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Summer’s Here

Farmers markets now selling local corn and peaches

Emily Mitchell and son Graham, of Eastport, bought yogurt from Nice Farms Creamery at the Annapolis Freshfarm Market.

Farmers market shoppers in the know arrive at the Sunday morning Freshfarm Market in Annapolis before 10:30am, when Bob Miller of Nice Farms Creamery sells out of his famous chocolate milk.
    Miller is one of 12 farmers and producers who sell at the market near City Dock. Nine hail from Maryland, two from Virginia and one from West Virginia. The market requires producers be part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. They offer fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, meats, cheese, yogurt and milk, jams, pastry and bread and — a new addition this year — Maryland crab.

Farmers Markets

Thursday

DNR Farmers Market
3-6pm, Department of Natural Resources parking lot, Taylor Ave., Annapolis: 410-222-7410; www.aaedc.org.

Opening Day for Deale Farmers Market
3-6pm, Cedar Grove United Methodist Church parking lot, 5965 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale: 410-867-4993; www.aaedc.org.

Solomons Farmers Market
4-8pm, Riverwalk, Solomons: 410-535-4583; www.calvertag.com.

Friday

Anne Arundel Medical Center Farmers Market
10:30am-1:30pm, Clatanoff Pavilion’s Garden Café, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis: 443-534-4515.

Clock Tower Farmers Market
4-7pm, Clock Tower Place, Forest Dr., Annapolis:
410-990-0650.

North Beach Farmers Market
6-9pm, 5th St. to Bay Ave., North Beach: 301-855-6681; www.ci.north-beach.md.us.

Saturday

AACo Farmers Market
7am-noon, Riva Rd. & Harry S Truman Pkwy., Annapolis: 410-349-0317; www.aaedc.org.

Calvert County Farmers Market
7:30am-noon, Calvert County Fairgrounds, Barstow:
410-535-4583; www.calvertag.com.

Jones Station Farmers Market
8am-noon, Park and Ride, Ritchie Hwy. and Jones Station Rd., Severna Park: 410-924-3092.

Sunday

Freshfarm Market
8:30am-noon, Donner parking lot, City Dock, Annapolis: www.freshfarmmarket.org.

Baltimore Farmers Market
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar at a party introduced by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and featuring cooking demos by local chefs as well as local bounty. 9am at Holiday and Saratoga sts., Baltimore: www.promotionandarts.org.

Westfield Farmers Market
10am-2pm at Macy’s Orange parking garage, The Westfield Mall, Annapolis: 410-349-0317; www.aaedc.org.

Tuesday

AACo Farmers Market
7am-noon at Riva Rd. & Harry S Truman Pkwy., Annapolis: 410-349-0317; www.aaedc.org.

Calvert Memorial Farmers Market
3-7pm at Calvert Memorial Hospital, 130 Hospital Rd., Prince Frederick: 410-535-4583; www.calvertag.com.

Wednesday

Piney Orchard Farmers Market
2-6:30pm at Stream Valley Dr., off Rt. 170, Odenton:
410-867-9162; www.aaedc.org.

    Market master Tara Boyle says the market has grown each year with 300 to 400 mostly Annapolis-area shoppers every week. “I have people come by kayak and boat,” Boyle says.
    Every other Sunday morning, local musicians play.
    Emily Mitchell and son Graham, of Eastport, were early shoppers at Nice Farms Creamery. Mitchell, who bought yogurt, appreciates the market for its “fresh produce and convenience.”
    Summertime’s favorite produce — corn and peaches — are making an early appearance at Freshfarm and other markets. The first peaches came to market the first week of June. Corn appeared the following week.
    Mother Nature created a perfect mix of mild winter and early spring, making corn and peaches ready just as summer gets underway. Tomatoes aren’t far behind.
    “We had a mild winter and spring, so everything is a week to two weeks early. As far as weather, it couldn’t be more perfect,” explains Joe Swann of Swann’s Farm in Owings. The Swann family plants 150 acres on their Owings farm with four varieties of corn, including the very sweet Devotion.
    At the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Farmers Market in Annapolis, Papa John’s Farm of Millersville had corn in early June. At the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market on Riva Road, farmers sold 300 dozen ears on the second Saturday in June.
    Peaches, too, are already coming to market. Agriberry Farm of Hanover County, Virginia, and Blades Orchard of Federalsburg, Maryland, have peaches at the Freshfarm Market.
    “The markets are seasonal,” explains Lisa Barge of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, which oversees the county’s farmers markets. “Farmers are growing what they are selling,” she adds. Find what’s in season each month, at marylandsbest.net.
    Bringing the harvest to market are the farmers, and that’s part of the appeal. You can talk with the people who grew the food. Pick up a recipe. Find out whether and how to freeze a particular vegetable.
    “Farmers are constantly experimenting with new varieties, so if a consumer doesn’t see a type of melon or squash that they would like to buy, by talking to their farmer they might be able to get it planted next year,” says Barge.
    Strengthening the link between shopper and farmer brings us fresher food earlier and in more variety. It works for the farmer, too.
    Swann Farms, primarily a wholesale business, sells at only one farmers market, the North Beach Friday night market, which accounts for a mere one percent of the family’s business. So why bother?
    “It is a good way to stay connected to the community and in contact with our customers who are good patrons through farm stands or a grocery store,” Joe Swann says. “Friday night we see our customers face to face.”
    Each day of the week but Monday, you’ll meet farmers and find the freshest flavors of the season at farmers markets throughout Anne Arundel and Calvert counties.