Local farmers markets offer farm-fresh produce
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:01

Markets at Eastpoint, Dundalk Village Shopping Center open

 by Nicole Rodman

    It is that time of year again — the farmers market is back!
    Lovers of farm-fresh produce have two options to purchase locally-grown goodies, with farmers markets at both Eastpoint Mall and the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
    Opening for the season last week, the Eastpoint Mall Farmers Market is held every Wednesday on the mall parking lot across from McDonald’s.
    The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each week through Oct. 29.
    According to mall marketing manager Chereese Jowers, the Eastpoint Mall Farmers Market has been held each year since 2006.
    “Hosting the Farmers Market reinforces the position of Eastpoint Mall as a community gathering place for shopping and entertainment,” Jowers explained.
    While only two vendors set up for last week’s market, they boasted a wide variety of fresh produce and homemade goods.
    White Marsh-based Bartenfelder Farms, a longtime staple at both the Eastpoint and Dundalk Village farmers markets, offered fresh corn, cantaloupes, squash, peaches, cherries and homemade jellies and jams.
    Like Bartenfelder Farms, Middle River-based Zahradka Farm has sold a variety of produce at the Eastpoint Farmers Market for years.
    Dundalk residents can also purchase fresh produce at the Dundalk Farmers Market, which is open Saturdays through Nov. 22 at the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.

According to manager Lil Tirschman, the market is an important asset to the community.
    “There’s no shelf life on our products,” Tirschman noted, explaining that the market offers the freshest produce available, directly from the farmers who grow it.
    Among the vendors present at the Dundalk Farmers Market are Carroll County-based Lindemann’s Apiary, which sells fresh honey and eggs, and Lohr’s Farm of Churchville, which sells a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
    Both the Eastpoint and Dundalk farmers markets accept Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits.
    The vendors of the Dundalk Farmers Market are, for the first time, also accepting debit and credit cards.
    Over the course of the season, a variety of community organizations will also set up at the market, offering information and services to patrons.
    Retrofit Baltimore will visit the market, providing information to residents interested in applying for subsidies for energy-efficient home upgrades.
    The Baltimore County Public Library bookmobile will also visit the market, lending books and registering patrons for library cards.
    Tirschman encourages residents to come by any Saturday and see what the farmers have to offer.
    “It’s a wonderful thing,” she said, adding, “Our market is small, but it’s very plentiful.”