Annapolis Gets a New Farmers Mercado

      A new farmers market with a Latin flavor opens in Annapolis next week. As well as fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants from local farms, Mercado Hilltop will sell handicrafts, piñatas, art and more. The open-air market starts August 10 in the parking lot of the Salvation Army on Hilltop Lane. The market will be open, weather permitting, every Saturday through September 28.

            “The Hispanic population in Annapolis is 20 percent. There are a lot of people from different countries living here — mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico,” says Adriana Lee, the Mayor’s Community Engagement Hispanic Liaison.

            Lee says the idea for the market began after several Hispanic-focused events in the area. “We realized that people enjoy being outdoors, talking to one another and were looking for products from different countries. In their native countries, we do that by going to the mercados.”

            The mercado gives people a place to sell their products and food. “We are helping people get permits and even helping with translation so that they can sell. People in Annaplis want to experience the colors, tastes and feelings of these different cultures.”

            The market is a partnership with Center of Help, the Annapolis Art in Public Places Commission, the Salvation Army and the City of Annapolis.

            “We are thrilled to be able to offer locals an opportunity to buy and sell at a Mercado-style market,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “I look forward to seeing the vendors from different farms and wares from different countries.”

            Mercado Hilltop Market: 8am-1pm, August 10, 17, 24 & 31; September 7, 14, 21 & 28, Salvation Army, Hilltop Lane, Annapolis: 410-570-9052.