Findlay Market

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1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH, USA - (513) 665-4839
Findlay Market - Part of Findlay Market's mission is to offer a public gathering place, and they succeed tremendously!
Findlay Market - Lots of food being served up at Findlay Market.
Findlay Market - The Carribbean food stall where I scored a forgettable snack --- but there is plenty of good stuff to choose from!
Findlay Market - Inside the original building at Findlay Market
Findlay Market - Findlay Market, Cincinnati, Ohio

Findlay Market Cincinnati Reviews

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Market daze... Aug 13, 2017
Findlay Market is an institution in Cincinnati. It is rare and refreshing to see a farmer’s market thriving downtown in a major city, and Findlay has a remarkable history. This is the last of nine public market spaces which served Cincinnati beginning in the 1800’s. James Findlay was an early settler of the town and quite the prominent citizen. Relocating here in 1795 from Pennsylvania to open a retail store when the town’s population was around 500 souls, Findlay was elected mayor several times in the early 1800’s. Findlay served in the US Army during the War of 1812 and erected a fort in a spot that would later be named Findlay, Ohio. James was also captured by the British during his service and held as a prisoner of war.

Findlay subsequently returned to mercantile concerns and focused upon developing his adopted hometown. He drew up plans to establish a public market space for property he purchased as the town expanded north, but passed away before anything came of the initiative. When his wife followed him to the grave sixteen years later she willed the designated plat as a public market space to be named in honor of her husband. Thus, after much legal wrangling, the market was constructed using the new concept of cast and wrought iron frame. Opened in 1855, Findlay Market is one a exceeding few standing buildings deploying this construction method. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Another fascinating attribute of Findlay Market is how it is opened by the ringing of a bell in a masonry tower each morning: the tower being relocated from a nearby public market torn down in 1934.

But enough of history. Findlay Market remains a vibrant destination. The emphasis is on providing fresh, local food, but extends further. Counted among Findlay’s objectives is offering a public gathering place and they have been quite successful. You will always find the marketplace thriving when open, and while parking spaces are hard to come by, turnover is rapid so with patience you should be able to score a spot (it is easier to park street-side a little ways away if you do not mind walking).

I have been to many public markets and to be honest Findlay is fairly standard in terms of offerings and diversity. However, for public markets located in the depths of major cities, Findlay is excellent. While easily trumping Findlay, Philadelphia’s remarkable Reading Terminal and Pike Place in Seattle are the only other big city farmer’s markets seeming to surpass Cincinnati's finest.
Findlay Market, Cincinnati, Ohio
Inside the original building at Fi…
The Carribbean food stall where I …
Lots of food being served up at Fi…
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spocklogic says:
Nice to have a big public market with the city.
Posted on: Nov 09, 2017
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