At the time, in 1790, it was basically a farmers market set up in a building at the center of the Stockade, and it wasn’t called “Arthur’s.” Since then, there has been some turnover — delis, groceries and the like. The old 35 North Ferry Street building houses now one of the best kept secrets in Schenectady---it’s a coffee, non-alcoholic beverages, salad and sandwich shop.
Stop by on evenings, and find the place full of locals enjoying coffee, chowder and the sound of live music performed on the piano, folk bands like Hot Tuesday, poetry open mic, or Genest's house band, Kitchen Jazz.
Arthur's Market is the longest-running market in the country. In the 1790s, the town of Rotterdam built the building to provide a place for Rotterdam farmers to sell their goods. In reverence for those original days, Richard Genest has left the well-worn brick walls bare.
Richard also runs the nearby Moon and River Cafe in a similar way — and Moon & River Cafe has the largest Vegan menu in the Capital District.
* BOTH CAFES ARE CASH ONLY *