Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most cherished institutions, welcoming more than a million visitors a year. Located just blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, a dense historic neighborhood rich in 19th century architecture, Findlay Market remains the bustling center of farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods. Open Tuesday through Sunday year round, Findlay Market is home to more than 40 indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On weekends from April through November the Market also hosts a thriving farmers market, dozens of outdoor vendors, numerous street performers, and lots of special events.
Findlay Market is a gathering place for people from all over the city. It routinely attracts perhaps the most socially, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse crowds found anywhere in Cincinnati. They come for the sights and sounds and smells of an old-fashioned public market, for the great variety of fabulous fresh foods, for bargains, for distinctive gifts, for people watching, and for a quintessentially urban shopping experience.
Maybe you came to the market as a child, tagging along behind a grandparent who was picking up bologna and bratwurst. Perhaps you first turned to Findlay Market while you were a student, knowing that your meager food budget would stretch farther on Elder Street. Or the market might have provided your first taste of the cuisines of the world, or a little bit of local flavor in the form of homemade fudge or blackberry jam.
No matter how your Findlay Market story starts, we all share the pleasure of carrying on a tradition that is a century and a half young. Each week, we gather in this living landmark to shop, socialize, and reconnect with the people who grow and purvey our food. Together, we have embraced a shopping experience - with the emphasis on experience - that is simply irreplaceable. The quality and value of the products available is unparalleled; the diversity of our customers and the democratic approach to service is unique in the region.
Here in Cincinnati, we hold fast to the Findlay Market tradition and, in recent years, we have witnessed an amazing resurgence in the market's health that points toward an even brighter future. In essence, this resurgence is an expression of hope.
- Hope that, through the reinvigoration of Cincinnati's historic public market, we will create a ripple effect throughout Over-the-Rhine, sending ever-widening circles of growth and vitality.
- Hope that, through our support of farmers and fishmongers, butchers and bakers, shopkeepers and sandwich-makers, we will sustain Findlay Market as the primary source of fresh, local food in our region.
- Hope that a new generation of customers will be telling stories of their connection to the market in the years to come.
This week at Findlay Market, we write the next chapter of our never-ending narrative. We hope you will join us at the intersection of Elder and Pleasant Streets to add your memories to the continuing story.