Farmers’ markets are a great way to support your local farmer and get fresh and affordable produce. It’s a win-win! Organize your trip to the farmers’ market by finding the perfect one for you. MyGreenGuideMaryland.com offers a comprehensive listing of local farmers’ markets across the state, including 11 in Baltimore County alone. Use the site to find the nearest market to you by searching by county.
Tips for planning a trip to a farmers’ market:
- Get directions. Know the parking situation – is it street parking or is there a parking lot. Knowing what to expect will alleviate a lot of the unknown anxiety.
- What are you looking for? Have a list or you’ll buy everything or nothing! If it’s your first time going to a particular market be open minded. Also, knowing what’s in season will help you know what to expect. For example, I was planning to get fresh strawberries at a market a few weeks ago. When no vendors had strawberries I made a quick stop at the grocery on my way home so I could finish my strawberry shortcake recipe! Be flexible.
- Bring your own bag. Many of the farmers are organic farmers and many shoppers are “green” shoppers. Consider bringing a reusable shopping bag.
- Know the weather. Many markets are not enclosed – so if it’s raining bring a raincoat.
- Don’t overbuy. It’s easy to overbuy because you’re buying food at a good price and you’re helping the local farmers. But keep in mind that your storage space at home is probably limited and you only want to buy what your household will eat before the food spoils. Be realistic!
There are more than just things that grow at Farmers’ Markets. There are also dairy products, crafts, coffee, and hot meals. Go hungry. Leave happy. Leave well prepared for the week ahead!
More information on My Green Guide Maryland: My Green Guide Maryland is a seasonal magazine and online resource for locals and visitors to learn about sustainable living and green business. This is a great resource to local efforts in and around Baltimore to help you live a more “green” life. You can find these magazines throughout the state at various schools, libraries and community centers for free. If you can’t find the magazine near you, you can access all the information online. A list of the local farmers’ markets is featured in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of My Green Guide Maryland, available now!
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