Getting fresh in West Baltimore
Another new farmers' market has sprouted up, this one at the West Baltimore MARC train station.
I checked it out last Saturday, when it was open for its second week.
The market was very, very small. There were only two produce vendors, plus a guy selling some sort of prepared food and a booth with clothing and other non-food items.
But the two produce vendors that were there were well stocked. I picked up some onions, beets, blueberries and, my favorite this time of year, fresh apricots. Not stuff you might normally expect to find in a tough stretch of West Baltimore. (The market is in the 400 block of Smallwood Street between Franklin and Mulberry.)
Organizers are working to add more vendors.
But what the market really needs is more shoppers. I got there about 15 minutes before closing time and had the place to myself. Vendors said it had been like that all morning.
Let's hope that the place starts drawing crowds and that this effort to supply fresh produce to a part of the city with few good food options can succeed.
The market is open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, through Nov. 20.
California Fresh Apricot Council photo