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June 3, 2010

Timonium Farmers' Market report

garlic scapesIn 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

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 11:29 AM | | Comments (11)
        

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I'll be there next week for my One Straw Farm CSA pickup!!

with any luck, I'll be able to give a brief synopsis of the Edgewood market tomorrow.

Hi, mededitor--thanks for a great report! I'd love to see a follow-up on what you cooked with all your finds.

Edgewood Farmer's Market report:

- lettuce of all varieties in good supply
- strawberries and asparagus in short supply and winding down
- radishes and spinach also in good supply
- local honey available

Happy to oblige, dahlink! It was easy to use them all.
• Mashed avocado on baguette slices(Atwater’s), topped with paper-thin slices of French radishes (Simmer Rock Farm) and sprinkled with smoked sea salt.
• Grilled chicken breasts (Springfield Farm) in lemon, rosemary & garlic scape (One Straw Farm) marinade
• Red- and green-leaf lettuce (One Straw) salad with julienned raw kohlrabi (Simmer Rock)
We were too full for the strawberries from One Straw, but they were breakfast next morning.

Thanks again for the wonderful report and the follow-up. Sounds like you made good use of your market finds. LV

More info about the market and specific vendors are here:
http://www.marylandstatefair.com/index.cfm?page=calendar&event_id=421

"Baltimore County (only) Farmers’ Market."

What, they discontinued the Alleghaney ave. market on Thursdays in Towson? That was the big money day for tips when I worked at Moxley's years ago.

Maybe the market went the way of Moxleys, i don't know.

No, the other market is still going. The "only" referred to the fact that the vendors are only from Baltimore County, nowhere else. LV

Baltimore County Farmers Market Master Bill Langlotz here. Thanks for the great review of our preview day, we hope you'll attend our Grand Opening on June 9 at 2 PM. We are looking forward to a very successful market. From the responses, I've received, the vendors are excited to be here, too. I do want to clarify that the Towson Market is still open as are the Kenilworth, Greenspring Markets and of course the JFX and others. We want to encourage you to visit them as well. When we say Baltimore County only, we are unique in that Baltimore County farmers and producers with Baltimore County products are represented here at the State Fair's North Gate. Hope you'll enjoy the fruits and vegetables of the season!

I would love to visit the farmers market at the Fairgrounds, but I work 8:30 to 5 Pm Monday thru Friday. :(

You're in luck. The Baltimore County Farmers Market at The Maryland State Fair is open from 2 PM to 6 PM every Wednesday through October. Perhaps you can stop by on your way home.

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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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