Today I was up relatively bright and early to hit the Baltimore Farmers’ Market with my friend, Kelly. It runs every Sunday from April-December, 7am-12pm, under the Jones Falls Expressway and I’m thankful for daylight savings this week giving me the extra hour or else I definitely would’ve been zombie like. Though I’ve only been a handful of times, I really enjoy the Sundays when I can get out of bed and enjoy all of the market’s offerings.
I’m not particularly a morning person (or really at all for that matter), but there is something special about rolling out of bed at 7:45am and heading to the Farmers’ market to pick up some local eats, drinks, produce, and other goods. Below I’m going to outline some of my favorite stalls at the market and hopefully you’ll be inspired to head to your local farmers’ market and #shoplocal.
First things first, always arrive hungry! There are a handful of stands serving delicious breakfast and lunch items. All three times I’ve been, I have eaten the most amazing egg sandwiches from this Dooby’s stand but you can also find curry, thai, crepes, and more! All local and all fantastic. There are also quite a few stands that sell delectable baked goods–cookies, fresh bread, Dangerously Delicious Pies, so on and so forth. You will certainly not leave hungry!
Next up, grab yourself a beverage for your stroll through the rest of the market. Today I had the most delicious Pumpkin Cider from Le MONADE. Seriously it was bomb! Kelly bought the concentrate to make at home so I think I’ll be visiting her place again soon 😛
If Pumpkin cider isn’t your thing, don’t fret! There are at least four places you can get coffee including Baltimore staple, Zeke’s Coffee, and Fell’s Point local, Cafe Latte’da. Other offerings include a juice and smoothie stand, in season apple cider, and thai tea. Additionally, if you’re in the mood for some heavier beverages, you can find local wineries, breweries, and distilleries including Boordy Vineyards, Charm City Meadworks, and Blackwater Distilling.
Alright, now that you’re fed and have a drink to sip on–check out the Bazaar. I love this section because it’s all locally made goods. You’ll find an insane amount of handmade soap here and honestly I would buy it all if I could. Besides soap, there are also other body products, candles, pottery, handmade crafts and cards, Go-Go’s Retread Threads bus, and more! One of my favorite stalls for soap and body care is Mount Royal Soap Co. I love their soap in the scents The Clean Bohemian and The Wine Bar. Today, I bought a bath bomb (I have an obsession) in Pumpkin Spice and I cannot wait to bathe in some Basic bath goodness. In this area you’ll also find Salazon Chocolate, sooooo good! Give the Caramel and Cayenne a try.
Last but not least, the reason that most people go to a Farmers’ market–the produce! There is so. much. Anything in season, you will find here. Right now there are tons of apples, squash, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes. If I wasn’t going on vacation this week, I definitely would have picked up more but since I am, I only picked up two spaghetti squash for $5. In my opinion, the key to the market is to take one stroll around and see what prices different stalls are offering and then on the second round pick up what you want. They also have stalls that sell fresh meat, fish, eggs and surprisingly quite a few were advertising to pre-order turkey or produce for your Thanksgiving dinner. You can also find some beautiful in season flowers and succulents throughout. Kelly bought a beautiful bunch of sunflowers and fall colored flowers. Other findings include, Michelle’s Granola, homemade Kombucha, Kimchi, and Sauerkraut, dog treats, kettle corn, spices, and more than I can even list here. Make sure to bring your reusable shopping bags or if you plan to go hard, a shopping basket of sorts.
Although it was a dreary, rainy day, we had a fun time chatting and exploring the market. I even came out with a few fun purchases. I highly recommend you make it out before their closing day (Dec 17) or visit your local Farmers’ market, you can’t go wrong supporting local farmers or crafts people. For a full listing of vendors, click here.