Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar reopens Sunday, April 6


— Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar reopens for 2014 on Sunday, April 6

Maryland’s largest producers-only market is back! The 37th annual Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar reopens on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 7 a.m. to sellout— approximately noon. Opening day at the market offers shoppers a selection of fresh foods and plants from regional farmers, cooking demonstrations, advice from expert gardeners, live music, handmade craft and unique collectibles.

Located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay streets, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway (JFX), the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar is presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. The season continues through Sunday, December 21, 2014.

New for 2014, qualified farmers and food vendors, with support from the Maryland Farmers’ Market Association, will be able to accept Supplemental

Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), credit and debit payments directly. The Welcome Center, located near the Saratoga Street entrance, will continue to assist with questions on programs, the market and services. New additions to the market selection include rabbit from the Hen’s Nest and duck from KCC Natural Farms.

On opening day, official chef of the market Charlotte Galley presents cooking demonstrations with locally grown, fresh ingredients starting at 9 a.m. Demos will be held near the Saratoga Street entrance and market-goers are

invited to pick up helpful cooking tips, recipes and delicious samples. Shoppers can also enjoy the sounds of the Baltimore Islanders Steel Band throughout the morning. Just in time for gardening season, experts with the Baltimore City Master Gardeners of the University of Maryland Extension share advice on starting and improving gardens. In addition, TreeBaltimore of the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks offers residents free trees for their homes and businesses through the Free Tree Giveaway program.

Sundays at the market create a unique one-stop shop. Visitors can browse and purchase a wide variety of produce, meats, dairy, eggs, nuts, preserves, spices, fresh baked breads, plants and flowers. A diverse mix of food vendors offer flavorsome meals including burritos, smoothies, crepes, doughnuts, dumplings, falafel wraps, smoked fish and fowl, fritters, granola, fresh made kettle corn, pastries, pit beef sandwiches, pizza, quiches, salads, sausages, soups, tortillas, turkey and lamb burgers and vegan desserts. The bazaar features original artwork, handmade furniture and house wares, unique yard and garden furnishings, vintage clothing and one-of-a-kind accessories, bath and body care products, and books of various genres.