A lovely farmer’s market, that’s what!
I’ve lived in the Baltimore area my entire life, and I’ve always heard friends and neighbors talking about the Baltimore Farmer’s Market under the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) at Holliday and Saratoga Streets. For years now I’ve been interested in locally grown produce and other foods, and this is the largest farmer’s market in the Baltimore area. Why it took me so long to actually visit the Baltimore Farmer’s Market, I have no idea.
I went for the first time three weeks ago, driving the 10-minute journey from campus with my roommate Meagan and our friend Chris. I must say, being able to have a car on campus as a sophomore is absolutely wonderful, and this is just one example of that. If I would have gone to the farmer’s market last year as a first-year student it would have definitely still been feasible, though. Grabbing a ride with an upperclass friend or calling a cab is always an option, but I recommend simply taking the bus for $1.60 each way. I did it all the time last year, and with a stop right under the Loyola bridge, it’s convenient and reliable.
The first stands we spotted upon arrival to the farmer’s market were your standard fruits, vegetables, and greens. Meagan and I fell in love with honey crisp apples from one of the many fruit stands, and now it’s the only kind we’ll eat.
Upon further inspection and aimless wandering, we discovered vendors selling Baltimore sports apparel, garments from India, pieces of hand-painted China, and even dog treats.
Some of the more interesting stands included a homemade hummus vendor, an ice pop stand with some stand-out flavors (i.e. avocado), and a crepes stand with a wide variety of toppings.
We were planning to have some of our friends over to our apartment for quesadillas that night, so we sought vegetables like red and green peppers, spring onions, tomatoes, and olives. I also spotted two cucumbers for $1 and thought that we needed two large cucumbers for four people to have in their salads that night. Needless to say, we now have 1 3/4 cucumbers in the fridge that may or may not be there until move-out day in the spring…
It’s easy to get carried away with all of the exciting edible options offered at the farmer’s market, but when my roommates and I made our second trip to the market yesterday, we were more prepared with knowing exactly what we wanted and exactly what we needed.
My roommate Jen and I made a beeline for Zeke’s coffee, making two large iced coffees our first priority. Then we ordered two cajun breakfast sandwiches from a different vendor so that we could shop for food on full stomachs.
As we walked around the underpass, we enjoyed the sounds of street musicians and searched for the items on our list. We walked away with much less than we did after our previous visit, but that was definitely a good thing for our wallets.
My roommates and I like sleep. A lot. So we usually don’t arrive at the farmer’s market (which offers free parking if you’re taking a car!) until almost 11 a.m. But it opens at 7 a.m. every Sunday for all of you early risers out there, and I’m sure the selection is even better then! Just don’t forget your reusable farmer’s market bags…and come hungry!