Mouthwatering local produce and prepared brunch spotlight the Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market
Farmers’ markets have grown increasingly popular in recent years as citizens make more of an effort to promote their local economies in what is known as the “locavore movement.” These farmers’ markets ensure greater income for the farmers selling their organic goods directly to their customers, who in turn receive the freshest products. They’ve popped up everywhere from small towns to big cities, and they help support local farmers selling produce, animal products (meats and dairy), prepared foods, crafts, and more. I attended the Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market on a cloudy Saturday morning at the beginning of May, and it was no exception, featuring fresh vegetables, meats, dairy, hot breakfast, and other specialty items that vary weekly.
The Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market is found just off of Riva Road. Pulling up, I was relieved to see that it was located under the Michael R. Cirino Building, a pavilion of sorts, which would ensure the market could be held rain or shine while still allowing patrons to enjoy the outdoors. At 9:00am, the market was already teeming with customers looking for groceries for the week, breakfast to munch on, and flowers to plant in their gardens.
Myles Produce featured beautiful flower arrangements in unorthodox containers, such as watering cans, colanders, and even an old box of crackers. They were also selling ready-to-plant flowers in small pots for gardens and various fruits and vegetables. Mise En Place Farm was also selling produce: mainly fresh vegetables, such as icicle radishes, microgreens, Easter egg radishes, and mixed greens. I bought and tasted the white icicle radishes, which were fresh and crisp with a slightly peppery flavor.
Next, I visited the vendor from Shlagel Farms to purchase my first fresh strawberries of the summer season. They were small, yet flavorful and sweet, so I bought a couple of cartons to take home. I also headed over to P.A. Bowen Farmstead to pick up one of their award-winning raw milk artisanal cheeses. Available flavors included Chesapeake Cheddar, Prince George’s Blue, Aquasco Jack, and Barely Blue, and my personal favorite, the Chesapeake Cheddar, which offers a savory and tangy flavor.
Other vendors at the market sold more breakfast and brunch-style foods, which were ready-to-eat, including the surplus of baked goods available at Bakers & Co. I enjoyed a gluten-free coconut-lime muffin for breakfast, which was surprisingly light and moist, yet filling. I washed it down with a cup of coffee from Zeke’s Coffee; not too strong or bitter, it was the perfect addition to my breakfast at the farmers’ market.
These vendors were not the only ones at Saturday’s market as there were a plethora of booths which I didn’t have the chance to visit. Great Harvest Bread Company, Rogue Pierogies, Bay Mushrooms, Oksana’s Produce Farm, and Old Line Fish Company all offered various yummy treats for customers to purchase. Additionally, Shepherd’s Folly sold wool, and there were assorted artists selling glass jewelry, soaps, lotions, and more.
The Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market is located at 275 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis, MD, 21401. The market is open Saturdays from 7:00 am to noon between March 31st and December 22nd, Sundays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm year-round, and Tuesdays from 7:00 am to noon between May 22nd and September.