Why Raise the Roof


Why Raise the Roof?

More than 46 years after the original slate roof was replaced with asphalt, the roof is leaking into the renovated interior of Lancaster Central Market and needs to be replaced. The 1889 Lancaster Central Market building is on the Secretary of the Interiors Register of Historic Places and it recommends that slate be used to replace the roof. While the cost to replace the roof is $1.5 million, the anticipated lifespan of the new slate roof will be 100 years.


“I’ll meet you at Market” has for nearly 300 years been a part of the vernacular of Lancaster County. Lancaster Central Market is the meeting place for the Lancaster community with 17,000 customers on average each week. Lancaster Central Market is central to our history, to our identity, for our economy, and to our visitors. It’s our turn to ensure that Lancaster Central Market remains central to the next generation.

Our progress so far
$1.5 million goal

Please give a gift to the Lancaster Central Market Trust “Raise The Roof” Campaign. Pledges can be made over five years and all gifts are tax deductible.


Set in the heart of Amish country, Lancaster Central Market is the country’s oldest farmers market. It occupies a beautiful 127 year old red brick building comprising around 60 local vendors. Lancaster Central Market is a great place to find regional food specialties and souvenirs, and to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and flowers. Lancaster Central Market is a place like no other—a place to shop, socialize, gather, and eat—it’s at the heart of the Lancaster community. Lancaster Central Market has been named one of America’s 10 greatest public places by the American Planning Association (APA) and listed as one of the ten best fresh markets in the world.


Lancaster Central Market is open Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturdays, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm all year round.


Created in 2006 to manage the operations of Lancaster Central Market, Lancaster Central Market Trust is the trusted steward of Lancaster Central Market. The Trust is responsible for cultivating businesses, relationships, and community, and in doing so, implementing the Central Market Master Plan. Citizen volunteers along with representatives from the City of Lancaster and Lancaster County Planning Commission make up this unique private/public partnership.