Student’s Corner

Fall Farmers Markets in Rochester

Farmers market season is winding down now that fall is coming, but there are still some farmers markets near the University of Rochester that you can check out in the next few weeks. Farmers markets are a great way to support local businesses and get some fresh produce to make some healthy meals with. Not to mention that buying local products helps decrease transportation emissions in the food industry.

While not a farmers market, the City of Rochester Public Market draws a large number of people every week, running three days a week year-round downtown at 280 North Union Street. University of Rochester students can take the Green Line there on Saturdays. Market vendors sell produce, bread, pasta, honey, clothing, and much more. There are also stalls selling hot prepared food. 

Yellow and orange gourds in black bins at the Public Market.
Produce at the Public Market

The Westside Farmers Market is located across the Genesee River from campus, at 831 Genesee Street. It’s running every Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 P.M. through October 10th. While it’s not a huge market, you can still find a lot of fresh produce and usually a free bike repair station, along with some other community organization booths. You can see what’s likely to be available during any given week using this chart. Pretty much every vegetable you would expect to be sold there will be available throughout September and early October when they close.

The final market close to the University is over in Brighton, in the Brighton High School parking lot, a short drive from River Campus. The Brighton Farmers Market is every Sunday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and runs through November 19th. They host a lot of local, organic farmers and local bakeries. 

Written by Sarah Woodams ‘24(T5)

Photo by Sarah Woodams at the Westside Farmers Market

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