I am a life long Rochesterian and have always gone to the Market. My parents brought me there as a small child. My mother loved going there up until she could no longer. Where else can you talk to the people who actually grow the produce. Some wholesalers but hey the bargaisn are great. And where else can you hear the languages of the world. And of course Bonana, Bonana, Bonana!!! No one should go hungry with this great place in the city!!
I am constantly amazed by the number of life-long Rochesterians who have never been to the Market. This is a regular stop for my family.
Juan & Maria's empanada stop, boulder coffee, the $3 cheesecakes that rival the best bakeries in the area....FLOWER CITY SUNDAYS, sundays thru may, are a MUST if you are in the market to spruce up your yard. The absolute lowest prices you will find on flowers, tree, plants, pots, fountains...I could go on and on. Bring a wagon, cart or some strong helpers because you will most definitely walk out with way more than you can carry.
Sellers will haggle, just remember they are trying to make a living, and the prices are already way lower than you will ever find at any grocery store around...produce cheaper and fresher than ALDI, it's a no-brainer.
One last thing, there's a couple who sell frozen, hand-filled raviolis - outstanding!! Personal faves are feta, chicken & spinach and italian sausage & sweet peppers. Sorry, but I can't recall the name of the stand. Great vodka sauce, too :o)
I love "market" days, whether here in the USA or in Europe. Where else can you buy new, good, cheap clothing, excellent fresh bread, just harvested green beans and haggle prices? It is an experience not to be missed! The Rochester Public Market is one of the best with everything from fish to fresh herbs, lots of smiling vendors and customers, and it's in a great location. Parking is a problem though, but patience pays off--it is so busy that folks are constantly coming and going. I would suggest taking your own shopping cart or large bag to save on making multiple trips back to the car!
I used to go to the Public Market back in the 70's with my Grandma when there were live chickens there and now my sister & I go and soak up the atmosphere, have an early morning breakfast and bring home some great bargains. It's great to buy and talk with the locals.