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anyone else upset with our Farmer's Markets?

post #1 of 23
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I'm starting to get fed up...there is practically nothing at the farmer's markets these days! I've gone to Severna Park, Annapolis Riva Road, and Annapolis Mall one and there's barely anything there! Enough once in a while, but nothing consistent...

do we have any BETTER ones in our area? What about the Piney Orchard one?

Maybe it's because I'm used to weekly shopping in Italian open air markets, but honestly, I feel the US can do better than this! 5-10 vendors....that's it?! :
post #2 of 23
It seems they are pretty small around my area too, much smaller than they used to be. My guess is probably all the rain is wrecking havoc on decent growing? Did you try one of the Farmfresh markets?
post #3 of 23
The one in Towson is HUGE. If you time it right, you can go to story time at B&N too.
post #4 of 23
The downtown Baltimore farmer's market is great.
post #5 of 23
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The one in Towson is HUGE. If you time it right, you can go to story time at B&N too.
Have you been there this year? So far, since it opened last week, I've been seriously disappointed. : I know a lot of it is due to the bad weather/rough spring. But, I also wonder how much is due to the economy. the one bread stand has had no where near the variety he had last year.
post #6 of 23
Yeah, the ones here in Columbia suck. Not one single organic producer and very few vendors. I miss being near Takoma Park and DC farmers markets. Soooooo much better.
post #7 of 23
There's a good one in Waverly on Saturdays.
post #8 of 23
I'm sorry you're not near Takoma Park. It's great, lots of fabulous stuff!
post #9 of 23
I find the earlier in the season they do not have much, wait a month and they will have tons. in your area GB is the most plentaful, SP is pretty good too. Piny Orchard has very little 1 or 2 venders.
post #10 of 23
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Yeah, the ones here in Columbia suck. Not one single organic producer and very few vendors. I miss being near Takoma Park and DC farmers markets. Soooooo much better.
And how!

We often meet my parents at farmers markets in their neighborhood (Prince William County, VA) because there's almost nothing at our markets. Even the smallest in their area is amazing, even this year.

Commencing snark about the CA: HoCo and the CA are so focused on "preserving" the completely inadequate village centers that they drive us all out of the county for ethical/responsible food shopping. David's Market and Roots are great, but it's not enough, especially since their produce is sooo expensive.

My mom is able to buy (uncertified, I think) organic Maryland lamb, Maryland cheese, and all sorts of other lovely local stuff at her Whole Foods in NoVA.

Okay, mild rant over, back to work...
post #11 of 23
I have lots of sources of local organic food (non-market). I do really well for organic produce at Trader Joes's and My Organic Market on 175. Both have better prices than Roots or David's. I am getting a whole organic lamb butchered and delivered to a drop near by next week. I make regular trips out to Dickerson every 6 weeks to pick up organic pastured chicken too. If you want to go that way I can hook you up with some sources.

Oh, and the blueberry farm on Rt 108 in Ashton is picking now~!:
post #12 of 23
i second the bb picking on 108. and the stuff about mom's. you would think that an area that can support 3 health food/organic markets PLUS a trader joe's would warrent more attention by other larger stores and more farmer's markets, but not yet. i have heard there is a Hallal butcher off of snowden. even if it isn't organic, it is cleaner and more humane than regular grocery stores. also, boarman's market on 108 has an actual butcher and they sell some organic meat and all their other meat is from amish farms- it is much tastier.
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post #14 of 23
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And how!

We often meet my parents at farmers markets in their neighborhood (Prince William County, VA) because there's almost nothing at our markets. Even the smallest in their area is amazing, even this year.
Which PWC Market do you like? I've been less than impressed with most that I've gone to, but I think my expectations are set too high after living in Berkeley, CA.
post #15 of 23
We went to the one in Glen Burnie yesterday morning. It's in the parking lot in front of Toys 'R Us. It was small but very good. There were 3 different farmers with sign saying they don't use artificial pesticides or chemicals. Good prices and everything looked really good. We got some patty pan squash and some nice cukes.
post #16 of 23
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Which PWC Market do you like? I've been less than impressed with most that I've gone to, but I think my expectations are set too high after living in Berkeley, CA.
We've only gone to the one in Gainsville, which seems HYOOGE compared to the HoCo ones- seriously, the Sunday morning market in Columbia has two vendors right now. Two. One with veggies, one with plant seedlings.

There's also a nice one in Leesburg, but that's not PWC, I guess.

I don't think any of the markets around here are going to compare with Berkeley.
post #17 of 23
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i second the bb picking on 108. and the stuff about mom's. you would think that an area that can support 3 health food/organic markets PLUS a trader joe's would warrent more attention by other larger stores and more farmer's markets, but not yet. i have heard there is a Hallal butcher off of snowden. even if it isn't organic, it is cleaner and more humane than regular grocery stores. also, boarman's market on 108 has an actual butcher and they sell some organic meat and all their other meat is from amish farms- it is much tastier.
I didn't grow up around here, but my hubby did, and he says it's the CA and the County government that has long blocked Whole Foods and the like, in the name of protecting the locally owned markets. That's why Trader Joes, MOMs, and the coming Wegmans are such a big deal.

There is a butcher in Oella that's been around forever, but I haven't ever checked it out.
post #18 of 23
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There is a butcher in Oella that's been around forever, but I haven't ever checked it out.
There is meat is very good, but I don't know how the cows are raised or anything http://www.jwtreuth.com
post #19 of 23
Sounds like you are in the Annapolis area. Check out A Cook's Cafe: 911 Commerce Rd. across from the Annapolis Mall off of Bestgate. 410.266.1511. You can join the CSA (community supported agriculture) program they have called the Market Basket. You'll get weekly bags filled with luscious, local produce grown on the Eastern Shore. Just started about 3 weeks ago, not too late to join. Extras are available for purchase weekly as well: meat, dairy, eggs, all grown at a farm in North Baltimore. Its the best thing around-- don't waste your time on AA county farmer's markets, this is the way to go!
post #20 of 23
The downtown Annapolis one is a JOKE. Over priced bakers selling $18 loaves of bread. And one maybe 2 actual produce vendors of the maybe 6 vendors total in the space. Seriously disappointing.
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