What You Will Find at the Lancaster Central Market

lancaster central marketDuring your next stay at Historic Smithton Inn, visit a market that combines two of our favorite activities: shopping and eating! At the Lancaster Central Market, you’ll find plenty of delicious food, fresh produce, scrumptious sweets, and great souvenirs to take back with you. Best of all, all of the items sold at the market are from local vendors! Visit the nation’s oldest farmers market during your next stay in Lancaster County!

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The History of Lancaster Central Market

Lancaster Central Market first opened in 1730, when the town’s founders designated a 120-foot lot in the center of the town. It once served as an open market in which local farmers and vendors could sell their goods. Many feel that the town of Lancaster would not have been as successful without the Lancaster Central Market. Today, after over 275 years, the market still stands as a place where locals can sell their goods.

Browse Through the Lancaster Central Market Vendors

You’ll find just about everything here at Lancaster Central Market! If you’re looking for a great souvenir or new decor, stop by PA Dutch Gifts or Pineapple Home Creations. For an authentic selection of Amish goods, check out Amish Family Recipes, which sells jarred salsas, jams, dressings, mustards, and pickled veggies. If you’ve got a four-legged friend waiting for you at home, stop by Lancaster Pet Bakery. It’s a specialty store that sells holistic pet treats.

Lancaster Central Market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You don’t have to search far for Lancaster Central Market parking! You can park at a nearby garage and receive a coupon for $1 off with a purchase, choose metered on-street parking, or use the lots nearby. Lancaster Central Market is located just 30 minutes from Historic Smithton Inn.

Stay at Historic Smithton Inn

To get a taste of these incredible local ingredients in action, indulge in our delicious complimentary breakfast. Whenever possible, we purchase our meats, produce, and dairy from local growers and producers. You might enjoy some sausage and bacon from Shady Maple, which is sold at Lancaster Central Market. Or you may be treated to some local fruits and vegetables, which are often purchased at one of the three main markets in town (the Green Dragon Farmers Market, the Roots Market, or Lancaster Central Market).

We have a ride range of tried-and-true recipes and should be able to help accommodate any of your dietary needs. Just let us know when you make your reservation! You’ll have a delicious breakfast every morning you wake up at the Historic Smithton Inn!

Check our availability and book your room today! We look forward to having you.

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