BUY LOCAL: 10 FARMERS MARKETS TO EXPLORE IN BALTIMORE

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CHARLOTTE NAGEY

NOV 22, 2019

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Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing… Baltimore farmers markets. The blossoming flowers and buzzing of market regulars are just a few of our favorite things. These healthy meetups are a chance for local farmers to showcase their crops and neighborhoods to gather the community.

Let us paint the picture: Nothing beats a morning during the weekend, meandering the vendor stalls with an iced coffee in hand. There’s something special about farmers markets that make us wake up with actual excitement for grocery shopping. Just grab your tote and go!

You can gaze out your office window overlooking the Inner Harbor while eating a sad microwave entree, OR you can take your lunch break outdoors for a quick walk through the Pratt Street Market for a fresh meal — maybe even some light grocery shopping too. Pratt Street Market offers local fare, but what stands out is the vendor list. Enjoy cold-pressed juice from Corner Juice Bar, create a smoothie from the fruit you purchased, or savor a mouthwatering sandwich from High Noon BBQ with locally-farmed pork and chicken. Thursdays, 11am to 2pm, May to October.

Sit at a picnic table and enjoy the views of the Harbor after you weave your way through the Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers Market. Artisan treats, local meat and eggs, colorful flowers — all to be enjoyed with live music. Don’t forget to stop and admire the art within the BMI itself! Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, May to November.

Walk the waterfront cobblestone streets of Fells Point. This market follows a history going back to 300 years — when stalls etched themselves on the Fells Point Broadway Pier as the ORIGINAL farmers market. And the legacy continues as local chefs frequent the market for fresh produce to whip up the meals and specials on their menus that evening. Join in! Saturdays, 7:30am to 12:30pm, May to November.

With an unlikely location—settled in the forgotten spaces underneath a highway that runs through the city—Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar embodies the essence of Charm City. The market sprawls on and on with a phenomenal range of products — it’s known as Maryland’s largest producers-only market.Plus, food vendors are dispersed throughout the market offering omelets, wood-fired pizza, crepes, and burritos, so it’s guaranteed you won’t go hungry while perusing for the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fitt Tip: Park at the Bunting Garage at Guilford Avenue and East Pleasant Street, and then get your ticket validated for free at the BOPA welcome tent. Sundays, 7am to 12pm, April to December.

Thirty(+), flirty, and still thriving, the Hampden-based farmers market on 32nd Street is known to donate all of its profits (after expenses are paid) to the community and local non-profits. Enjoy a variety of produce, fresh-baked breads, meats, and plants for your garden. Fair warning to pet owners: no dogs allowed. Saturdays, 7am to 12pm, year-round.

Really, what doesn’t the Druid Hill Farmers Market have? Between the locally-grown produce (of course), prepared food, baked goods, crafts, concerts, yoga, and even movie nights, the community parked is stacked for a mid-week restock and rejuvenation. Meet on the lawn of the Rawlings Conservatory in Historic Druid Hill Park for all the fun, but please leave your dog at home. Wednesdays, 3pm to 7pm, June to October

Stroll down Allegheny Ave. as you shop around Towson’s farmers market, which gives off a serious festival vibe. Grab local produce, crabcakes, or jewelry made by local artists. In years past, they had the greatest treat of all — you could enjoy a cupcake sample from La Cakerie (winner of Cupcake Wars), then stop into their Towson storefront and TRY to not buy three dozen more cupcakes. Thursdays, 10:45am–3pm, June to November (in November, the market moves to Washington Ave).

Probably the most brick-and-mortar of all the operations on this list, RoofTop HoT started as a rooftop grow-op (thus the name) and has since added two small farms Derwood and Cambridge, Maryland. But don’t think you need to leave the city for fresh, quality produce. Visit their local and organic storefront in Highlandtown for fruits, veggies, gardening supplies, and some amazing cheeses. Tuesday–Friday, 11am to 7pm; Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm

Roadside vendors are often overlooked and can sometimes seem a little sketchy, but don’t miss your chance to hit up this sweet (but healthy) spot! Pull your car off to the side of Ruxton Road (or two other spots in Cockeysville) and take a peek at the crates of produce Misty Valley Farm (based in Hampstead) has to offer. Pick up ears corn, the reddest strawberries, and tomatoes you could sink your teeth into and eat like an apple. And who couldn’t ap-peach-iate (we’re funny?) a brown bag full of fresh peaches! Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm, May to December.

What the Pigtown Community Farmers Market lacks in size, it makes up in community tenfold. The small operation in Carroll Park offers a number of tents filled with locally-grown fresh produce, arts & crafts, small-group yoga classes, and so, so much friendly conversation. Come grab some greens at the corners of Washington Blvd. and Bayard St.! Thursdays, 3pm to 7pm, June to October

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