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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 8 to December 23, 2018. 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 Farmersí Market Nutrition Program awards grants to states and other government entities to provide nutritious food to low-income or at-risk individuals and seniors. Program recipients exchange the coupons or checks supplied by the government at participating farmers' markets for fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2016, some 400 Maryland farmers participated in the Program, through which $471,255 was spent at the markets. All recognized farmers' markets in Maryland have farmers who participate in the Program and accept its checks.



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


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