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Booths Corner Farmers Market – Fridays and Saturdays since 1930! Garnet Valley, PA

Posted on: March 31, 2017


  • address: 1362 Naamans Creek Rd Garnet Valley, PA 19060
  • phone: (610) 485-0775
  • web: http://www.boothscorner.com/
  • note: Open Friday and Saturday only!

Mod Betty admits that this long beige building may not be much to look at from the outside,  but on the inside the Booths Corner Farmers Market is bursting with a colorful collection of folks, food and fun.
While the building has only been here since the 1970s, this traditional “only open on Fridays and Saturdays” market has been around since the 1930s.

Booths Corner Farmers Market Garnet Valley PA

Rock and Roll note of Fame: Bill Haley (Rock Around The Clock) used to perform at Booths Corner in the 1940s!  You can read about it in market owner Paul Cohen’s book all about the market:Booths Corner Farmers Market Garnet Valley PA

Mod B and Retro Roadhusband often make the easy detour off 202 on Fridays and Saturdays to pick up something tasty to eat – but be warned it’s so hard to choose just one thing!
Booths Corner Farmers Market - Garnet Valley PA Pennsylvania - Retro Roadmap
A po-boy from Cajun Kate’s?

Roast Beef sandwich from Chamberlain’s?

Donuts, almond butter, pretzels, Amish pies or thai food?

Stuff to buy now and make/cook/eat later?

It is at times like this when you will wish you had more than one stomach!
Booths Corner Farmers Market Garnet Valley PAI love how this market is a combination of the old fashioned farm-to-market approach, with some of the Amish farm families handing down their stalls from generation to generation.
Booths Corner Farmers Market - Garnet Valley PA Pennsylvania - Retro RoadmapBut it is also a testing ground for new entrepreneurs to try out their business ideas here before going full-scale. (We discovered Cajun Kate’s here 10+ years ago and have been fans ever since,  and our latest fave is Kapow Kitchen thai food.)
Booths Corner Farmers Market Garnet Valley PAThe market (and at one point, auction) started in the 1930s when local Amish farmers would set up in a barn here to sell their bounty. Sadly the barn burned down in 1973, but the Cohen family (who still run the market today) rebuilt the this main building at the heart of the market.
Booths Corner Farmers Market - Garnet Valley PA Pennsylvania - Retro RoadmapOnly open on Fridays and Saturdays, over 100 vendors including many Amish farmers, bakers, and butchers still load their stalls with delicious foods and wares.

Not only are the stalls filled, the aisles are also thick with market-goers ambling, gawking, stopping, sampling and socializing while they shop – just a heads up to agoraphobes or those in a rush.
Booths Corner Farmers Market - Garnet Valley PA Pennsylvania - Retro RoadmapIf you’re a cooker, there are fresh meats, cheeses, vegetables, brown eggs, spices and more for your larder, so bring a cooler and you’re all set.

Booths Corner Farmers Market Garnet Valley PA - Pickled Eggs - My Grandmother Never Made These

If you’re an eater like Mod Betty, note that some food stalls have seating if you order from them, but if not, take it to go and dine “a-la-car” or while you amble around gawking at the market.
Hot date night - part 2. Din at Bill Haley's old haunt! #cajunkates #nom #oysterpoboy

Not hungry? (I don’t think this is possible, but…) Plenty of collectibles, records, crafts, gifts, shoes, tubesocks, jewelry, arcade games and people watching to bide your time.

Heck, you can even make your own vintage-inspired ceramic Christmas tree!

Booths Corner Farmers Market - Garnet Valley PA Pennsylvania - Retro Roadmap

Come on a Friday night and make it a big date night – go here for din and then Briggs Auctions across the street.

Whatever brings you here, you’re part of an 80+ year local tradition.

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  • Matthew Frederick

    For some time, up until he died, actor Ernest Borgnine used to be seen hanging out at Booth’s Corner on occasion. Apparently there was a place he used to like eating at. He and his wife used to reside in the area when she (Tovah Borgnine) and him were in town to sell her line of skin care/cosmetic products on QVC.

  • Matthew Frederick

    For some time, up until he died, actor Ernest Borgnine used to be seen hanging out at Booth’s Corner on occasion. Apparently there was a place he used to like eating at. He and his wife used to reside in the area when she (Tovah Borgnine) and him were in town to sell her line of skin care/cosmetic products on QVC.

    • That’s right! I just saw that in the book – and according to that Ed McMahon also was a pitchman at the market at one point. Thanks for sharing, Matthew!

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