The Trust

Central Market Trust

Until the early 2000’s, the City of Lancaster (the City) owned and operated the Central Market. In 2004, a study was commissioned by the City of Lancaster, the County of Lancaster, and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry to evaluate the operations and potential of the Market. The Central Market Trust was formed to ensure that the Central Market has the vision, overall decision-making structure, day-to-day management focus, and resources it needs to be an economically successful and financially stable market over the long term.

Central Market Trust


A thriving, welcoming Market that nourishes the community.


To create an environment that supports local businesses and celebrates the best of Lancaster’s fresh food culture.

Core Values

We Value Our:

  • Community Relationships
  • Quality Products
  • Iconic Landmark

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

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.


  • 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 leftover 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. For more information, read our post, ‘Lancaster Central Market Launches After Market Program’ 

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. Vintage Millwork & Restoration in Paradise has been chosen to replace our doors. 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. In the meantime, visit Market’s online store for Lancaster Central Market merchandise.

Meet the Staff

Staff and Board

Mary Goss

Mary Goss

Manager of Market Operations

Peat Evans

Peat Evans

Assistant Market Manager

Meet the Board

Amanda Manning – Board Chair
Vice President of Human Resources at The Horst Group
Phillip J. Caramenico – Vice Chair
Attorney at Blakinger Thomas PC
Brady Lausch – Treasurer
Accountant for Trout CPA
Kimberly Rheppard – Secretary
Vice President, Strategic Account at nVent
Nancy Miller
Representative for the City of Lancaster
Tarrah Barrier – Standholder Representative
Owner, The Turkey Lady
Nathan Boring – Standholder Representative
Owner, Lancaster Distilleries
Donna Langley
Executive Director of the Central Market (non-voting staff)
James Wherley
VP of Sales at Kunzler & Co., Inc.
John Mullineaux
Brooke Baker
Group Manager of Commercial Banking at M&T Bank

Members at large:

Bruce Martin
Reilly Noetzel 
Attorney at Barley Snyder LLC

Financial Documents

Click below to view the Central Market Trust financial documents. 


Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

We are responsible for using our power to help end racism.

Central Market Trust understands that we hold a position of power – we are a home for over 60 small businesses under our roof and a gathering place for the community.  We support the fight for justice and equal rights for the Black community, and posting on social media is not enough.  Last year, we looked at ourselves as an organization and realized we have work to do.  In January, we set these goals in our 2020-2025 strategic plan and we are fully committed to them:

  • Increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the Board of Directors to better reflect the diversity of our community
  • Celebrate the diversity of the current Market standholders in promotions and events
  • Set goals for attracting minority- and women-owned businesses and empower them to succeed
  • Evaluate how well our standholders reflect the diversity of our community and how well Central Market supports their success

We are your public market, and our ears are open.

How do you think Market can be a force for positive change? 

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Central Market Trust

Here to Serve!

It is our honor to uphold Lancaster Central Market’s vision, mission, and core values and to everything we can to make the future bright for generations to come!

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