Nestled in between some of the best farming counties on the East Coast, Baltimore is a hub for quality produce at the local farmers’ markets. One can browse the aisles of any of the local merchant grounds and find fresh-picked berries, poultry, meats, seafood and vegetables, along with jams, jellies, desserts and baked goods.
Baltimore Farmers’ Market And Bazaar
E. Saratoga St. & Holliday St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Open on Sundays from April until December, Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar is the largest producers-only market in Maryland. The market has no shortage of crisp vegetables, freshly picked herbs and spices, farm-fresh and hormone-free meats and poultry, fresh flowers, unique fried foods, cider, homemade soap, wine and even vegan popsicles. But don’t forget about the bazaar part. This weekly gathering features an assortment of crafts, collectibles and entertainment, such as live folk music, showcasing the finest in local craftsmanship.
400 W. Lexington St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Lexington Market is, without question, the most historic farmers’ market in Baltimore. The market has stood hawking its wares (mostly seafood) since 1782. Lexington has a good reputation for the market portion and has an absolutely stellar reputation for the food, garnering praise for crab cakes and oysters. The area in which the market is situated has received some criticism; however, Lexington Market has recently joined with an organization which cleans up and restores historical markets, and the combined organization has already begun to take drastic steps to improve the atmosphere and add to the already fantastic offerings available at this location.
32nd Street Farmer’s Market
400 E. 32nd St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Open every Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon, year round, 32nd Street Farmer’s Market is a farm-friendly atmosphere in northern Baltimore City. With everything from pickles to pies, beads to bakeries, Tia Food to tobacco, fruit to falafel, this locale has all of the offerings one expects from a farmers’ market, and then some. The market manages to represent the best of the Baltimore community without being over-crowded. Consequently, the weekly event feels friendly, diverse and well worth every single visit. Head down on a Saturday morning, grab breakfast at one of the many vendors and enjoy the live music as you browse the fair and see what is being offered that week.
Park Heights Community Farmers Market
4151 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215
The Park Heights Community Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. from June until November and sets up shop at the Pimlico Race Track parking lot. There are a lot of plump, fresh, green, newly-picked-and-cleaned produce at fantastic prices. The market accepts all forms of payment and is also convenient for those who are participants in the SNAP program, as they accept Independence cards. Come out on Wednesday, July 13th and enjoy Community Appreciation Day at the market, with free giveaways, children’s activities and other events.
Catonsville Farmers Market Inc.
106 Bloomsbury Ave.
Catonsville, MD 21228
Sponsored by Catonsville’s Chamber of Commerce, the Catonsville Farmers Market is a seasonal event, running on Sundays from May 1st until November 20th in any weather. Because it is a city-sponsored event, and because it is held outside of the Baltimore beltway, the number of dirt-deep farm vendors who come to market with authentic farm pickins’ is truly impressive. And, of course, the city doesn’t just stop at farmers. Merchants from a variety of industries open booths while live entertainment comes to keep you nice and amused while you pick through your choice of community goods. So come on out and enjoy the harvest season from spring to fall in Catonsville.
Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.