When you hear “entrepreneur”, your first thought is probably not of a farmer. But it’s the passion of those small batch creators/producers that make your local farmers market the tastiest place to go!
Buying local not only puts the freshest, most flavorful food on your table, it has an impact on the vendors’ livelihoods. Generally, produce from the farmers market is harvested within the last two days and have traveled less than 50 miles; produce from grocery stores typically travels 1,200 miles or more and is over a week old. Kraig Leatherman of Towson says, “food is so much more robust in flavor and tastes so fresh. The vendors also offer suggestions on how to prepare and cook the produce they are selling me.”
Ruth Thompson of Rare Opportunity Bakehouse says, “the Kenilworth Farmers Market is one of my favorite markets and we vend at six Maryland markets. Customers don’t come just for our pastries and savories, but to make connections with the people behind the food they are eating. Seeing our customers and new faces week after week feeds our souls, and our tummies!”
“We love the market not only because we all come together around food, but it offers us the ability to meet the people eating the food that we grow for them. Some to sell it, some to eat it. A perfect combination,” says Joan Norman of One Straw Farm.
What’s at the market: fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, sprouts, meat, eggs, honey & honey products, spices & simple syrups, flowers, jams & jellies, cheese, traditionally preserved food, handmade savory pies, sweet treats, snow cones and small batch soups & dips.
The Kenilworth Farmers Market is located at The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive – (lower level parking lot) every Tuesday from 3:30 to 6:30pm, April thru November.
Photos courtesy of Marty Katz Photography