SINCE 1999.
Booths Corner Farmers Market
  Booth's Corner Farmers Market © 2001 S. Fox
Booth's Corner Farmers Market
1362 Naamans Creek Road
Rt 491 (Naaman's Creek Rd) & Rt. 261 (Foulk Rd)
Boothwyn, PA 19061
Hours: Fridays 9am to 9pm, and Saturdays 9am to 8pm only.

There's only one place to go in the Brandywine Valley to get a haircut from a barber, buy a pair of shoes, some hand-dipped or scented candles, fresh vegetables and hand carved meats, an antique mirror, an Elvis T-shirt, candy by the pound, hot roasted peanuts, Thomas' English Muffins at half price, silver and gold jewelry, a good crab cake, BBQ chicken, carved roast beef or a homemade Lancaster County hot or sweet sausage sandwich. You guessed it... the Booths Corner Farmers Market.

The market is a one of a kind, down home, real people kind of place. It's definitely not the mall. You'll find people there from all walks of life with at least two things in common; they like to eat and they like a bargain. We found a pair of brand new sandals for $5, and had a home-made Lancaster County sweet sausage sandwich with peppers, onions and a Pepsi for $3.00 plus tax. Not bad. You can spend more than that for a designer coffee these days.

The market was started back in 1932 by George Phillips. "The sale", as it was known to the locals, was handed down to George's son, then sold to a group of merchants in 1965 who sold it to Paul Cohen, its present owner, in 1973 after a fire. If you didn't know its lineage it wouldn't make any difference, the market still feels the same as ever, even though it was rebuilt. It used to be a lot seedier.

The mix of stores is a bit of a strange brew, but it is definitely dominated these days by food. There are 12 "restaurants", running the gamit from Alie's Burgers to Rebecca's Dutch Kitchen, and over 20 food booths. You can buy meats, donuts, bagels, produce, country fresh eggs, pretzels, salads, nuts and candy. If you like to squeeze your tomatos before buying them you're out of luck. The Amish vendors like to pick them out for you.

Rounding out the market offerings are gifts and collectibles (mostly kitchen and camp), home improvement items, jewelry, clothing, antiques, toys, video games, music, crafts, a resale shop, and the list goes on. No master plan here, a real mixed bag and that's part of the charm of the place. For a listing of merchants, click here.

15 minutes from Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum.

From Kennett Square, Chadds Ford: Take Rt. 1 to Rt. 202 South. At Rt. 491 (Naamans Creek Rd), turn left (WAWA on left corner) . Travel about 2.5 miles and Booths Corner Farmers Market will be on your left.

From Wilmington: Take Rt. 202 North into PA. At Rt. 491 (Naamans Creek Rd), turn right. Travel about 2.5 miles and Booths Corner Farmers Market will be on your left.

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Scott prepares hot and sweet sausages at the Home-Made Lancaster County Sausage Sandwich booth.
Lancaster Amish not only run many of the food booths, they shop there as well.
Across Naamans Creek Rd. from Booths Corner is Brigg's Auction open Friday and Saturday nights.