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Continuing The Legacy

As the Market’s 300th birthday approaches, it’s a special time to ensure generations to come have access to the Central Market.  We have an obligation to pass the Market down as those before us, passed it down to us.  So many people share fond memories of coming to Market with their children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents.  What wonderful memories we all have.  We want our future generations to have these special memories too.

In addition, as we implement our strategic plan, we have the opportunity to innovate.  You can help us create the future right now! The strategic plan calls for the Central Market to continue its tradition of providing fresh healthy foods but adding new ways to offer it to the community. The market operations are sustainable within the Market walls now it’s time to offer programming outside those walls. The focus will be on providing services to cater to people who cannot shop in the market due to mobility, location, or time constraints.  The services offered will benefit the public but also the Market Standholders who are majority farmers or selling products from local farmers.

Strategies:

  • Kathleen L. Peck After Market
  • Capital projects
  • Market District
  • Online Ordering
  • Delivery
  • Pop Up Markets

Kathleen L. Peck After Market
The Market is addressing food waste by offering left over fresh products that will not last until the next Market day, free to the public.  Central Market is working with local social service agencies to get the word out to consumers who may be facing food insecurity.  The After Market is named in memory of Kathleen L. Peck.

Tower Roof Tile Replacement
The Raise the Roof campaign is over but the work continues.  The final project is the replacement of the terra cotta tiles on the two Market House Towers.  Work will begin in the Spring of 2023.

Door Replacement 
The Central Market door are the originals!  Unfortunately wear and tear over 150 years does require that the 13 sets of doors be replaced in order to increase the security and the integrity of the Market House.  Bids are being sought now to replace the doors according to historical standards.  Sponsorship is available for each set of doors.

Market District 
In partnership with the Southern Market, a Market District will be created.  The anchors will be both Markets as destinations.  But more importantly, local businesses will be incubated, developed, promoted and set up for growth within the district.

Online Ordering 
The Central Market has operated solely from its physical location since its inception in 1730.  The market’s online presence includes a website which is ideal for shoppers who are coming to the market.  We’d like to expand the capability of our website to allow people to order Market wide from the site and arrange pick up at a convenient time.  This allows more access to the fresh healthy foods available at Market.

Delivery 
People who are homebound or who experience food insecurity should have access to the fresh healthy foods at Market.  Delivery will be available in Lancaster County for those populations who order on our online system.

Pop Up Markets 
Pop up Markets will be made available in local areas where people lack access to healthy food access.  These areas targeted include the northern part of Lancaster City, Southwest Lancaster City, Millersville, Columbia, Manheim, and Ephrata/Akron.  Again, the goal is to increase access to fresh healthy foods especially to low-income/low access areas.

Donate to the Central Market Trust

Your generous contribution, no matter how large or small, will help to ensure the Central Market Trust is able to continue its mission as the good steward of our beloved, uniquely historic Lancaster Central Market. See you at Market, now and for years to come! Click 'DONATE NOW' to get started.
For mailed donations, please send check and make check payable to:
The Central Market Trust,
8 N. Queen Street, Suite 700 E
Lancaster, PA 17603