

At the market, you'll occasionally find oddball produce in season. This spring, we got some fiddlehead ferns that were delicious. We've bought squash blossoms for stuffing. Last year, we got some apples of a variety we'd never seen elsewhere because they are rarely grown. If you are a foodie, you'll love going to the market and taking in all the eye candy.

One of the most entertaining parts of a visit to the market is hearing its announcer. Check this link out to see why:
http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/present-tense/Content?oid=2133099

We often stop at the Rohrbach brewery on our way to or from the market, sample the beers on tap, and pick up a growler to take home with all our market bounty. Opening soon in the same building will be a craft distillery.

There are several free parking lots available near the market, although spaces are hard to come by at the busiest times. If you get lucky, you might find a space on the street, or there are several lots where you can pay a couple dollars and not have to wait.

Allow at least an hour to "do" the whole market; you can also make a morning of it by eating breakfast and/or lunch at the many cafes and food stands in and around the booths. Yes, public restrooms are available at a brick building near the market offices, in the center of the area.

If you live in Rochester and have never been to the market, shame on you! If you're visiting Rochester, check it out and you just might want to move here!

Thank Bama77
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

We went as a family of 4 to the August 28, 2013 food truck rodeo at the Rochester Public Market. So did thousands of others...so there's a sign right there. Parking is a bit of a challenge, but once you find a spot it's all good. We started out by visiting the Rohrbach's beer stand for some liquid refreshments, Rohrbach's microbrews, Genny Light, and a modest wine selection. Truck vendors sell soft drinks, water, juices, etc. Then it was time to wander the trucks and decide what we want out of the diverse set of offerings. Barbecue, Latin American, Asian fusion, Mac and Cheese, soul food, a good old fashioned hot dog, Everything under the sun I think. One of my rules is to try something I've never had before...cross chicken gizzards off that list. Very tasty! Then we copped a couple Cuban sandwiches that were huge, tasty, and delicious from one of the trucks that was specializing in Latin American offerings. Few tables are available for sitting. Many bring their lawn chairs and just plop down in small groups. Crowd size was manageable...men's room was clean. All in all a great night. One more left this year, Sept. 25...if you've never been to the food truck rodeo, give it a try! Here's a web site link:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/foodtruckrodeo/

1  Thank SRCFan
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We went on a Tuesday, as they have a Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It was real interesting. Lots of different vendors, some with truly home grown goodies and others with trucked in specials. There are also some craftsmen and one vendor with your dollar special items. We got great buys on cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, plums and ginger.
We stroller acrossed the street to the bakery, which seemed to specicalize in breads, but also made fantastic nut bars! The pecan bars were exceptionally good.
It really was a nice outing to experience amixture of events and pretty good for a Tuesday morning.

Thank travelingmom1374
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

This was my first visit to the market with my daughter, who recently moved to Rochester. It's a fun place to get great deals on fresh produce and baked goods. There are a few of the usual t-shirt, purse, etc. vendors as well.

Thank mrsscruffy_oh
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