Great Places in Pennsylvania Spotlight

Great Places in Pennsylvania Spotlight

Picture courtesy of Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

The Great Places in Pennsylvania program began in 2014. This program highlights places in the Commonwealth that are prime examples of good planning and are centerpieces of their communities through good connectivity, community engagement and economic opportunity. Each month, we will highlight a recent Great Places award winner.

In 2019, the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg was designated as a Great Place in the Great Public Spaces category. The Broad Street Market is the only year-round farmer’s market in Harrisburg and has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating farmer’s market in the United States. The Broad Street Market is actually a complex of two buildings with an open thoroughfare in-between. The “Stone Building” was built in 1863 and was used to feed Union soldiers during the Civil War. The “Brick Building” was built between 1874-78. 

Once known as the “Dutch Fair,” the Broad Street Market continues to have a strong Amish and Mennonite presence among vendors but is also home to stalls that serve Jamaican, Greek, African, Mexican and Asian cuisine.  In addition, the Market has vendors selling a variety of wares including meats, produce, flowers and jewelry. The Market also participates in 3rd in the Burg, a celebration of Harrisburg’s arts and culture that is hosted the third Friday of every month.

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