The doors here at Market open to the public three days each week: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Each Market day begins with a soft opening at 6 a.m., followed with a full opening at 7 a.m. Standholders open at their discretion before 7 a.m., as many collaborate with local chefs or fulfill wholesale offerings prior to the busy-ness of a bustling Market day. Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday closing time is 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday
6 am - 3 pm
One of the things that makes Market so special is its historic central location in the City. And we are no stranger to the fact that this unique situation has its quirks – one of which can be deciding where to park. Luckily, there are a number of affordable options available nearby the Market House, including street parking, parking garages, and parking lots. For further information regarding parking, please visit the City of Lancaster website.
Frequently Asked Questions
From its open field inception in 1730, the public has had the unique privilege of owning Market. The beautiful 1889 Market House that stands today is owned by the City of Lancaster, who collaborates with the Central Market Trust for its maintenance.
A nonprofit organization called the Central Market Trust manages the day-to-day operations and long-range management of Market. The Trust is comprised of 11 community volunteers, two Standholder representatives, and two managers of Market goings-on: Manager of Operations and Manager of Communications.
One of the most special things about Market is that many of the stands are multi-generational, having been family-run for decades. Of note, our top three longest-running stands include Stoner’s Homegrown Vegetables, who clocked in at more than 100 years; Thomas Produce for more than 80 years; and Long’s Horseradish for more than 60 years.
No. For safety purposes, dogs are prohibited inside the Market House, with the exception of certified service dogs.
Yes. Market is wheelchair-accessible at doors #1 and #2 on the southeast corner of the Market House, closest to Penn Square. While most of our 13 doors require a few steps, the entryways through both of those doors are at street level.
Not all, but many of the Standholders do accept credit cards. However, if you’re without cash and find yourself intrigued by something at a cash-only stand, an ATM machine is located in the southeast corner of the Market House, closest to Penn Square, for your convenience.
Become a Standholder
For information on becoming a Standholder at Lancaster Central Market, please download and take a moment to familiarize yourself with our application packet. It includes a letter with information about the application process, a checklist to assist you in deciding if Market is a good fit for your business, and the application itself. Please send all completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of Lancaster Central Market!
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