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Some Maryland farmers' markets

Farmers' markets are an excellent source of fresh, local produce
Farmers' markets are an excellent source of fresh, local producePhoto Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

One of the delights of spring is the arrival of the farmers' market. At the minimum, these markets provide the area with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Other markets have added such items as baked goods or crafts to their list of wares. A few markets are open year round, while others are open only during the spring, summer, and early fall. Here are some farmers' markets that either open very early in spring or are open all year.

Baltimore City

The 32nd Street/Waverly Farmers' Market is open year round. It is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. To learn more, call Marc Rey at (410) 917-1496.

The Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar is open every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Specialties include bison, goat, herbs, and organic dairy products. Established in 1977, the market is the largest in the state of Maryland. For more information, call Carole Simon at (410) 752-8632.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Farmers' Market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, call Howard Bliss at (443) 890-5470.

Baltimore County

The Catonsville Wednesday Farmers' Market is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Specialties include honey and baked goods. To learn more, contact Cindy Yingling at admin@catonsvillefarmersmarket.com.

Harford County

The Bel Air Farmers' Market is open every Saturday from 7 - 11 a.m. The market was established in 1974. To learn more, contact Andrea Kestner at (410) 638-4540 or farmers@belairfarmersmarket.com.

Montgomery County

The Montgomery Farm Women's Co-op Market is open year-round every Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It was established in 1932, during the Depression, by farm women trying to save their homes and families. To learn more, call Barbara Johnson at (301) 652-2291.

Talbot County

The St. Michael's FRESHFARM Market is open every Saturday from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Specialties include baked goods, orchids, eggs, and honey. The market was established in 1999. To learn more, e-mail info@freshfarmmarkets.org or call Carol Bean at (410) 829-8228.

Washington County

The Hagerstown Historic City Farmers' Market is open year round. Its hours are 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Saturday. The market was established in 1783, and is believed to be one of the three oldest farmers' markets in the country. It is also the oldest continuously operating farmers' market in Maryland. To learn more, contact Gaela Shoop at GShoop@hagerstownmd.org or (410) 871-7073.