Baltimore Farmers’ Market Reopens For 2014 Season

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Spring is in the air and the best place to stock up on fruit and veggies is under the JFX.

Jessica Kartalija was there as Charm City’s favorite farmers’ market reopens for the season.

For farmers’ market fans, it’s the day they’ve been waiting for.

“I had it marked on my calendar actually,” said one.

“Very excited. We wait for it to open back up after it closes in December,” said another.

The 37th Annual Baltimore Farmers’ Market is officially open for business.

“Warm weather is coming and good food and fresh vegetables and fruits are coming,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

“I’ve been here all my life and, you know, ever since we have heard about the market, and said, `I’m going to get there’ and never got a chance to,” said another.

Some come for the flowers, others for the food.

“I am a big fan of making a lot of smoothies, so I like all the fresh kale,” said one man.

This year, the farmers’ market is going high-tech. Seventy vendors will be using their smart phone technology and accepting SNAP and credit card payments. They’re one of the first farmers’ markets in the country to do this.

“It just makes it a lot easier for shoppers. They don’t need to worry about getting cash in the morning. Just bring your credit card and you’re good to go,” said Mitch Case, Office of Promotion and Arts.

“It’s amazing food. I was really surprised. It’s our first time down here–we live in Locust Point–and we couldn’t believe how good the food was,” said one man.

The farmers’ market will be open every Sunday through December.

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market is Maryland’s largest producers-only market.

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