Why You Need to Visit the Farmers Market in Lancaster, PA

March 8, 2019

When taking a trip to Lancaster, PA, there are dozens of great attractions to explore. Learn more about the history of the area with a day trip to Gettysburg, or discover the Amish culture by embarking on a horse and buggy ride or visiting the Mennonite Information Center. During your stay, be sure to stop one of the many farmers markets in Lancaster, PA, to find unique local products and indulge in a taste of the area’s best produce and other cuisines. Before booking your trip to Lancaster, be sure to request a complimentary copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll discover the best recommendations for restaurants, attractions, and outdoor activities.

Our Favorite Farmers Markets in Lancaster, PA

Green Dragon Farmers Market

Located in Ephrata, PA, the Green Dragon Farmers Market is just a seven-minute drive from the Historic Smithton Inn. Here, you’ll find everything you need from clothing and Amish-made goods to food and furniture. The Green Dragon Market is cited as one of the East Coast’s largest farmers markets with both indoor and outdoor sections. Browse through local goods and enjoy a delicious lunch before selecting the perfect items to bring home and commemorate your trip to Lancaster or give as gifts to family and friends.

Lancaster Central Market

Another excellent farmers market in Lancaster, PA, the Lancaster Central Market sets up shop every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Established in 1730, this market is the oldest running market of its kind in the entire country. Here, you’ll discover produce from local farmers, specialty meat and cheese vendors, and prepared foods.

Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market

This family-owned farmers market offers visitors and locals top-notch local products from farmers, vendors, and artisans. During the summer and spring, the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. During the winter, the market only operates on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Spend the entire day perusing the stands or just stop by for lunch and a quick snack before embarking on your next adventure!

Relax at the Historic Smithton Inn

After a long day of exploring one or more of the many farmers markets in Lancaster, PA, come back to the beautiful Historic Smithton Inn to unwind. Our property is located in the Ephrata part of Lancaster and features an on-site wine tasting room. Offering samples from the wine grown right at Weathered Vineyards, the tasting room is the perfect place to visit any time of the day during your stay. Choose from a selection of beautiful accommodations, including rooms with fireplaces, rooms with a view of the garden, king suites, and rooms in the Smithton guest house. If you’re traveling with a furry friend, you can also browse our pet-friendly accommodations. Our Red Rose Suite offers views of the garden as well an in-room fireplace and a comfortable queen-size mattress. This room also features a luxurious frameless glass rain shower, sitting area, and flat screen TV. Browse our complete collection of accommodations and book your stay today!