We’re continuing our Wholesome 2015 year and we’re ready to get out and enjoy spring! Well…almost. It seems like it’s here for good…maybe. Either way, we are excited to see one of our favorite spring traditions starting…Farmers Markets! There’s nothing better than rising early and being able to shop for fresh, local foods. We love our local farms and the amazing vendors they have at Baltimore’s markets – especially when we can eat right there and enjoy the food as soon as we buy it!
Check out our top reasons why you should visit to your local Farmers Market:
1.) Support Local
Local farmers need our support! With large agribusiness dominating food production in the U.S., small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance. It also helps support our local Baltimore economy!
2.) Taste the Seasons
The food you buy at the farmers market is mostly seasonal. Seasonal foods are better because they are growing in their ideal conditions. Think about the foods you’ve tried out of season. Winter tomatoes just aren’t as sweet, right? It’s because they’re being forced to grow out of season OR they have to travel so far they lose their flavor by the time they reach your table. So seasonal foods are fresh and delicious AND they reflects the truest flavors! Check out this chart on our Pinterest page to guide you through the most typical seasonal foods. At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs and much, much more!
3.) Know Where Your Food Comes From
A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced. Profiles, articles about sellers and a map of farms are also available on most farmers market websites. If they don’t, ASK! I am sure the farmers would love to tell you about their background.
4.) Connect with your Community
Wouldn’t you rather stroll outside on a sunny day than roll your cart around a store with artificial lights in the grocery madness? Going to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The market is a community hub and is one of our favorite places to meet up with our friends, bring children or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of Charm City. We will be sure doing some BMOREtoned meet ups here!
Sounds amazing, right?! RIGHT.
The next step is finding the farmers markets around you! Not sure where to go?
Here are the upcoming Farmers Market in Baltimore:
BMOREtoned Favorite Pick: Baltimore Farmers Market Bazaar
Starts Sunday, April 5th 7:00am-12:00pm
Go early because it gets very busy later in the morning. This Maryland’s largest producers-only market offers an assortment of produce, meats, dairy, breads, flowers, collectibles and crafts. You will find this spot underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at the Holliday & Saratoga streets. We recommend bringing cash because half of the vendors only accept cash.
Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers Market
May through October
BMI parking lot, 1415 Key Highway-Saturdays
The BMI Farmers Market offers a convenient place to purchase fresh local foods and buy artisan items not available in stores. Market shoppers can also enjoy fun bonuses such as live music, demonstrations, and kids’ activities.
Waverly Farmers Market
Saturdays, year round
Located on East 32nd Street and Barclay Streets
The Waverly Farmers Market is more than a source of good food, it’s also the Charles Village social event of the week. Open year-round, rain or shine, the market provides fresh fruit and veggies, thick slabs of meat ready for the barbecue and baked goods and preserves, among other culinary delights.
Highlandtown Farmers Market
June through October, Thursdays 4-8pm
Located on the 400 block of Conkling Street
Farm fresh product offerings include natural, free-range brown eggs, pasture raised chicken and pork, seasonal vegetables, Maryland State Fair award-winning fruit, jams, fall flowering mums, apple cider and more. Locally roasted 100% certified sustainable coffee is also available by the bean or brewed by the cup.
Druid Hill Farmers Market
Druid Hill Park lies at the heart of Baltimore City and made history by being one of the first public parks in America. Every Wednesday, the Druid Hill Farmers Market will feature fresh produce from area farmers, food and unique crafts from local vendors. As a bonus, the Conservatory and Botanic Gardens extends their hours on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
NOTE FROM THE TEAM: We know we skipped March in our Wholesome 2015 months and we appreciate you staying with us! March was a tough time for the team. There were a lot of personal things going on that rose to the top of our priority list. But we’re back! Again, we really appreciate your patience and support! Can’t wait for the rest of our amazing Wholesome 2015!