As the weather warms we can expect to see more local produce available. A great way to support Maryland farmers, as well as local homemakers, is to shop at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar. The market is every Sunday under the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets beginning April 7 from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm.
There is such a wide variety of products available including: vegetables, poultry, seafood, beef, pork, lamb, herbs, organic milk, yogurt, eggs, and cheese, as well as multicultural cuisine. Furthermore, the bazaar section contains unique crafts and collectibles, such as pottery, jewelry, clothing, stained glass, and photographs.
If you have never gone, it is a must! Not only will you support Marylanders, but also your body will appreciate the fresh food without all the preservatives that are often found in those at the supermarket. Here is an article, “Are Preservatives in Food Bad for My Health?”, that describes some of the most commonly used preservatives. In addition, according to The Daily Green, American Food at the grocery store travels an average of 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farm to table. Food travel is actually one of the “fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide”.
Since it is not possible to buy locally all year round it is important to take advantage of the opportunities for when you can. Support the local farmers and Marylanders starting April 7 and you will not only be providing yourself and family with fresh foods, but you will be helping the environment as well.