Hi everyone and Happy Monday! I hope you are all having a fabulous start to your week.
Today I wanted to tell you guys about my recent trip to the Rochester Public Market. I have been meaning to go all summer, but Saturday mornings are tough for me sometimes as I usually go out on Friday nights with my friends and need the extra sleep in the morning. I like to get to the Public Market early because it is super busy on Saturdays and I want to get there before everything is picked over.
A little history on Rochester’s Public Market:
- It is the oldest Public Markets in the USA, started in 1905 at it’s current location
- It is the cheapest way to buy fresh produce
- It is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays all year round. Saturdays being the busiest day
- Voted “Best Public Market” in 2009 and 2015
- Voted “Best Place to People Watch” in 2008!!
I started my Saturday at 7:30 AM after a night of going out with friends but I was determined to go to the Public Market for some much needed “me time” on a beautiful and sunny morning. I took Winston for a quick walk and left him and Justin in bed and was out the door by 8:00 AM.
The Market is right in the heart of Downtown Rochester about a five minute drive from my house. I decided to grab a cup of coffee at a cafe right near the Market called Boxcar Donuts and Fried Chicken. It was my first time there and it was so cute! They had great decor and the display of donuts was incredible. I couldn’t resist my temptation and got a Red Velvet Donut and a Nitro cold brew iced coffee to fuel my shopping trip. A great perk of Boxcar… free parking across the street!
Off I went to the Public Market. I had a good idea of what I wanted to buy as I had a craving for roasted veggies and tofu as a main meal for the upcoming week.
It was packed, as I expected, with people of all ages shopping around for their favorite locally grown produce. The Rochester Public Market is huge. They have tons of vendors selling just about everything you can imagine. It truly is a one stop shop.
When I was done shopping after about a half hour of perusing all of the stands, I ended up with:
- 4 purple peppers
- 5 big carrots
- One large sweet onion
- 2 pints of raspberries/blackberries
- 6 bananas
- One pound of lentils
- 2 heads of broccoli
- And 2 zucchini
All for only $15 bucks! I also bought a really cool pair of sunglasses for $4 because I lose at least three pairs every summer and refuse to buy nice sunnies.
I was so happy with my purchases. I used about a third of the veggies and made two pans of roasted vegetables that day. They were so good I ate an entire pan in one sitting LOL! By 9:15 AM I was already done with my weeks worth of grocery shopping, a cup of coffee and a doughnut deep, and home with Justin and Winnie cuddling in my bed with their cute selves.
Needless to say, the Rochester Public Market is the greatest place to buy locally grown fruit and veggies for a bargain. If you’re in the area, I highly suggest it. When you’re a broke college kid just trying to be healthy like me, go to your local farmers market and stock up on food there!
Have you ever been to your local Public Market? What’s your favorite part about it? Comment below!
Have a great week!