Ephrata, PA

3 Things To Keep in Mind When Visiting Green Dragon Farmer’s Market in Ephrata, PA

Melissa Frost

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Located just a few minutes outside downtown Ephrata, PA, you'll find Green Dragon Farmer's Market. This spacious, mostly outdoor market is filled with everything you'd imagine, and not just veggies and fruits. You'll get rare football cards, gems, Amish baked goods. Seasonal drinks and treats. This place has it all.

However, coming prepared is key when visiting. There are especially three things to keep in mind, and I've highlighted them below.

Come early

The market is only open on Fridays, and it is extremely popular. So coming early to avoid struggling with parking can save you both time and energy. I did the mistake of arriving one hour after they opened for the day, and it was already filling up. The hours of operation are every Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays.

If you're visiting from out of town, Green Dragon actually permits RVs to be parked on a grassy area at the rear of the market from Thursday at noon until Saturday at noon, free of charge.

Bring cash

Many of the vendors only accept cash. However, if you forget to bring cash, there are two ATMs located in the Green Dragon office. You can withdraw up to $200, and the fee is $2 per transaction.

Having cash for the auctions they host throughout the day is also a good idea. The morning auctions with their straw and hay sale at 10 a.m., followed by a household and furniture auction at 11 a.m. At 6 p.m., it's time for their jewelry and coins auction, which is a popular one. 30 minutes later, they host an animal auction.

Come hungry

Skipping breakfast before coming to Green Dragon Farmer's Market doesn't hurt. The food scene at this market is unique, and there are so many options whether you're into sweet or savory. The Amish vendors dish up the most amazing foods and paired with fruits from the local farm vendors, you've got a delicious start to the day.

Green Dragon Farmer's Market has been around since 1932 and has become an attraction for locals and tourists. It has also been voted as the second-best farmer's market in America by USA Today. I did a detailed write-up about Green Dragon Farmer's Market last fall, which you can read here.

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