Public Market, Rochester NY

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Public Market, Rochester NY


At the time of this photograph in the early 1900s, Rochester's public market had been in operation for more than seventy years. Initially located on Main Street just west of the Genesee River, it opened in 1827 and then moved to its current location on Union Street in 1905. Thus, the postcard depicts a modern facility supplied by farmers who have traveled via horse and wagon. It wasn't until 1913 that the City of Rochester allowed farmers to sell directly to the public, so this scene is best appreciated as a brokers' market.

In the years since, it has remained viable despite the emergence of huge (suburban) grocery chains that doomed public markets in other cities. Today, an estimated 2.4 million people visit the market annually, perhaps 40,000 on a busy Saturday. It remains one of the most economically and culturally diverse locations in the Rochester metropolitan area, and recently has undergone renovations such that a new outdoor shed closely resembles the one pictured on this postcard.




Cooper, Ken


Courtesy of Ken Cooper


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