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Penn Street Market Celebrates 250 Years with Expansion

Penn Street Market—a project of the Regional Reading Food Policy Action Council, hosted by ReDesign Reading CDC—will return to Penn Square, starting on the northwest corner of Fifth and Penn Streets, including the 400 block of Penn Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays, June 2 through September 29.

“Our historical, seasonal market will continue with the proud tradition to unite local farmers, artisans and restaurants with the Greater Reading Community members,” shares ReDesign Reading’s Food Systems Director Lucine Sihelnik. “Our theme will be Celebrating 250 years: A Market For the People, By the People, to reflect our proud heritage of the 1767 deed created by the sons of William Penn, establishing the Penn Street Market in Penn Square for the citizens of Reading.”

Market expansion includes additional local farm vendors, artisan food craft and restaurants, as well as new local artists and craft vendors. First Friday Night Markets, made possible by a grant from the Hawley and Myrtle Quier Fund of Berks County Community Foundation, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., the first Friday of June through September, in partnership with Reading Arts Initiative.

Community partners Berks Country, Hawley and Myrtle Quier Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation, Reading Downtown Improvement District and Reading Arts Initiative generously support Penn Street Market.

For more information, call 610-685-2236 or visit Donations to support market expansion can be made at