Timonium Farmers' Market report
In the dark days of winter, when we're staring at supermarket produce and another round of whopper blizzards, try to remember back to this moment, when you're asking yourself: how can LV possibly write about another farmers' market?
As it turns out, I'm not writing about another farmers' market. But a Dining@Large reader is. The reader, who goes by mededitor, has sent me this dispatch from the brand-new market at the Timonium Fairgrounds, which features vendors exclusively from Baltimore County.
Mededitor reports seeing garlic "pigtails," which are otherwise known as garlic scapes. They make a great pesto.
Here's mededitor's report. LV
I thought the Sandbox might appreciate a report on the latest Farmers’ Market to open.
A friend and I headed to the Timonium Fairgrounds yesterday for the “sneak preview” opening of the Baltimore County (only) Farmers’ Market. We got there about 3, and there were just a few folks strolling among the stands -- admittedly it was hot, hot, hot. A young woman was polling people to find out how they’d heard about it -- I mentioned that I’d read about it on D@L (thanks for spreading the word!).
Happy to see the following vendors: Atwater’s Bread (yay!), One Straw Farm, Springfield Farm, Gunpowder Bison, Albright Farms, and a few other familiar faces whose names I forget. Several flowers-only vendors, a spice/barbecue/hot sauce guy, a chutney vendor, and several others.
On offer were sweet strawberries, lots of greens, those funny little garlic “pigtails,” lovely peppery pink French radishes, delicate squashes and their blossoms, some kohlrabi and what might be the last of the asparagus. Lovely stuff. I got almost teary when I picked up a small, tightly clustered, shiny, tender head of red-leaf lettuce from One Straw Farm. Beautiful. (I actually winced when I chopped off the bottom of it last night to make a salad … )
So: Verdict? Off to a slow but promising start, I think. I’ll be spreading the word as much as I can, not only to support the farmers, but to support the FM there in general. If it starts to bustle like Waverly and JFX, it could be solid hit.
Would like to see it come back next year. (We live in Parkton, so it’s a 60-mile r/t to head to the Jones Falls FM on Sunday. Urgh. I’ll be a regular at this new one.)
Details: North entrance to Fairgrounds on York Road. Easy parking right on the lawn. Grand opening next week.
Inside scoop: One vendor told me that during the Maryland State Fair, the plan is to hold the market inside, every single day (not just Weds), and rotate to different vendors daily.
Garlic scape pesto. Sun photo by Algerina Perna