These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Pennsylvania For 2018

These are the best farmers markets the state of Pennsylvania offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Pennsylvania? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Pennsylvania farmers markets:

  1. Lancaster Central Market, Lancaster, PA
  2. Central Market York, York, PA
  3. Phoenixville Farmers’ Market, Phoenixville, PA
  4. Artisan Exchange West Chester, West Chester, PA
  5. Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton, PA
  6. Farmers On The Square, Carlisle, PA
  7. Lawrenceville Farmers Market, Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market -Saturday, Philadelphia, PA
  9. Upper Merion Farmers Market, King Of Prussia, PA
  10. Pittsburgh Public Market, Pittsburgh, PA

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Pennsylvania or the cheapest place to live in Pennsylvania.

How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Pennsylvania?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Pennsylvania, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Keystone State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Pennsylvania, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

1. Lancaster Central Market

Lancaster Central Market -- Lancaster, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 91.4
City: Lancaster, PA
Address: 23 North Market Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Times: Tue: 6:00 AM-4:00 PM Fri: 6:00 AM-4:00 PM Sat: 6:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Central Market York

Central Market York -- York, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 88.6
City: York, PA
Address: 34 W. Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17401
Times: Tue: 6:00 AM-2:00 PM Thu: 6:00 AM-2:00 PM Sat: 6:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Phoenixville Farmers’ Market

Phoenixville Farmers' Market -- Phoenixville, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Phoenixville, PA
Address: 270 Mill Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Artisan Exchange West Chester

Artisan Exchange West Chester -- West Chester, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: West Chester, PA
Address: 208 Carter Drive Suite 13B, West Chester, PA 19382
Times: Sat: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Easton Farmers’ Market

Easton Farmers' Market -- Easton, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Easton, PA
Address: Centre Square (Intersection of Northampton & Third Streets), Easton, PA 18042
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Farmers On The Square

Farmers On The Square -- Carlisle, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Carlisle, PA
Address: 2a N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Times: Wed: 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Lawrenceville Farmers Market

Lawrenceville Farmers Market -- Pittsburgh, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Pittsburgh, PA
Address: 250 40th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Times: Sat: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market -Saturday

Rittenhouse Farmers' Market -Saturday -- Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Philadelphia, PA
Address: 18th St. & Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Times: Tue: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Upper Merion Farmers Market

Upper Merion Farmers Market -- King Of Prussia, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: King Of Prussia, PA
Address: 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King Of Prussia, PA 19406
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

10. Pittsburgh Public Market

Pittsburgh Public Market -- Pittsburgh, PA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 65.7
City: Pittsburgh, PA
Address: 2401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Times: Wed: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Sun: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Pennsylvania

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Keystone State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Pennsylvania

Name City Rank Score
Lancaster Central Market Lancaster 1 91.4
Central Market York York 2 88.6
Phoenixville Farmers’ Market Phoenixville 3 85.7
Artisan Exchange West Chester West Chester 4 82.9
Easton Farmers’ Market Easton 5 74.3
Farmers On The Square Carlisle 6 74.3
Lawrenceville Farmers Market Pittsburgh 7 71.4
Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market -Saturday Philadelphia 8 68.6
Upper Merion Farmers Market King Of Prussia 9 68.6
Pittsburgh Public Market Pittsburgh 10 65.7
Westtown Amish Market West Chester 11 65.7
Main Street Farmers Market Washington 12 62.9
Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 13 60.0
Headhouse Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 14 60.0
Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia 15 60.0
North Atherton Farmers Market State College 16 57.1
North Square Farmers Market Chambersburg 17 57.1
Downtown Johnstown Farmer’s Market Johnstown 18 57.1
West Chester Growers Market West Chester 19 57.1
Lansdowne Farmers Market Lansdowne 20 57.1
Mt Lebanon Lions Farmers Market Pittsburgh 21 54.3
Emmaus Farmers’ Market Emmaus 22 54.3
East Goshen Farmers Market West Chester 23 51.4
Bloomfield Saturday Market Pittsburgh 24 48.6
Penn Street Market Reading 25 48.6
Ross Twp Farmers’ Market Pittsburgh 26 45.7
Bethlehem Farmers’ Market Bethlehem 27 45.7
Jim’s Farmers Market Chambersburg 28 45.7
Green Dragon Farmers Market Ephrata 29 45.7
Dickinson Square Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 30 42.9
Market At The Fareway Philadelphia 31 40.0
Greensgrow Farm Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 32 37.1
Powers Park Farmers Market Philadelphia 33 37.1
Rodale Institute Organic Farmers Market At The Y Allentown 34 37.1
Lancaster East Side Market Lancaster 35 37.1
Bloomsburg Farmers Market Bloomsburg 36 37.1
Fountain Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 37 34.3
Rodale Institute Organic Farmers Market At Sacred Heart Allentown 38 34.3
Clark Park Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 39 28.6
Jefferson Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 40 28.6
Share Food Program Philadelphia 41 28.6
University Square Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 42 28.6
Mellon Square Citiparks Farmers Market Pittsburgh 43 28.6
Fresh2you Mobile Market Coatesville 44 28.6
Common Ground Marketplace Philadelphia 45 25.7
East Falls Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 46 25.7
Fairmount Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 47 25.7
Gorgas Park Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 48 25.7
Carrick Citparks Farmers Market Pittsburgh 49 25.7
Green Tree Farmer’s Market In The Park Pittsburgh 50 25.7
Market & Penn Streets Farmers’ Market York 51 25.7
West End Farmer’s Market Johnstown 52 25.7
Downtown Uniontown Farmers Market Uniontown 53 25.7
Fitler Square Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 54 22.9
Overbrook Farms Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 55 22.9
Morgan Log House Farm Market Lansdale 56 22.9
Broad And Snyder Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 57 20.0
Broad And South Philadelphia 58 20.0
Hunting Park Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 59 20.0
18th And Christian Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 60 17.1
22nd And Tasker Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 61 17.1
26th And Allegheny Philadelphia 62 17.1
29th And Wharton Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 63 17.1
33rd And Diamond Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 64 17.1
4th And Lehigh Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 65 17.1
52nd And Haverford Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 66 17.1
58th And Chester Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 67 17.1
Cecil B. Moore Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 68 17.1
Chew And E. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 69 17.1
Frankford Transportation Center Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 70 17.1
Germantown Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 71 17.1
Liberty Lands Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 72 17.1
Mt. Airy Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 73 17.1
Olney Transportation Center Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 74 17.1
Oxford Circle Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 75 17.1
West Oak Lane Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 76 17.1
East Bayfront Eats & Arts Erie 77 17.1
Fair Food Farmstand Philadelphia 78 14.3
Norris Square Park Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 79 14.3
Schuylkill River Park Philadelphia 80 14.3
Palmer Park Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 81 11.4
South East Erie Farmers Market Erie 82 2.9
Cooperative Farmers Market Of Scranton Scranton 83 2.9
The University Of Scranton Farmer’s Market Scranton 84 2.9
Strite’s Orchard Farm Market And Bakery Harrisburg 85 2.9
Juniata Farmers Market Altoona 86 2.9
Indiana County Farmers Market Indiana 87 2.9
Broad And Mt. Vernon Philadelphia 88 0.0
Cliveden Park Farmers’ Market Philadelphia 89 0.0
Dutch Country Farmers Market Philadelphia 90 0.0
Northern Liberties Farmers Market Philadelphia 91 0.0
Piazza Farmers Market Philadelphia 92 0.0
South Street West Farmers Market Philadelphia 93 0.0
Farmers Coop Market Of East Liberity Pittsburgh 94 0.0
North Side Citiparks Farmers Market Pittsburgh 95 0.0
Plaza Farmers Market Pittsburgh 96 0.0
South Side Citiparks Farmers Market Pittsburgh 97 0.0
West End Citiparks Farmers Market Pittsburgh 98 0.0
Wic Downtown Pittsburgh Pittsburgh 99 0.0
Allentown Farigrounds Farmers Market Allentown 100 0.0

About Chris Kolmar

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