MARYLAND AT A GLANCE

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FARMERS' MARKETS


[photo, Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. and Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland]
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    In every Maryland county and Baltimore City, farmers' markets offer a way to buy fresh local produce, and support Maryland agriculture, and the local artisans and small business people who, in turn, support and often are part of these markets. Across the State are 147 farmers' markets.


  • Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday & Saratoga Sts., Baltimore, Maryland, September 2017. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    [photo, Chrysanthemums, Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. and Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland] Maryland produce, in season, is available locally through weekly farmers' markets. Fruits, vegetables, and often an assortment of dairy products, baked goods, condiments, plants, floral bouquets, and other miscellany are sold locally at regional farmers' markets, usually once per week. At the same markets, crafts are sold, and sometimes books, clothing, jewelry, pottery, and musical instruments. Offerings are as varied as the interests of the local people.


    Chrysanthemums, Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. and Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland, September 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    [photo, Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. and Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland] Some markets, such as Baltimore's Waverly Market (at 32nd St. & Barclay St.), and those at Salisbury, Takoma Park, and Kent Island, are open year-round. Most, however, open from early spring (usually April) to late autumn, ending usually just before Thanksgiving, though some continue into December. The largest of these, the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar, is held in Baltimore City on Sunday mornings (7:00 a.m. to noon) from April 23 to December 17, 2017. It is located at Holliday St. and Saratoga St. under the Jones Falls Expressway.

    Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. and Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland, August 2012. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    [photo, Waverly Farmers' Market, 32nd St. and Barclay St., Baltimore, Maryland] Other farmers' markets, around the Baltimore metropolitan region, offer fresh produce on Saturday mornings at Dundalk, Highlandtown, Howard Park, and Waverly (32nd St.). Still others open weekdays at Catonsville, Eastpoint, Pikesville, Towson, and White Marsh.


    Waverly Farmers' Market, 32nd St. and Barclay St., Baltimore, Maryland, August 2009. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


     [photo, Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. and Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland] The U.S. Department of Agriculture's WIC Farmersí Market Nutrition Program works with participating farmers to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income or at-risk individuals. In 2015, some 380 Maryland farmers participated in the Program, which issues checks to purchase produce. Nearly 27,500 women and children, as well 7,500 senior citizens, received these checks, which were redeemed for over $400,000 at farmers' markets.




    Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. and Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland, August 2012. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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