Fresh produce, flea markets, quaint stores and outlets are plentiful in our area. Here are the major ones:
Ottsville Farmers’ Market – Local farmers and artisans offering fresh and organic produce, preserves, baked goods and crafts. Appearances by guest chefs and musicians. Held every Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from late April to mid-October. Located just minutes away at Linden Hill Gardens, Route 611, Ottsville. Contact Kristin Perry
Peddler’s Village – About half an hour’s drive south on Rt. 611 to Rt. 413 to Rt. 202 to Lahaska, this unique collection of quaint shops and restaurants deserves a day of its own on your schedule. An 18th-century countryside complex, featuring over 70 shops, eight restaurants, landscaped gardens and year-round festivals and craft shows. Enjoy the Strawberry Fest in the Spring, the storefront scarecrows in the Fall, the handbell choir at holiday time, and the outlet village across Rt. 202. 215-794-4000
Quakertown Farmer’s Market – Known locally as “Q-Mart,” it’s a year-round mix of produce and seasonal flea markets, with indoor and outdoor merchandise booths featuring local meats, poultry & seafood, bakeries nuts & candy, pickles, coffee & tea, ice cream, cigars, lottery tickets, clothing, specialty T shirts & sweatshirts, leather, jewelry, watches, marked down perfumes, rare coins, comics and magazines, incense & candles, sports collectables, furniture & rugs, auto supplies, tools, cellular supplies and various other bric -a‘-brac shops too numerous to categorize. And of course throughout the mart are ethnic restaurants (Asian Cuban Greek) and snack stands. Open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m-9 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There is even a large discount supermarket, a pet/pet supplies store and a nursery – all open during the week as well as the weekends, Another place you can spend an hour or 1/2 of a day, depending on your tastes. About 20 minutes away at 201 Station Road in Quakertown. 215-536-4115.
Our B&B’s go to produce stand- J.G. Produce (stand 250) part of the 225,000 sq ft of Q Mart
Rice’s Market – Bucks County’s oldest and largest market. Five hundred vendors selling everything from antiques to zucchini. Open year-round Tuesday from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; and March-December, Saturday from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 6326 Greenhill Road, New Hope, (215) 297-5993