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June 10, 2010

Seven Mile Market update

Seven Mile MarketThose of you waiting to shop at the nation's largest kosher supermarket will have to wait a little longer.

Seven Mile Market doesn't expect to open its store before October.

When the Pikesville kosher market announced plans in February to move and nearly double in size, owner Hershel Boehm told The Sun he hoped to open by summer.

I'd heard recently that those plans had been pushed back, so I phoned the store this morning and asked to speak with the owner or manager. 

"We’re looking at no earlier than October," said the man who came to the phone.

(It wasn't clear if he was the owner, manager or someone else. He declined to give his name.)

The market, which opened in 1988, plans to move from its current, 28,000-square-foot location on Seven Mile Lane to a 55,000-square-foot former Safeway on Reisterstown Road.


Seven Mile Market owner Hershel Boehm. Sun photo by Kim Hairston

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 10:55 AM | | Comments (17)


Today's Topic:

"Amish Market" vs. "Kosher Market": Compare and Contrast.

"Amish Market" vs. "Kosher Market": Compare and Contrast.

I say we settle this olde schul-style with a Hassidim vs Amish dance fight.

Or a rap battle. Your move Matisyahu.

Yo, Banksy, I already posted that under my name/URL.

Hitchin' up the buggy, churnin' lots of butter
Raised the barn on Monday, soon I'll raise another
Think you're really righteous? Think you're pure in heart?
Well, I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art
I'm the pious guy the little Amlettes wanna be like
On my knees day and night scorin' points for the afterlife
So don't be vain and don't be whiny
Or else, my brother, I might have to get medieval on your hiney


Thought your posting was of Matisyahu....

Sam - that is really funny...

Kosher Market is to Gucci shoes as Amish Market is to Timberland boots.

Point (two of them, in fact) to Camille Quelquejeu!

But seriously folks...

"Amish Market" and "Kosher Market" offer the same thing: a weird hybrid of "exotic" and "reliable." To what extent does each succeed? fail?

To what extent does each ask us "outsiders" (admittedly more likely of the Amish Market than the Kosher) to suspend disbelief?

Finally...a bonus question: what products might be found in both?

I'll bite on that bonus question, BankStreet, even though I know very little about Amish or Kosher food. Would you find rendered chicken fat in both markets?

Mexican Coke is kosher. Need I say more?

phil collins, you need to say more. Some Mexican Cokes may be kosher for Passover, but only if made with sugar and not HFCS. (Not all Mexican Cokes meet that test.) I think that regular U.S. Coke is pareve (neither meat nor dairy), and, thus, could be sold in a "kosher market" the rest of the year.

Fruits and vegetables are also pareve, so I should think that they, too, can be found in both markets.

I didn't mean to suggest I had the ANSWER to my bonus question.

I was going to suggest noodles....but I like the idea of schmaltz (the Amish may even use the same word -- or a variant -- in fact!).

Now ... how 'bout my other questions ... dealing in the "cultural" issues of the markets? What do the non-Jewish and the non-Amish shopper seek there? And what do they find?

Trying to compare Amish and kosher markets can only result in confusion. Amish markets are presumably those operated by Amish people. Kosher markets sell products which adhere to dietary laws dating back to the Old Testament. Unlike the Amish, the kosher can not be described as a sect. And I doubt that you will ever hear a stewardess approach a passenger on a cross-country flight saying, "As requested, here's your Amish meal."

Which begs the question, MAG--do the Amish fly?

Which begs the question, MAG--do the Amish fly?

Ye they do, but only on the Spruce Goose and the occasional unicorn

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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.

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