2nd Street Market is experimenting with opening on Sundays this summer.
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Plan a Sunday visit to the 2nd Street Market while you still can

One of the best places for lunch, brunch and shopping in a historical freight house reminiscent of a European market can be found at the Five Rivers MetroParks 2nd Street Market at East Second and Webster streets in downtown Dayton. 

The popular spot to grab lunch during the weekday and to shop and brunch on the weekend boasts more than 40 vendors offering a wide selection of items from delicious dining options to fresh vegetables, meats and eggs, artisan breads, cheeses, flowers, bottles of wine, delectable sweets and even home decor. 

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And now is the time to enjoy a relaxing Sunday there. After a successful trial run in 2017, Five Rivers MetroParks opened for business Sundays starting in June — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — lasting through Dec. 31 this year. 

Cheeky Meat Pies Kiwi Classic — chunks of roast in an onion gravy with Monterrey Jack cheese encased in a flaky crust, $5. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

It's a charming two stop shop — grab something to eat from one of more than ten food vendors including All Souped Up, Azra's Mediterranean Cuisine, Caffeine Carl, Cheeky Meat Pies, The Chef Case, Crepe Boheme and Bann Thai Noi and then head to shop for your groceries from local growers including Carroll Creek Farms, Consider the Lilies, Corner Hill Farms, Dohner's Maple Products, Freshstart Farm, Frieszell Liberty Gardens, Garber Farm, Gypsy Chicks Farm, Harry's Old Country Orchard and Produce, Homefull, Irvin Honey, Hydro Growers, KJB Farms, Mile Creek Farm and Tea Hills Farms. 

>> 2nd Street Market adds Sunday hours

Russell Garber of Garber Farm is a 2nd Street Market vendor, and he offers homemade pies, dinner rolls and fresh produce from his vendor booth. Staff file photo by CONNIE POST
Photo: Staff Writer

With booth after booth of local growers, bakers, culinary specialists and artisans this is a stop that is worth the visit whenever possible, but if Sundays are your jam, the time is definitely now. 

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com. 

September Sun crêpe filled with cream cheese, orange marmalade and blackberries from Crêpe Boheme at 2nd Street Market. Source: Five Rivers MetroParks.


What: Second Street Public Market 

Where: 600 E. Second St., Dayton 

Hours: Open year-round, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday through Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays with live music from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 31. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

More info: (937) 228-2088 or www.metroparks.org/places-to-go/2nd-street-market