Late spring brings a lot of things to the table. It’s our first taste of scorching heat and humidity, the beginning of the World Cup (once every four years), your first beach weekend, graduation, and most importantly, the farmers market.
The Farmers Market is an age old tradition. A tradition that was, and in many ways still is, a central part of American life. Before mega grocery stores and centralized food distribution came to be, the farmer would load up his goods and take them to a central market to sell. This was how most Americans got their farm fresh produce.
Fortunately for us, the farmers market isn’t dead. In fact, its more alive now than its been in some time. With the Obama White House pushing for healthier food and recently starting its own farmers market, the farmers market trend seems to be taking off.
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a major city, you can probably find a market every day of the week. And here in Annapolis, we have our fair share as well. Here is a list of the major markets in Annapolis:
Annapolis FRESHFARM Market on Compromise Street Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to Noon May 2 – November 21
Annapolis Towne Center at Parole/Whole Foods Farmers’ Market at Towne Center Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. June 2 – October 27
Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market at Riva Road and Harry S. Truman Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon April 3 – December 18 / Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon June 8- October 26 Deale Farmers’ Market
Department of Natural Resources Farmers’ Market off Taylor Ave Thursday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. June 3 – September 30
Severna Park Farmers’ Market on Ritchie Highway at Jones Station Road Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to Noon April 24 – October 30
Westfield Annapolis Farmers’ Market in the Sears Parking Lot Sunday: 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. January 1 – April 19 (1st and 3rd Sundays) / Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. May 2 – October 31
If you’re a first timer, check out this helpful list of the top 10 mistakes newbies make at the farmers market. And remember, these are your local farmers, neighbors, craftsmen and craftswomen trying to make a living. Support them! Their prices may be slightly higher than your local mega-chain, but your impact on the environment will be minimized, you’ll be supporting small businesses that are locally owned, and you’ll be buying the freshest produce around. Not fresh strawberries from Chile, fresh strawberries from Maryland.
In case you’re curious who the standard bearers are in the world of farmers markets, that would be the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco and the Greenmarket in NYC. It’s worth clicking through and checking these markets out from afar.
For a full list of Maryland Farmers Market, click here. We hope to see you there!