By Troy Petenbrink
Baltimore is surrounded by producers of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats and other locally made goods. And, luckily, all across the city there are farmers markets bringing this bounty directly to consumers. Here are some of Charm City’s best.
32nd Street Farmers Market
400 E. 32nd St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
The 32nd Street Farmers Market has been active since 1980. It operates year-round and is open on Saturday mornings, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. There can be up to 60 vendors depending on the season. From the second week of June through Thanksgiving, all the produce sold is locally grown; and, in the winter, some produce is supplemented from farms in other growing regions.
3100 Swann Drive
Baltimore, MD 21217
The Druid Hill Farmers Market operates from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, June through October. There are more than two dozen vendors selling local produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and crafts. The market also hosts a full schedule of programming, including yoga classes, movies, and a concert series with live music. As a bonus, the nearby Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens has extended hours when the market is operating.
Beneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga Streets
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
The largest producers only market in Maryland, the Baltimore Farmers Market has been around for more than 40 years. It operates from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sundays, April through December. In addition to dozens of produce vendors, the market hosts a bazaar with art, homegoods, clothing, and other artisan items. It also operates a “First Sunday” program, in which there is a special theme on the first Sunday of every month.
At the intersection of Light and E. Pratt Streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
Located outside of the iconic Transamerica Tower along the Inner Harbor, the Pratt Street Market is held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Thursdays, May through October. The marketing typically as around 20 participating vendors. In addition to plenty of local seasonal produce, there is a variety of freshly prepared foods that make the market a very popular lunchtime destination for downtown visitor and workers.
800 S. Broadway at Thames Street on Broadway Square
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
The current Fells Point Farmers Market held on Broadway Square was started in 2011 and occupies a location with a history of hosting farmers market dating back to the 1700s. The original vendor stall numbers are still visible in the street curbs surrounding the square. More than 40 vendors can be found there from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, May through November. Many of the market’s patrons often purchase fresh and prepared foods and picnic along the scenic Inner Harbor.