8 Reasons You Need to See the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market
March 22, 2016
Known for being one of the most popular shopping experiences in Ephrata, the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market features over 400 local merchants, growers, craftsmen, and vendors each week. From fresh produce to handmade items and art, the market has an astonishing variety of goods. Browsing this market won’t be a quick and easy task, but it will sure be a fun one! See what treasures you can find at the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market!
30 Acres of Vendors
With over 400 vendors located on 30 acres, the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market is one of the largest Amish-run and regulated farmers markets in the United States. Its giant space is a draw in itself, with so much to see. For the antiquer, window shopper, or seasoned browser, this space is perfect for you! You can spend the whole day exploring and discovering.
Friday Fun Day at the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market
The Green Dragon Farmer’s Market is open every Friday from 9 am-9 pm. With those hours, you are sure to get your shopping fix for the day!
With a large sculpted dragon topping the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market sign and a sea of tents, the atmosphere is very similar to that of a carnival. Live entertainment might include music, while the smells of delicious roasting food waft throughout the air. The energy of the bustling vendors is contagious!
Heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country
You aren’t just visiting another city flea market. The Green Dragon Farmer’s Market is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Amish buggies often frequent the free parking lot alongside cars. The market is also Amish-run and regulated, which means that many of the merchants you will come across will be affiliated with the Amish culture.
Can’t you just smell the salty, soft pretzels now? Now, take those pretzels and make a delicious pretzel sandwich. That’s just one of the delectable treats available at the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market, along with funnel cake, wings, hamburgers, caramel corn, french fries, ice cream, sandwiches and more! Your mouth will water at the variety of fresh food and local produce available for consumption on-site.
Looking for the perfect unique souvenir to take home or a one-of-a-kind gift to bring back to your loved ones? The Green Dragon Farmer’s Market has plenty of handcrafted items that will stand out. From paintings and photographs to handmade trinkets and jewelry, these creative pieces serve as wonderful collectibles (for others or yourself!) The sheer variety of vendors is amazing in itself. From pop-up furniture shops to meat and cheese vendors to soap and candlemakers, you won’t be bored perusing these different items!
The market isn’t the only function of Green Dragon. The space also serves as an auction, from farm equipment to household goods and small animals. Whether you’re looking to make a bid or just want to serve as a spectator, you will enjoy listening to the auctioneer and seeing what items go for what price!
Close to Historic Smithton!
The Green Dragon Farmer’s Market is in Ephrata, only 6 minutes away from the Historic Smithton Inn! After waking up to a delicious gourmet breakfast at the inn, head on over to the market and browse your morning away, building up your appetite for a delicious lunch on-site. Be sure to find some souvenirs to take back home with you and remember your stay!