The Quakertown Farmers Market Celebrates 90 Years! 1932-2022
The Market was started by Stanley Rotenberger as a Saturday produce and general merchandise auction in an old barn on his Station Road farm. As word spread, other farmers and merchants brought their goods to see inside the barn, outside on crude tables, or from the backs of their trucks. The Quakertown Farmers Market was born! 90 years later, we're still providing Bucks County with that same feel-good family feeling as you shop.
1932 The Market started as a produce/merchandise auction, one day a week
Late 1930's A Fire Destroys the original barn & a 75-foot shed is built
1940 Rotenberger builds 500 more feet of building & opened on Fridays. Wednesdays soon followed
1949 The Market is 800 feet long plus tables & tailgate sales on the midway (flea market)
1954 Main Building is 1200 feet long - 50,000 people visit each weekend
1960 Another fire hit the Market destroying 300 feet - the damaged area was rebuilt & sprinklers installed
1960's Outdoor fruit/vegetable sales moved to one area promoted as "The World's Largest Midway"
1962 & 1963 The Market hosts the Greater Bucks County Fair
1963 One Third of the Market becomes a seven-day-a-week discount grocery known as Q-Mart
1980 The Market converts back to Farmers Market from Q-Mart & the building is modernized with acoustic ceiling tiles & vinyl flooring.
1990 The Barns behind the main building are renovated into an indoor flea market. The barns were originally used to house cattle and poultry auctions.
2001 The Largest expansion of the main building creates the current 173,000 square feet you see today.
2007 The entire Farmers Market property was renovated, including landscaping, new facade on the 1200-foot main structure, parking lot, lights, electric road sign and updated interior.
2022 The walls are lined with pictures and artifacts of the market through the years. The original land deed from the family of William Penn is on display by the Warehouse Outlet. You'll find old advertisements, newspapers, photos of visiting politicians, event stubs and so many more interesting pieces of history lining our walls.