Opening Day at the Baltimore Farmers' Market
You could buy things from farmers.
Kale, lots of kale. Lots of collards, too. There was a little bit of spinach and the occasional wintered-over brussels sprouts. Zahradka Farm brought some brussels sprouts but sold out of it early.
But, no, asparagus isn't here yet, but it should be in a few weeks, before the traditional early May opening market date.
I'm sure some people were disappointed about the selection today but I didn't run into them. The people I ran into weren't disappointed because they weren't expecting much.
Whitney Sale of Federal Hill, buying kale at the Stoecker Farms stall (the one by the mini doughnuts). "I think they set expectations appropriately."
Jennifer Slingloff of Gardener's Gourmet (those big bowls of mesclun) said that, yes, there were a few people asking for tomatoes. "But we have people asking us for limes, too," she added.
Then, why open the market early? My response would be "Why not?" It's like Jackson Browne kind of said, "Now the promoter don’t mind/And the farmers don’t mind" - why should you mind?
Feels like a win/win to me. Besides, it was nice to get out of the house and see all the new babies.
Basically, was a good day for the new vendors over in the western lot to introduce themselves to marketers, and for marketers to see what was new, like the quail eggs and French heritage chickens at the KCC Farms table. Kenny Lookingbill was staffing that table for his boss, who was feeding chickens back at the farm in Forest Hill, up in Harford County. Lookingbill just retired after 35 years as a meat-cutter at Giant. He's one of those people that loves putting good products in people's hands, and he almost had me carrying away one of those chickens.
Me, I would change only one thing. Please ditch the steel band. FOREVER.A steel band is the last, the very last thing, I want to hear on a Sunday morning. Or am I alone on this? I'll back off if it turns out that everyone really looks forward to having a steel band at the farmers' market. If that's the case, then god help us.
How was your first day at the market? Is it worth going if there's nothing to buy? How did the street closure affect you?