Shopping at Chester County farmers’ markets is a favorite summer activity for many. In addition to finding the freshest local foods, farmers’ markets provide an opportunity for people to learn about the farmers who grow their food.
Quality, fresh produce isn’t as easy to find as one might assume and, with Americans being encouraged to buy local, farmers’ markets have become a staple for many families in Chester County. But farmers’ markets have so much more to offer than what you can grow in the ground, and if you’ve never been, you’ll discover what we mean below. Below is a list of 6 amazing farmers’ markets in Chester County.
Farmers’ Markets in Chester County
Oxford Farmers’ Market
193 Limestone Rd, Oxford · (610) 932-8048
For a reliable, year-round Amish market, you can’t go wrong with Oxford Farmers’ Market. Featuring both indoor and outdoor booths, they have over a dozen vendors, all with incredibly high-quality, including:
- Baked goods
- Furniture and carpentry services
- All-natural products for beloved pets
- Specialty deli cuts
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from roughly 8 am to 5 pm.
In operation every weekend from May to November, with special events throughout the year, this market had to make our list. New Garden Growers opens from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday and highlights local artists and farmers. Some of their vendors include Big Sky Bread Company, Fields of Adventure, and Northstar Farm.
Pete’s Produce Farm
1225 E Street Rd, West Chester · (610) 399-3711
This farm is open nearly every day from 9 am to 5 pm during their season, which begins in April and ends in November. With 15 varieties of apples, all perfectly grown for unique dishes, and pumpkins for every occasion, Pete’s prides itself in knowing exactly what their community wants. The farm’s website provides details on all of their produce and their farm-fresh recipes. To keep everyone in their community safe, they’ve started no-contact pick-up services, and have allotted a special time from 8 am to 9 am for their high-risk clients to shop.
Hosting their market from 10 am to 12 pm every Saturday, Phoenixville Farmers’ Market has dozens of vendors, all with unique wares, including:
- Gluten-free baked goods
- Local organic and vegan chocolates
- Vegan and eco-friendly soaps, shampoos and conditioners
- Local honey
- Unique maple syrups (like rye whiskey barrel-aged maple syrup!)
- Knife sharpening services
- Fresh, diverse mushrooms
- Nut butters
- Authentic Mexican food
- Fresh salmon
They are always looking to add more local vendors, and support small, sustainable businesses.
Westtown Amish Market
1165 Wilmington Pike, West Chester · (610) 492-5700
This market, open on Thursdays from 9 am to 6 pm, Fridays from 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm, is a huge indoor market with 15 vendors. If you’re looking to save some money, they have an email club, post weekly specials in advance, and send out coupons regularly on their website to support consumers. They’ve got all the bases covered, including pickles, candies, wines, and pretzels.
West Chester Growers Market
100 W Chestnut St, West Chester · (610) 869-2791
The last market on our list started in 1995, and still has three of the original ten vendors working with them. Their slogan is “shake the hand that feeds you”, and hopes to reconnect the community with the food that they eat, and those who provide it. This market is produce-only, which means you’ll have an incredible amount of diverse, high-quality fruits and vegetables to choose from. Their website even has a chart showing what is in season, or on its way out, to make sure you have all the information you need to prepare before you arrive!
What is your favorite Chester County Farmers’ Market?
Our list is designed to aid you in finding the some of most popular farmers’ markets in Chester County. Is there a truly great farmers’ market missing? What is your favorite farmers’ market in Chester County? Let us know in the comments below!
Travel Responsibly: While conditions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic improve, and Chester County and the Commonwealth begin a phased reopening and lift of restrictions, hours or services still may vary and businesses may be operating at a limited capacity. Additionally, mask-wearing and social distancing continue to be required in all public spaces per official guidelines. However, many shops are offering delivery, takeout, and curbside pick-up. Some delivery services are offered and it is encouraged to call businesses ahead of time to verify the service you’re looking for. Some places also have modified hours. Your best bet is to plan ahead.
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