Hong Kong, Toronto, Barcelona, Bangkok.

Sure, the public markets in those major world cities might have enormous fresh-caught tuna or rare exotic spices, but Lancaster's Central Market has Amish baked goods, fresh flowers and local produce.

So says CNN GO, the global travel and lifestyle website of the Cable News Network.

On a listing of the top 10 fresh markets in the world, published Friday, Central Market ranked eighth.

The Lancaster city-owned market fell between Singapore's Kreta Ayer Wet Market and the Marché Provencal, in Antibes, France.

The Union Square farmers market in New York City was the only other U.S. market to make the list, which was topped by La Boqueria in Barcelona.

Jessica Mailhot, Central Market's manager, was surprised by the listing, but not surprised by the international attention.

She knows the market has become a stop for international "foodies" traveling the East Coast, particularly when combined with a stop in Philadelphia.

"I think it's the combination of the Amish and the Market," Mailhot said of the attraction.

It's not uncommon to see travel groups from other countries walking among the market's stands, she said.

"I hear French and Italian here on a regular basis," she said.

Although there has been past international recognition of Central Market - the French Food channel taped a segment there last year - most market accolades have been national.

Last year, Central Market was named to the top-20 farm market list of the American Farmland Trust. In 2009, it was named one of the top 10 "great public spaces" by the American Planning Association.

"It's amazing. People flock to this market as something that they have to see," Mailhot said. "And it is quintessentially American."

Central Market, 23 N. Market St., is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

bharris@lnpnews.com

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