By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After a few months off, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market is back.

It was opening day Sunday for the market’s 40th season.

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As you can imagine, opening day of the farmers’ market – located on Saratoga Street, between Holliday and Gay Streets – was packed, with everything from fruit, to donuts, to plants, and lots more.

The music is playing, the fresh produce is out, and the grills are fired up.

It’s a familiar scene underneath the Jones Falls Expressway, as the farmers’ market and bazaar is back.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” said Debbie Meeks. “It’s a great atmosphere.”

Familiar, but mixing things up.

This year marks its 40th season, which is designed to be its best one yet.

“This year for our 40th year, we have about 13 new vendors and farmers’, and about 11 new bazaar vendors,” said Megan Bosse with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Greek food, Asian food, and barbecue. Just some of the favorites.

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And of course, the go-to’s are on point as usual, including the strawberries, asparagus, and beautiful plants.

“There’s so many more vendors here than the past,” said Debbie Meeks.

What’s always a boost for local businesses, like Gerrit Marks’ “Little Paris.”

“It’s something we really look forward to,” said Marks.

And a yearly tradition for families across the state.

“It’s our favorite thing. We’ve been doing it five or so years, looking forward to bringing our kids here,” said Ali Doran.

The farmers’ market now is open every Sunday through December 17.

This year, a special event will be held on the first Sunday of every month, which will include special guests, performances, cooking classes, and giveaways.

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Rick Ritter