Nestled off of Route 61 in scenic northern Berks County, our Farmers Market offers an unimaginable variety of foods, plants, antiques and collectibles, clothing, and much, much more all served up with a friendly smile. Take a Wednesday and treat yourself to a truly unique experience at a genuine Pennsylvania Dutch country market.
Experience an american country tradition, first-hand at Berks County's only weekly livestock auction! Beginning at 1:00pm every Wednesday, the region's finest calves, lambs, sheep, goats, hogs, feeders, and slaughter cattle go on the block.
On selected weekends throughout the year, the Leesport Farmers Market is transformed into a magnificent world of colors, shapes and textures. The Easter, Spring, Mid-Summer, Harvest, and Christmas craft fairs feature over 300 regional craftsmen with a fascinating variety of arts and handicrafts.
Discover collectibles, antiques, and new and used novelties in our spacious indoor/outdoor flea market. Browse from 7:00am every Wednesday.
The first and third Sundays of each month from April through the first Sunday of December, dealers and collectors from far and wide descend upon the market for a "delightful day of dickering." Join us 7:00am until 1:00pm.
With a seating capacity of 800 and acres of convenient, well lit parking, our 60' x 180' Banquet Hall could be just the right place for your wedding reception, private party, or other function.
Click here for a schedule of upcoming events at the Leesport Farmers Market.
Every Wednesday from 7:00am to 7:00pm the market grounds explode into an endless variety of plants, produce, and paraphernalia. Our indoor market buildings, covering over 35,000 sq. ft., feature fresh country meats and cheeses, deli items, poultry, fish, baked goods, candies and snacks, fabrics,clothing, books, collectibles, furniture, stoves, health foods, and even a barber shop. In the outdoor sheltered area covering over 48,000 sq. ft. You will find an overwhelming selection of garden fresh vegetables and produce (many farmed locally), along with a tremendous display of garden items - bedding and vegetables plants, spring bulbs, fall mums, cut flowers and gardening tools. You will also discover antiques and collectibles, household goods, grocery items, baked goods, clothing, and almost anything else you can imagine. Our flea market gets rolling at sun-up and the farmers market runs from 8:00am until 7:00pm, with a livestock auction starting at 1:00pm.
The founder of the Leesport Market and Auction, as it was then called, was LeRoy J. Weist, who married Mary B. Graeff in 1922. Together they had nine children and the family lived and worked on a farm outside of Mohrsville, PA. Mr. Weist was a plasterer and farmer by trade and he also bought and sold livestock from many of the farmers in the area and then sold them to a slaughter house in Bernville. In 1946 LeRoy and Mary purchased 30 acres of farmland at the north end of Leesport from Gertrude and Lawrence Hoffman. They bought the land with the thought of possibly building homes but about this same time the slaughter house in Bernville stopped taking livestock. They saw the need for a place to sell livestock and as a result the auction was built. With the help of their family they built a cattle barn and one market building consisting of 4,000 square feet. 97 head of cattle were consigned by 25 sellers on opening day, July 9, 1947.
Family has always played an important part in the market. When the market was being built, the sons and in-laws provided the labor to construct the first buildings. In the early years of the market many of the daughters were the clerks in the office and the sale ring. Sons and in-laws provided barn help and also collected rent from the stand holders. Many of the food and soda stands were owned and run by daughters and sons.
On June 1, 1960, two sons of LeRoy J. and Mary, LeRoy H & John U. Weist, purchased the business. They managed the growth of the market over the next 25 years during which time the flea market business became very popular.
On July 1, 1985 the torch was passed to the third generation, Woody, son of LeRoy H. and Bill, son of John and the name was changed to the Leesport Farmers Market. Considerable expansion took place over the next ten years with the addition of 36,000 square feet of outdoor sheltered space for the Farmers Market. In 1987 a 180' x 60' banquet hall was built, which houses vendors on Wednesdays and is rented out other days of the week for wedding receptions, private parties, public auctions, trade shows, meetings, and numerous other functions. During this period the flea market business continued to grow prompting the start of twice a month Sunday Flea Markets. In October of 1985 the very first Craft Fair was held and has since expanded to five Craft events per year. Woody and Bill operated the market as Leesport Farmers Market, Inc. together for 13 years. In June 1998 Bill left the market to pursue other interests and Woody continued as manager until the present.
We are extremely excited and proud to have served the community for over 60 years and we look forward to the next 60 years.
Our craft fairs are held five times a year with over 350 crafters occupying more that 500 spaces (292 sheltered). 714 spaces are available. The show hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm. Admission and parking is free. A variety of refreshments are available on the grounds.
We only book one show ahead and we always give the participating crafters the first opportunity to reserve their spaces for the next show. This must be done by 4:30PM the first day of the prior show. Set up costs range from $25.00 to $60.00 per space, per day and as openings occur interested crafters will be advanced in location based on seniority.
Any new crafters interested in participating in our next show can stop by our office or print out an application from this website and send it in with your payment. All reservations must be pre-paid. The 10'x10' unsheltered spaces are $50.00 for the weekend (2 day shows) and $25.00 for the day (1 day show). We do not pre-book 1 day for 2 day shows. All new crafters will most likely start out in the field area.
Crafters without a reservation are welcome to stop by the morning of any show to fill any cancellations or unassigned spaces. A sign-in list for the day will be available in or in front of the lobby of the Banquet Hall after 5:30AM. We will begin filling these openings at 7:00AM by first helping any crafters, that have already pre-paid for a space, and are looking to improve their location. On the Saturday of a 2 day show we will help those crafters setting up for both days first and the single day crafters next in the order that they signed up that morning. We have currently been able to accommodate everyone who has come.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL PARTICIPANTS TO SELL CRAFTS OR CRAFT RELATED ITEMS
In an effort to provide more customer parking, we insist that...
•All crafters will be allowed one vehicle on the premises.
•All field area crafters shall park within their 12'x 35' space and all other crafters shall park at or near their space.
•All participants must sell crafts or craft related items.
•Dismantling before 3:00PM is prohibited.
•The use of nails or screws on our structure is prohibited.
•Any tables moved during set up shall be returned to their original spaces.
•No Dogs are allowed on the premises.
•Reservations forms for the next show will be distributed in the morning. Fill them out completely (including name, phone number, address, and type of Craft). and return them, with payment, to the information desk located inside the building, before 3:30PM on the first day of the show.
•If you must miss a show but would like to keep your space for the next show, the missed date must be paid for.
•You must notify us by 9:00AM any day that your reserved space will be vacant (unused) or future reservations will be voided.
•If you decide to give up your space, we will fill it.
•If you would like to request a change in location, please note it on the bottom of the reservation form and we will contact you if we are able to help you.
Our livestock auction is held every Wednesday, year round, starting at 1:00pm. We receive livestock up until 7:00pm Tuesday evenings and again beginning about 7:00am on Wednesday mornings. Our sale begins with veal calves followed by feeder cattle, lambs, sheep, goats, feeder pigs, bulls, steers, heifers, cows, and finally slaughter hogs. Our average sale runs about 3-1/2 hours. Two special lamb, sheep, and goat sales are held preceding the Easter Holiday and two special feeder cattle sales are held in April and October.
A Flea Market is held every Wednesday from 7:00am, along with our Farmers Market. The 12' x 35' unsheltered spaces in the grass field, (no tables) are available on a first come first serve basis. The cost is $10 per space and your vehicle must remain within your space. The 10' spaces in the south flea market area are also $10.00 per space and include an 8' table. However on Wednesdays these spaces can be reserved for the season from April through November. Most of the sheltered spaces in the market would cost $20 and up and are reserved during the busiest season. If cancellations would occur in any of the reserved areas we are available at 5:30am to help you. Prices are subject to change.
Our Sunday flea markets are held the first and third Sundays of the month from April through the first Sunday of December from 7:00am to 1:00pm. All of our unsheltered spaces are available on a first come-first serve basis on Sundays and the cost is $10.00 per space. An 8' table is included with approximately 100 of these spaces. Reservations are required for any of our 160 sheltered spaces and costs range from $16 to $30 per space. We also offer reduced rates for anyone interested in paying by the month or by the year. Below is a complete list of the 2013 Sunday flea market dates, along with any scheduled special events.
Our Banquet Hall, built in 1987, has been used for a host of different activities over the years including wedding receptions, public auctions, private parties, dances, class reunions, business meetings and seminars, bingo games, dog training classes, and a wide variety of special interest shows. The 60' x 180' air conditioned hall has a seating capacity of over 800 with partitioned areas available for smaller groups. Also available for rental is our Center Court Meeting Room which can handle groups of up to 100.
|3/3 Hall (60' x 180')||800||$680|
|2/3 Hall (60' x 120')||400||$475|
|1/3 Hall (60' x 60')||200||$340|
The above prices, effective on January 1, 2013, are subject to change dependant on the impact of the event
1. The Lessee shall pay a $100.00 non-refundable down payment to secure the date at the time of scheduling.
2. The balance of the hall rental along with a $100.00 security deposit against any damages is due 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event. If after an inspection of the facilities and grounds no damages, theft, etc. have occurred the $100.00 will be fully refunded.
3. The Leesport Market will set up the stage and all the tables and chairs. Please supply us with a plan or diagram of your desired seating arrangements, at least 2 days prior to your event.
4. The Lessee is responsible for covering all of the tables and supplying ash trays. Decorating and setup is possible the day before your event if the hall is not in use. If it is rented, a time will have to be arranged the day of your event.
5. Catering and beverage arrangements are entirely up to the Lessee. A controlled and responsible use of alcoholic beverages will be permitted for wedding receptions and private parties. Catering references are available.
6. Activities shall conclude by 11:00PM with 1 hour allowed for cleanup. The Lessee shall discard all table trash (dispose of all liquids in the sink and not in the trash containers) and remove all table coverings and decorations along with the tape used to secure them. The cost of any excessive cleanup necessitated by the event will be reflected in the adjustment of Lessee's security deposit refund. Unless prior arrangements have been made the doors will be locked at 12:00 Midnight.
7. If you are only renting part of the hall we do not rule out the possibility of renting the other section.
8. Any deviations or changes in the above rules requires the consideration of the Leesport Farmers Market Inc.