Annapolis Fresh Farm Market

by Caterina Borg, Good Food Gourmet on July 9, 2011

 

Sundays, 8:30 am to noon from May 1st to Nov. 20th, 2011
Donner Parking Lot, Compromise Street on the Harbor, Annapolis, MD

Have anything planned for tomorrow? If you live near Annapolis, why don’t you venture out to this local farmers market and pick up some delicious food and take in the sights on the waterfront.

I had been trying to get down to this market for quite some time, and on this busy Sunday morning my friend Maya and I decided to go and check it out. The Fresh Farm franchise currently runs 11 farmers markets throughout Maryland and DC. The one in Annapolis is only a few years old but is doing well and growing with new vendors every year. Since the political issues with the historic downtown Market House have yet to be sorted out, this farmers market is taking advantage of the need for locals to have a place to shop. 

Fresh Farm markets are a little different than other farmers markets. They are a for profit venture, and not a non profit organization as most other markets are.  They will charge you a fee to participate in the market plus expect a percentage of your weekly sales, which is not the case in other markets. This group also pulls vendors from a larger area whereas other markets support only local businesses where the money goes right back into their community.

With all of that said, this group has been successful in filling a need for vendors without traditional brick and mortar stores, who look for opportunities to sell their products without expensive overhead.

There are currently 10 participating vendors who come from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia who participate in this market on a weekly basis. Those vendors sell anything from baked goods to eggs, meat and some of the most beautiful produce around.

If you have not had a chance to go, it’s worth the trip. The items are a little pricey for a farmers market, but the quality is exceptional in everything that was available…a testament to an expensive economy.

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