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The Reading Terminal Market

Philadelphia's Own Downtown Farmers' Market

History of the Market

Built by the Reading Railroad in 1892 beneath their huge train shed, the Reading Terminal Market immediately became the world's largest indoor food market. Since the days of William Penn when farmers and fishermen set up on the banks of the Delaware, the area east of what is today City Hall was home to many open air markets, hence the name of Market Street.

By the late 1800's the various food, produce and other vendors were confined in two markets located at 12th and Market Streets. The railroad purchased these two markets, the Farmers' Market and the Franklin Market, and decided to relocate them under the shed of their new state-of-the-art railroad terminal. Thus, today's Reading Terminal Market was born.

The Market has undergone many changes since its first years. The entire story is told in detail on the website of the Reading Terminal Market. (See our related NetLinks below.)

The Market Today

Long after the demise of the Reading Railroad and the transformation of the old train shed into a majestic hall as part of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Reading Terminal Market is more popular and financially secure than ever. 

Today, 86 merchants are housed in the Market, including three who are descendants of the original standholders from 1892. Over 80,000 people make their way through the Market from Monday through Saturday of each week. The Market is closed on Sundays.

For cheesesteaks for the kids, try Rick's Philly Steaks. Rick is from the third generation of the original Pat's Steaks family. For your Chinese craving, Sang Kee Peking Duck offers not only duck but pork, spareribs and other specialties. Your spouse can find his or her raw oysters at Pearl's Oyster Bar.

Photo by John Fischer

For the fresh meat for dinner the Market is full of places to fill your needs including Martin's Quality Meats and Sausage and Stoltzfus Meats. 

Photo by John Fischer

Fresh produce can be found at Iovine Brothers Produce, John's Vegetable Garden or O.K. Lee's Produce.

Photo by John Fischer

For those special flowers for the table check our the Flower Basket, Mark Mainville Floral Design or Miriam's Market Flowers.

Photo by John Fischer

Finally, for that special dessert. Try the chopped walnut cake at Beiler's Bakery, which features fresh Amish bread cakes, cookies, pies and sticky buns. Where else can you buy a whole cake for under $5.00?

See you at the Market sometime!

Related Net Links

Reading Terminal Market Home Page
History of the Reading Terminal Market
Index of Merchants
Directions to the Market

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