Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:54


Many eager customers turned out for the first weekend of the Dundalk Farmers Market. photo by Michael Rodman

Market in park will be open on Saturdays through mid-November

by Nicole Rodman

Lovers of farm-fresh produce rejoice — the Dundalk Farmers Market is back.
    Opening for the season last weekend, the market will be held in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through mid-November.
    The Farmers Market will be held each Saturday, with the exception of July 29 during the Heritage Fair.
    Once again managing the market is Lil Tirschman.
    A community activist and leader, Tirschman is also a member of the Dundalk Heritage Parade Committee and coordinator of the annual Dundalk St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
    She has been managing the Farmers Market since taking over the position from former Dundalk Chamber of Commerce president Pat Winter many years ago.
    While she did take a two-year break from coordinating the market, she eventually returned at the urging of the Chamber and the farmers who sell at the market.
    As for why she returns to the market year after year, Tirschman’s answer was simple.
    “I enjoy doing it,” she said. “The farmers that I have associated with over the years are nice people.”
    In a testament to the relationship Tirschman has built with the farmers who sell at market, all of last year’s vendors are returning this year, including beekeeper Ed Lindemann of Lindemann’s Apiary, who sells honey, beeswax and herbs, and Candace and Darryl Lohr of  Lohr’s Orchard in Churchville, Md.
    At their table, the Lohrs offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for customers to enjoy.
    Other vendors returning to the Farmers Market this season are Cathy Hewitt of Windlass Run Farm in White Marsh and Jay Marshall of Monkton.
    Hewitt offers fresh eggs and poultry, while Marshall sells an array of produce.
    Also expected to return in a few weeks is Andrew West of West Farm.
    Located at North Point Road and Millers Island Road, West Farm has been in operation for 73 years.
    As Tirschman noted, there also will be a vendor on hand selling soft-shell crabs.
    While soft-shell crabs are not usually sold at the market until July, they will be available early this season.
    This Saturday, June 22, a few additional tables will be present as the market welcomes select vendors from the St. George’s and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church flea market.
    Located in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center near the Dundalk Farmers Market, St. George’s and St. Matthew’s, at 2900 Dunleer Road, will be holding a flea market on the church lawn from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.
    While the flea market itself will be at the church, a few vendors, including representatives from Avon, will set up tables at the Farmers Market.
    For seniors aged 60 or over who live on a limited income but wish to purchase from the market, farmers market coupon books will be handed out at seven county high schools, including Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, on Thursday, July 11, from 9 a.m. until noon.
    Available to individuals with an annual income of less than $21,257 or couples with an income of less than $28,694, the books contain $30 worth of coupons that can be used to purchase produce at farmers markets across the state.
    Due to a limited supply of coupon books (110 at each high school), only one book will be distributed to each household.
    For more information on Senior Farmers Market Coupon distribution, call 410-887-2594.
    For residents of all ages, the Dundalk Farmers Market provides a chance to purchase fresh, locally-grown produce directly from the farmers who grow it.
    For Tirschman, that opportunity is a valuable asset to the community.
    “People like coming to the Farmers Market to get their fresh produce and share recipes with farmers,” she noted, adding, “It’s just a good thing for Dundalk.”