Rochester's Public Market

Upstate New York communities, politics, news, events, happenings.

Moderators: Kelly, Brenda

Rochester's Public Market

Postby Matt » Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:47 pm

We went to the Public Market for the first time this past weekend. I thought it was nice. though it seems to have outgrown its space (for both vendors and parking). Shana loved it and she bought a lot of fruits and veggies. I got some baked goods (cinnamon rolls from the Amish - to be specific). Not something I would do weekly, but definitely again.
It's good to see commerce like this in the city limits, but how can this help the city when none of the vendors collect sales tax?

anyways, for people that haven't been, you should give it a try. Here's some info:
http://www.cityofrochester.gov/prhs/pub ... /index.cfm
User avatar
Matt
President
President
 
Posts: 14333
Joined: Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:01 pm
Location: Chili, NY
Camera Model: Olympus OMD Em-1; E-5
Challenge wins: :star:

Advertisement

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Kelly » Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:15 pm

Well you know what they say about great minds....my family also went for the first time this weekend! Loved it. We were on a tight schedule or we would have spent much longer than the hour we did. We were able to find a close parking spot when another customer left - right in the thick of things. I didn't have any idea how extensive the market was.....it was amazing.

I found myself thinking how cool a book of photos just from the Public Market would be. A real slice of Rochester life.....

Matt, did you guys see the pig heads? :yum:

Your sales tax question is interesting, but remember that fresh produce and most grocery items aren't subject to sales tax. I suppose the city makes money off the vendors' payment for space, but I don't know for sure.

I can't wait to go back.......!
I am strong, because I've been weak.
I am fearless, because I've been afraid.
I am wise, because I've been foolish.

- Unknown

My NYFalls.com Team Page

Scenes from a Public Market
The Garden Path Photography
New York Historic
User avatar
Kelly
Editor
Editor
 
Posts: 5749
Joined: Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:23 am
Location: West Henrietta, NY
Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D, EOS 7D, and Rebel t3i
Challenge wins: :medal: :star1:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Matt » Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:20 pm

No I didn't see the pig heads.
the fish grossed my dad and Shana out.
I wasn't too bothered by it... I just felt sorry for the baker who had a spot next to them!

We went looking for a Gluten Free baker, but it just so happened that there weren't there that day. Go figure!

I did have the "voted #1 breakfast sandwich" from Scott's Gill 2 and it was pretty damn good! Took forever, but worth it.

So now the suburbs are trying to start up their own public markets. their benefit is that they are doing them in the parking lots of plazas and malls- which I can see helping those businesses.

With the Rochester Public market, I can see this helping with income of the vendors (and hopefully with income tax), but I dought these farmers are from the City.
User avatar
Matt
President
President
 
Posts: 14333
Joined: Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:01 pm
Location: Chili, NY
Camera Model: Olympus OMD Em-1; E-5
Challenge wins: :star:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Matt » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:06 am

The Friends of the Rochester Public Market blog:
http://rocpublicmart.blogspot.com/
User avatar
Matt
President
President
 
Posts: 14333
Joined: Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:01 pm
Location: Chili, NY
Camera Model: Olympus OMD Em-1; E-5
Challenge wins: :star:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Michaelino » Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:40 pm

I'm always a little surprised to find area adults who are just discovering an historic institution like the Rochester Public Market. In the same manner, I guess when I find someone who lives in the city who has never seen high falls. (That one used to be much more common before the development efforts of the 1990s) I have been going to the market all my life which includes those parts of my first twenty five years spent growing up in Bristol. It has been "reborn" a couple of times over the last thirty years, but Saturday morning now is pretty how it has been for the last twenty years or so. Each time of day has it's own fans, the pickiest customers looking for the freshest, earliest or limited quantity of exotic produce are there at dawn. The bargain hunters often shop only late in the day. Each day of the week has its own flavor and marking the seasonal changes at the market is one of the joys of the urban experience. For me such moments as arrival of the first yukon gold salt potatoes, "ginger golds" apples, the return of the garlic man, those upcoming weekends where you can stock up on the best quality Delicata or Amber cup squash, the first appearance of live plants in the spring, etc...are as embedded in our household culture as any other shopping tradition. Before I had room to plant my own seed, I have planted upwards of 14 different types of basil from market stock, five kinds of sage. five of oregano, and many of the other herbs that dot my garden. When the somewhat elusive "Tuscan Blue" rosemary appears, buy it. Each fish vendor has its specialities, the bulk spice merchants as well. And it is important to understand who is selling produce that they grew themselves and who is selling leftover wholesale stock. By the way. one way to mark the return of college life around here has always been the appearance on fall market days of RIT students out on assignment. Also, the market has quite a few special events, Sunday flea markets, Concerts, and the spring time "Flower City Days" on Sunday where the collective wares of area grower surpasses any suburban garden center for sure. Some vendors, like Great Lakes Hostas, only sell direct or at the market during these special Sundays.

I have been to the famous open air markets of Lancaster, PA, New Orleans, Boston, Baltimore, Ottawa and half a dozen great cities of Europe. Rochester's version stands up to any of them.

Ok, Scott's does have a great breakfast sandwich. Maybe the best. The Empanada stop is also cool, especially if you make use of their salsa verde. But what may be number one sandwich sold in Rochester (via Brooklyn) is the patrami on rye available 11AM-1PM in the store with a series of vendors right next to Boulder coffee. As you walk in on the left, there is a vendor specializing in free-range chicken and game, (Need a goose for christmas? Order in advance) No other pastrami in the area compares, it is a smaller portion of what you might find at Katz or the Carnegie in NYC, and of course, "like buttah". Finally he taco vendor in the same store has some of the most authentic Mexican food in the area as well.
User avatar
Michaelino
Junior
Junior
 
Posts: 55
Joined: Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:24 pm
Challenge wins: :star1:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Matt » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:53 am

Good info, thanks!

The only thing keeping me from going there on a regular basis is the parking.

I do want to check out the Flea Market next door- is that any good?
User avatar
Matt
President
President
 
Posts: 14333
Joined: Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:01 pm
Location: Chili, NY
Camera Model: Olympus OMD Em-1; E-5
Challenge wins: :star:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Michaelino » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:11 pm

Parking IS a trip, but there is a way to make it a little less of a problem, if you haven't tried it. Instead of using Railroad or Union to get there, I now take Scio coming out of downtown to Central Park (Scio ends there) make a right and then loop back on Union. Then I turn left at Pennsylvania and park either in the lot there on the corner of Union or on the street. There is an entrance about 1/4 block on Pennsylvania. Except at the absolute peak times, this usually gets me in and out and all the while avoiding the major bottle-necks. Driving out is easier too, taking Pennsylvania to Goodman (and then a right). And on Flower City Days, this works like charm as the crowds aren't as heavy. The flea markets nearby are OK. there are now several second hand shops on Railroad. But the Sunday Garage Sale Days at the Market (see under special events) is probably better. Also, as winter sets in, especially as Christmas approaches, the market takes on more of a flea market flavor on Saturdays.

Sometimes during the holiday times on Saturday, there are people selling fresh roasted chestnuts outside one of the store fronts. Coming across that on cold day really gets me in the holiday mood.
User avatar
Michaelino
Junior
Junior
 
Posts: 55
Joined: Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:24 pm
Challenge wins: :star1:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Matt » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:21 pm

excellent, thank you. I'll make sure Shana reads this too.
User avatar
Matt
President
President
 
Posts: 14333
Joined: Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:01 pm
Location: Chili, NY
Camera Model: Olympus OMD Em-1; E-5
Challenge wins: :star:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Bill_K » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:03 pm

I love the Public Market. It's a great place to people watch and shop at the same time. When I go to the market I always stop at Pappardelle's Pasta booth. They have many flavored pastas available. They are located in the building with the meat and fish. I especially like the spicy thai or the garlic spinach. You can check out their website for the flavors available and some tasty recipes too.
http://www.pappardellespasta.com
As far as the flea market down the street...I've never really found anything of interest in there. I haven't bothered to stop in there this summer so maybe things have changed, I could only hope anyways.
To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.
*Giorgio de Chirico*
http://www.flickr.com/photos/walking_trails/
http://www.redbubble.com/people/billk
User avatar
Bill_K
VIP
VIP
 
Posts: 2117
Joined: Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Rochester, NY (Greece)
Camera Model: Panasonic DMC-FZ8 and Canon Rebel XSi
Challenge wins: :star1: :star1: :star1: :star1:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Kelly » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:08 pm

Bill, I got some Southwest Blend and some Tomato Basil when we were there a couple of weeks ago. It all looks so beautiful the way they display it! :yum:
I am strong, because I've been weak.
I am fearless, because I've been afraid.
I am wise, because I've been foolish.

- Unknown

My NYFalls.com Team Page

Scenes from a Public Market
The Garden Path Photography
New York Historic
User avatar
Kelly
Editor
Editor
 
Posts: 5749
Joined: Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:23 am
Location: West Henrietta, NY
Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D, EOS 7D, and Rebel t3i
Challenge wins: :medal: :star1:

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby mrbirdnerd » Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:50 am

Great place, the Public Market.
Growing up my Dad took us there just about every Saturday morning, I come from a large family (6 siblings and numerous foster children). Everything in our house had to be bought in large quantities, and the Public Market is a great place for that.

I remember years ago, when I was a kid, Dad would take us into a store in the strip of warehouses where they sold shoes. All of us would take a seat, get fitted, and walk out with a new pair of Converse All Stars. I know that I am dating myself, but does anyone remember the Converse All Star, basically a canvas sneaker-high top-no form of support. In it's day, those were the 'cool' sneakers. Actually, I think that they may still make them.

One booth that I always stop and purchase from is in the winter shed, Hazlan's meats, he makes a great chicken italian sausage. He usually has some cooking for sampling, give it a try next time you are in there.
Mike F.
MrBirdNerd
Olympus E-500
ZUIKO 14-45mm F3.5-5.6
ZUIKO 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
Sigma 55mm-200mm f/4-5.6 DC
Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG APO Aspherical
Flickr
User avatar
mrbirdnerd
Senior
Senior
 
Posts: 146
Joined: Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:31 pm
Camera Model: Olympus E-500 DSLR

Re: Rochester's Public Market

Postby Matt » Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:39 am

ah yes, I used to wear the All-Stars. Purchased from Tent City!
User avatar
Matt
President
President
 
Posts: 14333
Joined: Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:01 pm
Location: Chili, NY
Camera Model: Olympus OMD Em-1; E-5
Challenge wins: :star:

Next

  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to New York Local Talk

Thanks for supporting our sponsors

Click here for Finger Lakes photos & gifts

Thanks for supporting our sponsors

Click for Finger Lakes pics

Thanks for supporting our sponsors

Finger Lakes pics