Reporting Ron Matz
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — From Waverly to Hamilton and under the JFX, the popularity of farmers’ markets in Baltimore continues to grow.
Ron Matz reports the newest market will open Saturday in one of the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods.
From the recreation pier to landmark restaurants to movie making, Fells Point is always happening. Saturday brings the new Fells Point Farmers’ Market.
“Fells Point Main Street is proud to present the Fells Point Farmers’ Market. We kick it off tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. at Broadway Square. It goes until 11:30 a.m. and the season goes through Nov. 12, 2011,” said Robin Budish, Executive Director of Fells Point Main Street.
Baltimoreans have been buying local for more than 30 years at the Farmers’ Market under the JFX.
“There are a number of farmers’ markers throughout the city and we thought we’ve got the jewel in the crown. We have Broadway Square in Fells Point. Let’s showcase it. It’s very central for residents, visitors, tourists and the community at large,” said Budish.
Dozens of farmers will pack the Square on Broadway.
“We’re going to have fresh produce, fresh fruits and vegetables. We have homemade jams and jellies, homemade honey. We have some vegan baked goods. There will be an amazing energy that will kick off the morning,” said Merritt Dworkin, Fells Point Main Street. “This is the perfect location: Broadway Square. It will draw from all neighborhoods. It’s easily accessible. You can get here by foot, by bike, by car, by water taxi and there will be plenty of free parking.”
At one time there was a farmers’ market in Fells Point, but that was 200 years ago. You can still see some of the old stall numbers on the curb on Broadway.
“In the late 1700s there was a farmers’ market in Fells Point. It was before the structures were actually built. The farmers would come from miles and miles and they were assigned stall numbers, which were stamped into the curbs. The numbers are still visible today,” said Dworkin.
Saturday is the dawn of a new day and a new market in Fells Point.
“We’re encouraging people to come down. It’s a beautiful setting. Come shop local, fresh fruits, vegetables, produce, plants, herbs, some wonderful prepared foods. What better way to come down and enjoy your morning,” said Budish. “We’re very excited to present this to the community.”
The Fells Point Farmers’ Market will be held every Saturday through Nov. 12 with the exception of Oct. 1, the day of the Fells Point Fun Festival.