« Chef's tasting menus wanted | Main | Opening Day »

May 3, 2008

You gotta shop around

Is everyone excited that tomorrow is the opening of the farmers market under the viaduct? I am. Here's Elizabeth's Timely Tip for you: It may say that it opens at 8 a.m., but if you wait till then to go, all the good stuff will be gone. (OK, maybe not this time of year.) Anyway, here's some helpful info. The Islanders Steel Band will playing in honor of opening day.

I'm going to link to my Sunday Farmers Market video, which I originally put together with "Shop Around" as the background music; but the copyright issues made our multimedia editors nervous, so I had to find some royalty-free music. The weird thing is that now when it finishes playing it morphs into a flower mart video, not originally part of it. I've sent a HELP message to Multimedia Editor Etc. John.

I got this e-mail from Bill about the Sunday market recently, and here's my reply as well: ...

I have read the blog posts about the upcoming markets, but I was wondering, what we should expect to see there this early in the season? What can we expect to see locally grown? What is in season at this time? If the produce is not local, where did it originate? What is going to be the big trend this season? I know you have an affinity for the Waverly market, but what are your thoughts on the JFX one? I see too many question marks in this email. I will throw in the towel.

The JFX one is the same only bigger and better. It just isn't open yet. That's why I give Waverly so much love, it's the only one open all year round, and I've shopped there in a snowstorm. I usually go to both in the summer. Right now you'll get asparagus, strawberries, greens, lettuces, broccoli, herbs, lots of flowers. Plus the nonproduce stuff like local milk and baked goods. The vendors are allowed to go to Jessup to buy stuff they don't grow to sell until June, I think. I buy stuff like bananas from them sometimes because I figure it helps keep them in business in the off season. EL

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 5:54 PM | | Comments (2)


Yes, let's define "local." I remember buying some "local tulips" years ago and when I asked I was told they came from New Jersey. Not exactly local in my book.

Wellll.... 'Local' to a lot of 'locavores' (I'm not too wild about the term either) is usually within 100 miles. So NJ (at least souther Jersey) could qualify...

Post a comment

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About this blog
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

Top Ten Tuesdays
Most Recent Comments
Baltimore Sun coverage
Restaurant news and reviews Recently reviewed
Browse photos and information of restaurants recently reviewed by The Baltimore Sun

Sign up for FREE text alerts
Get free Sun alerts sent to your mobile phone.*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for dining text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Food & Drink newsletter
Need ideas for dinner tonight? A recommendation for the perfect red wine?'s Food & Drink newsletter is there to help.
See a sample | Sign up

Stay connected