BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Just in time for the holiday season, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market has hit full stride.

As Tim Williams reports, this is the single busiest day for area produce under the JFX.

For many local food farmers and shoppers, you can’t get over the river or through the woods without first stopping under the JFX.

“I’d say it’s one of the busiest days of the year,” said farmer Joe Bartenfelder.

This is the busiest market day of the year for the region’s farmers and merchants. All of them are expecting great sales. In fact, local farmers and merchants are hoping to turn bags of green into bags of cash.

“For Thanksgiving, everybody’s here for their greens, collards, kale and sweet potatoes, too,” Bartenfelder said.

“We sell almost 800 turkeys down here this Sunday for Thanksgiving,” said Tom Albright, Albright Farms.

For 36 years, many have shopped local produce for Thanksgiving.

“I’m dropping this at the car and coming back for more,” said shopper Taisha Taylor.

Vegetables from here are a yearly tradition for Taylor.

“I got a bushel of greens, apples, sweet potatoes, spinach,” she said.

For vendors, the market and bazaar jumpstart Black Friday sales.

“Oh yes, absolutely. We’re all hoping to get some holiday shopping going on at the bazaar,” said vendor Constance Scott.

This year’s crops have been plentiful and produce ripe for the picking. But if you want to wait until the holiday smoke clears, you still have time before the JFX season is completely over. The farmers’ market is there until Dec. 22.

For more information on all of the city farmers’ markets and their vendors, click here.

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