The Philadelphia Fresh Food Terminal Market opened late March 1 after a labor dispute temporarily blocked the entrance to the market at midnight.

A midnight strike by unionized workers prevented the market from opening as scheduled and caused some customers to stay away.

“There was a strike and the market was blocked early this morning,” said Michael Cramer, U.S. Department of Agriculture market news reporter in Philadelphia.

Cramer said operators were hoping to have a more normal day March 2, he said.

Philadelphia Fresh Food Terminal Market manager Sonny DiCrecchio was able to get an injunction to prevent striking workers from blocking the market, Cramer said.

“Assuming tomorrow they won’t be blocking the market entrance, non-union employees and customers will be able to come in at their normal times tomorrow,” Cramer said. The market opens at 4 a.m.

Mike Maxwell, a salesman for Procacci Bros. Sales Corp., Philadelphia, said he couldn’t comment on the potential length or severity of the labor disruption.

“We are going to stay open are going to do everything we can to satisfy our customers,” he said.